2023 November Newsletter

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Direct from Darryl

As we enter into the holiday season, I encourage everyone to take a step back and think about our community. Some children will be sad because they did not receive the “hot new toy” that is on everyone’s wish list. Other children will be sad that they did not receive anything. Some will hope Santa brings them everything they requested, while others will hope that it does not get too cold that night because sleeping in a car is not very warm. Some parents will worry about whether the turkey will be too dry, while others will worry about whether the soup kitchen will be open and if they will be able to feed their children on Christmas day. Please take a moment to be grateful for what you have.

A few years ago, we had a boy come to our youth shelter on Christmas Eve, just after midnight. At 16 years old, he understood that his family was not perfect. Holidays frequently devolved into drunken yelling and fights. That year, it was worse, and he ran away during the Christmas Eve fight. Some of the local people living on the streets directed him to our youth shelter. We had a couple of presents for him in the morning, then spent the afternoon at Dave and Busters (they are open on Christmas Day), and then a movie that evening. The next day, we were speaking, and I asked how he was and if he had a fun Christmas. He gave me a big smile and said it was the best Christmas he had had in years. He held up his arm and said, “look, no bruises!” I was feeling sad that he was in a shelter, but he was happy that he was safe. It is all about perspective.

I hope that you all enjoy the time you have with family and friends.

Darryl Evey
Executive Director

Happy Holidays

Family Assistance Program wants to wish you all
a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Our offices will be closed on Thursday 11/23 and Friday 11/24 in order for our staff to enjoy the holiday with their loved ones. In case of an emergency, our hotlines are answered 24/7:

Domestic Violence 760-949-4357

Homeless/Runaway Youth 909-335-2676

Human Trafficking 909-333-7476

This month we celebrated Veterans Day and want to say thank you to all of the Veterans! We are deeply grateful for the men and women who have served our country, and we are proud to have veterans among our own employees. Your service and dedication to our nation are an inspiration to us all.

Hope House

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Hope House staff put together a spooky Halloween party for the children at Hope House. The children were all able to pick out costumes that were donated. Everyone played games like musical chairs and danced and sang to music. The children were able to take part in a cup cake decorating contest. The staff at Hope House came together and purchased pizza for their meal. Everyone also was able to have nachos, and of course, everyone received candy.

The staff at Hope House ensured the children enjoyed their Halloween and the event helped everyone forget what brought them to Hope House. We hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!

Hope House staff also attended High Desert Second Chance’s Annual Trunk or Treat event. Lori and Shawna decorated the truck and set a table up with the program’s information. They handed out candy to the thousand trick-or-treaters who were in attendance.

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Spread the holiday cheer with us!

This Christmas, we’re excited to announce our “Adopt a Family for Christmas” program to support families in our domestic violence shelters and programs.

You can make a real difference this holiday season by granting a wish for a family in need. Join us in making their dreams come true! If you cannot adopt a family this holiday, feel free to donate! We are also accepting donations of the following items: hygiene Items such as shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hair brushes, makeup, feminine hygiene items, new bath towels, and toys! We will also be accepting canned and boxed food donations. They can be dropped off at the Hope House Empowerment Center 15201 Eleventh St Suite 100 Victorville.

Please feel free to contact Tracey tracey@familyassist.org or Sylvia sylvia@familyassist.org (760) 843-0701

Win Big, Give Bigger!

Spice up your generosity by donating a brand-new toy (valued between $10.00 and $20.00) and enter to win our Sriracha gift basket. Every toy donated goes directly to families in our domestic violence shelters and programs.

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Join us for The Journey to
Financial Freedom class with DJ.

Scan the QR code for registration or you can email DJ at davidf@familyassist.org.

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free notary services

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 or email her at jobi@familyassist.org

We also provide FREE Restraining order services by appointment only. For more information contact Diana at 760-843-0701 or diana@familyassist.org

We also offer FREE weekly classes from anger management and parenting to domestic violence and so much more. For more information please contact Ahea at 760-843-0701 or ahea@familyassist.org

Open Arms

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During the month of October, Open Arms hosted a resource fair for the community and saw much success from this event. There was a total of 20 vendors and roughly 50 community members who joined us during the event. It was a great opportunity to see the community come together and share resources.

Our TAY housing program has also seen great success this past month, successfully housing two youth participants and helping change their housing status. Community Action Partnership hosted mobile showers twice a week at Open Arms, allowing for more members of the community to participate.

Our Youth Coordinated Entry System meeting will be held in November. The first one was on the 8th and the second will be on the 22nd from 10 am to 11 am. Please join us to share resources and help house our youth in San Bernardino County.

The Youth Advisory Board, YAB, will be hosting its monthly meeting on December 1st from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm at 323 W. 7th St. San Bernardino, 92401.

Welcome Home

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October was filled with spooktacular activities and remarkable achievements. Our clients enthusiastically embraced various Halloween activities, including pumpkin carving, cookie decorating, horror movie marathons, and engaging in artistic endeavors. The true highlight, however, was the remarkable progress our clients made with the majority now gainfully employed and actively pursuing their personal goals.

With the assistance of our dedicated staff, one client underwent a gender-affirming haircut, significantly boosting their self-confidence and comfort in their own identity. One client has been active in volunteering, with their latest contribution cold calling on behalf of Planned Parenthood.

At the core of Welcome Home’s mission is education. Our staff remained actively engaged in various training programs, including Case Management and Motivational Interviewing. Additionally, we had the privilege of hosting Angela Olivares, an HIV & AIDS Outreach Educator from DAP HEALTH (Desert AIDS Project). She visited our shelter to discuss HIV and destigmatization.

Angela is leading an instructive series that provides clients with valuable resources, including free testing kits, dental dams, and resources. She has access to a mobile testing van that screens for gonorrhea, HIV, syphilis, hepatitis, and chlamydia. Our ultimate goal is to empower participants to make informed, healthy choices.

Our staff also had the opportunity to attend the Family Assistance Program’s annual Dreams Come True Gala on Saturday, October 7th, hosted at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center in Victorville. The event featured an inspiring guest speaker, Yvette Abreo, who serves as the Agency Life Coach for the Family Assistance Program.

Welcome Home remains steadfast in its commitment to expanding its presence in schools, non-profit drop-in centers, and community-based programs to promote LGBT resources like Stop the Hate.

For more information about Stop the Hate, please visit www.StoptheHateCA.org – opens in a new window or contact Welcome Home at WelcomeHome@FamilyAssist.org.

Houseless LGBT youth aged 18-24 are encouraged to reach out to WelcomeHome@FamilyAssist.org, where they will be connected with resources and added to a waiting list.

Open Door

There has been a lot going on at Open Door. Our very own Caroline, being contracted at the CFS office as a Domestic Violence Counselor, has been working with a family that had their children removed from their home. Caroline began to work with the parents by providing DV education with them on a weekly basis, checking on them throughout the week, and creating a safety plan with them. After providing these services and continuing to stay connected with these parents, they have now been granted unified visits with their children.

Kimia has been working with a client she met at The Goodwill workshop. This client is a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault. Within two weeks we helped her with mock interviews and sent her job leads and training flyers and she was able to find a job at Burlington Coat Factory! It is part-time but it’s permanent work. She will be starting this week. We are so excited and proud of her.

Christmas is around the corner! If you or anyone you know would like to adopt a client in our Human Trafficking program, below is a link for Open Door’s Amazon Wishlist. It is easy, you just click on the link and choose what you would like to buy for one of our clients, and it ships to the Open Door office. Or if you would like to drop anything off please contact Bernadette at Bernadette@familyassist.org

My Place

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The month has just begun, and we cannot wait to see what’s in store for our youth here at My Place! While they continue their stay here, we want them to have educational outings, and visiting the California Science Center is perfect for that! The clients enjoyed learning about different ecosystems, animals, biology, and air and space. This was a first for some of our youth and we hope it won’t be the last! Staff also took our clients to Hesperia Lake Park where they got to enjoy nature, walking around, and feeding the ducks. Clients also enjoyed the Apple Valley Civic Park with our staff’s dog where they roller skated through the park. Being outdoors and taking in fresh air has been helping our youth tremendously along with our groups.

Our art wall keeps on getting new additions from our clients as we have them come in and show how talented they are. We have helped youth complete their Food Handlers permit in hopes they can begin looking for jobs. We continue to do Case Management to help them achieve the most while they stay at My Place. We create a safe environment for youth, and it’s become a comfortable safe space for them. We cannot wait to start decorating the shelter with our youth for the holidays!

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FAM Spot

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Fam Spot has officially been at its new location for two months now and we’ve already met our goal of gathering 100 returning client check-ins. Last week’s updates put us at 130 check-ins for the month of October, that’s including 26 new clients! While at Fam Spot, clients are receiving supportive services, completing community service, health navigation, substance abuse classes, and much more. Clients have shared in our bi-weekly survey that when they’re at Fam Spot they feel like we’re all family and feel completely safe, which is always amazing to hear. Management would love to extend its gratitude for all the hard work Fam Spot staff and TAY Case Managers have been doing. Our job is a labor of love and it takes a big heart to do so! Thank you for all that you do!

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Stop the Hate

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The team at the Stop the Hate Campaign against anti-LGBTQIA+ Hate Crimes and Bullying in San Bernardino has been off to a strong start in its first month! In the midst of launching our campaign, we have already been involved in responding to hate crimes in the community, both on an organizational level and on a personal level.

We’ve identified a few youth who’ve been victims of hate crimes in the past and are looking for support and counseling to process their trauma. Thankfully, our project can do just that! We are finding that many youth and young adults are not reporting hate crimes or bias incidents, so it looks like our project has its work cut out for us!

Some team highlights:

Oscar Lobos, our team coordinator, was written up in CSUSB’s monthly newsletter and was able to give a few shoutouts to Family Assistance Program:

Read the full article here:

Alumnus Oscar Lobos: Unwavering advocate for San Bernardino’s LGBTQIA+ homeless youth | CSUSB News | CSUSB

Oscar has taken the initiative in implementing the Direct Services aspect of our project and public presentations!

Earlier this month Caitlyn Krautzman, one of our team, was named one of the Inland Empire’s 30 Under 30! What a great accomplishment! Caitlyn has been helping us develop our marketing materials for this program.

Rudy Ponce from FamSpot has been actively reaching out to schools GSA (Genders and Sexualities Alliances) and those who want to develop a GSA, to provide training on bully-prevention strategies, safety planning, and offering wellness services.

Jamie Musser, one of our team is building a writing/journaling workshop that will integrate therapeutic crafts and meditation!

Jim “Bo” Bolas, Chief Program Officer attended the Stop the Hate Convening in LA at California Endowment and was able to address questions around the implementation of recently passed AB-449 (Hate Crimes Law Enforcement Policies) and the necessary integration of SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression).

The amazing Angela Sorrell-Herrera has been doing some heavy lifting and helping us create a page on our website for the Stop the Hate campaign. This provides a landing place for our outreach materials and allows us to post educational documents and resource information. Check out the work in progress: STOP THE HATE

We’re currently working with Gary Martin in our IT department to help us establish a hotline system to track client response to incidents of hate crimes and incidences of bias and bullying.

We know that incidents of hate and bias are prevalent in San Bernardino and often go unreported. Our challenge is to remedy this by providing support, prevention, and systems change and strengthening or developing efforts for rapid identification, reporting, and response.

Victims of Crime

Young people aged 14-24 in San Bernardino County: You are not alone if you've experienced:

Domestic or Relationship Abuse
Theft
Bullying
Physical or Sexual Attacks
Illegal Evictions
Hate Crimes
Mistreatment by the Authorities

Family Assistance Program is here to support and advocate for you. If you’ve been victimized or just need someone to talk to, don’t hesitate to call us at 909-571-5659. Together, we can explore your situation, your rights, and find a path forward. Watch the videos on our website to learn more about how we can help you.

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Hiring

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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

Give

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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

We have partnered with Santa’s Sleigh again this year.

Bring Christmas Cheer by Baking!

Donations Wanted!

Donate baked goods for our Dessert Auctions on 11/21 and 12/6 and help bring Christmas to children in need.
Contact misty@familyassist.org or call (949)592-2075.

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The updated COVID-19 vaccine is now available. Everyone 6 months and older is eligible and should receive the vaccine to protect against the potentially serious outcomes of COVID-19 illness this fall and winter. The COVID-19 vaccine remains the best protection against COVID-19 related hospitalization and death. The vaccines are safe and hundreds of millions of people have safely received the COVID-19 vaccine in the U.S. Ask your doctor or refer to MyTurn.ca.gov for more information.

Thank Your to Our Community Partners

Join Our Team

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Join Our Team

CHECK OUT OUR OPEN POSITIONS

If you are homeless and feel that your civil rights were violated by police or community official please click this link to fill out a form from the ACLU.

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.

2023 October Newsletter

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October 1st marks the beginning of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Imagine relaxing at your favorite place. Do you feel calm, at ease, and peaceful? Can you feel your breath slowing down and your muscles relaxing?

We invite you to envision a world where relationships feel this way. A world where thinking of someone brings that same sense of joy, contentment, and serenity and people are valued, respected, and love one another.

This October for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we wanted to emphasize the importance of taking steps to prevent domestic violence before it happens. Domestic violence organizations across California work every day to end cycles of violence and stop the cycles from starting in the first place. Prevention is essential!

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Open Arms

Open Arms Fall Resource Fair

Open Arms will be hosting a fall resource fair tomorrow, October 27th from 2pm – 4pm at Open Arms youth drop-in center. All community members are welcome to come and explore some of the amazing resources that are available in their community. Confirmed vendors include some of the following resources: housing, employment, education, government resources and much more.

Mobile Showers

For the month of October mobile showers will be offered twice a week, courtesy of our amazing partners at Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino. Mobile showers will be available every Monday and Thursday from 9 AM – 2 PM for the remainder of October. To keep in touch with mobile shower schedules please follow us on social media for updated schedules and information.

The success of our clients brings a sense of happiness to not only Family Assistance Program staff but also to our partners and community. With much joy, we are eager to share the success of one of our TAY housing participants. This participant was referred to our housing program after they were left to fend for themselves with no guidance, no support close by, and a language barrier. With hard work and dedication, they were able to overcome barriers and adversity that they were faced with. From working full-time to attending classes to learn and perfect the English language, they were able to successfully move into independent housing, become a full-time college student, and save more than $10,000, all in under 1 year. This participant is proof that with stable housing, support, and guidance the impossible is possible. A true inspiration to all and we are extremely honored to have been a part of their journey.

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2023 Dreams Come True Gala

Thank you to all who sponsored and attended our annual Dreams Come True Gala! Here are a few pictures and to see more, visit our Facebook page:

Congratulations to all of our 2023 Dreams Come True Award Winners!

Cindi Howard – Community Champion
Jobi Wood – Honorable Representative
Desiree Valdez – Honorable Participant
Talea Johnson – Honorable Participant
Chantel Paret – Honorable Representative
Christina Ellis – Honorable Participant
Jessica Gonzales – Honorable Participant

Welcome Home

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Welcome Home is currently operating at maximum capacity, with all of our beds occupied. Half of our clients are gainfully employed and actively working towards building their savings. We conduct a weekly raffle for gift cards. They can earn tickets through chore completion, maintaining tidiness, and case management milestones.

We’ve been making the most of our proximity to local parks, where clients have been enjoying games of basketball and taking walks with staff.

This past month, we helped three clients change their names legally to match their gender identity. Their joy in seeing their true name and gender on their paperwork was the highlight of the year.

The Welcome Home team is committed to making a difference in the community. With the increase in homophobic attacks and the rapid increase of bullying, the safety of our youth participants and residents is one of our highest priorities.

We are pleased to announce our active involvement in the 2nd cohort of the statewide “Stop the Hate” project funding. The Family Assistance Program is launching a countywide Anti-LGBTQIA+ Hate Crime Campaign. This campaign will play a vital role in providing essential services and support to LGBTQIA+ youth who are victims of bullying and hate crimes.

Our multi-tiered campaign will focus on prevention, intervention, and direct support, encompassing services such as mental health and legal assistance and working with schools and community members. Thanks to substantial funding and successful collaborations, the campaign has already made a meaningful impact, assisting millions of individuals.

It is crucial to acknowledge that 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ+. In response to this concerning statistic, Welcome Home is actively searching for licensed therapists who specialize in working with LGBTQ+ youth. We invite interested individuals to contact Jim@FamilyAssist.org to contribute to our cause.

Welcome Home will also take part in The United Against Hate Week, scheduled for November 12-19, 2023. It calls for local civic action to combat hate in our communities. This event was established in response to rising levels of hatred, aiming to empower residents to foster tolerance, celebrate diversity, and create inclusive communities.

For those who wish to report an incident related to hate, a dedicated helpline is available at (833) 866-4283 or 833-8-NO-HATE, operating from Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. You can speak with a trained civil rights agent who can assist in over 200 languages.

