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Family Resource Center prepares for holidays

The most wonderful time of the year has come again, and as always, it’s a busy time for the South Lake Tahoe Family Resource Center. Every year, members of our community like you make a wonderful Christmas for so many. The FRC works together with a number of other area agencies to provide not only gifts, but food, clothing and other basic-needs supplies to families in need throughout our community. The Family Resource Center has survived and become an institution in this community because of the efforts of generous and dedicated individuals that strive to make sure that there is a holiday in every household during this season. If you are interested in making a difference and joining in on the fun, there are plenty of opportunities from which to choose: — Christmas Dinners: Through generous support from the local Safeway stores, the Family Resource Center purchases dinners for families in need for about $35 to $45 per family. — The Gift Basket Program: Instead of providing the family with Christmas presents alone, the Family Resource Center provides a basic-needs basket that includes household necessities such as laundry detergent, shampoo, soap, toothpaste, bathroom tissue and many other items. These are items that we all need and take for granted, unless you can’t afford them. — Family Adoption: As our longest-running Christmas tradition, you can adopt a family of any size and personally pick out the presents for the children of the household. Families eligible for this program generally are large or single-parent homes. We will provide information on the gender, age and gift suggestions as given by the families themselves. Gifts should be wrapped and delivered to the Family Resource Center by Dec. 14, or if you would like to meet your family, please contact the FRC to set up a meeting. The Family Resource Center also accepts cash donations, which are spread out among all the programs that were just listed. Contact the FRC at (530) 542-0740 if you have any questions and to sign up for these programs. As always, the Family Resource Center and our families appreciate the ongoing support of our community.

Resources are there for families

As always, it’s a busy time for the South Lake Tahoe Family Resource Center. Every year, members of our community like you make a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas for so many. The FRC works together with a number of other agencies in our community to provide not only gifts, but food, clothing, and other basic needs supplies to families in need throughout our community. The Family Resource Center has survived and become an institution in this community due to the efforts of generous and dedicated individuals who strive to make sure that there is a holiday in every household during this season. If you are interested in making a difference and joining in on the fun, there are plenty of opportunities from which to choose, here are just three: There are Christmas Dinners, the Gift Basket Program, or you can become involved in Family Adoption. The Family Resource Center also accepts cash donations, which are spread out between all of the programs listed above. Contact the FRC at (530) 542-0740 for more information or to sign up and make the arrangements to adopt a family, to get a complete list of items for the gift baskets, or to learn more about getting involved with the Christmas Dinners program. The Family Resource Center and our families appreciate the ongoing support of our community.

Cinco party will raise funds for Family Resource Center

The Family Resource Center will present the fourth annual Cinco de Mayo fundraiser from 5 to 10 p.m. May 2 at the Heavenly Ski Resort California Main Lodge. The event will offer family-friendly entertainment including a 10-piece mariachi band, salsa dancing with Jorge Orozco, a live D.J., and the “Ballet Folklorico” children’s dance troupe. Attendees may enter a raffle for a chance to win a one-week stay in a five-star condo in Hawaii worth more than $1,700. Tickets are also available before the event for $5 or five for $20. The annual salsa contest has expanded to the largest in the history of the celebration. This year, try out and rate salsa from Taberna in the Lakeside Inn & Casino, Los Mexicanos, Chevys Fresh Mex, The Cantina, Applebee’s, Lake Taco, Taqueria Margarita, Baja Fresh, Taco Taqueria, Navarro’s Bakery, Maria Bonita, Fat City, Mi Pueblo, Substation Deli and El Caballo Negro. Tickets are available for $25 for adults and $10 for children at the Family Resource Center, 3501 B Spruce Ave. All proceeds benefit the center, which has provided services to the community for more than 15 years.

Realtors present funds to Family Resource Center

The Affiliate Committee of the South Lake Tahoe Board of Realtors recently presented checks in the amount of $1,500 to the Family Resource Center. The money was used for the center’s holiday giving to needy families that they take care of through Christmastime. The money helped provide food from Thanksgiving through Christmastime. The donations were coordinated with Delicia Spees, manager of the Family Resource Center. The Affiliate Committee generates the funds from the raffle at the annual Board of Realtors of South Lake Tahoe Golf Tournament that takes place in the summer.

