2023 February Newsletter

february 2023 newsletter

Happy Valentine's Day

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Tiny Home Village

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You are cordially invited to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony for our Tiny Home Village & Youth Drop-In Center Expansion at 10 a.m. on March 10th.
We are beyond thrilled to see this dream come to fruition! The new center will include 14 tiny homes — complete with a commercial kitchen, bathroom & shower facilities, computer lab, recreation room and 24/7 supportive services for homeless youth ages 18-24. This is the first tiny home village for youth experiencing homelessness in Southern California.
“I am excited that the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has recognized the need for youth specific services and is supporting this innovative project,” said said Darryl Evey, the executive director of Family Assistance Program. “If we do not end youth homelessness, we will not stop the pipeline of people who have had their childhoods destroyed by housing insecurity. This project will set these young people up for a lifetime of successes.”
Please join us for the groundbreaking ceremony with Family Assistance Program staff, clients, board of directors, as well as San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and our local dignitaries. The event will take place at 16857 C Street, Victorville. Please RSVP to vida@familyassist.org

We have fundraisers lined up to raise money for the Tiny Home Village and Youth Drop-In Center Expansion.

Ontario Reign FUNdraiser!
Hockey Chuck a Puck
Date: Friday, February 17th
Tickets start at $22
Last day to buy tickets is Wednesday, 2/15/23
Buy your tickets here:

Watch a hockey game and raise money for a good cause! Buy tickets for you, your family, your friends, and enjoy a fun Friday night watching hockey with us! Chuck a pucks can be purchased on site. This is a family friendly, fun event!

All proceeds will go towards the tiny home village & youth drop in expansion.

Contact shelly@familyassist.org for more information.

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It’s Earth Day so it is a great way to come out and focus on your mind, body and soul!
Free family friendly event, raffle prizes, & face painting!

Sponsored by: Corporal Strenght Training & Skinny Thicc
Theme: Transforming Lives
All raffle donations will go towards the tiny home village & youth drop in expansion.
Contact vida@familyassist.org for more information.

Open Arms

Open Arms is happy to announce our new partnership with PAIR Teams, who will be assisting our clients with all medical needs. We are looking forward to the great things this partnership will bring our clients, along with extra support. Open Arms will be discussing further collaboration with Operation New Hope, holding monthly staff meetings to assure an opportunity to discuss new ideas that will benefit all clients. The month of January consisted of focusing on creating posters for the Human Trafficking Awareness Walk, which our clients took great interest to. Staff showed support by participating in wearing blue on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and also participating in the awareness walk. Open Arms participated in the PITC for the San Bernardino area, in an effort to bring more awareness to the homeless population in the county. Our team had great success with over 50 surveys accumulated within just our team of 4. 
We are eager to see what the month of February brings us as we celebrate Black History month. February will consist of groups pertaining to Black History, along with activities and a special Valentine’s Day Paint and Snack. We hope to continue bringing awareness and exposure to our clients as best we can. Please take a look at our group calendar for exact date and times.
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Community Center

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2023 is rolling along and we are now in February! February is Black History Month and we at the Community Center would like to highlight Frances Thompson, the first known Black Transgender female. Frances Thompson (1840-1876), although born into slavery in Alabama and assigned male at birth, by the age of 26 Frances Thompson was freed and living according to her own gender identity in a booming Black community in Memphis, TN. She kept her face clean-shaven, wore brightly colored dresses, and took in washing for pay. During the deadly Memphis Riot of 1866, Frances and her roommate, another Black woman, were brutally robbed and gang-raped by several white men which included two police officers. Frances and her roommate boldly testified at a committee hearing held by the US Congress, Frances stated that her and her roommate DID NOT consent to their brutal raping. This was and is huge for Black women because just a few years prior they didn’t have rights to their own bodies as enslaved women. A Black woman in 1866 fought bravely to live her truth against unthinkable peril and odds, we at C Street Community Center would like to honor and shed light on a hero this month, Ms. Frances Thompson.

Don’t forget, the C Street Community Center is still offering FREE Notary Services!

This service is available Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Please call Jobi at 760-843-0701 for more information.