At Welcome Home, our overarching goal is to break the cycle of homelessness among LGBTQ+ youth, one person at a time. Young adults aged 18-24 who are experiencing homelessness within the LGBTQ+ community are encouraged to reach out to Welcome Home Staff at WelcomeHome@FamilyAssist.org to be added to waiting lists. Together, we are working to create safe and inclusive spaces for these young individuals to thrive.

Our House

Spooky season is here. Our youth had a blast helping the staff decorate the house for Halloween, as well as participating in various seasonal arts and crafts. The youth were ecstatic when they found out that the staff would be able to take them trick-or-treating around the neighborhood.

On another positive note, we always encourage our youth to go to school and to participate in school activities. When one youth found out homecoming was coming up, she was bummed and stated she would probably not be able to attend. Our staff acted quickly and reached out to her support team and we were able to obtain a ticket and make this happen for her. We want to give a huge thanks to Angels Closet in Redlands, as they are a huge support in the community and help provide clothing to youth in need. Our youth was able to receive a dress, shoes, and a few pieces of jewelry to attend the school event. Here at Our House, we always try to provide the youth in our program with as much of a normalized lifestyle as possible. I think our staff are indeed succeeding at that.

My Place

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At My Place, we house youth ages 12 to 17. My Place has been taking the youth who enter our program to different outings. These outings include going to the movies, on nature walks, and to the lake to feed the ducks. My Place has also been teaching the youth some important life skills. The youth have been helping with grocery shopping and learning the value of what groceries can cost. They have been cooking and baking along with the staff.

My Place has been providing group sessions such as physical education and arts. Our art wall continues to grow as more youth enter our program. My Place continues to do case management with our youth and help them set up their SMART goals. My Place creates a safe environment for the youth and makes the youth feel comfortable in the shelter. We are excited to see what the month of November brings us. My Place is excited for the upcoming holidays and festivities.

Health Navigation

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Family Assistance Health Navigator Julie Stevens is joined by Margarita Moran de Arroyos at Hope House as they plan education on breast self-exams across San Bernardino County’s Domestic Violence shelters. The shelters agreed at a September 2023 meeting that preventing illness was just as important as navigating shelter clients to their physicians for care. Experts report that up to 40% of breast cancer can first be detected by self-exams. October is Domestic Violence month and Breast Cancer awareness month. Shelters have developed a schedule of training including printed materials as well as short breast exam videos:

Stop the Hate

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The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Civil Rights, Accessibility and Racial Equity (CARE) Office announced the Family Assistance Program as one of the recipients of the Stop the Hate Funding (STH) for Fiscal Years (FY) 2022-23 and 2023-24. The CDSS allocated $91.4 million in funding. A total of 173 organizations are awarded for the service period of July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2026. Family Assistance Program was awarded $450,000.

“An attack on any of our communities is an attack on everything we stand for as Californians,” said Governor Newsom. “As hate-fueled rhetoric drives increasing acts of bigotry and violence, California is taking action to protect those who are targeted just for being who they are. We’re bolstering our support for victims and anti-hate programs and tackling ignorance and intolerance through education to prevent hate from taking hold in our communities.”

The announcement comes as hate crimes, and racial, religious, sexual orientation, and gender bias events have increased in California. Just this past month, a Southern California shop owner was shot and killed because a rainbow pride flag hung outside her clothing store. And in the first month since Governor Newsom launched the “CA vs Hate” hotline, there have been 180 reports of hate acts across California.

Family Assistance Program provides crisis service, support, and housing to homeless and runaway youth and young adults, survivors of domestic violence or human trafficking, and women on probation or parole. As the culture of our agency is to address the needs of the disenfranchised and advocate for the rights of those discriminated against, Family Assistance Program is implementing a campaign to Stop the Hate of anti-LGBTQIA+ violence in San Bernardino County.

The Family Assistance Program is reaching out for your support and involvement in our Stop the Hate Campaign. As you know, hate crimes and bullying of youth and young adults because of their sexual orientation or gender identity expression have been increasing and there are literal targets on their backs in schools and communities across Southern California. The Family Assistance Program will be launching a campaign to prevent, identify, address, support, and report hate crimes in San Bernardino County.

Though our intentional focus is LGBTQIA+ identified youth who have been exposed to or at risk of bullying and hate crime victimization, this campaign was developed prior to the horrific incident in Cedar Glen and, unfortunately, dovetails with the hate crime murder of businesswoman Laura Ann Carleton.

Though focused primarily on LGBTQIA+ Youth, our Stop the Hate Campaign will engage anyone who has been a victim of a hate crime (racial, sexual, ethnic, class, gender, etc.), as that is the philosophy of Family Assistance Program. In response to the violence and abuse that individuals experience based on their sexual orientation or gender identity, we would be honored to have your support for our Stop the Hate Campaign efforts to serve, prevent, and intervene on behalf of our LGBTQIA+ youth and individuals who are victimized by hate.

As we proceed with the implementation of this Campaign, we welcome the involvement of you and your community in our efforts! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact jim@familyassist.org

Our Stop the Hate Campaign is a three-pronged approach of Direct Service, Prevention and Intervention:

Our Direct Service components will consist of:

  • Expand services and system navigation for victims of hate crimes and hate incidents by providing peer-based therapeutic support and creating plans of care coordination that align with the survivor’s goals.
  • Develop and provide wellness practices that target LGBTQIA+ community members’ needs such as wellness and community outings for youth through our Drop-in Centers.

From a Prevention facet, we will:

  • Increase community awareness of hate crimes, hate incidents and service access through a youth-driven, broad-based, marketing campaign to raise awareness throughout San Bernardino County.
  • Engage LGBTQIA+ youth in peer-to-peer mentoring activities to promote positive youth development and leadership skills.
  • Work with Gay Straight Alliances at schools to discuss individual/community Safety Planning.
  • Conduct anti-bullying and anti-hate presentations in high schools, colleges, and youth centers.
  • Establish a countywide Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network for LGBTQIA+ youth in San Bernardino County.

From an Intervention perspective, we will:

  • Create county-wide responses to hate crimes and hate incidents by having a select group of LGBTQIA+ youth review policies/procedures of county-wide programming to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Increase community awareness of hate crimes, hate incidents, and service access through training at schools, colleges, housing programs county programs, Chambers of Commerce, and other programs serving LGBTQIA+ youth.
  • Create countywide responses to hate crimes and hate incidents by establishing an intersectional cohort of not-for-profit, public, and private community-based organizations to provide a coordinated rapid response to hate crimes and hate incidents.

Victims of Crime

Young people aged 14-24 in San Bernardino County: You are not alone if you've experienced:

Domestic or Relationship Abuse
Theft
Bullying
Physical or Sexual Attacks
Illegal Evictions
Hate Crimes
Mistreatment by the Authorities

Family Assistance Program is here to support and advocate for you. If you’ve been victimized or just need someone to talk to, don’t hesitate to call us at 909-571-5659. Together, we can explore your situation, your rights, and find a path forward. Watch the videos on our website to learn more about how we can help you.

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Hiring

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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

Give

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

Donate– Opens in a new window.

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

We have partnered with Santa’s Sleigh again this year.

Bring Christmas Cheer by Baking!

Donations Wanted!

Donate baked goods for our Dessert Auctions on 11/21 and 12/6 and help bring Christmas to children in need.
Contact misty@familyassist.org or call (949)592-2075.

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Thank Your to Our Community Partners

Join Our Team

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Join Our Team

CHECK OUT OUR OPEN POSITIONS

If you are homeless and feel that your civil rights were violated by police or community official please click this link to fill out a form from the ACLU.

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.

2023 September Newsletter

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Direct from Darryl

I think we all sometimes think back and consider how our lives would have been different if some small thing had been different. For the keynote speaker at our gala, she has had plenty of those. One that I am most happy about is that she happened to sit next to Tracey Rick at a class at Valley College. The two of them got to know each other and Tracey told her about the Family Assistance Program and a job opening we had. Yvette applied and has now worked with us for over 10 years. Yvette is an amazing person, and I am excited that she will share her story for us at our gala this year.

Our gala is different than most. We honor our clients, staff, and a community champion. We focus on people who are working to make the world a better place, regardless of where they may have started. I hope you will all be able to join us as we celebrate successes. And, since it is a circus theme, it is an opportunity to wear clothes you would not normally wear. I am looking forward to dressing as ringmaster, definitely an outfit that I could not wear to most galas.

Darryl Evey
Executive Director

Thank You Life Church

Thank you to The Life Church – Victorville and their “High Desert We Love You” program for volunteering to beautify three of our Transitional Age Youth houses to make them beautiful and safe homes for our sheltered youth! The homes look so beautiful after all the repairs and new decorations! The volunteers came out on August 22nd and 24th and worked extremely hard to beautify our homes for the homeless youth in the High Desert.

We are pleased to report that several of the clients spoke about the redecorating and painting and they were very happy with the results and appreciated the effort. The youth absolutely love the new look! We look forward to working with Life Church in the future!

Hope House

October is Domestic Violence Awareness month which also means it is time for our annual Walk To End Domestic Violence.

Come out on October 25th and show your support, ride with the sea of purple as we show our support for those we have lost and those still going through abusive relationships. We are also taking donations of water, food items, snacks for the walkers, or monetary donations; if you are interested please contact Sylvia Romo at sylvia@familyassist.org

The Hope House Shelter has been talking about healthy eating habits with clients this month and helping the parents in the program find fun ways to feed the kids fruits and veggies. Clients have been very receptive to the information and recipes that the staff have provided to them. One client even expressed wanting have her own garden one day to grow fresh fruits and vegtables to create those recipes. While in the shelter, clients have the ability to focus on themselves and build skills they never had the opportunity to work on before. Often times in an abusive relationship, you aren’t allowed to cook what or how you want; you have to cook what the abuser likes or wants. Now free from that, these individuals have a chance to explore the culinary world and try new things, and Hope House Staff is in total support of that!

The Hope House Empowerment Center wants to welcome Tiffany and Tasha to the team!

Tiffany is the new HUD Case Manager for the Program, and Tasha is the new HUD Housing Navigator. We are so glad to have them here and can’t wait to see them grow with the Empowerment Center.

The Hope House Empowerment Center and shelter knows that it is only September, but is it ever too soon to start Christmas shopping? We have started our yearly Adopt-A-Family for Christmas fundraiser and we need your help! This fundraiser ensures that all of the kids, moms, dads, and youth who are part of our program get to have gifts under the tree on Christmas morning.

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Are You Ready?

To be the next Domestic Violence Advocate in your community? Because we totally think you are ready and we CAN’T WAIT to train you…and did I mention it’s FREE!!! Our next Domestic Violence Advocacy 40-Hour Training is kicking off next month, please see the flyer below for registration information. We can’t wait to see you there!

If you have any questions or would like to donate in some way, please reach out to Sylvia or Tracey at 760-843-0701; or by email sylvia@familyassist.org and tracey@familyassist.org

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.

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2023 Dreams Come True Gala

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Thank you to all of our sponsors 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 4:30 pm.

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.

Thank you to all of our amazing sponsors! If you are interested in sponsoring this event, contact misty@familyassist.org

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Welcome Home

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Welcome Home opened in December 2022 as a queer-focused Transitional Living Facility. Since opening, Welcome Home has built a network of LGBT-positive resources.

San Bernardino Planned Parenthood has been one of our biggest supporters. Planned Parenthood outreach staff has come to our facility each Friday for a new presentation. The topics range from gender to healthy relationships to STI prevention.

In addition to educational opportunities, clients have had pizza parties, game nights, a trip to L.A., and swam in Silverwood Lake. Staff have added items to the home gym, including a punching bag and dumbbells. Clients and staff have played basketball at the park nearby.

Oscar Lobos has recently been promoted to Shelter Manager and has become a familiar face on local committees. In August, Welcome Home staff members participated in the monthly LGBT Subcommittee.

Welcome Home would like to take a moment to honor the memory of Lauri Carleton, a store owner who tragically lost her life at the age of sixty-six. She was murdered simply for displaying a pride flag in her window. It is a solemn reminder of the ongoing work that needs to be done to combat discrimination and promote inclusivity for all.

Welcome Home is an LGBT transitional living facility in San Bernardino that focuses on transitional-aged youth, 18 to 24. If you know of anyone suffering from homelessness who might need our services, please reach out to Welcome Home at 909-567-2123 or e-mail us at WelcomeHome@FamilyAssist.org

Open Arms

The number of delicious meals that have been coming out of the Open Arms kitchen this month has been amazing. Our clients have been thriving during our nutritional cooking classes and we are excited to expand our menu. Besides our clients becoming successful in life skill groups, Open Arms has had the opportunity to attend various resource fair events. The collaboration with Operation New Hope for the August resource fair showed great success and we are happy to announce another collaboration for the month of October. The Street Outreach team as well as the Victim of Crime Advocate were able to participate and offer services to those individuals who were affected by the 4th Street Apartment closure.

We would like to touch on a few success stories that have occurred during this month as well. The Street Outreach team has been able to successfully house 6 youths into emergency housing programs. Our Victim of Crime Advocate has been able to reach 18 youths and provide them with assistance. We are extremely happy to announce one of our TAY youths successfully exited our housing program and entered independent living.

Open Arms is excited to announce we have partnered with Community Action Partnership and will have mobile showers at our location every Monday from 9am – 2pm. Please refer clients to come take advantage of this amazing opportunity every Monday.

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Open Door

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Open Door had an awesome time at the Riverside Pride event at the Convention Center. There were over four thousand people in attendance. We made some great contacts to collaborate with.

We just received an employment contract with Valley Star Community Services. Our Employment Specialist will teach classes on resume building, and job hunting and hold mock interviews for our participants.

Open Door’s youth advocate has been mentoring a CSEC client. In the last 3 months, she has maintained placement and is back in school.

Caroline is our new DV advocate who provides services to the local CFS office. She is also our Financial advocate. If anybody is interested in any of her services, please contact her at Caroline@familyassist.org

Our next Human Trafficking Advocacy Training is coming up next month.

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FAM Spot

Thank You to Everyone Who Attended the Fiesta in the High Desert

What an amazing Fiesta we had on Friday, September 15th! Tickets sold out and we were able to raise over $6781 for our Tiny Home Village for homeless youth! Since our goal was $10,000 we are closing out the donation on September 30th so help us reach our goal and schedule your donation TODAY.

Hi all from FamSpot and the high desert TAY. We are excited to announce that we have a new location for FamSpot. We have been working on it for a couple weeks to get it up and running to serve our clients. We look forward to being back and serving the youth. We have truly missed seeing them in our day-to-day operations. Please watch out for our announcement to reopen. During the last couple weeks, we have continued to serve the youth in our community at parks, local businesses, schools, and more. We continue to move forward with our school support groups as well as building new relationships to bring more resources to our local schools.

As for our TAY housing, the youth are growing more in their successes. Several have jobs, go to school, and continue to learn to be independent. We would like to give a HUGE thank you to Life Church for making our TAY homes beautiful with new paint and home decor. The clients and staff jumped in to help paint as well. We look forward to working with them in the future.

Please consider scheduling a monthly donation.

Your generosity will ensure that local young people have a place to stay safe after school and in the summertime. It is also one of the only places that connects homeless youth to housing and employment opportunities. Again, we thank you for your support.

And a special shout out to the team of volunteers who stepped in to decorate, cook, and promote this event. Thank you Ahea Llamas, Diana Peñaloza, and mom, Cristina Moncada, and Magali Garcia for your culinary support! Thank you to the FamSpot and TAY housing team members who worked extra hard to make this event possible.

Lastly, thank you to everyone who brought in raffles and donated live at the event. Your generosity is what will help us expand the youth drop-in center, which includes a tiny home village for youth.

We would like to thank our local business community for supporting this event, without you this would not have been possible.

Thank you for Donating!

Courtyard by Marriott Hesperia
Elementum Services Inc
Patterson Print Shops 
High Def Entertainment 
DJ Juwelz
Ballet Folkloriko Flores del Desierto 
CARS Auto Body Shop 
Ay Ajos Pickled Garlic
Rudy’s Salsa
Options for Youth Public Charter Schools
Chingona Tacos
Angelitas Quesadillas
Sweet Treats by Bella
Mojave High School ASB Club
High Desert Food Collaborative

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 donating to the tiny home village. On behalf of the young people who are going though extreme hardships, we thank you. If you would like to learn more about our program and/or volunteer please contact zazette@familyassist.org.

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Stop the Hate

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The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Civil Rights, Accessibility and Racial Equity (CARE) Office announced the Family Assistance Program as one of the recipients of the Stop the Hate Funding (STH) for Fiscal Years (FY) 2022-23 and 2023-24. The CDSS allocated $91.4 million in funding. A total of 173 organizations are awarded for the service period of July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2026. Family Assistance Program was awarded $450,000.

