Posted by Earl Murray on Mar 16, 2018
Steve DeLiro (pictured on the left, with Rotarian Dana Manchester) was the guest speaker at this morning’s meeting. He talked about Family Services and the Youth.

Family Service Agency (FSA) of Santa Barbara County is pleased to welcome the organization’s new Deputy Executive Director, Steven DeLira. The new position was created as part of the July 1, 2017 merger between FSA and Santa Maria Valley Youth and Family Center (SMVYFC) to form one countywide organization that will provide mental health counselling, basic needs assistance and case management services to more than 28,000 individuals annually. DeLira will be located at the SMVYFC office at 105 N. Lincoln Street.

DeLira earned his BA in Public Sector Management from California State University Northridge in 2006 and Associate’s Degree in General Education from Allan Hancock College. DeLira’s professional credentials include membership in the California Probation Parole and Correctional Association (CPPCA), California Association Probation Institutions Administrators (CAPIA) and California Association of Probation Services Administrators (CAPSA). He is an active member of La Purisima Catholic Church in Lompoc and the Knights of Columbus, Council 3570.

DeLira’s commitment to at-risk youth and the community is well known through his 30-year career with the Santa Barbara County Probation Department, beginning in 1987 as Juvenile Institutions Officer, and most recently as Deputy Chief Probation Officer since 2009 until retiring from the department in February. As Probation Manager from 2005 – 2009, DeLira managed the renowned Los Prietos Boys Camp and Los Prietos Boys Academy, and throughout his career has managed collaborations and services provided by Santa Barbara County Education and many other County departments and community-based organizations.

Steve mentioned the purpose is serving people and providing services for those who need help. He works with counsellors and therapists day to day in helping trouble youth, mental health clients, and senior citizens. He meets with program managers to assess the needs and determines the best way to help people. The Rotary Club members sensed his passion for serving others, which he said is like Rotary “Service Before Self”.

Because the merger is a non-profit organization, Steve works on acquiring grants that go toward the various services. He mentioned one federal grant they received is 2.5 million dollars over the next five years. He works on requests for proposals (RFP) primarily during February through May of each year, in preparation to request board approval to move forward. The board approves contracts during their June meetings.

The Rotary Club of Vandenberg Village thanked Steve for a very informative talk.