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W-2s and 1099s are in the mail which means one thing, it’s TAX SEASON! Did you know that Family Assistance Program can help you file your basic 1040 and CA State tax returns….for FREE? Well if you didn’t know, now you do!
Call or email Jobi for your appointment today (760) 843-0701 or jobi@familyassist.org
The Victorville Community Center will be hosting the San Bernardino County FREE tax preparation service on March 30, 2023. Please call the number listed above to schedule your appointment.
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Hope House

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We are asking for help again this year for our Easter Basket Drive. Hope House and all of our Transitional Housing sites have many children this year. We are reaching out to the community to help us help our families to have a very happy Easter this year. Please sign up on the Event Brite and we will contact you with further information.
We are accepting everything for the children in our programs along with items for the parent.
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We are offering free Financial Empowerment & Credit Coaching workshops. Our goal is to assist you in achieving financial independence and self-sufficiency.
Our free workshops will offer:
  • Income & Debt Management
  • Credit Matters
  • Learning Financial Fundamentals
  • Home Ownership
  • & so much more!
Any questions please contact Nalisha Anderson 760-223-7787 nalisha@familyassist.org
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Open Door


Here at Open Door we’ve been accomplishing a lot of things. We have the 40 Hour Human Trafficking Training happening the month of February. Open Door has a lot of great presenters, like Homeland Security, FBI, Partners Against Violence, etc.

We attended the Tacos and Taxes event at San Bernardino Valley College with Assembly Member James C. Ramos. We were able to collaborate with a lot of agencies and helped many people file their taxes for free.

We were invited to Redlands University to educate the students on signs of Human Trafficking. They feel Human Trafficking is happening within their college. They believe with Open Door’s help to speak and present at Redlands University the students will be more aware if someone is trying to recruit them.

With doing all these presentations and tabling, we get the opportunity to get the word out there, spread awareness, and educate the County of San Bernardino on signs of Human Trafficking.


One of our Adult Advocates here at the Open Door is educating the community on the dangers of Fentanyl, and has taken it all the way to the state capital! Here are some words from Lisa, “My name is Lisa Wytcherley, I have been advocating to public mainly young adult and high school students about the dangers of Fentanyl. This all started when my 20 year old daughter was found unresponsive at her friends house due to her taking a pill that contain fentanyl to kill 5 people. My daughter passed 2 hours after she was found. After the trauma team did everything they could to try and save her. My main goal is to educate and prevent anymore deaths, by help passing bill so the drug dealers can be more accountable for their actions.”

Next Step

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A new year brings renewed possibilities; for Next Step it brings a renewed grant with new funding, as well as other new things to be excited about. This new year, Next Step Reentry has the privilege of being awarded a second round of funding for both the Warm Hand-Off and Rental Assistance grants. We did so well on the first round of Rental Assistance that we were first in line to be awarded the Rental Assistance grant. With these new funds, we have a new goal of providing our program participants the ability to rent a room right out of incarceration or with a referral to our program.

Although still in the planning and approval phase, we envision using the Rental Assistance funds to rent a house in which we will provide participants the opportunity to lease a room, free of judgement of their past and eliminating the barrier to housing they would have had if trying to rent anywhere else. This will accomplish three things: 1, provide another option to returning citizens when released from incarceration, 2, it will provide immediate housing for the participant to get them off the streets or keep them from going there in the first place with the security and peace of mind of a real lease agreement, 3, it will build a positive rental history for the participant. During their participation in the program, they will receive all the same assistance we have always provided our housing participants.

The bigger goal is to employ the Shared Housing Model, we are all getting acquainted with, along with the approach we are already taking with our program, to achieve a stable situation with all the participants in the house so that we can negotiate the transfer of the master lease to said participants. But for now, and until we get the go-ahead to move forward with our plan, we will still be providing rental subsidies as we have through-out our first round of funding.

In addition to this, the Next Step Reentry team would like to welcome its new team member, Sara Kruzan. You may remember her as the keynote speaker at the agencies Gala last year. She brings with her much experience and even more passion for providing the best program we can to our participants and the reentry population as a whole.

We are excited about these new possibilities and are looking forward to see how they will impact our program participants in a positive way. If you or someone you know could benefit from our services, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Erick or Vanessa from Next Step. ErickB@familyassist.org, VanessaH@familyassist.org.

FAM Spot

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Our outdoor activities are in full swing. We have been snowboarding and hiking. We have several activities scheduled for February so please check out our calendar.