“An attack on any of our communities is an attack on everything we stand for as Californians,” said Governor Newsom. “As hate-fueled rhetoric drives increasing acts of bigotry and violence, California is taking action to protect those who are targeted just for being who they are. We’re bolstering our support for victims and anti-hate programs and tackling ignorance and intolerance through education to prevent hate from taking hold in our communities.”

The announcement comes as hate crimes, and racial, religious, sexual orientation, and gender bias events have increased in California. Just this past month, a Southern California shop owner was shot and killed because a rainbow pride flag hung outside her clothing store. And in the first month since Governor Newsom launched the “CA vs Hate” hotline, there have been 180 reports of hate acts across California.

Victims of Crime

Young people aged 14-24 in San Bernardino County: You are not alone if you've experienced:

Domestic or Relationship Abuse
Theft
Bullying
Physical or Sexual Attacks
Illegal Evictions
Hate Crimes
Mistreatment by the Authorities

Family Assistance Program is here to support and advocate for you. If you’ve been victimized or just need someone to talk to, don’t hesitate to call us at 909-571-5659. Together, we can explore your situation, your rights, and find a path forward. Watch the videos on our website to learn more about how we can help you.

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Hiring

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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

Give

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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

We have partnered with Santa’s Sleigh again this year.

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Thank Your to Our Community Partners

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Join Our Team

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Join Our Team

CHECK OUT OUR OPEN POSITIONS

If you are homeless and feel that your civil rights were violated by police or community official please click this link to fill out a form from the ACLU.

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.

2023 August Newsletter

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Direct from Darryl

Last week, a local business owner was murdered for flying a gay pride flag in front of her store.

What is your first thought after reading that sentence? An acquaintance of mine immediately responded saying that she was probably forcing her homosexuality onto someone and putting it in their face. Another acquaintance said she has been yelled at and threatened over his rainbow bumper sticker. My first thought was why? Why would anyone be filled with so much hate that they feel the need to murder someone because of a flag? Why would anyone hate people because of who they love or their belief that everyone should be free to love whomever they want?

Flags make a statement. When I see a POW/MIA flag, I think about my friends who did not return from combat. When I see a Marine Corps flag, I am reminded that my brothers are everywhere. When I see a Chicago Bears flag, I am reminded that some people still like that horrible team (I am a Packers fan). Some flags make a statement about where we are from, what sports team we support, or any number of other groups. In a combat situation, a flag can identify the enemy. We are not in a combat situation. We are in a community where we should be able to exchange ideas and promote our beliefs.

When I read the article, I felt a deep sadness. Sadness that this wonderful lady lost her life. Sadness that someone was filled with so much hate he decided to kill someone. Sadness that I have not done enough to spread love in the world. Sadness that spreading hate is a billion-dollar-a-year industry with political power. We have gay pride flags at our facilities. Over the next month, we will look for more ways to promote gay pride. I will cover my vehicles, my house, and anywhere I can with pride flags. We cannot let hate win. We cannot push our LGBTQ brothers and sisters into the closet.

On a side note, the lady was not gay. She was married with children and grandchildren. She flew the flag to let people know that in her store everyone is welcome.

Darryl Evey
Executive Director

Hope House

We had C.J. from Community Health Action Network and Officer Castello with the California Highway Patrol hold a car seat safety class for our Hope House shelter participants and staff. C.J. and Officer Castello talked to the participants about proper car seats for children based on the child’s height and weight. They also demonstrated how to properly install the car seats. C.J. and C.H.A.N. donated car seats for our Hope House transportation vehicle, and will be donating some to our participants as well. Thank you C.J. and Officer Castello for this valuable information!

Where were you on August 1st from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm? I’ll tell you where the Hope House teams were…representing at National Night Out 2023! We were so pleased to have Advocates representing the agency and providing resources in Victorville, Hesperia, and Apple Valley! We also want to thank Jaydee, Rudy, and Raven from Fam Spot for coming out and joining our Advocates; teamwork at its finest!

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The Hope House Shelter and Empowerment Center want to welcome D.J. to the team! D.J. is the new Financial Empowerment Advocate for the High Desert area. D.J. is a stock market whizz and a self-made entrepreneur. We are excited at the skill set he brings to our clients. Welcome D.J. to the Hope House Team

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back to school supply drive

We are still hoping to give our children at Hope House and Transitional Housing the supplies they need to go back to school. Please help us help them to be successful this school year. Items that will be needed are notebook, pens, pencils, backpacks, reusable water bottles, color pencils, etc. Please contact Tracey or Sylvia the Hope House Empowerment Center for more information, (760) 843-0701.

Today’s Women Foundation has been a supporter of the Hope House shelter participants and transitional housing clients. Every year, Today’s Women Foundation facilitates its Self-Sufficiency Class and invites our participants and staff to attend. They have just finished the last class for the 2023 year on August 5, 2023, and we couldn’t be happier for our participants and the support they received from this class. Cindy, the Executive Director of Today’s Women Foundation, the board members, and the speakers who facilitate the classes are so passionate and caring, sharing their expertise with those in attendance. Our participants enjoy this class and every year they come back happier and full of hope. Thank you, Today’s Women Foundation, for providing these classes to our clients.

Welcome Home

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Welcome Home is proud to announce the integration of education and fun into our weekly house meetings. As part of this initiative, we have partnered with Planned Parenthood to provide informative presentations for our clients. Every Friday, representatives from Planned Parenthood will join us to explore a range of important topics, including gender and sexuality, healthy relationships, and STI contraceptives. We have also been incorporating pizza into our house meetings as an opportunity to celebrate a successful week of cleaning and completing chores. We believe in using positive reinforcement to help solidify healthy habits and cleaning patterns.

To shed light on some good news, we are happy to announce another successful exit this month. One of our participants was able to grow from this space and rent an apartment with a family member. We have taken in two new clients and hope to see more success stories in the future.

If you or a loved one is part of the LGBTQIA+ community and need shelter, please reach out to Welcome Home to get on our waiting list. You can reach us at welcomehome@familyassist.org

2023 Dreams Come True Gala

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Tickets are on sale now!

Thank you to all of our sponsors 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 4:30 pm.

If you are interested in sponsoring this event, contact misty@familyassist.org

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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, we’re raising money for homeless youth in the High Desert. We will have food, drinks, music, raffles, and more from 5-11 pm. Thank you to Patterson Print Shop for printing our event tickets and always supporting your community. Tickets are selling fast! Buy yours today! Only $20 to enter this amazing event! Music, performances, local food, prizes & more!

Don’t forget to get your tickets for this fun, family-friendly event!

All kids under 15 are free!

If you would be interested in donating a raffle prize, being a centerpiece sponsor, or buying a table email vida@familyassist.org

See you there!

sponsors
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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 donating to the tiny home village. For more information, visit our website or email vida@familyassist.org

Open Arms

What an amazing summer it has been with our clients here at Open Arms. One of our greatest hits this summer was our cooking classes. Classes ranged from making different breakfast options like burritos and pancakes to lunch specials like grilled cheeses to delicious dinners like spaghetti and ground beef tacos. This summer was a great opportunity for our clients to either learn or brush up on their cooking skills. We would also like to thank Operation New Hope for collaborating with us on a weekly basis with different fun Friday activities: water balloon fights, kickball, dodgeball, and arcade games. It was truly an amazing experience this summer with all staff and clients.

For the month of August, we are looking forward to collaborating with Operation New Hope to host a community resource fair on Friday, August 25th from 10 am – 3 pm. Please do not miss this great opportunity to come out and learn about some of the amazing resources our community has to offer.

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Open Door

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Open Door will sadly miss Karina Martinez as she continues her journey at CSUSB to get her Master’s degree. It was a pleasure to work with her. Karina was not only pleasant to be around but also a hard worker. She will truly be missed. Here are a few words from Karina:

Open Door has been doing a lot of tabling events and presentations. We had a blast at National Night Out in San Bernardino. We got to collaborate with a lot of new resources. Open Door was at the Ontario Health Fair. That was very successful they were giving out free covid shots.

Bernadette also did a presentation for the HUD program on the signs and indications of Human Trafficking and let them know all of what the Family Assistance Program offers. That’s just the beginning. If you would like to see the events we are doing, please like our page on Facebook ” Open Door”. 

They’re still time to sign up for the State Certification Human Trafficking Advocate training. If you have any questions feel free to contact Bernadette@familyassist.org

“Unfortunately, my time with Family Assistance has come to an end for now, but I have enjoyed getting to know each one of you. Thank you for such a great opportunity and I look forward to seeing you all again.”

~ Karina Martinez

Our next Human Trafficking Advocacy Training is coming up next month.

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Our House

Our House foster youth clients continued to enjoy various outings and interactive groups throughout late summer. We provided the place to create art to help pass our summer days. Now our youth are gearing up for school.

When not in school clients are painting, weaving, crocheting, and sowing seeds for a garden. Outings have included visits to Newport Beach, Big Falls, Big Bear Lake, “Mentone Beach” (the neighboring creek), the trampoline park, the movie theatre, and the bowling alley.

We are happy to report great collaboration with districts in our region supporting transportation so clients can continue at their schools of origin, while many other clients are eager to experience Redland’s schools during their time with us.

FAM Spot

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It’s been a fun summer here at Fam Spot! Some of our youth went on a 3-day camping trip to Silverwood Lake. They had such a great time and are looking forward to the next one. Hikes are a regular occurrence around here, which everyone loves; there’s nothing better than getting out and enjoying some fresh air and beautiful views. Everyone here is trying to stay cool, so we had another water day complete with water games, food, and prizes! It was a crazy, fun-filled day!

We are looking forward to September and our Fiesta on the 15th!!! Come chow down on tacos and enjoy the festivities while supporting the Tiny Home Project. Tickets are $20 and all Fam Spot staff have tickets for sale.

FAM Spot

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My Place has some exciting announcements that have happened over the month of August. We start with multiple applications to Job Corps being filled out with the help of our staff. Three of our clients went on to get their food handlers license and received help making resumes which will help them pursue jobs. The clients enjoyed plenty of activities and groups that helped with their mental health. We took the kids to go watch the new Haunted Mansion movie, which was a smash hit. We look forward to continuing to create an environment that feels like home and the upcoming season with lots of fears and cheers this spooky season!

Health Advocacy

The Family Assistance Program’s Health Advocacy and Navigation program is assisting clients at five of San Bernardino County’s six Domestic Violence shelters. The program completes health assessments on adults and their children and reports healthcare needs to shelter staff. Health appointments are then scheduled, and navigation begins. Navigation can vary in time from a few hours to almost all day depending on the shelter location and the type of care needed.

For example, uninsured clients living in Option House in San Bernardino are currently being navigated to Victorville for free mental health care. Additionally, the lack of a Medi-Cal approved eye doctor practicing in the Mountains means Dove’s clients must be navigated to the Victor Valley for care. Through advocacy, the program is trying to raise awareness that these health gaps need filling.

Victims of Crime

Young people aged 14-24 in San Bernardino County: You are not alone if you've experienced:

Domestic or Relationship Abuse
Theft
Bullying
Physical or Sexual Attacks
Illegal Evictions
Hate Crimes
Mistreatment by the Authorities

Family Assistance Program is here to support and advocate for you. If you’ve been victimized or just need someone to talk to, don’t hesitate to call us at 909-571-5659. Together, we can explore your situation, your rights, and find a path forward. Watch the videos on our website to learn more about how we can help you.

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Hiring

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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

Give

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

Donate– Opens in a new window.

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

Thank Your to Our Community Partners

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Join Our Team

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Join Our Team

CHECK OUT OUR OPEN POSITIONS

If you are homeless and feel that your civil rights were violated by police or community official please click this link to fill out a form from the ACLU.

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.

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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Hiring

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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

Give

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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

Thank Your to Our Community Partners

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Join Our Team

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Join Our Team

CHECK OUT OUR OPEN POSITIONS

If you are homeless and feel that your civil rights were violated by police or community official please click this link to fill out a form from the ACLU.

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.

2023 June Newsletter

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June newsletter
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Direct from Darryl

We have plenty of great things happening at Family Assistance Program. We moved our services for victims of domestic violence and other crimes to a new larger office across Victor Valley Global Medica Center and will have our grand opening at the end of the month. We are also hosting the first Pride event in the county at a park in San Bernardino. Over the next several months we have multiple new initiatives that will be launched. It is exciting to see such a diverse and dedicated staff working hard to make our community stronger.
 
Darryl Evey
Executive Director

Hope House

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Family Assistance Programs Domestic Violence Team has moved into one location which is now Hope House Center. We have combined our services to be a one stop service for our participants. Services we are providing will be Legal Advocacy, Classes (will stay the same), Housing Navigation, Rental Assistance for Victims of Violence, Financial Empowerment, Employment Assistance, Clothing Closet for survivors, Resources and Referrals. We are open for services Monday – Friday 8 AM-5 PM. We can still be reached at 760-843-0701. Hope House Resource Center is located at 15201 11th Street Ste. 100, Victorville, CA. (Across from Victor Valley Global Hospital)
 
With the transitioning of our Community Center to a TAY Youth Shelter on C Street in Old Town Victorville, we had to relocate or domestic violence team that was running the Center to another location. This move abled us to combine all of domestic violence services into one building creating our Domestic Violence Center, we are very excited about this!
 
We are going to be hosting our Grand Opening on Wednesday, June 28th at 1 pm. Join us for a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house. We can’t wait to help survivors of domestic violence in our new space!
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Family Assistance Program, California Partnership to end Domestic Violence, VALORUS, along with dozens of other Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault advocates across the state gathered at the Capitol in Sacramento to discuss funding efforts to end cycles of sexual and domestic violence, #SB36, and #AB1497. These priorities prevent sexual and domestic violence, advance reproductive justice and support survivors healing and autonomy.

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five assembly members
It was so inspiring to see Assemblymember Juan Carrillo’s sign outside his office door at the capital; the sign read “Proudly serving Adelanto, Victorville, Hesperia…” It was the only one we saw that said PROUDLY serving, thank you Assemblymember Carrillo for proudly representing us in Sacramento!
 
Thank you to all the senators, assembly members and staffers for listening to our community’s needs.

Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads in the community! Dads are a child’s first superhero and the holder of the magic screw driver, master of the zip tie…..we appreciate you Dads this month and every month!

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June is Pride Month and we are proud to say that not only do we have friends and families that are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community, but we are PROUD LGBTQIA+ allies!

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Don’t forget, 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.

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Open Arms

HAPPY PRIDE MONTH EVERYONE!🏳️‍🌈

The month of May was full of great community events, where Open Arms was able to connect with various community members. Thank you to Young Visionaries, Job Corps and Working Dogs for Warriors for welcoming us to their resource fairs and allowing us the opportunity to reach the community. We would also like to give a huge shoutout to Girl Scouts Troop 1428 for donating delicious girl scout cookies and to LUSH Cosmetics for donating organic handmade hygiene products.

For the month of June, we are excited to participate in numerous resource fair events including: Faith Based Luncheon, Young Visionaries, Operation New Hope, and Welcome Home LGBT event.

Please check out our Facebook page to keep up with all the great things happening here at Open Arms. Take a look at our group calendar for the month of June, anything in particular you would like to see please let us know!

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Open Door

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Open Door will be tabling a Juneteenth event on the 17th of June at San Bernardino Valley College. Please come and join us, there will be over 100 vendors and workshops.

The Housing Navigator and Financial Advocate have been doing an amazing job.

Our Financial Empowerment Advocate works with participants to achieve an understanding and a better relationship with their finances, budgeting, and credit. Anny has helped clients raise their credit score, attain bank accounts, and teach better money management habits. Anny has been asked by JobCorp to be part of their curriculum, teaching financial literacy classes via zoom.

If you or your clients are interested in improving your credit score, please contact Anny Delance at anny@familyassist.org or calling the office at (909) 352-2525

Our Financial Empowerment Advocate works closely with Patricia Tyler our Housing Navigator. Pat works with victims of crime to finding housing, establishing relationships with landlords, getting all the necessary paperwork in to help with rental fees and move-in costs. Patricia’s process of being successful is encouraging participants to follow suggestions and helping them doing the footwork. The end results for the participants is success in finding their own place. If you have been a victim of human trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault, please contact Pat at patricia@familyassist.org or call her at the office at (909) 352-2525

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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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Hi from FAM Spot. Beat the heat and come join us June 21st at 1pm for our “Dipping into FAM Spot water day.” We will healthy snacks, BBQ and some water fun for the first day of Summer. We invite all parents and guardians out to see what FAM Spot is all about.

We also want to give a HUGE shoutout to several of our TAY youth who graduated from high school in the last couple weeks. Aver and Mariah, YOU DID IT!!!

