KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Those needing food, legal advice and family assistance can soon access these services and more under one roof at the Kings Beach Community House.
“If you’re in a crisis, often times you need more than one thing, so the benefit is not to have to tell your story over and over again,” said Stacy Caldwell, CEO of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, a project partner. “(With the Community House) you don’t finish with one agency and suddenly you’re referred to another one across town, and now you’ve got to drive there and start the process all over again.”
The Kings Beach Community House at 265 Bear St., at the corner of Trout Avenue and Bear Street, will house satellite offices for Tahoe SAFE Alliance, North Tahoe Family Resource Center and Project MANA, along with space for other nonprofits.
The hope is for the building to open sometime in December, said Caldwell, who spoke inside the unfinished service center before about 60 officials and community members at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday afternoon.
Work remaining includes installation of drywall, carpet and lighting, along with painting, she said.
“Our vision for the Community House is for it to become a welcoming place, a gathering place, and a place where solutions are created,” said Patti Boxeth, former board chair of TTCF. “… Let’s help families move away from crisis and into self-reliance and resilience.”
Along with crisis services, Community House will offer classes, informal support groups, enrichment classes, career and family counseling and public meeting spaces.
“It really is the culmination of a lot of people’s visions to make not just Kings Beach, but Placer County — eastern Placer County — a better place to live, a healthier place to live and an easier place to live for those folks who need the services the Community House is going to offer,” said Jennifer Montgomery, District 5 supervisor for Placer County.
To date, more than $2 million has been raised for the $2.2 million project through a mix of public Transient Occupancy Tax funds — a North Lake Tahoe lodging charge paid by visitors who stay fewer than 30 days — private foundations and individual donations.
Besides giving money, people have offered time and services, saving the capital campaign more than $1 million, Caldwell said.
“I’m incredibly impressed with what this community can accomplish when they put their mind to it, and this has been a true community effort,” she said.
Caldwell said she’s confident the remaining $170,000 can be raised through private donations.
To donate, call TTCF’s office at 530-587-1776 or visit its website, www.ttcf.net.
“We will take whatever you can give,” Caldwell said. “… We will get it done together, and we’re really looking forward to when we can invite (the community) back here for the grand opening.”