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 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:

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.

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

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

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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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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 You 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 July 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 Substance counseling groups, finding the information useful to conquer any challenges they face.

Open Arms has been happy to continue our partnership with Operation New Hope, allowing our clients to optimize the services they receive. Our TAY participants have been connected with their education program, helping them get on track to receive a high school diploma.

All TAY participants were excited to participate in the Youth Leadership Summit on the 16th of this month; they enjoyed learning how to become young leaders.

youth leadership summit flyerFamily Assistance Program in partnership with San Bernardino Valley College hosted the inaugural Youth Leadership Summit on Saturday, July 16th from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. This event included speeches from keynote speakers California State Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh, California State Assembly member James Ramos, and the Executive Director of California Coalition for Youth Jevon Wilkes. The speakers addressed the resources both locally and statewide for youth to advocate for policies that directly impact their lives. They spoke about the past, current, and future policies they’ve worked on to strengthen the resources and rights of youth in San Bernardino County and the State of California. Each speaker spoke about the personal commitment they have to youth voices impact our communities. Over 120 local youth aged 16 – 24 years of age attended this event to learn how you can advocate to fight against youth homelessness and other issues important to youth. It was an all-youth event, created by youth for youth. Forty-one percent of youth homelessness in California occurs in San Bernardino making this topic an important discussion for our community.

Thank you to all of our speakers for taking time to educate and mentor our youth. And Thank you to Scott Nassif, Town of Apple Valley, Town Council Member for taking time to educate young people about employment and leadership with his talk on Leadership in Employment, What to consider when you’re applying for work, and How to become a leader in your community.

The youth participants had the chance to talk in roundtable discussions about the issues that they face and how change could be implemented in our local communities. Participants came from as far as Barstow and Palm Springs to attend this event. We are looking forward to next year’s Youth Leadership Summit already!

Next Step

Alicia with her baby boyCongratulations to the participant Alicia A., on graduating from the Next Step Reentry Housing Program! Alicia was referred to us in August of last year by her probation officer and came to us as a mother fighting every day to improve her life and to regain custody of her 14-month-old son Christopher, who was living with a foster family under CFS supervision. To make things even more difficult, Alicia was also battling for her life as a cancer patient. But you would never know she was ill by her vibrant zeal to overcome her current life challenges. Alicia immediately found a job and began to save money; her health concerns, however, began to affect her several months into her stay with us and she was forced to focus on her health and regaining custody of her son.
For months, Alicia struggled to gain back her health and at the same time never wavered in her determination and effort to reclaim custody of Christopher. During her time convalescing, she decided to pursue education to become a Drug & Alcohol counselor and is currently attending classes at a local college to earn her Drug & Alcohol Counseling certificate. Thankfully, after months of hard work with her health providers, she has been able to regain her health and is now cancer free!

While with us, she worked with Next Step Team case managers to create an environment at home that was safe for her son Christopher. Certain adjustments were made at our Wakefield Women’s home to demonstrate to CFS that the home was safe and appropriate for Christopher to live in with his mother. After a lot of hard work on Alicia’s part, she was granted custody of Christopher and was able to welcome him home at Wakefield Women’s home in Adelanto.

In February, Alicia had cause to celebrate as she had reached the end of her supervised probation as well as her time with Family Assistance Program. Unfortunately, one of the biggest difficulties she’s had is finding housing for her and her son. Thankfully, she was able to make arrangements to live with a family member temporarily, but she is still in search of a home that will accept her Section 8 voucher. She has applied for several section 8 associated apartments and is on the priority waiting list, but as adequate housing availability remains limited in the High Desert and San Bernardino areas, Alicia struggles to find anything at all. She desperately needs to find a home that will accept a Section 8 voucher.

If anyone is aware of any available housing in the High Desert or San Bernardino areas that will accept a Section 8 housing voucher, please contact Erick M. Barker at 760-669-9200 or email at ErickB@familyassist.org.

Rental Assistance

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Family Assistance Program is offering rental assistance for youth ages 18-24 for the individual and/or their families who are behind in rent and those youth who are homeless and getting their first apartment. There is also a rental assistance program for families who are struggling to pay rent/mortgage and on the verge of losing housing. We also have a Domestic Violence rental assistance we have been serving for many years.

Qualifications:
Each program has different qualifications to be better assisted please give us a call at 760-223-7787 or you can email rentalassistance@familyassist.org

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

Thank Your to Our Community Partners

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Join Our Team

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

2022 June Newsletter

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Direct from Darryl

There is a big pine tree outside my office window. It is home to a family of squirrels and a few different kinds of birds. Most everyone gets along, except for the big blue birds (I was sternly informed they are not Blue Jays but something similar). When the blue birds are in the tree, no other animals are. All of the other animals get along and even play together, but the blue birds are the bullies of the tree.

Yesterday, I watched a squirrel sit on a branch and eat a pinecone like it was an ear of corn. He ate each piece until nothing was left but the “cob”. When he finished, he scurried off, got another pinecone, and came back to eat it. The scene was a relaxing way to endure a boring meeting listening to important people pontificate. Until, out of nowhere, the blue bird swooped in and attacked the squirrel. He was knocked off his branch, lost his pinecone and nearly fell out of the tree. He then jumped to another tree and disappeared. The blue bird hopped around the branches and then left.

