Truckee’s Family Resource Center moves, continues to grow
TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; Many community resource nonprofits have seen a double-whammy over the last few years andamp;#8212; increasing demand for services and decreasing funds from the government and donors.In some cases, thatandamp;#8217;s meant having to shrink services, but for the Family Resource Center of Truckee, the board and staff have actually tried to increase the list of helping options for families in need.The center moved to a new, bigger home on Oct. 24 in the former teen center, next to the Kid Zone and high school on Donner Pass Road.andamp;#8220;From 2006 to now weandamp;#8217;ve seen more people looking for support in looking for job opportunities, housing and food,andamp;#8221; said Adela Gonzles Del Valle, executive director of the Family Resource Center.The number of households turning to the family resource center has grown from fewer than 100 households in 2005-06 to more than 500 in 2008-09, said Reini Jensen, chair of the centerandamp;#8217;s board.That growing clientele has also transformed from nearly entirely Latino to about half-and-half Latino and white, Gonzles Del Valle said.andamp;#8220;Weandamp;#8217;re proud of that; it reflects that anyone in the community who finds themselves in need is comfortable in coming to us,andamp;#8221; Gonzles Del Valle said.That also reflects the particularly hard-hit areas of contracting and construction.andamp;#8220;New families andamp;#8212; people that didnandamp;#8217;t access our services before, those who have lost their job in fields like construction, who are at risk of being evicted andamp;#8212; are coming in,andamp;#8221; Jensen said.The Family Resource Centerandamp;#8217;s move from the Sierra Mountain Education Center should help them keep up with their expanding programs, Gonzles Del Valle said, and happened with the support of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and the Truckee-Donner Recreation andamp; Park District.andamp;#8220;We needed to commit to a good home in spite of the economic times, and we thought this was a good opportunity,andamp;#8221; Jensen said.Those programs have grown to include legal advice, parent classes, child abuse prevention, affordable housing outreach with the Town of Truckee, homeless prevention and a new rapid-rehousing program, emergency assistance, energy savings with the Truckee Donner Public Utility District, family support, health care assistance, tutoring, family fun night and referrals to other organizations like Project MANA, Tahoe Womenandamp;#8217;s Services and others, Gonzles Del Valle said.The Family Resource Center gets its funding from a variety of Nevada County programs, the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, the town and the utility district and private donors, Gonzles Del Valle said.But state and federal grants have been harder to come by.andamp;#8220;We apply for 10 grants and get one or two andamp;#8212; the success rate has gone way down,andamp;#8221; Jensen said.To keep services going in spite of those troubles, Gonzles Del Valle said the center has cut pay and reduced hours for the six full-time and two part-time staff, and are always looking for more volunteers, of which they have six or seven now.
To learn more about the available services or to see how you can help out at the Family Resource Center of Truckee, call 587-2513 or go to http://www.truckeefrc.org.
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