Our outdoor activities are in full swing. The youth have been camping, hiking, swimming, learning survival skills and so much more. For more information, reach out to Jose at jose@familyassist.org

Our Victim of Crime advocate for youth has been busy meeting the needs of her clients. For more information, reach out to Millie at millie@familyassist.org
FAM Spot has so many great opportunities for youth. Reach out to famspot@familyassist.org and learn more.

We are in need of art supplies. Please contact Shelly at shelly@familyassist.org to donate art supplies.

Welcome Home

Pride Month is very special for Welcome Home. As a queer transitional living facility, we see firsthand the harm homophobia and bigotry have caused in our community. We are tasked with sheltering the most vulnerable people in society, and we learn things about cruelty that no one should experience. Pride Month comes, with glitter, flags, parades, and celebration. It gives a fantastic view of why we fight and how amazing our community actually is.

Welcome Home is thrilled to host a Pride event on June 29th from 4 – 8 PM in partnership with Operation New Hope and Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance. This event is all about celebrating our LGBTQ+ community and creating a safer, more accepting world. We will have live music from These Handsome Devils, a tribute band celebrating the musical legacy of the Smiths and Morrissey. DJ Commodore, a Redlands native, will be bringing the beat.Queer friendly organizations will provide free medical, educational, and housing resources. TruEvolution will be joining us and offering free STI testing to those in need.

The event will be hosted at the historic Roosevelt Bowl in Perris Hill Park (San Bernardino). Known for its amazing nature and summer music festivals, this will be a chance to raise awareness. Being gay in America is becoming more difficult every day. We are so happy to be in California, where the weather is as amazing as the people. It promises to be a beautiful day filled with pride!

This will be our last call for LGBT-centered vendors and allies to partner with us! Our events are an excellent opportunity to make meaningful connections with LGBTQIA+ community members.

If you are interested in partnering with us, please email us at welcomehome@familyassist.org or sign up on our new registration link:

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My Place

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It is with great pleasure to announce at My Place that all staff are working hard to build our personal knowledge and skills through extensive and helpful trainings. These trainings help us to better assist and help our youth moving forward. Our youth that will be becoming of age soon are being placed into contact with the appropriate group/source for Transitional Age Youth (TAY) housing. Some of our youths are being helped with the process of applying for Job Corps. We have had the pleasure of helping our clients obtain necessary documentation to move forward once exiting our program.

Some of the youth departing My Place have been reunified with their families while others have found a long-term placement. Our staff has also had the pleasure of spending time with the youth outside of the shelter while going on diverse outings. Some educational while others just plain fun. Like always, the staff at My Place are excited about what’s to come in the lives of our youth.

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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Our House

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Clients at Our House have been enjoying end of school year activities, preparing for summer school to support their educational goals and enjoying our up and running rec room! Clients have been helping maintenance clear space for a new garden and enjoying more frequent nature outings: we’ve visited Silverwood Lake a couple of times and begun exploring local trails maintained by the Redlands Conservancy. We’ve started diverting our food scraps from the landfill by keeping a worm compost bin! Several clients are pretty enthusiastic about our new wiggly friends. We are happy to be sharing all these healthy and healing experiences with our youth.

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2023 Dreams Come True Gala

Save the Date

Our annual Dreams Come True Gala will be on Saturday, October 7th at the Hilton Garden Inn Conference Center. Cocktail hour starts at 4:30pm. This year all proceeds will go towards our new LQBTQ+ Shelter, Welcome Home. Sponsors needed, contact ginger@familyassist.org

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Hiring

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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

Give

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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

Thank Your to Our Community Partners

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Join Our Team

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Join Our Team

CHECK OUT OUR OPEN POSITIONS

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.

2023 May Newsletter

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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

sponsorship chart for tiny home village

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.
fiesta in the HD flyer

Hiring

yes we're hiring sign

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

Give

give jar

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

Donate– Opens in a new window.

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

Thank Your to Our Community Partners

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Join Our Team

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Join Our Team

CHECK OUT OUR OPEN POSITIONS

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.

2023 April Newsletter

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april 2023 newsletter
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Direct from Darryl

Our newsletter this month is longer than normal because we have so much going on in an effort to strengthen our community. We have community events, fundraising events, and updates on the services we provide for our clients. As we enter spring, we are focused on all of the great projects we have coming up this summer. Hiking, camping, rock climbing, and rafting are all on the agenda for this summer. We will also be launching a program to address the health care needs of victims of crime. If everything goes smoothly with licensing, in May we will be having a grand opening for another youth shelter in San Bernardino.
 
May is also a time for legislative advocacy work in Sacramento. We will be taking a group of formerly homeless youth to learn about advocacy and meet with our legislators. Assembly member James Ramos will be taking them onto the Assembly floor to see where it all happens. Later in the month, some of our staff will be meeting with legislators to discuss issues related to domestic violence and some of the bills that will impact them. We are proud to connect our elected officials with people who are willing to share their life experiences.

Darryl Evey
Executive Director

Hope House

Thank you to everyone that has attended our Taco Tuesday fundraisers! We are inviting you to join us again on Tuesday, May 2nd at Miguel’s Baja Grill at 14480 7th St., Victorville, CA 92395. Come have some delicious food and drinks, buy raffle tickets and support a great cause. Your support helps further our mission in our domestic violence shelters and programs.

Thank you to everyone for your generous donations. We are always accepting donations and raffle prizes. For more information contact Sylvia 760-442-0649 sylvia@familyassist.org

Here is a letter from a participant that we helped with rental assistance and an emergency housing voucher.

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Join us for Taco Tuesday, May 2nd from 5-8pm!

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Rock’n our Disabilities Eggxtra Special Egg Trunk

Hope House attended Rock’n our Disabilities Eggxtra Special Egg Trunk. It was so much fun for Hope House staff to decorate the van and pass out candy and give resources out to the community. There was a lady who asked for extra fliers so she can put on her board of resources. She is from a local church and they do couples counseling. We also attended High Desert Second Chance’s Easter event.

The Financial Empowerment Classes have been a success, so much so we were invited to teach Financial Literacy at Hook Jr. High School at their Family Engagement Center on Tuesdays from 9am-10am for the parents of the middle schoolers.

Here is what one of the participants had to say:
“The first class was amazing 👏. I really connected with the instructor. She is so energetic and friendly. Hopefully through the rest of the sessions the class will increases and everyone will enjoy themselves.”

Thank you for helping us bring these classes for our families. We were also able to raise a participant’s credit score by 10 points just by her paying off one of credit cards.

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Disabilities Eggxtra Special Egg Trunk

Easter Basket Drive

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Easter Basket drive! We were able to give an Easter basket to every participant in our programs. We had an amazing response from our community with so many donations. We worked together to make all the baskets and get them passed out to all of the participants. Thanks to all of these efforts, our participants felt loved and taken care of for the holiday. Your donation has demonstrated that we can all make a difference if we work together. We thank you again for your support! The joy that we have been able to bring to families in need is immeasurable and would not have been possible without your support. Your donation has truly made a difference, and we cannot thank you enough for your unwavering commitment to making our communities a better place. 3M Company Above all Pest Control Amazon KRB4 Smarties Assistance League Victor Valley His Closet His Pantry High Desert Equality Kern Construction Aztec Riders Girl Scouts of America Troop 415 Victor Valley Womens Club Margaret Smith Liby Tavor Professor Kiery Borruel #VVC Banks Auto Group – Edgar
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Community Center

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Spring has sprung and April is underway! The C Street Staff has been busy Spring cleaning and helping clients get resources for Easter baskets and other items for their families. Our Domestic Violence Advocacy 40-Hour Training kicked off on April 11, 2023 and we had over 83 people registered, that’s 83 NEW Domestic Violence Advocates in our community…we are so excited about this response! Don’t worry, if you didn’t sign up for this training we will have another one in October.

April is Autism Awareness Month and us here at C Street want to show our love and support this month. Some of us have children, family members and friends on the autism spectrum and this describes them perfectly: Always Unique Totally Interesting Sometimes Mysterious #AutismAwareness

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.

DID YOU DO YOUR TAXES YET??? YOU STILL MAY HAVE TIME!!! 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

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Open Arms

The Spring Break Resource Fair was a GREAT success here at Open Arms. It was amazing to see the community come out, shop for clothing and grab a quick lunch all while receiving great information from vendors. We were very fortunate to have had 23 vendors despite the gloomy weather. A huge thank you to all of the vendors who were able to make it and were such awesome sports about the rain. We would also like to shoutout our clients who were a huge help to all staff during this event. We look forward to hosting a summer resource fair and inviting everyone back to Open Arms. For the month of April Open Arms will be participating in resource fairs hosted by Dignity Health, as well as Operation New Hope. We look forward to being able to reach the community in a different capacity.

During the month of March, we were able to house clients with the help of our community partners. We rely tremendously on these partnerships to help our clients reach their housing goals. Thank you to Operation Safe House, Operation New Hope, and Path of Life Ministries for their consistent support with helping serve our clients.

Open Arms is happy to announce we now have a Victims of Crime Advocate who will be able to assist clients with understanding their rights, counseling services, restraining order assistance, and support during court hearings.

We are very pleased to welcome new staff here at Open Arms: Maria, Victims of Crime Advocate, Nichole, Systems Navigator, and Justis, Street Outreach. Welcome to Open Arms and Family Assistance Program.

Please take a look at our group calendar for the month of April!

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Open Door

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At the Open Door we are doing so many exciting things. We have so many events coming up like San Bernardino Valley college, we will be sitting on a panel. We will also be doing a tabling event at CSUSB. We were invited to the Victim’s Right in Rancho Cucamonga and in the High Desert We are also doing trainings at Dignity Health this month along with Missing and Murdered Natives on the signs and indications of Human Trafficking. Open doors weekends are busy also we will be doing the Heart Matters and the Women’s Brunch Award Ceremony. This month we would already like to thank Barstow college for inviting us to their Mental Health fair it was an awesome opportunity. And let’s not forget the generous donation Ontario Fire Department 7 gave us with Easter toys, for our clients. We hope you had a happy Easter 🐣 from everyone at the Open Door.
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Next Step

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It is always an occasion to celebrate whenever we are able to assist our program participants secure permanent housing, so we are extremely proud to announce the success of our rental assistance program in doing exactly that. Over the past few months the Dream Team marriage of the Next Step Rental Assistance, Housing & Warm Hand-Off team (made up of Adriana Zavala, Ana Arteaga, Claudia Zavalza, Tonya Ward and Vanessa Haro) and Open Door’s Housing Navigation & Financial Empowerment team (made up of Patricia “Pat” Tyler and Anny Delance), have worked in close step to make it possible for four rental assistance program participants overcome the housing insecurity they faced. The four participants include two participants that were having difficulty finding permanent housing for themselves and two participants graduating from Next Steps’ own reentry housing program.

Of the two participants not in Next Step housing, John had recently paroled in January and had success being approved for SSDI but was experiencing great difficulty in finding suitable housing that would lease to him due to recently being paroled. The second participant not in Next Step housing, Clifford, was living in temporary community housing and had success being approved for SSDI also, but again, he had great difficulty finding suitable housing that would lease to him due to his justice involved history. Adriana and Vanessa referred both to the Housing Navigation & Financial Empowerment team to determine what their SSDI income and current budgets would support. After years of having to share their housing space with several others, both naturally preferred to live privately. Luckily, Anny determined both these individuals’ income and budgets would be able to sustain living on their own in an apartment and so they moved onto Pat’s housing navigation services. Pat has worked diligently to create relationships with local apartments and other housing providers endorsing the benefits of Next Step’s rental assistance program and was able to successfully secure leases for both of these gentlemen. Each has already moved into their new private apartments, making possible their goal of being self-sufficient and living on their own.

Even more exciting, has been the graduation of two of our Next Step housing participants, Pamela and Celia, who have worked hard while in our program, doing all they needed to do to prepare themselves for exiting into their own apartments. Pamela came to be in our housing last summer, immediately after her release on parole. While in the program, she developed her goals and worked hard to achieve them; attending several self-help classes, taking advantage of resources offered to her and securing gainful employment. She saved the money she earned each month towards her exit and also successfully applied for SSI. Pamela’s case manager, Ana, referred her to the Housing Navigation & Financial Empowerment team for their assistance. Anny and Pat determined she would indeed be able to support herself with her SSI and employment income. With Pat’s help, Pamela was able to move into to her new apartment as of this month.

The second of the Next Step housing graduates to secure a lease for an apartment, Celia, came to us late last year and has since made great efforts to reunify with her 2-year-old baby girl, secure gainful employment and find a suitable home for her and her child. Celia’s case manager Claudia also referred her to Anny and Pat’s services. With their assistance, she found an apartment to lease. But, although Celia successfully completed her supervised probation while in Next Step housing, she was told by the probation department that her housing with Next Step would no longer be funded by them since she was no longer on probation. To provide Celia additional time to complete all the requirements to be approved for her apartment, Next Step approved to extend her more time in housing despite not being funded. We are happy to report Celia will be moving in at the beginning of April.

FAM Spot

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Hi from Fam Spot. We are excited to let everyone know that we have been busy helping the community garden at the senior center here in Victorville build raised garden beds and clean up their center.

Every Monday we take several youth from Fam Spot and our TAY houses over to the senior center and the youth love it. They are learning composting, planting, soil, and how to take care of them. We were also able to get a pass for Mojave Narrows, so we now take our youth every Sunday. The youth love going. They play frisbee, walk the lake and learn more outdoor projects. With the summer coming up, we are looking forward to doing more water activities to keep our youth cool. Don’t forget to look for our monthly calendar to keep up with our daily activities.

Our House

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Clients have been enjoying spring at Our House! They have been watercolor painting, going on regular walks to neighborhood parks and establishments, enjoying frequent ice cream outings, jumping joyfully at trampoline parks, and searching for wildflowers as near as a neighbor’s yard and as far as our most recent outing to Diamond Valley Lake in Hemet – whose wildflower trail did not disappoint! While appreciating all that the rain brought us, from wildflowers to snow in the surrounding mountain ranges, Our House continues to help youth navigate their transition into long term placement, school, and independent living programs as they come of age.
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Welcome Home

Welcome Home has been spreading the word about our amazing LGBTQIA+ based program by getting our name integrated into several counties, connecting with LGBT committees and attending resource fairs. Our case manager presented for the Rainbow Youth Collaborative to spread awareness about the many useful resources in the Family Assistance Program. He also spoke at Cal State San Bernardino and reached about 160 students! Welcome Home attended a resource fair at Open Arms. We had the pleasure of tabling alongside Open Door, FAP’s human trafficking program. Together we met some wonderful people, ate good food and passed out flyers for our upcoming events! Panera hosted a fundraiser on April 14th at the San Bernardino location. Twenty percent of any purchases made between 4pm-8pm went to Welcome Home to help support the clients and their needs. We are also looking forward to our Pride event on June 23rd. It will be held at Open Arms from 11am to 3pm! With 3 successful exits this week, we are looking for more participants to add onto our waitlist. If you or someone you know is 18-24 years old and identify as LGBTQIA+ please contact us! welcomehome@familyassist.org
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No Drugs America

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This program is free and sponsored by Family Assistance Program. Youth ages 12-18 can attend classes on Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm in person at the FAM Spot on 6th. & C Street

19 and older attend Zoom Classes Tuesdays 4-5pm and Thursdays 5-6pm Call 760-843-0701 to register.

Probation, Parole, Child Family Services Clients, Community Service Clients and Students are Welcome.

“Real Evidence * Real People * Real Results”

Thank You

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We are extremely honored that Southwest Gas Foundation has given $30,000 to Family Assistance Program to help fund the Tiny Home Village for homeless youth in Old Town Victorville. This donation will fund 3 of the tiny homes to go along with the tiny home that was funded by the Southwest Gas employees through the Fuel 4 Life employee giving program. That is 4 of our tiny homes fully funded by the amazing people at Southwest Gas. We appreciate the continued and ongoing support from Southwest Gas, their foundation, and their employees! We are overwhelmed by the generosity from Southwest Gas!

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Hiring

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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

Give

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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

Thank Your to Our Community Partners

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Join Our Team

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Join Our Team

CHECK OUT OUR OPEN POSITIONS

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.

2023 March Newsletter

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Groundbreaking Ceremony

You are cordially invited to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony for our Youth Drop-In Center Expansion, TAY Shelter Expansion & Tiny Home Village at 10 a.m. this Friday, March 10th.
 
We are beyond thrilled to see this dream come to fruition! This project will be built in phases with final plans including a commercial kitchen, bathroom & shower facilities, computer lab, rec room, 24/7 access to case management, support, resources and 14 Tiny Homes to help keep transitional age youth 18-24 off the streets. This event will kick off phase I of our expansion which includes the youth drop-in center remodel and the add on of four additional bedrooms with 20 beds for local Transition Age Youth. 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.”
 