This upset me. I was angry about what had happened. I wanted to console the squirrel. I wanted to throw a rock at the blue bird and explain to him that there was no reason to be such a bully. I began thinking about how to build a squirrel sanctuary that would allow squirrels to live in peace without the threat of random attacks from violent bluebirds. I wanted to find a way to ban bluebirds from my neighborhood. I then realized that I was having an emotional reaction to what I witnessed. This is vicarious trauma.

Our staff deal with this every day, but on a much greater level. Working with someone who has been a victim of crime, or an injustice can take a heavy toll. Some people learn to “let it go”, while others carry it heavily on their hearts. It is nearly impossible to not be affected by the stories we hear every day. When someone comes into our office who is angry at the world, it can be hard to help them, until we remember they have every right to be angry. What our clients endure should never happen to anyone. As humans, it is impossible to not take some of this pain onto ourselves.

I have the utmost respect for our staff and the work they do. It takes a special kind of person to do this work and we have some of the best at Family Assistance Program. To the staff reading this, thank you for your service. To the community, please thank the people who are working in this field. They do not do it for the money, they do it because they care enough to make the world a better place.

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

pepperoni pizzaHope House would like to thank Cindy Bostick who is the Executive Director at Todays Women’s Foundation for inviting our participants for another session of Empowering Women for Self Sufficiency class. We are glad to attend in person this year. In the past our participants enjoyed the classes and learned a lot on the different subjects be taught. We appreciate all the women who help to put this on.

We would like to thank choice Medical Group’s Dr. Samir Nayyar. For the past few months, Liz has arranged for pizzas to be picked up for the participants at Hope House. The participants and their children look forward to their Friday pizza night.

Next Step

next step logoCongratulations to the Parole Rental Assistance team for their achievement of a total year-to-date disbursement of $291,364.00 in rent and deposit payments for over 150 parolees in need of assistance with rent. Awesome job PRA team!

On the housing side of things, we are happy to announce the opening of Hardt Women’s Shelter. Hardt is an 8-bed home and will be the home to women on supervised probation and their children. While in the Next Step Program, participants will receive wrap-around case management services, which include job assistance, identification assistance, linkage to felon-friendly employers and housing providers, health insurance navigation, public health assistance, and are also provided access to business centers furnished with desktop computers to allow them to job search, attend online classes and meetings. Participants are provided with groceries and hygiene products free of charge, so donations from community partners are always appreciated.

Adequate housing remains a big obstacle for our participants when they graduate from our program. With housing options so limited in general in the High Desert and greater San Bernardino areas, even the available vacancies with current community partners are becoming limited. If anyone is aware of any available housing in the High Desert or San Bernardino areas and open to housing men and women on probation or parole, please contact Erick M. Barker at 760-669-9200 or email at ErickB@familyassist.org.

Community Center

chihuahua dog in a man's lapDon’t forget, you can still file your taxes until October 17, 2022! If you have any questions or need assistance with filing your taxes, reading correspondence from the IRS, anything tax related…Family Assistance Program is here! Contact Jobi at jobi@familyassist.org

Our State Mandated 40-Hour Domestic Violence Advocacy Training kicks off this month! This is our first English one of the 2022 year, we anticipate having another one in October of this year. We have 40 people registered at this time to attend, that’s 40 new Advocates in the Domestic Violence field. If you or someone you know is interested in attending the next State Mandated Domestic Violence 40-Hour Training, feel free to reach out to Jobi at jobi@familyassist.org, or Diana at diana@familyassist.org

Below is a picture of Samantha, she is the fur baby of one of our C Street regular clients and a regular herself at the C Street Community Center. Samantha’s owner will often ask us if we have small baby clothes for Samantha, he likes to keep her looking her best. We were so excited when we got the dog vest pictured below in donations and couldn’t wait to give it to Samantha. I think from the picture you can see she loves it!! Clients, participants, they aren’t always people, sometimes they are animals too!

two hands making a heart in front of rainbow flagC Street Staff would like to say HAPPY PRIDE MONTH! We here at the C Street Community Center stand with and are behind our LGBTQ+ community. LOVE is LOVE!!!!!

Open Door

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Here is your chance. Fasthorse Creations creates all natural products with the body, home and heart in mind. All items hand made with dedicated accuracy for you. Hand melted, poured, labeled, whipped and mailed from the Fasthorse family with love. We are so proud and excited for her.

Please visit her website to view a sample of her products. Or visit their social media pages @FasthorseCreations

Support small business! Support women! Support Survivor Leaders!

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Open Arms

open arms logoOpen Arms has officially extended our hours for the Summer. Our center will be open 9am to 7pm Monday-Friday and 9am-6pm on Saturday. Our youth will also have the opportunity to be a part of an Autocross event this month as flag corner workers. We will also be participating in ‘Transform Your Life Day’ hosted by the California Conservation Corps on June 25th at the San Manuel Stadium from 4pm – 8pm.

Rental Assistance

silhouette houses against blue backgroundHere in the rental assistance program, we have been very busy helping those struggling to pay rent. Covid-19 has hurt a lot of landlords and tenants these past couple of years and has kept rental assistance busy trying to keep people in their homes. We received a new grant for youth aged 18-24 to help individuals and their families who need help with rent.

We have helped many domestic violence participants and have been successful with them. However, we have helped youth, and one person in particular Jonathan Enriquez is a youth participant who was behind on rent since March and was ready to get evicted. He heard about our program by word of mouth and looking up our website he reached out to us. We were able to assist him and get in contact with his landlord to hold off on the eviction and were able to help pay his rent. Jonathan is now current and was able to save to stay current.

