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Give Back Tahoe: North Tahoe Family Resource Center helps residents find solutions

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The North Tahoe Family Resource Center staff work with more than 2,000 community members each year, helping families navigate the challenges they face and create positive change.

In a place as beautiful and idyllic as Lake Tahoe, it can be difficult to comprehend the real life challenges that many of our neighbors face, every day.

Untreated physical and mental health concerns, chemical dependency, low income and unbenefited jobs, unsafe housing, food instability and family issues surrounding child abuse and neglect, are some of the real life circumstances that bring more than 2,000 community members to the North Tahoe Family Resource Center, each year.

The first priority of the NTFRC is to help community members meet their basic needs by providing advocacy services. Once this level of stability is present, the organization offers an expanded set of resources, support and education programs that help families grow in their overall health.

Community members learn essential skills and practices through innovative programs like financial coaching services, nutrition and health workshops, and five different parent education classes. These empower families to be at the center of their own solutions, to plan for their future and ultimately thrive!

This year, the North Tahoe Family Resource Center has succeeded in developing and delivering a new financial education program for our community.

The NTFRC now provides financial literacy classes and financial coaching services to assist low-and moderate-income individuals build their financial capability.

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Five members of the NTFRC staff are now trained as financial coaches in a curriculum that is specifically designed to address the unique financial challenges of low and middle income families.

As with all of the programs and services at the organization, the staff member's role does not exceed that of a resource and support for the community member. The community member is the central decision maker whose actions lead directly to positive change.