We will have a Tiny Home prototype on site. This is something that you don’t want to miss! 
 
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.
 
Special thank you to Assemblymember James Ramos, Assemblymember Juan Carrillo and Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh who will be present at the event. 
 
The event will take place at 16857 C Street, Victorville. Please RSVP to vida@familyassist.org
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Zumba & Fitness Fundraiser Event:
Date: Saturday, April 22
Time: 11am-2pm
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 Strength 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.
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We have fundraisers lined up to raise money for the Tiny Home Village and Youth Drop-In Center Expansion.

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THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS
 
We want to thank the Ontario Reign Hockey Team for supporting the expansion during the February 17th hockey game! 
 
Thank you to everyone who came out to support! 
 
Together we were able to raise a little over $1,600.00
 
Special thank you to DAWG Rehab who sponsored 4 tickets for our youth to attend the hockey game and to CARS Auto Body Shop and Cali Auto Glass for sponsoring the purchase of chuck a pucks for our 15 youth in attendance. 
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Hope House

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Join us for Taco Tuesday, today, March 7th from 5-8pm!

Thank you In-N-Out for the generous donations of your gift duffle bag with In-N-Out gear and gift cards in support of our Taco Tuesday Easter Fundraiser! Items will be part of our raffle prizes for our fundraiser March 7th at Miguel’s Baja Grill. We are inviting you to join us the 1st Tuesday of every month in support of a great cause . We are always accepting donations and raffle prizes. Thank you to everyone for your generous donations . Your support helps further our mission in our domestic violence shelters and programs. For more information contact Sylvia 760-442-0649 sylvia@familyassist.org

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Our participants have been working on Self-Love in Art Healing. They are really enjoying it and are learning to love themselves. They feel stronger and are learning to have more self-esteem and becoming more independent. One of their favorite quotes is – My own love for myself is important.

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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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Thank you

We are presenting a Financial Empowerment and Credit Coaching Class. This is our second time presenting this class and we are extremely excited about the overwhelming outcome that has been received. The class runs for 10 weeks every Thursday from 11am-12pm on zoom. The class started on February 9th, and will run until May 4th. So far, we have had over 40 people attend the classes. In these classes we go over the meaning of Financial Literacy, Budgeting and Saving, How to Build or Repair Credit, and Homeownership. This class is totally free and is open to everyone. If you would like to sign up please contact Nalisha Anderson (760) 223-7787 nalisha@familyassist.org

Hope House would like to Thank Sovereign Way Christian Church. They invited us over for a Valentine’s Day event. Our participants had a fun day of shopping, they were so excited to have lots of goodies, coffee and tea. They were able to shop for themselves and their children from the racks of clothing, purses, and shoes. Our participants were welcomed to anything! They even gave them flowers, journals, and little bibles. Our participants were very thankful for everyone who made this special event possible.

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Community Center

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global holiday celebrated annually on March 8th as a focal point in the women’s rights movement, bringing attention to issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence and abuse against women. The proud women at the Community Center will be wearing purple and green in honor of this day. Join us and wear purple and green on Wednesday, March 8, 2023 to support the honored women in your life!

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kamala harrisOn January 20, 2021, Kamala Harris became the first woman, the first black person, and the first South Asian-American to become U.S. Vice President. In 2016, Harris was the first Indian-American woman to be elected to the United States Senate and in 2010, Harris became the first African-American and first woman to serve as California’s attorney general. Kamala is a California native; she was born in Oakland to immigrant parents (her mom was from India and her dad was from Jamaica). As a Howard University alumna, Harris is the first graduate of a historically black college or university to hold the vice presidency.
Thank you, Vice president Harris, for inspiring us young girls specifically brown and black girls to dream. In you we see a super hero, a possibility and an aspiration. Representation matters. It matters to young black and brown girls who have not seen themselves in positions of power. It matters to young black and brown girls whose race and gender have been weaponized against them in ways that they might not even see or know – yet.

free notary servicesDon’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.

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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Open Arms

February allowed Open Arms the opportunity to reflect and embrace Black History Month with clients. Having the chance to discuss prominent figures pertaining to Black History allowed for our staff and clients to discuss an important part of history. Saturdays focused on art therapy, having clients express their emotions through the art of color and brush strokes. Clients have really taken to this activity and have been taking their paintings home to hang in their rooms. Our Valentine’s Day paint n’ snack activity was a great success, clients were gracious enough to share some of their paintings to decorate our center walls. For the month of March our groups will focus on Women’s History Month, dedicating time to discuss prominent women figures in our history.

We are happy to announce Open Arms will be hosting a resource fair on March 23rd from 12pm – 3pm. We are eager to share we have over 15 vendors registered for the event, ranging from health resources, employment, education, and housing. We will also have a raffle drawing throughout the event, as well as food and clothes drive. We look forward to providing the community with a wide range of resources and opening our center for everyone to come and see the great things Open Arms has to offer.

Open Door

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At the Open Door we just finished the 40 Hour Human Trafficking training with 32 new Human Trafficking advocates! The next 40 Hour State Certified Human Trafficking training will be held in May, so watch out for the registration. We want to thank Naomi from Volunteers of America for partnering with us and helping to house victims of crime. Bernadette presented at Redlands University on HT 101, for their Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies program. The professor said that the class received so much positive feedback that they asked Open Door to come back on March 24th for another event that they are having. Happy Women’s History Month! If you would like to donate to Open Door or have any questions please contact bernadette@familyassist.org
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Next Step

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Last month we announced the privilege of being awarded a second round of funding in both the Warm Hand-Off (WHO) and Rental Assistance (RA) grants and the start of a new grant period, beginning March 1st. But, as we enter a new grant period for this second round of funding we reflect on the achievements made during the life of the initial grant, which was from August 2019 to February 2023.

Those achievements include:

Grant Achievements
1. Paid $1,921,899 in rent payments for 373 participants to place them into a new home or keep them in their current home.
2. Provided $29,983 worth of essential appliances and furniture.
3. Housed 135 participants and 34 accompanying children in need of rapid rehousing due to homelessness or threat of homelessness.
4. Provided case management, housing navigation, and landlord mediation, for 373 participants. Advocating for each participant throughout the process of securing suitable and stable housing.
5. Provided employment assistance resulting in employment of 193 participants.
6. Provided emergency services in the form of food, clothing, identification assistance (CA ID, birth certificates and social security cards), transportation, bus passes, hygiene products
7. Provided employment clothing for job interviews to 29 participants.

Of course, none of this could have been accomplished were it not for the hard work of our team members, like Case Manager Ana Arteaga, who took in our first “pre-release contact”, Claudia from Central Institute for Women (CIW) in Corona. We initially received a letter from Claudia prior to being released asking for assistance to help her parole from incarceration. We provided Claudia with a letter of support letting her and the parole board know we had a bed reserved for her in our housing program. Ana coordinated with Claudia to pick her up from CIW when released. Since coming to our program, Claudia has worked hard to overcome the obstacles she faced. With Ana’s full support she has obtained all her essential documents, graduated anger management classes, opened a checking account at a bank and secured gainful employment. Claudia’s goal is to raise $10,000 by the end of her program with Next Step and secure suitable housing for her 4 kids; we are happy to report she is on track to achieve her goals.

Another one of our Rental Assistance Advocates/Case Managers, Adriana Zavala, successfully advocated for her participant, Monique, to be accepted into a home of her very own. This was the first time Monique had lived on her own in her very own home. The landlord was reluctant to approve her for the home due to her background and circumstances, but after explaining the program and how it would benefit them, Adriana successfully advocated for the housing approval. Monique continues to live in her own home and continues to pursue her goals.

As we look towards the future, we are excited to introduce our new WHO Case Manager, Tonya Ward. Tonya comes to us with lived experience as well as much experience having worked in CIW assisting with their inmate programs. We are confident that Tonya will be an asset to our program and will continue to help us make a positive impact in the lives of returning citizens.
Thank you to all of our supporters who have helped us make the Next Step Reentry Program a success. We couldn’t do it without you.

If you or someone you know would like to inquire about our reentry services for a person on Parole or Supervised Probation, please reach out to us at our hotline 909-550-5615 or email us at NextStepReentryServices@familyassist.org

FAM Spot

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From one of our youth participants:

“Hi, my name is Austin. I am 21 years old and I’m currently homeless. The Family Assistance Program has helped me with getting temporary housing so I could have an opportunity to get back on my feet and hopefully move into my own place by the end of the program. They also help me with finding a job as best they can. The Family Assistance Program has helped me in a number of ways. I have a hard time being around people because it makes me anxious and coming to The Fam Spot has really helped me out a lot with that especially! It has helped me sort of break down my walls and make me feel more comfortable being around other people. The Family Assistance Program is a great opportunity to get you the help you need to get back on your feet and give you another chance at life. This program has truly saved me from what could’ve been a very horrible, horrific, stressful situation that I would’ve been in if I hadn’t discovered this program. Shelly is amazing and always puts her clients at the top of her priorities. She has helped me a lot, probably the most. I am very thankful to have this program and the support group that comes with it! Everyone is awesome and they have saved me from a terrifying situation. I have nothing but good things to say about The Family Assistance Program and what they have done for me. They’ve truly helped me in a number of ways and saved me from the worst possible situation I could’ve been in and they continue to help and support me regularly. I’m very grateful for that and the staff that works hard to make sure their clients are in a safe environment where they can focus on themselves and grow as a person without having to worry about where they’re going to sleep at night. I’m truly thankful for everything that The Family Assistance Program has done and continues to do for me! I have no idea where I would be right now if not for them!”

My Place

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This month has been very exciting and productive for My Place. Our youth were able to do outreach and volunteer in our community. We implemented life skills groups including making resumes, grocery shopping, learning how to pump gas and nutrition groups were a success. There were several outings this month including a trip to a hockey game, the Science Center in Los Angeles, snowboarding at Mountain High, park trips, hiking, lake trips, barbecues, and an outing to Dave and Busters. Our youth helped decorate our shelter for Valentines day and Black History Month. We look forward to March and hope we can continue to make our shelter feel like a home for our clients.

Our House

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We have a lot in store for our clients from our trivia nights to all of the outdoor activities we set up for our youth. The staff have done a great job implementing numerous groups, like life skills and nutrition. They have also been providing outings such as going to the movies, mall, and bowling. Our youth have also been enjoying Ms. Lynne from Open Arms coming out to talk to them about the dangers of drugs and what they can do to their bodies. We have been encouraging our youth to go to school and help them get enrolled. Some even want us to help them get involved with other independent living programs as they are coming of age.

Our House

graphic of rainbow homeWelcome Home LGBTQIA+ TAY house is currently in the works of a PRIDE event for June 23rd! More details yet to come as we collect LGBT friendly sources and vendors for this momentous occasion. We are excited to share that we’ve already had our first successful exit after only being open for two months. Furthermore, we’ve had two clients score jobs this month! With the help of on-site advocates, as well as Christopher from Arrowhead United Way, they were equipped with rides to and from interviews. Our case manager, Oscar, is working side-by-side with clients to help them monitor and build their savings. He has implemented forms of positive reinforcement to make sure that our clients stay on top of their goals.
The case manager has spoken with many different organizations this month, including; Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance, Rainbow Collaborative, Redlands Charitable Resource Coalition and the LGBT DBH subcommittee. Our goal is to spread the word to ensure that every homeless or at-risk queer person knows that they have a safe space available to them at Welcome Home. Even if we are at max capacity, we have many sources available to them as well as a waitlist. Stay tuned for more information in regards to the upcoming PRIDE event!

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Thank you

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We were extremely honored when Southwest Gas Corporation picked Family Assistance Program as one of the local non-profits that the employees can donate to in their Fuel for Life Employee Giving program but we were blown away by the generosity of the local employees that pledged $12,791.60 to Family Assistance Program! These much needed funds will help the most vulnerable members of our community. We appreciate the continued and ongoing support from Southwest Gas, their foundation, and their employees!

Family Assistance Program is honored to be among, Mary’s Mercy Center, Inc., Lestonnac Free Clinic, Step Up on Second – San Bernardino, Lutheran Social Services of Southern California, and Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino and receive this grant that improves the health of the greater San Bernardino community! Join us in thanking Dignity Health for providing this grant to these local organizations and thank them for the support they provide to these organizations helping struggling families, victims of abuse, and homeless access to housing, medical, dental, and behavioral health services.

Hiring

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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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TIPS TO STAY HEALTHY AND PREVENT THE SPREAD OF WINTER VIRUSES

Winter is an exciting time for families, with many looking forward to holiday celebrations, family gatherings, special outings, and shopping. While enjoying all that the season brings, it is important to remember the simple steps you can take to protect yourself and those around you against winter viruses such as the flu, COVID-19 and RSV. Staying up to date with COVID-19 and flu vaccines is one of the best ways to stay healthy this season. Other important steps include:
  • Staying home when you feel sick
  • Testing for COVID-19 if you are having symptoms. If you test positive for COVID, contact your healthcare provider right away to learn about treatment options
  • Washing your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • Covering your coughs and sneezes
  • Avoiding close contact with sick people
  • Considering wearing a mask in public indoor places to limit the spread of germs
During winter festivities and gatherings, it’s especially important to wear a mask around infants and toddlers who cannot wear masks and are most at risk for serious infection. It is equally important to mask up around the elderly as these groups have less protection from winter viruses. Find a vaccine or booster near you by visiting MyTurn.ca.gov. For more information about COVID-19, visit covid19.ca.gov .

Thank Your to Our Community Partners

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Join Our Team

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2023 February Newsletter

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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. 

Housing

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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

  • 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

  • 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

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

Hiring

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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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FEEL GOOD ABOUT THE FACTS. GET YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED ON WHATSAPP!

 
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. 

Give

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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

Thank Your to Our Community Partners

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Join Our Team

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Join Our Team

CHECK OUT OUR OPEN POSITIONS

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.

2023 January Newsletter

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Direct from Darryl

This holiday season, we were overwhelmed by the support from our community. One of the best parts of our job is to connect people who care with people who need help. We had countless people and businesses come to us looking for ways to help. We are excited to feature some of them in this newsletter. The best part of the holiday season for me, is when I receive these random calls from our friends at Kaiser telling me they have a truck load of food they need to get to us. Or, our friends at Gracie Jiu Jitsu asking when would be a good time to bring some toys by (which was a little overwhelming when they showed up with hundreds of toys).
 
To all of our friends, thank you for bringing so much joy to the children we serve.
Darryl Evey
Executive Director

Thank You

Thank you to each and every one of you that donated to Family Assistance Program this holiday season! We were truly overwhelmed with how many people, businesses, organizations, and the community as a whole wanted to help and give back to those in need. It was heartwarming to watch the toys roll in from multiple toy drives and to see kids wish lists get fulfilled and have Santa aka San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department visit the kids at Hope House. The amount of toys that individuals brought to our Taco Tuesday to donate to the children in our domestic violence program overflowed the luggage cart at Courtyard by Marriott in Hesperia. Our community truly comes together and helps out when it is needed. Thank you again for your help this past year and we look forward to an amazing 2023!

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Open Arms

Open Arms would like to extend our gratitude to our new partners, 4 Future Leaders of Tomorrow, who provided our TAY participants with Christmas gifts. We had a successful holiday spirit week, which all of our center clients enjoyed. With the great feedback we have been receiving from our clients regarding paint n sip events we would like to make this a monthly event.
 
We are excited to participate in the Human Trafficking Awareness walk hosted by Open Door. Our center will be hosting various groups leading up to the event to bring awareness to human trafficking. We will also have several groups that will revolve around creating posters for the walk, all are welcome.
 
Please take a look at our Drop-In Center group calendar – opens in a new window to see what we have planned for the month of January. If there are any special groups or one-on-one sessions requested, we are always happy to accommodate our clients. We are very excited to see all the great things we will accomplish as a company and also as a center this year. Happy New Year to all.
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Community Center

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Happy New Years from the C Street Community Center! We are excited to see what 2023 holds for our clients, our Staff and the Community in Old Town Victorville.

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.

In 2020 when the COVID pandemic came upon us, the agency established their first ever Safety Committee. This committee had a member representing every program in the agency, and the different programs could come together and share concerns and resources with each other. Two years later, the Family Assistance Program Safety Committee is still going strong! We are proud to announce our purchase and creation of “Cold/Flu Care Packs” for our clients. This care packs consist of cold medicine, Tylenol or Motrin, Kleenex, cough drops and some Vicks Vapo Rub; it may not be much but we are hoping these care packs will provide clients with some comfort when they are under the weather.