Youth Leadership Summit

youth leadership summit flyerFamily Assistance Program in partnership with San Bernardino Valley College is hosting the inaugural Youth Leadership Summit on Saturday, July 16th from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. This event will include speeches from keynote speakers California State Senator Rosilicie Ochoa, California State Assembly member James Ramos, and the Executive Director of California Coalition for Youth Jevon Wilkes. These speakers will address the resources both locally and statewide for youth to advocate for policies that directly impact their lives. They will speak about the past, current, and future policies they’ve worked on to strengthen the resources and rights of youth in San Bernardino County and the State of California. Each speaker will speak about the personal commitment they have to youth voices and their impact in our communities. Local youth aged 16 – 24 years of age are encouraged to register for this event to learn how you can advocate to fight against youth homelessness and other issues important to youth. This is an all-youth event, created by youth for youth. Forty-one percent of youth homelessness in California occurs in San Bernardino making this topic an important discussion for our community.

Registered youth participants will be paid for participating for the entire day. Register by scanning the QR code below on the flyer. Or REGISTER HERE – opens in a new window

For more info email JIM

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

COVID-19 Vaccine Conversation

covid vaccine flyerWhy did you get vaccinated? People have many different reasons why they got the shot. Share your story on your social media and get paid for it. We are looking for volunteers to start the conversation about COVID-19 Vaccine. Earn up to $400 when people engage with your post.

If you are interested in becoming a COVID Champion or have any questions you can email charity@familyassist.org

Thank Your to Our Community Partners

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

2022 May Newsletter

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Direct from Darryl

Advocacy

We use the term advocacy loosely and this sometimes dilutes the meaning. Advocacy is important when we work for people who are disenfranchised. In our democratic form of government, we need our elected officials to understand the needs of all people, not just the ones who can afford to attend their political fundraisers. Sometimes we forget that advocacy goes deeper than this. Foundations need advocates to help them prioritize their work. Government staff need advocates to help them prioritize funding allocations. Our team are constantly working with people in positions of power or authority to consider the families we serve when making decisions.
 
Many of the decisions are difficult. Should the police department buy a new helicopter, or should the funds go to the fire department for a new fire truck? Should infrastructure funding pay for a new traffic light that can improve traffic flow, or should they pave the roads? Should social service funding go to prioritize housing a person with a severe mental health problem, a senior citizen, or a homeless teenager? It feels like a Kobayashi Maru every day.
 
This is why we have advocacy. Did you know that people who are homeless are able to receive a free ID card from the DMV? This is because several of us brought clients who were formerly homeless to Sacramento to meet with elected officials. They each told their story and explained that they could not find employment without an ID and could not get an ID without money and could not get money without employment. Each legislator understood how this simple bill could change the lives of real people. Once they understood how the bill helped people, it was easy to secure their support.
 
Last week, Shelly, Jose, and a few of the youth from Fam Spot were able to share their personal stories with the Victorville Planning Commission. The commissioners were in a tough place on how to make a decision. Should they side with the “Not in my back yard” group, or should they side with the people who actually live in the neighborhood. When our team were able to make the argument personal and how this will change the lives of young people in our community, the commissioners were able to support the project.
 
Advocacy is a powerful tool. We advocate for our clients every day. Somedays we are able to secure big wins. Other times, we just hope to come back another day. As long as people in our community need our help, we WILL come back another day.

 

Darryl Evey
Executive Director

Open Door

the open door logoOpen Door received the following recognition from one of our interns, Tiffany Acklin, from Cal State San Bernardino. Tiffany is in the Social Work Masters Program.

“Thank you so much for the opportunity to intern at The Open Door this past year. It’s been a pleasure working with all of the staff and I will always treasure the things I’ve experienced and learned during my time here. Including volunteering with the ladies, going out to the meeting location with Marcelis to meet a hostile participant, going on outreach, to crisis intervention with a participant thinking of surrendering her child, just to name a few. But most of all I really enjoyed talking with all the women and staff members about their stories and journeys of their experiences in the life. I want to give a special thanks to the ladies who have put an effort into including me on the life and activities of the home as well as case management. I’ve appreciated it very much. Haydee (who always whispers), you are goal-oriented, scheduled and organized, and amazing at what you do. Jackie, your attention to detail about case management is so important and shows that you really care about these ladies. There’s never been a time I asked a question about a participant that you didn’t know the details of. Rachel, you bring so much life to the house. Although you’ve had your challenges with some of the participants, you have a special gift of being with people and making them feel connected and important. Rosa and Monica, you have an extraordinary ability to help all of these ladies with the daily tasks that so many of them struggle with because no one invested in them and took the time to teach them. This is vital to their journey in self-sufficiency and empowers them for the rest of their life. Don’t forget that or minimize it. Alyssa, you are incredibly strength-based when it comes to the ladies and their struggles. You are also a “doer” and never have idle hands. I’ve never seen you be afraid to roll your sleeves up, clean or fix things that many women wouldn’t attempt to fix (you go girl). You would make an amazing social worker. To Dianne, Emily, Myesha, Bernadette, and Vanessa, thank you so much for sharing your stories and allowing me to come along at outreach, trainings and groups. The work you do takes an incredible amount of strength and bravery. It truly changes people and benefits the community as well. I am grateful to everyone so please forgive me if I didn’t mention you. The women I’ve met here, not only staff, but some of the participants as well, are by far some of the strongest women I’ve known and are the true definition of a survivor. I don’t know who named this organization but it was named well because I’ve seen the door opened wide for all who need help. Everyone who has come into the program for help has been treated with kindness and respect and given every opportunity for growth. Two of the key social work ethical principles are respect for the inherent dignity and worth of a person, and recognizing the central importance of human relationships-two things I have seen practiced on a daily basis at Open Door. Keep up the good work! The Open Doors you create for people are truly life-changing and it has been an honor to be a part of it for even a little while. Till we meet again.”
– Tiffany Acklin

Open Door will miss Tiffany and all the care and support she gave our participants. Good luck Tiffany!

