Guest Column: Celebrating collaboration for the Community House |

Guest Column: Celebrating collaboration for the Community House

I would personally like to thank everyone in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee that has given so generously to the new Kings Beach Community House project.

Not only is this one of the most beautiful and majestic places on earth, but the people who call this place home are some of the most passionate and generous that I’ve had the pleasure to work with.

For eight years I have raised money in our local community to help keep individuals and families safe and free from a life of intimate partner/domestic violence, sexual violence, and child abuse.

Yes, these are tough and sad issues to talk about, but every year more than 1,000 community members, local businesses, governments and private foundations donate to Tahoe SAFE Alliance so we may continue providing our healing services to everyone that needs them.

Clearly, our supporters understand intimate partner/domestic violence, sexual violence, and child abuse exists and adversely impacts our idyllic mountain communities.

They recognize everyone is affected and providing services is critical.

Tahoe SAFE Alliance is truly blessed to have such passionate and committed supporters who give what they can every year to keep our community safe.

I am so appreciative of each and every one who not only made an annual donation to us but also made a donation to the Community House.

Over the past year, local families, individuals, businesses, Placer County, and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association have come together to raise two million dollars for the Community House capital campaign.

This commitment demonstrates the importance that Community House will have on the health and wellness of our community.

This fall, Tahoe SAFE Alliance will be part of the Community House along with our partner agencies, Project MANA and the North Tahoe Family Resource Center.

It is an inspiring model of partnership, innovation and service integration. It is the first of its kind in Nevada and Northern California and will completely transform the way that clients receive services.

The money raised is being used to remodel the 1950s Lake Air Motel in Kings Beach into a functional facility where clients entering its doors will have access to crisis counseling, food distribution, parent education, and more under one roof.

As we head into the final two months of fundraising for the last $200,000 for the Community House, I want to give special thanks and appreciation to the Placer County Board of Supervisors, the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association Board and staff, and Mountain Mo’s for their commitment and vision.

And, I invite any of you who haven’t contributed to Community House yet to join us. It is easy and no gift is too small. For more information or to donate please visit

Happy summer and thank you everyone for your generosity. We greatly appreciate all of your love and support.

Karen S. Carey is executive director of Tahoe SAFE Alliance.

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