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Agencies provide many services to community

Anna K. Richter, grants manager, South Lake Tahoe Women's Center

Are you pregnant or do you have children under the age of 5? The staff of the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center, Sierra Recovery Center and the Family Resource Center know that being a parent can be hard work, so we have put together our resources to help you. First Five El Dorado has funded this collaboration so that pregnant women and parents of children under the age of 5 are eligible to receive the following services in either English or Spanish, confidentially and free of charge.

Parenting Support: Having young children means you are always on the run and sometimes it seems impossible to fit anything else in your schedule. If this sounds familiar our advocates can come to your home to help you develop parenting skills, nurture yourself and your children, develop a workable budget and plan recreational activities for yourself and your children.

Family Crisis Intervention and/or Counseling: Everyone has problems and challenges in their lives, and sometimes these seem too big to deal with alone. If you have a crisis in your life and you need help dealing with difficult problems, our advocates can lend you their ears and will work with you to develop positive solutions to the problems you are experiencing.

Alcohol, Tobacco and Drug Treatment Services: Sometimes people turn to drugs and/or alcohol to help them deal with stresses and problems in their lives. If you or your significant other use tobacco, drugs and/or alcohol to escape problems in your lives, it can have serious, negative effects on your children. If you think that you or your partner could have a problem with drugs and/or alcohol and advocate from Sierra Recovery Center can assist you by providing substance abuse assessments, interventions and treatment plans.

Assistance with Health Concerns: If you do not have medical insurance or if you have Medi-Cal, it can sometimes be difficult for you and your family to receive the quality healthcare services you deserve. As we have a strong working relationship with the Health Department, a nurse may be able to help by providing young children with needed immunizations, discussing birth control needs and options, and educating you about the most effective ways to keep you family safe and healthy — all at no cost to you.

There are a multitude of agencies in South Lake Tahoe whose services may fit the needs of your family. The three agencies that have collaborated to offer you the services discussed above also can refer you to other agencies that may have programs that would benefit your family. To learn more, feel free to stop by or call any of the three agencies in this collaborative at the following addresses and phone numbers. Lorena is available to help at the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center, so call (530) 544-2118 and ask for her or stop by the Women’s Center at 2951 Lake Tahoe Blvd., which is right across from the South Tahoe Middle School. You can reach Cesar at Sierra Recovery Center by calling (530) 541-5190 or by visiting 972 Tallac Ave., which is behind Rojo’s Restaurant. Both Ken and Teresa are available at the Family Resource Center and can be reached by calling (530) 542-0740 or stopping at 4501 Spruce Street, next to Bijou Community School.