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Hope House

Hope House celebrated ‘Cinco de Mayo’ this past week. The participants helped create a delicious and savory meal for the home. One of our participants made a traditional Mexican meal called ‘Carne en su Jugo’ which was paired with rice and homemade tortillas that Margarita helped make and for dessert, we had Pan Dulce and Mosaic Gelatin. During this time, Angel helped pass out the Mother’s Day books that she made with the children. We are so glad to have been able to celebrate this small holiday with our participants.

Also, this past Sunday we handed out our Mother’s Day gift bags and our participants were extremely grateful to have received them. They had a small Mother’s Day breakfast as well. It is important to celebrate the Mother’s that are doing everything they can to give their children a better life away from.

happy mother's day

Next Step

david wearing a suit and tieNext Step would like to highlight one of our probation participants David. He came to us last year after just having been released from incarceration with no family to ask for help or place to sleep. David found himself in one of the lowest points of his life. When we first met him, David seemed very rough around the edges with his scruffy looking beard and very worn from his experience being incarcerated. Within a few weeks of beginning his program with Next Step he jumped into action, cleaned himself up, got a clean shave and a haircut; and wow, the difference was amazing, there was a handsome man under that scruffy beard. With his case manager’s guidance David used the shelter’s computer center to create a resume for himself and to apply for jobs.

David’s case manager coordinated with the Probation Department and arranged for him to obtain a suit for his first interview, which was the very next week. David expressed that he was very nervous and unsure of himself, so his case manager encouraged and assisted to prepare him for the interview to help him gain confidence in himself. And he landed the job!

He passed his 90-day Probation Department Housing Review and was extended another 90 days in our program. He is still working full-time, has been offered a better position within his company, and has successfully adopted the budgeting practices taught to him by his case manager; the Next Step for David is searching for self-pay housing. The end of David’s time in our program is in sight and with the tools David has acquired in program, his successful budgeting plan, and the job he continues to work, he now has a solid foundation to plan his exit strategy.

A big part of David’s success in our program is due to the resources we are able to provide participants such as the new Computer Centers that were graciously set up, at two separate shelters, for us by our Information Technology Expert Gary Martin. The Next Step team is extremely appreciative of the donations and funding that has made it possible to provide these resources and the expertise it takes to apply them to our program.

Community Center

advocacy training flyerAnother tax season has come and gone, and WOW, what a rush!?! C Street is happy to have reached over 200 individuals with CalEITC information, and other tax tip flyers. Jobi assisted over 100 individuals with self-preparation of their Federal and State taxes; 100 individuals that did not pay fees to file their taxes this year which adds up to about $19,000.00 saved in the community.

Don’t forget, you can still file your taxes until October 17, 2022!

We are excited to announce our Domestic Violence Advocacy Training will be taking place next month!! Spread the word and save the date!!

vendors wanted flyerDon’t forget to come out and Walk the Block in Old Town Victorville! Support your local business and spend sometime on good old Route 66!

FAM Spot

resource fair flyerFam Spot is excited to announce we are adding hikes to our monthly calendar. Several youth have asked for more outside activities and we listened. Twice a month we will be taking the youth out on a hike and having a picnic. We are also continuing our monthly BBQs with the youth. With summer rapidly approaching, we are working on getting more activities added to our calendar to keep the youth busy and having fun.

We have a resource fair coming up on May 21st for families to come to get resources.

My Place

two people playing boxingThis month at My Place, we are still growing stronger as a team, as we continue to welcome new team members to help support our at-risk youth. We continue to see a rise in youth attending school, group participation in life skills, and peer counseling. A big support for our youth has been our advocate who always goes above and beyond, Sean! Boxing has been an enormous success to help youth with coping skills. Boxing has been a major source of motivation and a sense of relief for our youth. It has been an amazing part of our shelter and the youth look forward to this group every day that he is here.

Rental Assistance

residential elements clip artWe had an applicant with emergency housing vouchers from the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino. When they pulled up her application she had already started her own business cleaning. She was denied assistance due to her income. She came to us again. She had an apartment lined up to rent. With our other rental assistance funding, we were able to assist her with the funds to move in. At the time she asked for help we were not aware she was sleeping in her car. Then she was contacted to let her know that the checks to help her move in were released. When she came to pick up the checks she started crying and stated we are a blessing to the community. As she walked out of the office we could still hear her cries. The staff on shift just wanted to hug her and let her know everything was going to be all right.

Housing & Homeless Youth

people meeting at a park On Friday, May 6 Family Assistance Program held a tour of the planned “Tiny Home Village” in Old Town Victorville with regional legislative leaders. Following the tour, the group gathered for a round table discussion on the local housing needs of High Desert residents and Transitional Age Youth (TAY) population.