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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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Hope House wants to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support towards our Adopt-a-Family program for Christmas. It’s the dedicated support of long-time donors like you that keep our programs going and helps us to fulfill our mission. Your donation is extremely important to our cause, and we’d like to thank you for your participation. Your gifts will help to make dreams come true and hope for a brighter year ahead. Thank you to all that donated and helped our participants and their children have a Merry Christmas:

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
Bath & Body Works Hesperia
Victor Valley Women’s Club
The Home Depot Barstow
IEHP Community Center San Bernardino
Vinci Brands
Kerns Construction
Alpha Omega Fitness HD
Aztec Riders MC
Victor Valley Community Services Council
Bank of America
Touched By An Angel Arts “N” Crafts
Gracie Jiu Jitsu Apple Valley
St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church
Maxine’s Chic Boutique
Maxine DiDonato
Gloria Alikhan
Elizabeth Tabor
Sammie
Tony Raylene Valle
Jonathan Durham
Amanda Mraz
Lupita Martin
Roderick McKee Taylored Company

Open Door

We at the Open Door, would like to thank all of our supporters for the donations we received for Christmas, we wouldn’t be able to do it without you!
 
Thank you GXO Logistics, Noemi, Yanira, and Linda. The children in our program loved all the toys you guys collected for us in your toy drive.. Thank you GXO, once again! See you next year!
 
We would also like to Thank our local Starbucks for doing a toy drive for Christmas. Thank you Kierra and your team at Starbucks!
 
Run to Rescue, thank you for all the Christmas stockings that your team made and donated to the Open Door, all of our participants each received a stocking full of goodies!
 
Thank you to the San Bernardino Soroptimist Club, for the Christmas gifts they gave to one of our participants and her child. They donated a toddler bed, comforter, and dishes. Thank you Soroptimists, you made a little girl’s Christmas more enjoyable.
 
We would also like to Thank Delta Sigma Theta Sorority for the African American hygiene kits for Christmas we got to put in the stockings for our participants thank you once again.
 
We would like to thank the agencies and businesses that helped us out this holiday season. Thank you from the Open Door!
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Next Step

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What a wonderful team we all are here at Family Assistance Program, a sense of comradery with the other teams and team members in the agency is ever-present. New team members come into the agency, others leave, but new to the agency or not everyone seems very willing to help each other out when in need; willing to share their particular skill or expertise to help another program. It’s reassuring to know that we have that support and that we have so much resource within our own agency to look towards when we find ourselves beyond our scope of experience.

Next Step would like to thank Bernadette Valdez from Open Door and Shelly Thomas, of Youth Services for providing so much support to Next Step over the holiday season to help provide our participants and their families with a wonderful holiday experience. Shelly coordinated Christmas wish/needs list volunteers, in which she linked individual volunteers with a wish/need list written by each child accompanying our participants in the Next Step Reentry Housing Program. She made it possible for one of the mother’s in our program to receive needed items like a child car seat and a toddler bed, mattress and bed set, as well as other wish list items like kids’ books and toys.
Bernadette also offered much support to help our participants have a wonderful holiday season by linking our program to another agency providing our participants with Thanksgiving dinner spread to all our properties. In addition to this, she also linked another one of the mother’s in our housing program to a donor who provided our participant and her child with a needed toddler bed, mattress and bed set, as well as some other general child supplies.

Of course, we also have to mention the maintenance team, Curtis, Rick, Antonio and Tonus. We can’t express enough our gratitude for the hard, physical work you all do. Thank you so very much!

Happy New Year!

FAM Spot

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Thank you to Escrow Junction for organizing a toy drive and collecting a bunch of toys for the youth in our program! These toys made them extremely happy and let them know that people in their community truly care about them!
 
Happy Holidays from the youth services team of the high desert.

Thank you to Home Depot who donated 12 Christmas trees for our programs to have a tree to decorate in their shelter or transitional home! They also fulfilled the wish lists of all of our at risk and homeless youth. Each participant was able to fill out a wish list of the items that they would like for Christmas and they provided each and every thing they requested! This is not the first year that Home Depot has stepped up and given to us during the holidays. We appreciate all that you do to support us each year!

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Hiring

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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

Give

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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

Thank Your to Our Community Partners

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Join Our Team

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Join Our Team

CHECK OUT OUR OPEN POSITIONS

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.

2022 December Newsletter

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Direct from Darryl

The holiday season is a time to rejoice in the spirit of people and reject the negative comments about society today. Every day, we have people contacting us to ask for an opportunity to help. People want to participate in events, donate gifts, donate money, and anything else they can do to help. Businesses are looking for ways they can support the community, and frequently without making a big production of it. People are in the giving spirit.
 
I hope everyone takes time to enjoy all of the good in our lives. Take some time to enjoy nature. Read a book (I highly recommend “I Cried to Dream Again” by Sara Kruzan). Holidays are filled with stress and food that is bad for us, so take some time to do something good for yourself. Also, now is the time to start setting goals for next year. I hit most of my goals for 2022 and hope to make 2023 a stretch to achieve even more.
 
Happy Holidays!
Darryl Evey
Executive Director

Spirit of the High Desert

It was an honor to win the Spirit of the High Desert Award at the local chamber of commerce Accolade Awards! According to the Greater High Desert Chamber of Commerce, the Spirit of the High Desert award means: “This business actively promotes and represents the community in a positive manner, helping to preserve and improve the quality of life in the High Desert. This recipient exemplifies excellent corporate citizenship by contributing time and effort to the communities in which it operates and embraces a corporate culture that enhances the lives of its employees.” It has been our honor to support our High Desert community for over 37 years.
 
Also congratulations to our Executive Director, Darryl Evey for being nominated for Most Inspirational Leader, as well as our Director of Development & Media, Angela Sorrell-Herrera for being nominated for the Lillian King Volunteer of the Year!
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Taco Tuesday

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Thank you to everyone who came out on Giving Tuesday for our Taco Tuesday fundraiser! Everyone was so generous and donated toys for our participants and their children for Christmas. We had a great time and enjoyed tacos from the Vegan Vato. Thank you to everyone who donated raffle prizes and everyone who bought raffle tickets. Thank you to the Courtyard by Marriott in Hesperia for hosting our event and for your continued support!

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Family Assistance Program Holiday Party was at Dave & Buster’s and it was nice to see everyone in person!
 
Congratulations to Elsa Scott for 15 years, Yvette Abreo for 10 years and Matthew Letellier for 5 years with Family Assistance Program!
 
Congrats to Rick on winning the 65″ Samsung TV!
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staff member receiving award

Community Center

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Happy Holidays from the C Street Community Center! Twas’ the month before Christmas and all through the Community Center all the Advocates were busy decorating and helping people in the local neighborhood connect with present and Holiday resources for their families. It gets very cold this time of year, if you have any new or used blankets or jackets think of the C Street Community Center! The clients are always in need of these items to stay warm.

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.

Hope House

Hello and Happy Holidays from everyone at Hope House!!
 
Hope House was treated to a wonderful night at Taco Tuesday, so many wonderful friends came to support us. There was a Vegan taco dinner, that all enjoyed so much. Hope House Advocates watched in pure joy and a full heart as one after another walked up to the table and bought raffle tickets and dinner and to top all of that off they all brought presents for the children here at Hope House! It’s an amazing feeling after the last few years of struggle to see people come together with actual obvious joy in their hearts. The rooms were filled with beautiful trees, feelings and people!  
 
Hope House is looking forward to so much more excitement of the season that these families will get to experience. The San Bernardino Sheriffs Dept will come visit with Santa, We have Santa’s Sleigh day and The Women’s Foundation. These awesome folks help us provide the best Christmas every year!
 
Hope House has had a pretty great year, we have assisted several families including some fur family members. We have provided supportive services including several woman and families to move into our transitional housing.
 
Hope House would like to wish you all the best of the Holiday Season and the upcoming year! Thank you all for being you and for being by our side it is much appreciated! 
 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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Open Door

We at that Open Door have been doing a lot of training, like for instance with Loma Linda Children’s Hospital Emergency Department on the signs of Human Trafficking, that way they have a better idea of how to treat the victims. It was very nice of them to send us a thank you card!

 

If anybody would like to donate, here is our Christmas flyer via Amazon wish list. Time is running out, the holidays are almost here! Here is the link:

Amazon Wish List

We at the Open Door would also like to thank Claire Cunningham, a member of the Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary for all of the African American hair products that were just donated. They are greatly appreciated!

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Next Step

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“WAKE UP!!! Make my bed, shower up, eat breakfast, drink coffee, brush my teeth, stumble to the car, rush to work in this awful traffic so I’m not late to work… Uhhhhhrrrr!!!!”
 
Life is frustrating. Day in and day out, the long year makes it easy to get mired in the muck of the daily grind and the drama that just pops up in life. These difficulties can wear us down and distract us from the goals we have made; they can make us think “how can life be like this??” They are the big and little challenges that we will inevitably face in the good fight we all fight to go through this life a good person, a good son, brother, daughter, sister, father, mother, partner, friend, neighbor, citizen, etc. And although they can be scary, frustrating, infuriating and sometimes seemingly insurmountable… that’s all they are,… challenges and distractions we must overcome to get back to our major plan, whatever that may be. Life requires us to be resilient to have a chance at success, we try to teach this resilience to our participants because life is like that: challenging & unavoidable, and they will encounter these challenges for the rest of their lives,… like we do.
 
Thankfully, the holiday season slows us down a bit and gives us an opportunity to think about the wonderful things that have happened to us and the things we can appreciate in our lives. We at Next Step Reentry feel a great sense of purpose with the job we do, as I’m sure all at Family Assistance Program do, but more so, we all feel a tremendous sense of appreciation for the opportunity we have just to be in a position to be able to provide the type of support we have been able to provide to our participants, and our community at large. We are privileged to do this work and are humbled for it.

Next Step Reentry Team Achievements for the Year

  1. 63 Parole and Probation Participants Housed
  2. 38 Participants Successfully Secured Self-Pay Housing as Result of Landlord Mediations
  3. 32 Participants Successfully Employed as Result of Employment Assistance
  4. 202 Participants Supported with Rental Subsidies
  5. $3,000 in Landlord Incentives used to Successfully Encourage Lease Approvals
  6. $4,040 in Emergency Financial Assistance Provided
  7. $14,786 in Essential Furniture Provided to Families to Complete Their Homes
  8. $973,978 in Rent Subsidies Disbursed to Pay Rent and Keep Roofs Over Heads
When acknowledging our accomplishments over this last year, one can’t help but reflect on the importance of the team and the people who form it. A common theme over the life of the Next Step Reentry Program has been that of consistent change. Change is made in an effort to improve the program as much as possible and serve as many people as we can, but change is not easy; so the efforts and passion of each member of the Next Step team are greatly appreciated.

FAM Spot

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Fam Spot has been busy this last month. Fam Spot hosted an amazing Thanksgiving meal for all the youth in the HD programs. The youth enjoyed turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and yams. They also participated in a baggage exercise and found out that each of them carries a huge amount of baggage around. 
 
We participated in Victorville’s annual Christmas parade and had a lot of fun. It’s really nice to get out and see the joy in people’s face that stand on the sides of the parade.
 
We will be hosting our annual Christmas dinner and giving out presents to the youth in our programs. If you are interested in donating gifts or gift cards to our youth, please reach out to Shelly at shelly@familyassist.org
 
Huge thank you to Desert Community Bank for buying paint and the supplies, along with volunteering to paint one of our houses. The youth are excited to have the fresh paint and even joined in on the painting.
 
We continue our monthly hikes and BBQs. Please see the FamSpot Facebook page for an updated look at our calendar.
 
Our LGBTQIA+ support group has been a huge hit for one local high school. The youth that attend love having the support and asked us to come back monthly. They have also started reaching out to other local high schools’ GSA club to give them the information for our support groups.
 
Happy Holidays from the youth service team of the high desert.
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My Place

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This month was full of fun activities, aside from having the pleasure of having dinner with our Fam Spot family for Thanksgiving, the clients were also taken to a beautiful relaxing spot up in Valyermo. There, the clients walked around and appreciated the beauty of mother nature. They took in nice clean air and interacted with animals and took a fun hike. The clients enjoyed it so much that they asked to be taken there again. They appreciated and enjoyed it and to our surprise, we saw more animals than on our first visit. Our clients also enjoyed an outing to the Phelan Wild Animal Park, where they saw tigers, lions, a bear, and all sorts of snakes and hyenas.
 
One of our clients was fortunate enough to be hired at Jack in the Box and moved on to one of our TAY facilities where he will continue to pursue his goals. We are excited and proud of the challenges some of our clients have overcome, learning and growing as individuals to one day become significant and productive assets to society. Our youth participated in a blanket drive for dialysis patients and did outreach in the community. We are looking forward to our upcoming Christmas dinner with Fam Spot and other Christmas activities to end the year.

Hiring

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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

Give

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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

Thank Your to Our Community Partners

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Join Our Team

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Join Our Team

CHECK OUT OUR OPEN POSITIONS

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.

2022 November Newsletter

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Direct from Darryl

The holiday season has begun, and we have much to be grateful for. Major thanks to the sponsors for our gala. At the end of this newsletter, we have all of their logos. Our speaker for our gala was Sara Kruzan. I highly recommend you pick up her book. It is an inspirational story about dreaming for freedom.

We participated in 6 Trunk or Treats and are now planning for multiple Thanksgiving events. We will be handing our Christmas presents and joining Santa’s Sleigh with the Don Ferrarese Foundation. Holidays are tough for people struggling with housing and poverty, but it is also a time when we see how compassionate and giving our community is.

I will always remember the year when a flood came through Apple Valley on December 23. We helped families get into hotels and out of the emergency shelter. They were grateful to be alive but saddened that the flood took away their Christmas trees and presents. Dan Tate showed up on Christmas Eve at 6pm with a truck load of presents for the kids living in the motel. Between him and his friends, every one of those children had an extra special Christmas.

I am most grateful for experiences like this. We can be proud of the community we have built. The media and political parties may tell us to hate our neighbors, but most people care about their neighbors. Most of us want to come together and create a better world for our children. My wish for this holiday season is that we all spend a little more time focusing on the good in the world.

Darryl Evey
Executive Director

Thank You to Our Veterans

four americans flagsThis month we celebrate Veterans Day and want to thank our Veterans here at Family Assistance Program.
Darryl Evey – Marines
Gary Martin – Army
Erick Barker – Navy
Thank you so much for your service!

Veterans Day is a federal holiday recognized annually on November 11 in the United States to commemorate all military veterans. The Family Assistance Program offices will be closed on Friday, November 11th. As always, our 24/7 hotlines are still available for any emergency situations:
Domestic Violence 760-949-4357 Anti-Human Trafficking 909-333-7476 Youth Homelessness/Runaway 909-335-2676

This Veterans Day and every day we appreciate the selfless service of all of our armed forces for protecting America’s freedom. Take the time to thank a Veteran today. Happy Veterans Day 2022!

Taco Tuesday

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Join us on Giving Tuesday for our Taco Tuesday fundraiser! Come have tacos, buy raffle tickets, and support Family Assistance Program and one of our partner Santa’s Sleigh Toy Drive by Don Ferrarese Charitable Foundation. “Fulfilling the wish lists of hundreds of local children.”

Tuesday, November 29th
5pm – 8pm
@ Courtyard By Marriott
9619 Mariposa Rd.
Hesperia, CA 92345

Every year, on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving people take the time to kick off the holiday season by giving back to their community on Giving Tuesday. Keep your donations local! Bring a new unwrapped toy to donate to the children in our programs. Taco Tuesday is a fun way to give back while hanging out, having some drinks, and eating some delicious tacos!

Community Center

purple ribbonWe are so excited and proud of the 16 new Domestic Violence Advocates that our community has after our latest 40 hour training! Congratulations for your determination and hard work completing this training. We will be hosting our next training, Spanish Domestic Violence 40-Hour Training, in late February of 2023.

chalk drawing of heartC Street Staff has so much to be thankful for and we would like to share it:
Magali: I am thankful for my kids, my job and my house; for everything!
Diana: I am thankful for having a roof over my head, food to eat; I’m thankful that we are here to help all the clients that we help.
Ahea: I am thankful for my house, my daughter, my family and for all of my co-workers/friends/family!
Cristina: I am thankful for my kids and grandkids and for my good health.
Jobi: I am thankful for my family, my kids, my friends and to be a part of a great team that changes lives daily.

Hope House

We have a new program that is not only for our participants, but it is also open to the community. It is called Financial Empowerment and Credit Coaching Workshop. In this 10-week course we will discuss how to make a budget, and start saving, improve and build credit, income, and becoming debt free, and lastly homeownership. At the end of the course, you will receive a certificate of completion. We have recently just partnered with Bank of America to be able to assist participants with obtaining bank accounts, and we are working on obtaining partnership with a credit union as well. If you are interested please email nalisha@familyassist.org for the high desert, or anny@familyassist.org for San Bernardino.

