2023 July Newsletter

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Direct from Darryl

I am a member of the Victor Valley Marine Corps League. This is a group of Marines that come together to socialize and help each other. It is one of the only places that I feel I can truly relax and express myself in a way that will not be judged or questioned by anyone. This is why we hosted a Pride Festival. Many of our gay and trans friends rarely feel they can express themselves without people staring, questioning, or harassing.

When my wife and I hold hands walking down the street, or kiss goodbye, or even hug, we never fear that someone will yell a slur at us. Many of our LGBTQ friends do not have that luxury to hold hands with the person they love while in public. All of our programs and facilities are “safe places” where everyone is free from judgement or discrimination. We believe that everyone should feel welcome. As a child, I remember seeing my friend harassed because he was black and was dating a white girl. This is accepted almost every in the US today. I hope someday, our LGBTQ friends will have that same acceptance.

Darryl Evey
Executive Director

Welcome Home

Welcome Home hosted their first Pride Event on June 29th, at the Roosevelt Bowl in Perris Hills Park (San Bernardino). What started out as a small resource fair in a parking lot has become something far bigger than we imagined. The event welcomed 500+ guests, 40 vendors, various local talent, and support for the LGBT community. Staff and volunteers put in the time and effort to make this event possible.

The event started off with a blessing from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. They gave a moving speech about unity and strength. We had local talent, DJ Commodore, and cover band These Handsome Devils performing. The real treat of the night was local drag performers. Oscar Lobos, Welcome Home Case Manager, was the MC, bringing his natural dramatic flair to the cheering audience.

One of the most rewarding parts of the event was seeing parents support their children. Watching teenagers be able to become their true themselves is what makes working at Welcome Home so rewarding. We had people of all ages attend the event, give support, and make it one of the most memorable events.

We were fortunate to have the assistance of Open Door and Open Arms, who joined us in distributing information about our organization. Local organizations and vendors are interested in supporting next year’s Pride event, so we can have a bigger turn out. Some of the biggest contributors were TruEvolution, Amazon, IEHP, and DBH. We plan to start working on next year’s Pride Event in the next few months, due to all the support and love we received.

We want to give a Kudos to Amazon for donating almost a year’s worth of hygiene products to Welcome Home. We also want to thank our former clients who came out to work as security for the event. Another big kudo belongs to Parks and Rec staff members Vanessa and Juanita. They gave us the location for the event and were present throughout to ensure it ran smoothly.

As we reflect on the success of this event, we are filled with gratitude for the support we received from various individuals and organizations. We look forward to building on this momentum and creating an even more impactful and successful pride event next year.

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Hope House

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Hope House can’t say thank you enough to our new Health Advocate, Julie! Julie became a part of our team in June and has hit the ground running making connections with medical homes and resources for our Hope House participants. Having Julie helps the Hope House Staff and Case Managers focus on assisting clients with other needs such as housing, employment, schooling, etc. Thanks to Julie, clients are not having to wait three plus weeks for appointments and getting the care, comfort and compassion they need, when they need it.

Summer is here, school is out and Hope House is full of families and fun! Our Childcare Worker, Shawnna, is always planning activities, games and projects for the little ones to do. Hope House is always taking donations of arts and craft items, sidewalk chalk, jump ropes and other outdoor activities to entertain the little ones. If you would like to donate, please email Lori R. at lorir@familyassist.org.

The Hope House Empowerment Center would like to wish a Happy July 4th to everyone! We are thankful for the freedom we have and appreciate all those that have fought or currently fight to sustain that freedom. We hope everyone had a safe and family filled Holiday.

Did you know that July is National Parks and Recreation Month? The Empowerment Center encourages everyone to get up, get out and safely enjoy our High Desert parks. Grab the kids, the pets, the frisbee and cornhole games, lots of sunscreen and water, and check out some of the parks below:

Apple Valley – Corwin Park, Civic Center Park

Hesperia – Malibu Park, Hesperia Civic Plaza Park

Victorville – Eva Dell Park, Center Street Park

Adelanto – Richardson Park

Don’t forget, the Family Assistance Program 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.

The Hope House Empowerment Center Staff wants to take the time to thank everyone that came out to our Grand Opening on June 28, 2023…what a GREAT day!!! We are so proud of our new center and we were very excited to share it with our colleagues, community partners and clients. We have to extend a special thank you to Recreate Reminiscences by Aubrey for the beautiful balloon columns; and a HUGE thank you to Seven Sixty Street Tacos for providing the DELICIOUS tacos for everyone that day!

