Grant will help fund family resource centers |

Grant will help fund family resource centers

The Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation recently received a $90,000 grant from The California Endowment to fund community health initiatives. Over the next two years, TTCF will award this money to the Children’s Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee for the establishment and support of family resource centers in Kings Beach and Truckee.

According to TTCF executive director Lisa Dobey, the Foundation applied for the money, specifying that it wanted to boost community efforts already underway, such as the family resource centers.

Truckee’s family resource center will be housed in the KidZone structure, which will be built on land between Truckee’s middle school and high school. The KidZone, an effort between the Truckee Family Connection, the Children’s Collaborative, the Sierra Nevada Children’s Museum and Truckee Donner Public Utility District, was conceived in response to a community survey that showed the need for physical activity for children, particularly during winter’s confining months. KidZone will also house the children’s museum.

The Kings Beach family resource center, which has been a dream of the Kings Beach community for the past eight years, will be located in the heart of Kings Beach in the Early Headstart building, 8321 Steelhead Ave. It will be a clearinghouse for families by providing family and parenting support, adult ed classes, a teen and youth center, a gathering place for neighborhood events, as well as an information and resource center for county and agency services. It is scheduled to open officially in late January/early February, although parents needing assistance now can call Kim Bradley, interim director, at 550-7412.

KidZone builders were scheduled to break ground in December, but a heavy snowfall prevented that. Hopefully, they will be able to start again in early spring.

For more information about the family resource centers, call Phebe Bell at the Children’s Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee, 587-8322.

For information about the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, contact Tamara Lieberman at 587-1776.

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