Thank you to everyone that joined us last month for our Break the Silence to End Domestic Violence Walk. We appreciate all of the support from the community that are bringing awareness to help end domestic violence. If you or someone you know needs help leaving an abuser please share the 24/7 hotline number 760-949-4357

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Open Door

The Open Door we would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays!!! We have a lot going on this coming year. We are getting turkeys together for Thanksgiving and making holiday baskets for Christmas.

Open Door has an Amazon wish list, for our participants and their children. iIf you would like to donate, please feel free to use the link or you can contact bernadette@familyassist.com.

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The Open Door would also like to welcome two new staff, Anny Delance, our new Financial Empowerment Advocate and Patricia Taylor, our new Housing Navigator. They will both be working out of the East Highland Avenue office. Please contact them if you have a participant in need of services. Patriciat@familyassist.org and Anny@familyassist.org

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Next Step

next step logoLast year I wrote about Ari, one of our parole re-entry housing participants. She did well in our program and graduated late last year when she moved with her 1 year old Zari, and 3 year old Niy’ari. Ari had the goal of moving into her own apartment in Bakersfield and then be reunited with her 6 year old son Xamari, who was in the custody of the Nevada CPS.

We were able to help Ari, with the rental assistance program while she found a stable income and employment. In addition to the rental assistance, Next Step was able to assist Ari with a new bed for her and one of her children, as well as a washer, and a dryer.

We asked Ari how the Next Step Re-entry Program has affected her life, she said, “You guys gave me a fresh start, an opportunity to get the ball rolling again. Once I was out of prison, I didn’t know what to do and I was headed down the wrong way again. Getting into the program, got me back on track and gave me direction.” Since graduating the program, and due in big part to her improved situation and outlook, Ari was granted custody of her 6 year old son Xamari. She added that “The support you gave me when I graduated the program helped me to get my son back.”

These days Ari is working for an app-based company called Beagle, which supports podcasts. Ari is the host of a podcast show on the Beagle in which she discusses several topics ranging from God, health, relationships, self-love, self-care, coping skills, and female empowerment. Ari recently took part in a writing contest, in which she submitted a rough draft for a teen werewolf novel and has been offered a writing internship.
“Things are going wonderful for me, I’m so happy!”

Open Arms

open arms logoOpen Arms is excited to celebrate Veterans Day with a BBQ for all to come and enjoy on November 11at 1pm. We will have food, games, and music to help celebrate and honor our veterans.

We are preparing for a Thanksgiving dinner for our drop-in center clients to enjoy on Wednesday November 24th. We will be accepting any food donations to help us give our clients the best possible meal.

Our Street Outreach team will be attending a resource fair held by Mojave River Academy in Fontana on November 10th. We look forwarding to sharing our resources and knowledge with the community. During the month of November, we will be focusing on mental health positivity during our Saturday groups. Please come and join us for Art Therapy every Saturday at 12pm, to promote mental health awareness.

YAB

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The Select Committee on Youth Homelessness in San Bernardino County met to listen to the voices of those working to tackle youth homelessness in the region. Good insights and thoughtful discussion took place where it emphasized the importance of taking preventative action against this issue and providing the resources needed. Our Executive Director, Darryl Evey and youth from our YAB committee joined in for this important discussion with Assemblymember James C. Ramos, Assemblymember Thurston Smith and Majority Leader Eloise Gomez Reyes.

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COVID-19 New Booster

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UPDATED COVID-19 BOOSTER NOW AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN 5+

The updated, more protective booster is now available for everyone ages 5 and up who has completed their initial vaccine series. Even more of our family members can now be protected with this booster, keeping them safer from the worst outcomes of COVID-19 such as hospitalization, long COVID, and death.

The updated booster was created to strengthen protection against the original coronavirus strain, while also targeting the newer, dominant variants that spread so widely this past summer.

The updated booster is an important tool for everyone ages 5 and up to take if it has been two months after their last vaccine dose, regardless of the type of dose received (primary series, additional doses or booster doses). It’s here in time for the fall and winter months when we’ve come to expect a rise in COVID-19 cases. Getting your family boosted now will make the coming holiday gatherings safer for all.

Californians can go to COVID19.ca.gov for more information on COVID-19 and the latest public health guidelines. Visit MyTurn.ca.gov or call 833-422-4255 to find a vaccine or booster near you.

Dreams Come True Gala

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Hiring

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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

Give

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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

Thank Your to Our Community Partners

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Join Our Team

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Join Our Team

CHECK OUT OUR OPEN POSITIONS

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.

2022 September Newsletter

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Direct from Darryl

This month, I was able to experience Covid. I have run 3 marathons this year. I am not overweight (well maybe a little), I do not have any health problems, and I am fully vaccinated. Covid knocked me out. I spent three days laying on the couch with a fever, headache, muscle aches, and unable to even think. It has been over 10 days, and I still have the headache and struggle with thinking clearly. I have a new respect for people who have had to struggle with this virus. As the newest booster becomes available over the next few weeks, I highly recommend everyone get it.

Fortunately, the agency moves along without me. We have a wonderful group of people who make sure that the needs of our clients are met. We have an accounting department and a grants department that can keep the agency moving along. We have program managers that can make decisions and handle any problems that pop up. When I am unable to think straight, it is nice to know that we have people who can.

While Covid was an effective weight loss tool, more importantly, it reinforced the value of our team. It is comforting to know that when I am not working, our systems and our teams are working.

Darryl Evey
Executive Director

The Gala is Coming

Sara KruzmanWe are so happy to announce that our keynote speaker for the annual Dreams Come True Gala coming up next month on October 15, 2022 is Sara Kruzan.

Sara was a victim of child sex trafficking who at the age of 16 through an act of trauma violence killed George Howard. George was a child sex trafficker, 20 years Saras’ senior, who began the indoctrination process of child sex slavery upon Sara when she was 11 years old. This was during the early 1990’s, the “Tough on Crime” phase of California, and Riverside County wanted to be the toughest. They prosecuted her as an adult, she was her only witness allowed to testify and no expert witness where able to talk about her previous PTSD diagnosis. She was sentenced to life without parole plus 4 years indeterminate. Ordered to pay a 10,000-restitution victim fine and graduated a year early form high school while housed and Riverside juvenile hall. She kept her hope alive, hope for freedom, and continued to fight for her case. Her legal team filed many petitions and over years was able to have a resentencing, a commutation and chance before the California parole board June of 2013. In October 2013, Sara was released from prison. In July of 2022, Gov. Gavin Newsome pardoned her.

She is going to speak about the importance of not giving up on your dream. Even if judges and society members of the state of California try to take away your hope and faith, your dreams can still come true, if you just hold with hope and curious courage.

Huge thank you to Wild Hair Company for your Cocktail Sponsorship and Molina Healthcare for your Music Sponsorship. Thank you to our table sponsors: Waterfountains.com, Southwest Gas, Stewart’s United Insurance Agencies, Cali Auto Glass, Majestic Land, Victorville Chevrolet, PRMG, ERNA Enterprises, Desert Community Bank, Life’s Essentials, John Perring-Mulligan, and Excelsior Charter Schools. Thank you to Steeno Design and Howard’s for your Centerpiece Sponsorship and Stephen Dhillon Law and Coldwell Banker for your sponsorship in the program. Your donations are what we need to make these events happen!

This is our annual fundraiser and all proceeds will go towards down payment assistance for Family Assistance Program clients and staff. The money raised at the gala will empower Family Assistance Program to transform people’s lives with home ownership.

Join us for a fun masquerade ball at the Hilton Garden Inn with a cocktail hour from 4:30 – 5:30pm and dinner starting at 6pm. Enjoy music from the amazing BOK Band, dancing, photo booth fun, and a silent auction.

BUY TICKETS

Sponsorship opportunities are available and silent auction items are needed, email Angela if you are interested.

 

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Community Center

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The Community Center was excited to host the family friendly event, “Mom’s Who Mask and Dad’s in Disguise”. Moms and Dads were encouraged to bring the kiddos out last Tuesday, September 6th, for a fun few hours of masquerade mask decorating and snacks!

For those who didn’t have any littles to decorate a mask with or missed the first event, we had a Mask and Mingle event at Viva Marias in Apple Valley on Thursday, September 15th. All proceeds went towards the Dreams Come True Masquerade Gala Fundraiser.

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Hope House

break the silence flyerOctober is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We will have our annual Break the Silence Walk on October 5th beginning at 10 AM and ending at 3 PM. This will be at our Administration office at 15075 Seventh Street. We are inviting everyone to join us. Please wear Purple to support Domestic Violence. If you are not up for the walk come and hang out with us for the day.

We are inviting organizations who would like to have an information booth with Community Services at the event. Water, snack and monetary donations will be appreciated. Please contact Tracey or Sylvia at 760-223-7787 or by email tracey@familyassist.org or sylvia@familyassist.org

Open Door

human trafficking flyerOpen Door is having our 40 Hour Human Trafficking Training this month. This training is exciting since we have some new presenters. Thank you to all that registered, contact Bernadette@familyassist.org to get on the waiting list for the next one.

Open Door would also like to say goodbye to one of our beloved Empowerment Advocates Myeesha. When I joined open door and they told me I was going to shadow Myeesha, she took me to the Sheriff’s Academy. As I sat there and listened to her tell her story and how she was training the new cadets on how to handle a human trafficking victim. I was blown away on how she had them hanging on every single word. With that being said here is a letter that Myeesha wrote herself.

My Final love letter:

As most of you are aware my name is Myeesha from The Open Door’s Family Assistance Program. With bittersweet sentiments, I close out a chapter here as a human trafficking Empowerment.
During the last 5 years that I have worked with Family Assistance Program, I have learned so much about myself professionally and personally. As you all know I am a survivor. But what many of you all don’t know is that I was a survivor who did not know I was a survivor until participating in the Open Door’s 40 Hour human trafficking training. That training was an answer to a lot of unresolved questions I didn’t know I even had. From then on coming to work for the Open Door. A program propelled and entrenched with survivor voices and leadership. A program that was the most unconventional kind that I had ever heard. While I have been at Open Door there was a saying I would say. There’s never a dull day at The Open Door. Every day has taught me something and allowed me the opportunity to learn and refine parts of myself. It is here where I have discovered the meaning of trauma-informed care, empathy, and personal boundaries. It is here where I have been allowed to train and work alongside law enforcement and reconcile parts of my trust with them. But It is also here where I have had to rediscover self-care and it is also here that I have had to learn that even though I am a survivor I am still more than just a survivor.
I have been blessed to work alongside many great team members past present and future. Team members who have allowed me the support opportunity and encouragement to be the best version of myself I could possibly be. I sincerely thank them and honor them for all they have done and continue to do. It has made the ride that much more memorable.
To Dianne who has constantly and consistently been there throughout my survivor journey all these years. Who has supported me and given me the opportunity to do more with my story. Who has taught me that we should not allow ourselves to feel inferior and that we are the experts? It is through your strength and resolve that has helped nurture and strengthen mine. I especially thank you.
Moving forward I wish nothing but the best for my team as well as The Family Assistance Program. Continue to lead the way in supportive services and care. Always remembering that our agency is only as good as the people who support it. Continue to invest in them. As I go I hope I’ve been able to leave everyone that I’ve encountered better than when we first met. I wish you all nothing but continued success, peace, and love.
Warm Regards,
Myeesha Arranaga

My Place

my place logoThis month has been full of new outings and activities for our youth. Outings to the pet shop, grocery store, the lake and the park have taken place. The youth have been participating in art groups, music groups, self care groups and a boxing group. Our youth have been going to Fam Spot and participating in a few groups including young visionaries and LGBTQIA groups. We have been fortunate to help a youth get enrolled in school and to help another youth reunite with family. We have a beach trip planned for this month and we are excited for more to come.

Next Step

next step logoThis job puts us in a position to help people. Although we have to keep a professional distance between us and our participants in order to stay objective with the care we are able to provide them, we begin to care for them as we would those in our personal lives. We aren’t always able to help our participants to the extent to which we would like to help them, but it’s great when we are able to assist their progress.

Recently one our Rental Assistance Advocates, Adriana Z. successfully advocated for her participant, MV, to be accepted into a new mobile home of her very own. This will be the first home, of her own, MV has had since she was released from incarceration. The landlord was reluctant to approve MV for the home due to her background and circumstances, but after explaining the program and how it would benefit them, Adriana successfully advocated for the housing approval. MV will be moving into her mobile home in the next few weeks.

Congratulations to Case Manager Claudia Z’s housing participants for making progress towards their exit goals. One of her participants AB had a rough start that ended with her back in custody, but after successfully advocating for her return to our housing program, AB has turned her situation around and has gained employment at a local car wash, is attending out-patient classes, and continues to add to her savings. Another of her participants JS continues to maintain her sobriety, and has hit her one-year mark.

Keep up the important work team Next Step, it is so greatly appreciated!

Open Arms

open arms logoOur Mask and Mingle event had a great turnout with the participation of our partners from Operation New Hope. We are looking forward to posting our calendar for the month of October including Halloween activities and a Fall resource event. Our group calendar now includes three different group opportunities a day, with substance and health groups now being available up to four times a week. For the month of September, participants are able to join a cooking class or art activity every Saturday at 12pm.

Our House

our house logoThe well-being of our youth is the top priority at Our House! We look forward to getting our clients back into a routine with the school semester approaching. Staff came together in the past month to create a welcoming environment for the youth by giving each bedroom its own personal touch. Additionally, our shelves are newly stocked with board games and art supplies. We’ve incorporated more activities and groups for the clients to enjoy! We’ll be closing out the Summer with visits to the park, book clubs, and movie nights. It’s important to us that both staff and clients enjoy their time together while also building social skills and team building. The future at Our House is as bright as the youth who reside here.

Funds in Action

jbay logoThis year, JBAY’s Critical Needs and Opportunity Fund will assist around 1,000 young people who have been in foster care or homeless. One of our youth clients was one of the recipients.

“The assistance helped me purchase my textbooks to further my education, without it I don’t know what I would have done.” Eunice

Eunice received $347.24 through the Burton Critical Needs and Opportunity Fund so that she could purchase textbooks for her Administration of Justice classes.

Rental Assistance

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Martha called requesting rental assistance. She stated it is just her and her 20-year old son Jerry and she fell behind in her rent due to her having a stroke and she is unable to work right now. Jerry is working; however, they are having a hard time catching up from being behind 2 months. Because Jerry is 20 years old, he qualifies for our ESG program that assists youth between the ages of 18-24. Because of this program, we were able to keep Jerry and Martha housed with assisting them with their back rent to prevent homelessness.

Hesperia Days Parade

paraders on truck hesperia days paradeFamily Assistance Program participated in the 2022 Hesperia Days Parade on Saturday 9/17. The staff and our youth participants decorated the truck and had banners to display to the thousands of parade watchers sharing about all the great things that Family Assistance Program is doing in the community. They all had a blast and represented in their purple shirts. Great job team, you looked fabulous!

Hiring

now hiringWe 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

Give

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

Donate

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

Thank Your to Our Community Partners

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Join Our Team

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.

2022 August Newsletter

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Direct from Darryl

We are a fishing school.

Most people have heard the story about teaching people to fish. Basically, it is if you give a person a fish, they will not be hungry but teach a person to fish and they will never be hungry. We at Family Assistance Program pride ourselves on teaching people to fish. Our housing program is a partnership with the people we serve. They secure employment, learn life skills, and develop a productive life, and we compensate them by providing them with housing and other necessities. It is hard to look for a job when you are hungry and do not know where you will sleep tonight. We empower and support our clients by treating them as humans who have a right to food and housing.

Sometimes it is challenging to stay focused on the goal. Just as raising a child, it is easier to tie their shoes than to teach them how to tie shoes (or just buy Velcro shoes). Rather than give them food, we teach them to apply for food stamps, develop a menu, create a shopping list, and learn to live within their budget. Many of the people we serve do not know how to enroll in these programs. They do not know how to create a menu or develop a well-balanced meal. They do not know how to shop for groceries. This is just one example of how we “teach people to fish”. We also teach people how to find a place to live, how to apply for a job, how to keep a job, how to fix their credit, and a long list of other life skills. In all of these areas, it is easier to do it for them, but the goal is to make our services unnecessary.

Every time I meet someone who was in our program and is now on their own and totally self-sufficient, I get excited. If we do our jobs correctly, we will run out of people to help. We have a long way to go before that happens, but it is exciting to see the progress we are making.

Darryl Evey
Executive Director

Community Center

ad for sexually transmitted infectionThe Community Center has been working alongside ROOT to organize the reopening of the Old Town Victorville Street Fair; our anticipated first street fair will start up again in September.

We are starting our annual domestic violence 40-hour advocacy training today, Monday, July 12, 2021. We have over 100 people registered for our virtual training.

We are still having our walk-in STI clinic at the Community Center every Wednesday.