In attendance were Assemblymember Thurston “Smitty” Smith (33rd Assembly District, Assemblymember James Ramos (40th Assembly District), Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (23rd Senate District), Apple Valley Mayor Pro Tem Art Bishop, Chief Deputy and SoCal Regional Director for Governor Gavin Newsom Molly Wiltshire, Housing Authority of San Bernardino County Executive Director Maria Razo, Family Assistance Program Executive Director Darryl Evey, Youth Advocate and Case Manager Jose Chavez and other community housing leaders.

man displaying a board to people at the meetingOur local leaders discussed the importance of going upstream and investing in housing for youth in order to end homelessness. Regional solutions to aid in the development of emergency shelters, transitional housing and permanent affordable housing were shared amongst the group. The diverse mix of representatives from the local level to the state allowed for the identification of intersectional solutions that can be applied across the region. Youth homelessness and housing for youth need to be prioritized at the local and state level. From our city’s general plan to the funds coming down to address the state’s housing crisis need to support this priority. This will ensure that our young people have access to safe and affordable housing and will help prevent the next generation of homelessness.

Youth Advisory Board

youth advisory board flyerThere’s A LOT happening at YAB in San Bernardino County!

We’re doing:

  • Social Media Planning
  • Legislative Research
  • Practice Telling Your Story to help your advocacy
  • Prepping for a Virtual Hill Day educating Legislators in DC!

Not much homework, but a LOT of opportunities to get involved!!

Tell your friends to register and join us!

Come check it out!

SB County Youth Advisory Board:
Wednesday afternoons at 4:30p (Get paid $15/meeting)

For more info email JIM

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

COVID-19 Vaccine Conversation

covid vaccine flyerWhy did you get vaccinated? People have many different reasons why they got the shot. Share your story on your social media and get paid for it. We are looking for volunteers to start the conversation about COVID-19 Vaccine. Earn up to $400 when people engage with your post.

If you are interested in becoming a COVID Champion or have any questions you can email charity@familyassist.org

Give

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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

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 April Newsletter

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Direct from Darryl

Resignation or Aspiration?

We have all been hearing about the “Great Resignation”. This is the narrative that people do not want work because they are lazy freeloaders. I do not agree with this biased and offensive spin on the state of the job market today. The people I speak with are anxious to work. They are looking for careers and are excited about their potential future. They are looking for the right job at the right pay. They are finally, for the first time in their lives, able to be picky and wait for the “right” job. They do not need to work 60 hours a week at minimum wage, just to pay rent and still rely on food stamps to eat. People are no longer forced to choose between a terrible job or going hungry.

I believe in the free market economy. For too many years, it has been rigged against the working-class. People from wealthy families have a support network that covers their food, housing, and other expenses while they take their time finding the perfect career move. Working-class people did not have this luxury. If a person is forced to work 40 hours a week at a dead-end job with very little pay just to survive, it is hard to get an education and then spend a year or two sifting through potential career opportunities. Today, the playing field is being leveled and now everyone has the opportunity to think about their long-term goals.

An article by Whitney Johnson in the Harvard Business Review describes this new Great Aspiration as similar to the Industrial Revolution. She predicts that this change will result in cottage industries from people following their passion. She also encourages employers to embrace this change, and to encourage employees to explore their talents. Employers who are agile and able to embrace change will survive and flourish.

At Family Assistance Program, we are doing that, as we have for many years. We support, nurture, and encourage our staff to reach their goals. Sometimes, this results in training and helping people who move on to other work. Most of the time, it results in people who flourish and grow to become more than they dreamed possible. We currently have 13 job openings with 12 more coming out next month. I appreciate that people can be picky. This helps us find the best person for each job, rather than someone just looking for a paycheck. It may make hiring people more difficult, but I believe it is better for the long term.

I hope the Great Aspiration will be the beginning of a new age where every person is able to reach their full potential.

Darryl Evey
Executive Director

Open Door

teresa holding hangbagsOpen Door received a wonderful donation from Outreach Leader, Teresa Kelly-Harris and Danielle McGee Belton, Founder of “Promise, Purpose and Destiny Ministries”: brand new purses full of hygiene, hair products, and other goodies that our participants can use. Once again thank you to Promise Purpose and Destiny Ministries for their lovely donations.

Ramos at Tacos and Taxes boothOpen Door is proud to be a part of the continued collaboration and community partnership with the Sheriff’s Academy and now the Gang Unit Special Teams. Advocate Myeesha Arranaga has trained over 200 law enforcement officers and Sheriff deputy trainees from the San Bernardino, Highland, Redlands, Riverside, and Pomona area within the last 45 days. We are looking forward to this continued partnership with the hopes of identifying, educating, and providing more resources to other HT victims.

Open Door has been spreading the word about human trafficking by doing table events, trainings and We were at Taco and Taxes hosted by Assembly Member Ramos at San Bernardino Valley College. Not only was this a huge success but the event was informational for the community. It was great collaborating with all the other agencies there and look forward to many more events in collaboration with our partners and politicians.

Hope House

HAPPY SPRING EVERYONE!

easter decorations in trunk of carHope House is excited to bring in a new fresh season. Especially because it’s probably the BEST season EVER, Spring! Hope House has begun attending more events in the community.

Hope House staff Lori, Angel, and Laura attended Rockin’ Our Disabilities Foundation’s Easter event on April 2nd. There were so many children and vendors gathered for the event. All the children received candy and toys from each vendor. Michele and Angel with Hope House will attend High Desert Second Chance’s Easter Event on April 16th. Please come visit us at 16666 Smoke Tree Hesperia, CA 92345 from 11am – 2pm.