Family Resource Center to lose its funding

Women, laughter and the smell of homemade lasagna filled the small meeting room at the Family Resource Center April 18. But the Tuesday night Women’s Support Group may be enjoying the last of its sessions. The Family Resource Center may be forced to close its doors in June, when its main source of income runs out. A grant distributed by the California Office of Child Abuse Prevention has kept the center open for four years by covering more than 80 percent of its funding. Prior to receiving the OCAP, the building was “The Welcome Center,” a facility with limited services, which was funded through Healthy Start grant money. In addition to supporting the Family Resource Center, the OCAP grant provides the primary funding for Boys and Girls Club, Family Solutions, Mother and Sons and Families and Schools Together. According to Family Resource Center Coordinator Delicia Spees, allowing the center to shut down would be an incredible injustice to the community members who depend on its services. “The Family Resource Center runs based on this money, completely,” Spees said. “Anyone can come into the (center) and the services aren’t duplicated anywhere else in the community. It’s not fair to take this away from these people.” The Women’s Support group, which is conducted in Spanish, is one of many services provided at the resource center. The group addresses all types of issues, ranging from sex to finances to family conflicts. “I think this is empowering these women,” counselor Manuel Jimenez said. “That encourages them to get involved in their children’s lives and with the rest of the community. It makes them better citizens.” The support group, led by Spees, offers Latino women a chance to share their struggles and triumphs with their peers. “There is a language barrier that makes them feel very secluded in this community,” said Spees, who is bilingual. Rosario Martinez attends the group regularly and said it has helped her learn about the difference between laws and culture in Mexico and in the United States. “Since we’ve immigrated here, we’re alone,” Martinez said, using Spees as a translator. “We need to know more about our own people as well as what this culture is all about.” Martinez said she is learning how to integrate into the community. “That is what I would like,” she said. Ana Sanchez has utilized the resource center for six years, and learned to speak English through the English as a Second Language program. “Now I’m going to (Lake Tahoe Community College,)” Sanchez said. “I have a multicultural class. This place has helped me a lot.” Sanchez also commented on the free child care at the center. “Many people come to the school to learn English because they can leave their kids in child care and not worry,” Sanchez said. “If you have the opportunity to have your kids in child care, then you have the opportunity to study English.” Sanchez said she relies on the resource center for a variety of things and hopes it can stay open. “I think it’s very, very important to have this place because we learn many things, like what’s important for our families,” Sanchez said. “We learn about how we can keep the family together and help the kids stay away from problems. We get a lot of information about how to do better and better and to be a very good citizen.” Spees said that a community buy-in may be the only way to save the center. If rent and some other costs could be donated, then spending would be greatly decreased. Community donations are also acceptable. “The Family Resource Center is run by the Community Oversight Council, so any contributions should go there,” Spees said. For more information about donations, call the Family Resource Center at (530) 542-0740.

Book sale benefits Family Resource Center

Stock up on all kinds of books at Bookworks’ New Year’s sale. Bookworks is a non-profit used book store operated by the Family Resource Center of South Lake Tahoe. Bookworks has more than 12,000 books. During the sale, the store is offering larger-size paper backs for three for $10, newer hard covers for three for $5 and a selection of paperbacks for $1 each. Bookworks has been operating for 20 years and is located at 3330 Lake Tahoe Blvd., in the mall across from the Lake Tahoe next to Freshies. The Family Resource Center of South Lake Tahoe is a school-based agency providing basic needs, services, educational opportunities, family advocacy and bilingual counseling for children and adults. For more information, call 530-542-6818 or go to TahoeBookworks.com.

Letter to the Editor: Think about giving to the Family Resource Center

The most wonderful time of the year has come again and as always, it’s a busy time for the South Lake Tahoe Family Resource Center. Every year, members of our community make a wonderful Christmas for so many. The FRC works together with a number of other agencies in our community to provide not only gifts, but food, clothing, and other basic supplies to families in need throughout our community. As in previous years, the FRC offers many different ways to donate. Through Family Adoption, you can personally sponsor a family and provide gifts or items of your choice. You can even choose to form a relationship with the family by meeting them when delivering your gifts! Any cash donations received go toward our innovative gift baskets Program. While our adoptions offer the opportunity for families to get presents under the tree, our baskets provide many basic needs, food, clothing, and other items to make sure that every family is prepared to meet the winter months ahead. Our gift baskets not only provide the holiday spirit, but provide the gift of peace of mind. Donations of any kind are greatly appreciated, whether it be time, funds, or gifts. We invite everyone in our community to visit us at the Family Resource Center, located at 3501 Spruce Avenue, Suite B, on the grounds of Bijou Elementary School. We thank you for providing another year of this wonderful tradition to our families and our community!