We serviced 1,448 individuals in June and provided clothing to 138 individuals during our weekly hygiene and clothing giveaway. We assisted 47 individuals with replacement ID vouchers and offered 119 bus passes to individuals to attend their court hearings, job interviews, and appointments. We have received 142 bags and 44 boxes of donations from our community. As the weather is getting hotter, we have provided clients with sunscreen and cold water to stay cool. July is going to be a hot one, stay cool and stay safe!

The Gala is Back

masquerade gala flyerWe are so happy to see all of the community support of our annual Dreams Come True Gala coming up on October 15, 2022.
 
Huge thank you to Wild Hair Company for your Cocktail Sponsorship and Molina Healthcare for your Music Sponsorship! Thank you to our table sponsors: Southwest Gas, Stewart’s United Insurance Agencies, and Cali Auto Glass, Majestic Land, and Excelsior Charter Schools! Thank you to Steeno Design for your Centerpiece Sponsorship! Your donations are what we need to make these events happen!
 
This is our annual fundraiser and all proceeds will go towards down payment assistance for Family Assistance Program clients and staff. The money raised at the gala will empower Family Assistance Program to transform people’s lives with home ownership.
 
Join us for a fun masquerade ball at the Hilton Garden Inn with a cocktail hour from 4:30 – 5:30pm and dinner starting at 6pm. Enjoy music from the amazing BOK, photo booth fun, and a silent auction.
 
Sponsorship opportunities are available and silent auction items are needed, email Angela if you are interested.
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Youth Leadership Summit

groups of people at conferenceThe Family Assistance Program partnered with San Bernardino Valley College and the San Bernardino County Youth Advisory Board to host the inaugural Youth Leadership Summit on Saturday, July 16th from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. The goal of the summit was to provide a forum for youth who are interested in building their leadership skills and tools. The philosophy of the lead agency, Family Assistance Program, is that it is both important and necessary to make sure that youth were given the same respect that any professional attending a conference would receive, namely, reimbursing them for their time.

Our grant from the Sierra Health Foundation allowed us:
· to pay each youth participating $100 and
· to feed the youth throughout the day
· to provide quality speakers for the youth to build their skills

As a result, we achieved our intended goal of 100 youth. Due to interest, we increased our registration to 120 individuals.

The Summit was planned collaboratively with the Family Assistance Program, members of the San Bernardino Youth Advisory Board, and participants from San Bernardino Valley College’s Mental Health Association.

The input from youth insured that discussion themes and workshop topics were realistically applicable to youth participants. As a result, the Summit was broken into 4 aspects:
· Learning from Community Leaders (Keynote Speakers)
· Discussing Leadership in Areas of Concern for Youth (Roundtables)
· Participating in Leadership Skill Development (Workshops)
· Peer Networking and Resource Identification (Full Summit).

We asked the youth that attended this question: “What are you going to do with the information you shared and learned.” Here are some of the responses:
· “I want to create a change by continually including everyone in all school activities, and around the community by creating close knit community to hear each other’s voices.”
· “Help LGBTQ youth find a secure housing and jobs and create networks and community support for lgbtq youth”
· “I hope to create positive changes in my community by using my voice to share my thoughts and giving my time to others”
· “I want to be a good example and be able to help those who are younger than me by giving proper resources, support or other means.”
· “Make mental health and housing programs and resources more available to our youth”
· “I want to create a culture where folks in the community feel comfortable and safe reaching out for help when they need it. I want to be able to provide resources that are LGBTQ friendly to let folks in the community feel more confident and secure in reaching out.
· “I want to know which resources are available to youth who are housing insecure or unhoused that help them get their basic needs met on a daily basis. I want to address the intersectionalities between being housing insecure, substance use, and mental health and which resources are available that address these intersectionalities rather than individually.”
· “Bring more options to my community for youths. Their is no place where youths can express themselves or have outlets to express themselves and would like to change that.”
· “In my community, it’s very common for those in high schools and middle schools to be led astray and go down bad paths. By helping in my local youth center, I believe I could create more opportunities for other teenagers to get involved with the city. This would give them something productive and beneficial to do with their time, which would prevent them from getting distracted from school and working towards their future. Overall, I find it very important for there to be opportunities to help the community and I will work with my local youth center to ensure this.”
· “What I would want to do to create a positive change would be trying to communicate better with people to understand their reasonings and for them to listen to mine. I’d try to participate in any way that I could to make people feel heard.”
· “I want to start my own foundation to help youth that ages out of the foster care system. I’ve seen it first hand and I’m outraged what goes on right here where I live within the foster care system”
· “Provide the same kind of motivation and dedication that I used to help me get to where I am at to other people.”
· “Help increase the number of resources and services available for youth outside of school hours.”
· “I want to help youth (queer, disabled, and/or those with mental health struggles) understand and utilize the resources available to them when seeking accommodations, when becoming involved with their community, and when seeking employment. Queer and disabled people have some of the highest rates of unemployment because of biases against or lack of information available to them.”
· “I am especially passionate about advancing mental health access, LGBTQ+ rights, and women’s rights with regards to reproductive justice on the local level in the Inland Empire. Given that I was born and raised in the Inland Empire my whole life, I would love to give back to my community by becoming more involved in civic engagement. Additionally, I would love to see how grassroots organizations can work together to bring forth change at the state level in CA.”
· “Participating in my local youth coalition to advocate for, help, and advise at-risk youth in order for the homeless youth and the general homeless population to have better chance of stability and success in life. Being a local policy advocate.”
· “I believe that a community operates at its peak once everyone supports and wishes well amongst one another. We can encourage selflessness as well as kindness to fulfill that need in our community.”
· “I want to possibly create a group for foster and homeless youth to feel like they belong, where they get to talk about their experiences with other kids that can relate to them and empathize.”
· “Changes in guardianship for youth 16 and older – allowing them to initiate it if they left an abusive home or were kicked out of a home. The youth at age 16 should be able to speak for themselves. Also, dental care for homeless youth”
· “I want to learn how I can make a change instead of expecting it to happen. I want voices like mine to be heard instead of used for think pieces with no actual progress from people above that hear our concerns. Furthermore, I’d like to educate my self and stay active so I am speaking with individual who take in the gravity of these situations and want to do something about it.”
· “I would like to see more equitable access to health care, housing assistance, mental health services, and substance use services for my LGBTQ+ community here in the Inland Empire. This includes care that is welcoming and safe to gender and sexual minority community members.”
· “As teenagers, our generation struggles in silence. By participating in this Summit I was to bring comfort to my community. I want to give kids, teenagers, adults, or anyone to participate in organized discussions in which they would be comfortable speaking their truth.”

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Community Center

The Community Center was able to assist over 2,000 individuals last month…how awesome is that? Whether it’s hygiene items, clothing, a bus pass, computer usage, restraining order paperwork preparation, or just a friendly ear to listen; the Community Center Staff is here and ready to help! Last week, we were able to assist two young ladies with clothes for job interviews they had scheduled, and one of them got the job! The Community Center is so happy to be a part of her success.

dog in lapRemember Samantha and her owner that we shared with you all in our previous newsletter? We are proud to announce that they now have a home to call their own! Samantha and her owner “Mr. Mann”, came to tell us about their new place and just how happy they are to have a safe place to lay their heads. In conversation we learned that “Mr. Mann” didn’t have a lot or much of anything to go into their new apartment so the Community Center helped him out with some dishes, cookware, utensils, some toilet tissue, and a few blankets that we had received from donations. “Mr. Mann” was over the moon and so appreciative of the items we gave to him and Samantha, and we in turn were so happy to be able to assist them. Good luck “Mr. Mann” and Samantha!

We are looking forward to working closely with R.O.O.T. (Revive Our Old Town) to plan another Oktoberfest in Old Town this year! Last year was a great success and enjoyed by many. We can’t wait to have another one! Stay tuned for dates, times and how to sign up as a vendor.

Hope House

domestic violence posterAugust 2nd was National Night Out for the City of Hesperia at Civic Plaza Park. Hope House has participated in this event for many years now and Lori, Laura, and Tracey attended this year. Every year the City of Hesperia has expanded this event every year. There were many vendors in attendance along with many characters. The park was packed with residents with their children all enjoying themselves.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We will have our annual Break the Silence Walk on October 5th beginning at 10 AM and ending at 3 PM. This will be at our Administration office at 15075 Seventh Street. We are inviting everyone to join us. Please wear Purple to support Domestic Violence. If you are not up for the walk come and hang out with us for the day.
We are inviting organizations who would like to have an information booth with Community Services at the event. Water and snack donations will be appreciated.

Please contact Tracey or Sylvia at 760-223-7787 or by email tracey@familyassist.org or sylvia@familyassist.org

Open Door

human trafficking advocacy trainingOpen Door will be having our next 40-Hour Human Trafficking Advocacy Training starting September 13th. If anyone is interested in our next 40 HR Human Trafficking Training, please contact Bernadette@familyassist.org

My Place

my place logoAt My Place Youth Shelter we are focused on helping youth from the ages of 11-17 years old. This month we have been able to reunite two youth with their families after hitting hard times. We have also provided shelter for CFS youth. The youth have been participating in trips to Hesperia Lake, pet shops, and the park. We have had barbecues, movie nights, and game nights. In the last month, we started a garden in our backyard to provide therapy to our clients. There has been a donation of several books to start a library, so kids can check out and enjoy some stories. We have been helping youth with resumes and applying to jobs. Two of our youth recently have interviewed to work at Olive Garden and Denny’s. We are planning a beach trip for August and creating more groups for our youth. With school starting back up we will be bringing back our study groups to help with homework and tests. If anyone knows of any youth in need, please refer them to our program.

Next Step

Barbara Chavez and Others The Next Step Reentry Team would like to give praise to one of its own: Barbara C.! Barbara is one of our Rental Assistance Advocates and has been working hard not only in her position on the Next Step Reentry Team but also in her off-time. Barbara is a champion for the rights of those affected by their prior criminal background and who are seeking to improve their lives. She was recently interviewed by Senator Sydney K. Kamlager’s office, who represents U.S. senate District 30, to share her personal story of challenge, adversity, as well as triumph over her past and the success she continues to have following her release from incarceration. Barbara will even be traveling to Los Angeles in person to share her story in a recorded interview.

In addition to this, Barbara will be traveling to Sacramento this month to attend the second annual Drop LWOP (Life Without Parole) Rally in Sacramento to speak to the California legislature in person to share her story and provide awareness of the issues concerning the Drop LWOP initiative in California. Drop LWOP’s mission is to end Life Without Parole sentencing in California. Excellent work Barbara!

UPDATE
As you may remember from last month’s newsletter, we shared the story of one of our graduating housing participants Alicia, who was referred to us last August. She has triumphed through the adversity of fighting cancer, fought and earned back custody of her son Christopher, graduated from our housing program successfully, and completed her supervised probation commitment. If you recall, Alicia had successfully obtained a section 8 housing voucher, however, was having much difficulty finding housing that would accept the voucher. As of this month, Alicia has found an apartment to live in and will be moving in at the end of the month with her son Christopher. Congratulations Alicia!

FAM Spot

man climbing a treeFam Spot is excited to say that we provided 80 backpacks with school supplies to youth in need. It was great seeing the youth excited to have new supplies for school. We also have several hiking trips coming up, along with BBQ days. Please see the calendar attached. Our LGBTQIA+ support group is here every other Tuesday so please come join us for a safe place to get support. We are in need of art supplies of any kind for art groups the youth are wanting. Please email Rudy at rudy@familyassist.org with any questions regarding art supply.

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

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2022 July Newsletter

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july 2022 newsletter
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Direct from Darryl

I had the great joy of spending Saturday with a group of young people who are going to be our next generation of leaders. Our Youth Leadership Summit brought together a group of young people to learn from some of our current leaders and learn to use their voice to make sure our community will continue to get better.

We started the day hearing from Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh as she told us about being an immigrant and attending school without knowing English. She described how adversity can turn into strength and her path to representing 1 million people from the Inland Empire in Sacramento. We heard from Assemblymember James Ramos who told us about growing up in a mobile home on the reservation and living in poverty. He continued to work hard and get an education before moving into public service. Both of our elected officials excited the young people and helped them feel they can make a difference and they can be successful.

We had some great workshops from other community leaders. Scott Nassif from NAPA Auto Parts gave them advice on how to find and keep a job through listening and engagement. Kim Lewis from Lewis Advocacy explained how to put your ideas into legislation. Overall, this group of young people spent their Saturday working to improve their futures.

We closed the day hearing from Jevon Wilkes, the executive director of the California Coalition for Youth. He told his story of living on the streets of Los Angeles and knowing their had to be something better. He volunteered with the Youth Advisory Board and then worked his way to becoming the chairperson. He used this platform to speak with our legislators and demand that they consider the needs of young people living on the streets. Now, as the executive director, he is a regular speaker at legislative hearings. Legislators now come to him for his input. Every person in the room was listening and dreaming that this could be them some day.

Many of the young people came away excited for their future. They were able to speak with leaders who lived through poverty and are now successful and in positions to make real changes. These young people care about our community and about their peers. I came away excited for the future of our community. We hear and see so many negative things that it can become depressing. Seeing young people who give up their Saturday to learn how to make our world better gives me hope that it will be better.

Our future is looking bright.

Darryl Evey
Executive Director

The Gala is Back

masquerade gala flyerWe are so happy to announce the return of our annual Dreams Come True Gala! Save the date, October 15, 2022.

This is our annual fundraiser and all proceeds will go towards down payment assistance for Family Assistance Program clients and staff. The money raised at the gala will empower Family Assistance Program to transform people’s lives with home ownership.

Join us for a fun masquerade ball at the Hilton Garden Inn with cocktail hour from 4:30 – 5:30pm and dinner starting at 6pm. Enjoy music from the amazing BOK, photo booth fun, and a silent auction.

Sponsorship opportunities are available, email Angela if you are interested.

Hope House

break the silence walk flyerscreenshot testimonialOctober is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. We will have our annual Break the Silence Walk on October 5th beginning at 10 AM and ending at 3 PM. This will be at our Administration office at 15075 Seventh Street. We are inviting everyone to join us. Please wear Purple to support Domestic Violence. If you are not up for the walk come and hang out with us for the day.
We are inviting organizations who would like to have an information booth with Community Services at the event. Water and snack donations will be appreciated.

Please contact Tracey or Sylvia at 760-223-7787 or by email tracey@familyassist.org or sylvia@familyassist.org

Family Assistance Program received a review on Google that mentioned our long time staff member, Sylvia. Sylvia truly cares about helping people and it shows in what she does every day. Thank you Sylvia for going above and beyond to always help those in need.

Community Center

Summertime is upon us and in the High Desert at the C Street Community Center we are feeling the temperatures increase! We have added sunblock to our hygiene bags that we hand out every Wednesday during our Clothing and Hygiene Give-Away…speaking of Clothing and Hygiene Give-Away, we need your help! The C Street Community Center needs men’s clothing donations of all sizes. If you have any men’s clothing that you would like to get rid of please contact Cristina at crisitna@familyassist.org.

We are proud to announce that on June 30, 2022, we had 20 attendees earn their Certificate of Domestic Violence Advocacy!!! Another great training in the books, and another group of Domestic Violence Advocates training by Family Assistance Program that span across the Country. This year we had attendees from Connecticut, New York, and Michigan, as well as many from Northern California and within our own County. Family Assistance Programs congratulates these 20 Advocates and can’t wait to see the great work they do! Jobi would like to thank all of the Family Assistance Program Staff and community partners that take the time to present, without you this would not be possible.

Open Door

san bernardino county sheriff's academyMyeesha in front of presentationThe Open Door has been attending different events and facilitating trainings this month. One of The Open Door’s Empowerment Advocates is Myeesha and she has been busy! At the Sheriff’s Academy training, 120 new cadets were trained on how to approach and treat a human trafficking victim. She spends time educating the new cadets on when they are coming in contact with victims, they are not criminals. Myeesha is a powerful speaker, the Sheriff Academy asks for her to come back multiple times a year.

Open Door is working with Dignity Health on upcoming Human Trafficking training to educate their staff on the signs of a victim of Human Trafficking. Myeesha once again did a great job on the Dignity Health World Day event. She did a presentation on Who, What, and How the Open Door helps victims of Human Trafficking. Spreading the word on Human Trafficking has been extremely successful this year.

Open Door has just finished our 40-Hour Human Trafficking Training with 13 new Human Trafficking Advocates ready to help awareness all over California. We had participants from LA County (Journey Out) to the city of Richmond in Northern California. If anyone is interested in our next 40 HR Human Trafficking Training, please contact Bernadette@familyassist.org for details.

Open Arms

open arms logoOpen Arms Street Outreach team has seen an increase in client intakes these past few weeks. We have successfully housed a handful of clients, assuring they are receiving proper services. A Street Outreach participant has been housed with the help of our rental assistance program. Clients have been enjoying our