WOMEN’S CENTER UPDATE- HELP FOR FAMILIES WITH YOUNG CHILDREN
We have good news for families with young children who reside in our community. The South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center has joined forces with The Family Resource Center and Sierra Recovery Center to provide support services to families with children ages 5 and under and/or expectant mothers.
Our newest program is called “The Prop. 10 Collaborative” because it is funded with the cigarette tax monies collected as a result of the passage of state Proposition 10. The Children and Families Commission of El Dorado County recently awarded the Women’s Center in collaboration with The Family Resource Center and Sierra Recovery Center a three-year grand of $360,000 to fund this new and innovative program.
Specifically, this program will address the needs of families who have difficulty accessing available social services due to languages or cultural barriers, lack of transportation, erratic work schedules, lack of childcare, health problems, and/or sporadic homelessness. The services we will offer under this new program include:
–In-home assessment for service needs.
–Parenting support and education.
–Family crisis intervention.
–Alcohol, drug and tobacco abuse services.
–Assistance with health concerns, particularly obtaining pre-natal care, well-baby exams and childhood vaccinations.
–Advocacy, case management and referrals to appropriate community services.
All the Prop. 10 services are provided free of charge regardless of income source or level. All services are offered in English and Spanish. All services are voluntary and confidential. For further information contact Janice Eastburn at the South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center, (530) 544-2118.
The South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center is located at 2941 Lake Tahoe Blvd. The building was acquired in 1999 with a 3 percent loan through the Rural Community Assistance Corporation, funds raised locally and a grant from the Sierra Health Foundation, an independent foundation committed to supporting health-related activities in Northern California. The RCAC recently approved a one-year extension on the remaining loan amount of $365,000.
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