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Give Back Tahoe: Tahoe Family Solutions helps local kids in need

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Camp Explore is an important program offered by Tahoe Family Solutions.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Tahoe Family Solutions provides a rich array of programs for the Tahoe Basin. It is no secret that families that are engaged with children, engaged with schools, engaged in shared activities, and engaged in the workforce provide positive benefits to all of us.

Stronger families also require fewer remedial resources from government and individuals. TFS provides psychiatric care on a sliding scale, certified family counselors, an affordable summer camping program, and much more.

Our mission is to provide families with key resources and enhanced skills. Here are some highlights:

TFS' counseling and psychiatry team welcomed all clients regardless of their financial situation or ability to pay. In 2015, TFS's Counseling and Psychiatry Program saw 321 individual clients, of which 61 were new, and 176 families (31 were new).

Through our Family Resource Center, 118 families and 367 individuals received case management services — 3,722 contacts for information and referrals, over 944 hours of case management and $12,983 in emergency financial support for individuals.

Camp Explore ran for six weeks in 2015. Over 100 kids, regardless of financial ability, developed self-confidence, teamwork skills and enjoyed a diverse range of outdoor activities. Additionally, 70% of children in attendance received some level of financial assistance due to family economic constraints.,

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Homework Help Club, in its 15th year helped Incline Elementary School students most in need of academic assistance achieve significant learning milestones. A team of dedicated volunteers met with students four times a week, developing close relationships that fostered academic and personal growth.

In addition, TFS was the driving force behind the VITA (Volunteers Income Tax Assistance) Program in Incline Village, presented "Brunch with Santa" for over 200 children, and held the special event, Miracle in the Andes: an Evening with Nando Parrado.