Hope House will be having some fun here at home with our families, as well. We will have a potluck, games, and Easter egg hunts! We are accepting donations so we can help the mothers in our program make Easter baskets for their children.

We are accepting donations to help create the Easter baskets for our participants. If you can donate candy, eggs, toys, baskets, or any other Easter items please contact Sylvia at 760-223-7787 or sylvia@familyassist.org

We hope everyone has an amazing Spring and a beautiful Easter!

Next Step

next step logoThis month has been very successful for several of our participants. On the housing side, due to the hard work and perseverance of both the housing team and participants, two of our participants have been approved for self-pay housing. One, a probation participant has recently graduated from our program, and with the help of his case manager, he has found self-pay housing.

Another participant on the parole side hit the ground running when she entered our program. Although she has been with us less than 60 days, she has already found employment with two different employers and has been approved for self-pay housing in an apartment of her own. We will be using our Parole Rental Assistance Program to help pay her rent. During her assessment, the participant indicated a need for non-emergency medical services and eyeglasses. We were more than happy to link her to our Health Navigator, to find a local doctor and to our community partner America’s Best Eyeglasses to take advantage of their gracious offer for free eye exams and glasses. In a conversation with her case manager, the participant said “every time I talk to you, I mention something I need and you say you know someone that could help. Then you make a phone call and I have an appointment. I love this program!” It’s a wonderful thing to hear from a participant, to hear that they feel their needs are being met and that we are helping to accomplish that.

On the Parole Rental Assistance side, the PRA team continues to make great strides toward becoming a well-oiled machine. We continue to help many homecoming parolees in need of support that they would not receive anywhere else. Recently, one of our PRA team members met a homeless man that had nowhere to go, he turned out to be on parole. Thanks to her empathy and consideration for the man, we were able to link the man to one of our community housing partners, Hernandez House. They were able to let the man into housing that night, despite the 2 to 3-week delay in receiving a rent check. Great job team Next Step, keep it up!

Community Center

clean up dayThe C Street Community Center is ready to spring into SPRING! The weather has been so beautiful allowing staff to shake off those winter coats and embrace the natural vitamin D! The Community Center staff has been taking turns walking our block throughout the day. Along the walks, we will talk with clients we see, pick up trash if need be, and greet other businesses or community members. It’s a new healthy habit for the staff here!

The Community Center along with Fam Spot, R.O.O.T., the United Steel Workers Union, and High Def Entertainment cleaned up Old Town Victorville on Saturday, April 2nd. It was such a great day! We even had Victorville City Councilmember, Liz Becerra, assisting with clean-up and taking loads to the dumpsite. When we come together we can make great changes in our community!

FAM Spot

young man admiring a desert flowerWe at Fam Spot have been working hard to get our outreach up and going. We are excited to announce that we are out in the streets meeting new young people 3 – 4 days a week. We have met a lot of new faces and have been able to connect them with many of the resources we offer. Several of them even started coming to Fam Spot for groups. Fam Spot asked and has listened to the youth about what groups/workshops they are wanting. We have groups in mindfulness, communication, financial literacy, and anger management. Fam Spot and No Drugs America will be hosting a youth resource fair in May. Date TBD. We host an LGBTQ+ support group once a month, along with a monthly BBQ and more.

Fam Spot enjoyed a beautiful and educational hike with our youth learning about our local Mojave desert plants.

My Place

dog lying on floorThis month at My Place we are still growing stronger as a team, as we welcome new team members to help us support our at-risk youth. We continue to see a rise in youth attending school, group participation in groups like life skills. A big support for our at-risk youth has been one of our staff bringing her Husky that goes by the name “Ellie” to visit our youth. Ellie has been such a good support for our youth, she lets the youth cuddle her and she’s there as their comfort as you can see in the picture.

We are in the process of having another youth complete our program successfully. With the help of our staff, she was able to enroll in school and is excited to graduate this school year. The youth is soon to be 18 and with the proper resources My Place staff have provided, she is confident of achieving her goals. We, at My Place are so excited to see what the future has in store for this amazing young lady.

Residential Assistance

reidential elements clip artMark, a landlord, contacted our office in regards to the rental assistance for several of his tenants in Dec 2021. We were able to schedule an in-person appointment to assist him with the application and documents. As of April, the state has been able to pay the back rent for some of his tenants that were affected by COVID-19. Through the months we have been able to talk to Mark about the emergency housing voucher from the housing authority for survivors of domestic violence. We explained the program and he is willing to accept the voucher. This will help our residents who are in transitional housing and our shelters. In May he will have two apartments available for some of our residents who have been approved for their emergency vouchers. We are happy we can work with local landlords and make a difference together.

Tax Time

checklist for doing taxesTax season is in full swing, don’t forget Monday, April 18, 2022 is the deadline to file your taxes! Jobi at the Community Center has assisted over 40 individuals with self-preparation of their 2021 taxes, and we have given out 407 informational flyers to the community to educate them on the Cal EITC credit!

 

Do you have everything you need to prepare your taxes? Check below to see if you’re ready! If you have everything needed, and want to self-prepare, call or email Jobi for more assistance at 760-843-0701 or jobi@familyassist.org

 

Youth Advisory Board

youth advisory board flyerThere’s A LOT happening at YAB in San Bernardino County!