Happy Independence Day from all of the Staff and families at Hope House! We know that Holidays spent in a Shelter can be scary, sad, lonely; a new place with new people is never easy. The Staff at Hope House always try to make every Holiday as “normal” as possible for our families, and well what does most everyone do on the 4th of July? BBQ and watch fireworks, and Hope House did just that! Our participants were so excited at the view from the driveway…we could see fireworks all around us! It was a great night for everyone!

2023 Dreams Come True Gala

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Save the Date

Sponsors are needed for our annual Dreams Come True Gala. It will take place on Saturday, October 7th at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center in Victorville. Cocktail hour starts at 4:30pm. If you are interested in sponsoring this event, contact ginger@familyassist.org

We are pleased to introduce our guest speaker for the 2023 Dreams Come True Gala, Yvette Abreo, who is a true inspiration. Yvette has overcome incredible odds to achieve great things, and their story is a testament to the power of human determination. We are confident that Yvette will leave us all feeling inspired and motivated.

Tiny Home Village

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Join us for our Fiesta on Friday, September 15th hosted by our amazing venue sponsor, Courtyard by Marriott in Hesperia to raise money for homeless youth in the High Desert. We will have food, drinks, music, raffles, and more from 5-11pm. Thank you to Patterson Print Shop for printing our event tickets and always supporting your community. If you would be interested in being a centerpiece sponsor or buy a table email vida@familyassist.org

Who will be the next to step up and sponsor a tiny home? You can be a part of the solution to end homelessness by donations to the tiny home village or by attending one of the fundraising events.

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Open Arms

The month of June was an eventful month for Open Arms. We were able to attend numerous community events throughout the month, allowing us to reach various demographics. We would like to give a huge shoutout to all of our partners, especially those who hosted an event this past month, without our partners we would not be able to be as successful as we are. Thank you to Young Visionaries, Welcome Home, Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance, and Operation New Hope for hosting and inviting us to their amazing events.

For the month of July, we are partnering with Operation New Hope to host Fun Friday activities for all clients to enjoy. We are planning fun activities such as movie night, dodgeball, water balloon fights and so much more! We are also going to be hosting cooking classes for clients as well. Take a look at our group calendar for this month to keep up with the great opportunities we have to offer.

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Open Door

Here at the Open Door we’ve been doing very exciting things. We are now in the Charter Schools, Bernadette is presenting for their staff all in San Bernardino County, On the signs and indications of human trafficking with our Tay 17-24.

We have a couple events this month we have Rise up in the mental health, We also have we also are tabling at VIP on the signs of the indications of human trafficking. Very excited for all that’s going on this month.

We are having our next 40 hour state certified human trafficking training in October. If you have any questions or comments please contact Bernadette@family assist.org

If anyone is in need of employment please contact Caroline@famiyassist.org

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We are happy to announce that 2 of our transitional housing participants have obtained their own housing and another has been approved for housing. They have worked hard on their goals with their Case Managers, Financial Advocate and Housing Navigator. Congratulations! Open Door is so pleased to announce not just one but three inspiring success stories!

One of our young ladies had been in program for a year and was able to obtain housing. This participant is an upbeat personality that shines on through to everyone around her. She held employment somewhere she was very proud to be.

The second is a mother, a mother struggling to regain custody of her children. There was a moment this women had lost hope and almost lost her fight. She reached out and shared what she was going through and staff encouraged reminded her what was coming. She found the strength again and today has her housing and is very close to her next goal of regained custody. All of this and more in eight months!

Third we have a young lady who in just seven months has made big changes in her life for her daily fight to have her child returned to her. She was unfairly taken advantage of by the system as she herself was very young when she had her child. But she continues to fight for her rights and to be reunited with her child. This participant has since obtained steady employment and housing in which she will enter next month!

FAM Spot

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Summer days are here! We had our first ever “Dipping into FAM Spot” summer event where Parents/Guardians were able to come by and see what we do. It was a fun water day and the youth were able to enjoy snacks and food off the grill. There have been plenty of lake trips and hikes the youth have been able to experience!

We were able to beat the heat wave with the lake trips so kudos to Jose for being able to help the youth keep cool. July 4th was a family event here. Youth got to help Jaydee and Jose prepare an awesome BBQ feast. Our Transitional Age Youth homes have been receiving so much love from the community with donations coming in to make them feel more at home. Our youth and staff couldn’t thank them all enough. Big shout out the FAM Spot team being able to help and hear all of our youth. This has made a big impact on many of them.

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