Fam Spot is now open 7 days a week. We are here 10am to 7pm Monday through Friday and 9AM to 6pm Saturday and Sunday. Our clients are excited for us to be open on Sundays and feel this gives them somewhere safe to hang out at on Sundays. 
Fam Spot has been busy working with our local schools the last month. We are now doing LGBTQIA support groups at a local high school and dating violence/healthy relationship workshops. We have been attending tabling events at least once a week at different schools.
We are very excited to let you all know that a couple of Fam Spot staff, YAB members and some TAY youth attended the San Bernardino City Council meeting along with the ACLU for the state of emergency on homelessness agenda item. Each of them spoke on why they felt it was important for the city council to approve the agenda item. THEY PASSED the agenda item. We are proud of all that attended and spoke.

My Place

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There were a few exciting, healthy, and informational activities happening at My Place this month. For starters, we had the pleasure of taking the youth over to Fam Spot for a very informational presentation concerning opioids given by Mr. Frank Kelley and the No Drugs America program. Mr. Kelley spoke to the youth about the dangers and the possible consequences that can happen both short and long term. Our staff also took youth to a new arcade that just opened, clients were really excited about that. Since we’ve been having a warmer weather, the staff decided it would be a good idea to have a B-B-Q for the youth. Staff barbequed delicious meat items and side dishes. Our clients had a wonderful time, they ate, played board games, and played some basketball amongst each other and staff. We also had an amazing and healthy hike on the Pacific Coast Trails in Hesperia. Youth as well as staff were able to breathe clean fresh air and contemplate mother nature’s beautiful scenery. And last, but not least, My Place is looking forward to welcoming Valentine’s Day with a few festive decorations. 


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Through Housing Navigation, we offer a life-line between those that want to help and those that need help, and connect the two worlds expeditiously.
We meet with anyone who may come to ask for help locating housing, assess their needs, and provide case management, employment sufficiency, financial empowerment education, and the countless branches of advocacy offered. We have also offered many landlords, property owners, and management companies some much needed relief from their constant headache and frustration source that has been that of rental payments collection, and/or reliable tenants to fill rental properties.
Being able to offer our partners in property management and property owners, a direct-deposit payment into their accounts each month has proven to be mess-free and beneficial for all involved. If you, or someone you know, has a property that needs an occupant, please reach out to Star by email Starlene@familyassist.org or (760) 223-7787 ext. 3008.
“Alone we can do so little; together, we can do so much” Helen Keller

Upcoming Events

You Can Find Family Assistance Program at These Local Events



  • February 8 – Teen Dating Violence Prevention/Healthy Relationships Workshop (at Buena Vista Continuation High School, Chino)
  • February 17 – Ontario Reign Hockey Game (at Toyota Arena, Ontario)


  • March 7 – Taco Tuesday Fundraiser (at Miguel’s Baja Grill, Victorville)
  • March 10 – Groundbreaking Ceremony for Tiny Home Village (at 16857 C Street, Victorville)
  • March 25 – Family Expo at the SB County Fairgrounds, Victorville
  • March 30 – Free Tax Preparation Event (at 16857 C St., Victorville)


  • April 22 – Zumba Marathon at 16857 C St., Victorville
For more information on these events visit the calendar on our website


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We are currently hiring full and part-time for many open positions.

Click here to see all of the open positions at Family Assistance Program:

Open Positions

If you are interested in applying for any of our open positions, email your resume to hr@familyassist.org

COVID-19 Vaccinate All 58

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Everyone has felt the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially Latinos, who make up only 40% of the population but over 50% of COVID-19 related deaths. The safest way to protect yourself and others is to get vaccinated against COVID-19. At this time, only 59% of Latinos in California are vaccinated.
A new, easy-to-use tool is now available for Latinos and other Spanish speakers to learn about vaccines and COVID-19. WhatsApp allows you to text on your phone anytime, anywhere to find answers to your questions, and even book a vaccine appointment!
COVID-19 vaccines are free for everyone regardless of immigration status and insurance, and they are safe and effective for ages five and up.
We can all do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep our families healthy with habits such as wearing a well-fitting mask in high-risk settings, getting tested if we might have been exposed to the virus, staying home when sick, and getting vaccinated.
Get your questions answered and feel good about the facts by opening WhatsApp and texting HOLA to 833-422-1090 to chat. 


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If you want to help the most at-risk members of your community, you can donate to Family Assistance Program:

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If you are interested in donating items or anything other than a monetary donation you can email angela@familyassist.org

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Family Assistance Program envisions a community where each person has a loving, nurturing home life. We provide the tools necessary to create healthy interpersonal relationships, economic empowerment, and stable housing.

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