We’re doing:

  • Social Media Planning
  • Legislative Research,
  • Practice Telling Your Story to help your advocacy
  • Prepping for a Virtual Hill Day educating Legislators in DC!

Not much homework, but a LOT of opportunities to get involved!! Tell your friends to register and join us!

Come check it out!

SB County Youth Advisory Board:
Wednesday afternoons at 4:30p (Get paid $15/meeting)

For more info email Jim

Hiring

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We are currently hiring full and part time for this and other open positions.

 See All Open Positions

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

Join over 40 local non-profits that are hiring in your area!

Do you want to work somewhere that is making a difference in your community? Your local no-profits are hiring!

Join us on Tuesday, May 3rd from 1-6pm at Courtyard by Marriott in Hesperia to meet with and apply for open positions!

Free entry! Large exhibit hall!

Bring lots of resumes!

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COVID-19 Vaccine Conversation

covid vaccine flyerWhy did you get vaccinated? People have many different reasons why they got the shot. Share your story on your social media and get paid for it. We are looking for volunteers to start the conversation about COVID-19 Vaccine. Earn up to $400 when people engage with your post.

If you are interested in becoming a COVID Champion or have any questions you can email lindsey@familyassist.org

Give

give donation jarIf 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

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 March Newsletter

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Direct from Darryl

As the world opens back up, I hope some things do not change. I remember when I got my first cell phone and how free it made me feel. I was on vacation in Canada and able to take a work call and walk my employee through what he needed to do to solve the problem. This was in 1996 and it felt like I had been transported into a Star Trek movie. Zoom has added a new dimension to this.
 
We have had zoom meetings at Family Assistance Program but since the pandemic began, everyone has become more comfortable with virtual meetings. We are more connected now than we were before. We are also more productive. It is normal to have back to back meetings with people all day who I previously would rarely see. It is also much easier for people scattered across the county to jump into a meeting as if we all worked in the same building. With the increase in gas prices, I expect this new freedom to continue.
 
One change I am enjoying are the live, in-person events. In the last few weeks, I have attended multiple events and fundraisers. The Greater High Desert Chamber of Commerce had their evening affaire. It was great to see friends I had not seen since the pandemic, and others I had only seen rarely. Sometimes, at these meetings, people look vaguely familiar, but I cannot place them. I saw Johnathan from the Courtyard twice in 5 days and still did not recognize him because he was dressed differently. Fortunately for me, he is such a nice guy that he did not make me feel ignorant, just let me figure it out on my own. (Thank you, Johnathan, for being so gracious.) As we move back to these events, I hope to begin to recognize people again. Until then, if you see me and I look lost, do not take it personal.

 

Darryl Evey
Executive Director

My Place

people sitting around a dinner tableMy Place has been gaining knowledge through amazing staff trainings to have a better understanding of different youth that may walk through our doors. We continue to grow as a team and welcome new staff to help support our at-risk youth. We have seen an increase in group participation, kids attending school, reunifying families, and participation in life skills classes. This will teach our youth how to be independent as they reach their young adult years.

We have an amazing success story. One of our youth has shown great improvement, not only with starting school, but as well as wanting more for herself. She has completed her community service hours; she has started school and now wants to join the track and field team. We are in the process of getting her an I.D. and to start her process of applying for jobs. She has been following her program and exceeds every expectation. The staff have been there for her from giving boxing lessons, to helping build a garden, to having those conversations with her letting her know we see her improvement each and every day. We are so proud of her!

Hope House

curtainsHope House received a message from Midge at Community Services Council. Midge was collaborating with Sandy from the Grocery Outlet in Victorville. Sandy had many bouquets of flowers from Valentines Day and was taking them to non-profits, seniors, and other programs with participants who would appreciate them. They showed up and gave each of our participants a bouquet of flowers. This brought a smile to all their faces and to the employee’s faces, as well. It is truly amazing how flowers can be such a positive impact on a persons well being, especially for those who are fleeing domestic violence and having to stay in an emergency shelter during Valentine’s Day. One of our participants who decided to be creative, arranged the bouquet in the top of her curtains over looking her bed in her room. Thank you so much Midge and Sandy for thinking about Hope House and making everyone’s day!

Next Step

next step logoThis month we heard back from a former participant that likes to keep in touch with us, she graduated late last year and moved back to Bakersfield with her two children to be closer to family. She has begun to build a strong support system for herself and has begun to lay roots down in her community as she was recently hired on at the Boys and Girls Club of Bakersfield as an Activity Supervisor. She describes it as her “dream job” and couldn’t thank Family Assistance Program enough for our continued support.

“This program is the greatest stepping stone of my life, and without it, I couldn’t have achieved what I have achieved.”

In our ongoing after-care support, we have provided beds for her and her two kids in her new apartment. She added that this was a tremendous help because it helped her achieve one of her recent goals to pass the home inspection by her social worker. The inspection was required to obtain custody of her first child, for which she is currently fighting for in the courts. She now feels safe in her fully furnished home for her and her children.

Open Door

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Open Door is in their third week of the 40-hour Human Trafficking Training. If you missed this one, the next free certified Human Trafficking Advocacy training will be held in May 2022. If you would like to join our next training, please reach out to bernadette@familyassist.org.