Deadline approaching for Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop

The deadline for businesses to sign up to participate or sponsor the Ninth Annual Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop is Aug. 17. The event is scheduled for Oct. 6 from noon to 4 p.m. and is known for providing exposure to participating businesses, according to a press release. Some of this year’s proceeds will benefit the Family Resource Center of Truckee, an organization that aims to empower families and individuals to be self-sufficient, valued and contributing members of the community. Sponsorship opportunities ranging from $500 to $2,500 are still available. Businesses wishing to sponsor or participate should contact Switchback PR + Marketing, Inc. at 530-550-2252 immediately. There is no fee for restaurants or wineries that wish to participate as they are asked to provide 500-800 food samples or wine tastings. For more information, call 530-550-2252 or visit http://www.truckeewinewalk.com.

Cinco de Mayo fund-raiser for Family Resource Center

Provided to the Tribune The Family Resource Center, along with local restaurants and donors, will conduct its first fund-raiser this year. After years of providing services and working for the Tahoe community, FRC hopes to bring in the community to celebrate these years of service. The center has organized a Cinco de Mayo celebration that will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. May 3 at the Edgewood Tahoe. Tickets are just $20 each and are available for purchase at the Family Resource Center (530) 542-0740, Placer County Title (530) 542-1811 or the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce (530) 542-5255. For entertainment a 10-piece mariachi band will perform for two of the four hours. The band has been provided for by donations from the South Tahoe Association of Realtors and other donors. Jorge Orozo will present his specialty salsa dancing and a children’s dance troupe will present a Ballet Folklorico. All the food will be provided by La Taberna, Los Mexicanos, Chevys Fresh Mex Restaurant, Taco Taqueria and The Cantina. Soft drinks, beer, margaritas and wine will be available. A salsa taste-off is scheduled between the different restaurants in town to determine which restaurant serves the best salsa. Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each or $20 for five for a chance to win a number of great prizes donated by local merchants. Among the prizes are e a one-week trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, ski and snowboard leases, hot tub and spa, free movie rentals, season ski passes, photo and video bag, wine and gift certificates to restaurants. Proceeds will be used to support the many programs the Family Resource Center offers – all of which benefit children and families in the community. The center is funded by public agencies and grants. The demand for its services continues to grow, while the available funding is being reduced. By sharing in this night of celebration, participants will help ensure the Family Resource Center continues to be able to provide the services that make a difference for so many families in the community.

Family Resource Center gets set for Cinco de Mayo

Provided to the Tribune Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner, a special day that the entire community can celebrate. The South Lake Tahoe Family Resource Center has been serving low-income members of the community for many years, with a large number being of Latino descent. To celebrate these years of service, and to help fund a great many more, the center has organized its first Cinco de Mayo celebration. The event will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. May 3 at the Edgewood Tahoe. Tickets are just $20 each. La Taberna, Los Mexicanos, Chevys Fresh Mex, Taco Taqueria and The Cantina are providing all the food. Soft drinks, beer, margaritas and wine will be available. There will be a “salsa taste-off” between the different restaurants in town to finally determine which restaurant serves the best salsa. Entertainment includes a mariachi band, salsa dancing with Jorge Orozco, a Ballet Folklorico of local youth, and much more. Raffle tickets are available for a chance to win a one-week trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, or other great prizes including a season pass to Sierra-at-Tahoe snowsports area. Raffle tickers are available for $5 each and at a special price of $20 for five tickets. It will be a great evening, one the entire family can enjoy. Proceeds will be used to support the many programs the Family Resource Center offers – all of which will benefit children and families of the community. The center is funded by public agencies and grants. The demand for its services continues to grow, while the available funding is being reduced. By sharing in this night of celebration participants will help ensure the Family Resource Center continues to be able to provide the services that make a difference for so many families in the community. To buy tickets contact the Family Resource Center at (530) 542-0740, Placer County Title at (530) 542-1811, or the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce at (530) 541-5255.