2023 May Newsletter

may 2023 newsletter
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Direct from Darryl

RuPaul will be hosting a fundraiser for our LGBTQ shelter in the coming months. Under normal circumstances, this would be just a fun event to raise a few dollars. In the current politically charged climate where people are searching for a reason to be offended, this is perceived as controversial. They contacted us to ask if they could host this event and if it was ok to tell people it was for us. I was saddened that this is even a question.

We proudly support our LGBTQ community. For those who do not know, this is the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning. Sometimes it includes additional letters because not everyone fits into one of those categories. Everyone has the right to love who they love. Everyone has the right to dress however they want to dress. I own several kilts and enjoy wearing them to special occasions. In some states, that is now illegal. Rocky Horror Picture Show is one of my favorite movies, but it is now banned in some states.

Bad things happen when good people allow it. We stand against hate. We stand against bigotry and prejudice. We proudly support those who are discriminated against. I hope you will join us in our fight against injustice and discrimination.

Darryl Evey
Executive Director

Hope House

Soroptimist International of Victor Valley has begun their yearly project at Hope House. They have included the participants at Hope House and let them choose colors to paint their rooms. Soroptimist International of Victor Valley has also purchased bedding for the house. The bedding is colorful and makes Hope House a happy place for our participants to begin to be successful. Jo, one of the Soroptimists who also has painted characters at Molly Brown’s Cafe, is brightening up the Play Room at Hope House. Please reach out if you are interested in knowing more on Soroptimist International of Victor Valley and what they do please contact Tracey@familyassist.org for more information.

Thank you to Soroptimist for your help painting Hope House! We thank you so much for your support!

Our Financial Empowerment Advocate has been working with one of our participants that is in transitional housing. The participant has been earning money and working cleaning homes and different business. They started working on budgeting and saving and she was able to save $1000. She needed a stable vehicle to get around to the different locations she was cleaning. We referred her to a place where she would be able to get a nice vehicle to get her where she needed to go. She used the $1000 that she was able to save for her down payment on the car. Now she is working toward building up her savings fund again for her new home. We look forward to her continued success.

Our Domestic Violence 40-Hour Training kicked off on April 11th and we have 37 attendees. This year we have attendees from New York, Australia and Sri Lanka! If you weren’t able to attend this training don’t worry! We have a Spanish Domestic Violence 40-Hour Training coming in June this year, and another English one in October. Stay tuned for more details!

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three women painting a wall

Community Center

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We here at C Street want to wish all of the Mother’s out there a very big Happy Mother’s Day this month. Mother’s are a rare breed. We can hug away monsters, heal with a hug, make a meal out of scraps and a miracle out of nothing. Here’s to all the Mom’s out there…WE APPRECIATE YOU THIS MONTH AND EVERY MONTH!

A HUGE thank you to Amazon OTB2 for their donation of 2,000 pairs of men’s, women’s and children’s shoes! This is just amazing! This donation assisted all of our programs here at Family Assistance Program AND we were able to share some with our community partners: Rescue Mission, High Desert Homeless Shelter, Rock’n Our Disabilities, and Orenda. It was so great how Staff came together and handled this massive donation…what a great day!!

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free notary services

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.

The Community Center held a Tacos and Taxes event on April 18, 2023 hosted by Assembly member Juan Carrillo! We were able to assist 15 people with tax preparation and many more with resources and taco plates from Aguilar’s Tacos. We had resources available from TODEC, Molina Healthcare, Family Assistance Program’s Open Door, Partners Against Violence, Inland County Legal Services and more. It was a great day in Old Town Victorville.

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tax preparation booth
tax preparation booth

Open Arms

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The month of April Open Arms was able to attend 3 different resource fairs with Borrego Health, Operation New Hope, and Cal State San Bernardino Women’s Center. For the month of May we are looking forward to attending a resource fair with Young Visionaries and attending the monthly Faith Based Network Luncheon.

For Cinco de Mayo we hosted a fiesta, where clients were able to enjoy tacos, play games, and paint. Our updated group calendar can be found on our Facebook page, Family Assistance Program Open Arms. Stay connected with us on Facebook to keep up with all the great things happening here at Open Arms.

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Open Door

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One of Open Door’s clients successfully received her diploma. She was so excited that she completed such an amazing accomplishment. We have another client that is in her 2nd term for her LVN license. She’s excited that at the end of her accomplishment, she’ll not only be making good money but helping people.

Open Door would like to congratulate Angel Magallanes from C.A.S.E who was awarded by the Love Program, Women of Color for her achievements in San Bernardino County. Congratulations Angel. Bernadette and Ebony tabled the event and let everyone know what Open Door/ Family Assistance Program does for San Bernardino County.

Open Door will also be at Magdalena’s Daughter Youth Human Trafficking walk this month. We table there events to bring awareness on Human Trafficking. Open Door will also be part of Option House’s 40 hour state certification domestic violence training.

Open Door will be hosting another 40 hour State Certification Human Trafficking Training, it starts May 23rd and ends June 13th.

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If you have any questions please contact bernadette@familyassist.org

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FAM Spot

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With warmer weather coming, our Drop-In Center has been the go-to place for our youth! We have been facilitating many different groups, such as substance abuse classes, anger management classes, finance, LGBTQ+ support, and more are being added to our calendar. The advocates are also engaging the youth in hiking and helping in our community garden, Youth have enjoyed our weekly Mojave Narrow trips to see a new scenery and just enjoy that time away.

Huge thanks to Rudy for rocking it with the LGBTQ+ community at our local schools! TAY clients have been on a roll with achieving their goals one step at a time. In the past 2 weeks 5 clients have been able to obtain a job and one enrolled into school to become a CNA! We couldn’t be prouder of them all! We would also like to introduce Millie, our Victims of Crime Advocate, to our team. She has been able to help our youth by helping them understand their rights and providing resources as well as advocating for them to make sure they are heard. Our youth have been extremely grateful to have this new service provided for them. Keep going strong FAM Spot!

Welcome Home

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Welcome Home is excited for our upcoming Pride event on June 23rd! We are partnering up with Operation New Hope at their location from 11-3pm. There will be free medical, educational and housing resources given by queer friendly organizations.

TruEvolution will be offering free STI testing for those in need. This will be an excellent space to make connections to those in the LGBTQIA+ community. We are still looking for vendors and allies to come partner with us. For more info about the event email
welcomehome@familyassist.org or call our shelter at (909) 567-2123.

We hope to see you in June! Refer to the flyers and links provided below to learn more or sign up.

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My Place

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This month at My Place our clients have been making great progress. We got a generous donation of shoes from our community center and every client got several pairs. Multiple clients have had job interviews and have made resumes for potential jobs. We have held life skill and educational groups to help our youth excel. There have been several outings including a trip to the Long Beach Grand Prix, a trip to watch a live wrestling event, lake trips and movie trips. We had a barbecue for Cinco De Mayo for our clients and celebrated all the accomplishments they have made. We look forward to the month of May.

Tiny Home Village

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Save the date for our Fiesta on September 15th hosted by our amazing venue sponsor, Courtyard by Marriott in Hesperia. We will have food, drinks, music, raffles, and more from 5-11pm. 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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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


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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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