This month we would like to highlight and thank one of our community partners, Dignity Health. We were one of the agencies selected for their Community Grant Awards. Thank you for your continued support with your check for $40,500. These funds will go directly towards victim’s immediate needs. Dignity Health and Open Door continues to be committed to helping victims of human trafficking. Open Door continues to provide on call advocates to respond to any calls from the hospital staff and provide training on human trafficking for hospital staff. This month were honored to work with the San Bernardino Human Trafficking Task Force.  We both participated in the 7th annual “Operation Reclaim and Rebuild”. More than 80 federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, along with 11 task forces from across California participated in this statewide effort to curb human trafficking. The cities, Rancho Cucamonga, San Bernardino, and Victorville, were selected due to their high volume of activity and advertisements directly related to the commercial sex trafficking industry. Open Door provided victim support and services, along with shelter and safehouse services. Thank you SBHTTF for letting us provide services to victims. We were featured on the San Bernardino District Attorney’s website for the work we do in the community. Thank you for spotlighting our work with victims of human trafficking. See the spotlight story here: opens in a new windowCommunity Spotlight: The Open Door Program Combats Human Trafficking in San Bernardino County – San Bernardino County District Attorney (sbcountyda.org)

Community Center

computerThe C Street Community Center is thankful for our new updated computers in the lobby! Clients are now able to complete job applications, rental applications, or other documents that may be asked of them by other service agencies. Even more so, community members can come prepare their own taxes for FREE and receive guidance as needed, again for FREE! We are so excited that we currently have nine employees throughout the agency training to become registered tax preparers with the State of California! Wishing lots of luck on their tax preparer training to Jobi W., Ginger B., Elsa S., Raquel A., Shelly T., Laura G., Sylvia R., Bernadette V., and Oscar L. By this time next year, these individuals will have the ability to prepare and e-file taxes for our clients and others in the community for free. Don’t forget, on March 10, 2022 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm the San Bernardino County TAD office will have Volunteer Tax Preparers available for service. This is by appointment only, call 909-421-4091 or 909-421-4093 to schedule your appointment!

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Family Assistance Program and the Community Center took the lead on the 2022 Point In Time Count for Adelanto, what a success! Our volunteers were able to make contact with 13 homeless individuals in the Adelanto area, as well as report dwellings, tents or those they see sleeping in a car.

 

 

 

clean up flyerBeing able to count and report these individuals assist the County in acquiring money to assist the homeless community, and create resources for them. Thank you to those who came out to Volunteer, you are appreciated! Thank you to our own Diana Penaloza, Shelly Thomas, Jose Chavez, and Board Member Sir Duplechan for coming out and participating in the count! A HUGE thank you to the Starbucks at Palmdale and Highway 395 for allowing us to use their store as our check-in/check-out base for the Adelanto PITC, the Staff there is awesome!

The Community Center and Fam Spot will be joining R.O.O.T. for the Community Clean-Up in April. Come out and help us revive our Old Town Victorville.

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Community Center leaves you with the first two paragraphs of the poem, Phenomenal Woman, from the great Maya Angelou. Don’t forget the PHENOMENAL WOMEN we all are!
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
 
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Domestic Violence Transitional Housing

tub and shower comboWe have almost completed our ADA unit at one of Family Assistance Program’s domestic violence transitional locations. This one bedroom unit went through a complete rehab thanks to the contractor John Farinelli. The bathroom sink and kitchen sink have room for a person in a wheel chair to be self sufficient. A desk was also made for accessibility. Our maintenance guys Raul and Antonio installed the flooring and carpeting. This unit will make some deserving participants feel very comfortable at their new home.

Tax Time

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Join us for a free tax workshop to get information about how to file your taxes.
Thursday, March 17th at 12 noon, join us in person or on Zoom, whichever one you are more comfortable with.
In Person: 16857 C St., Victorville, CA 92395
On Zoom: ZOOM LINK
We will talk about:
Who can file taxes? Work (W-2), Self-employment (1099 or yourself), LLC/LLP and Corp.
– Filing Status
– Documents you need for filing
– Credits – EITC, CalEITC
– Stimulus Payments
– PPP & EIDL Payment/Forgiveness
– Did you get all your money?
– Where is my refund?
Ask questions to tax professional and get answers!

Youth Advisory Board

youth advisory flyerThere’s A LOT happening at YAB in San Bernardino County! We’re doing:

Social Media Planning,
Legislative Research,
Practice Telling Your Story to help your advocacy
Prepping for a Virtual Hill Day educating Legislators in DC!

Not much homework, but a LOT of opportunities to get involved!! Tell your friends to register and join us!

Come check it out!

SB County Youth Advisory Board:
Wednesday afternoons at 4:30p (Get paid $15/meeting)

For more info email JIM

Youth Advisory Board

vaccine advocate flyerWe are currently hiring full and part time for this and other open positions.

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

Open Positions

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

COVID-19 Vaccine Conversation

covid 19 flyerWhy did you get vaccinated? People have many different reasons why they got the shot. Share your story on your social media and get paid for it. We are looking for volunteers to start the conversation about COVID-19 Vaccine. Earn up to $400 when people engage with your post.

If you are interested in becoming a COVID Champion or have any questions you can email lindsey@familyassist.org

COVID-19 Vaccine Conversation

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.

2021 December Newsletter

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Direct from Darryl

There is a Christmas carol that says, this is the “hap-happiest season of all” and according to a poll last year, 63% of Americans agree. This is a time to celebrate, wish people a merry Christmas and happy holidays. It is time to spend with family and friends, watch holiday specials on tv, attend Christmas parties, enjoy a pumpkin-spice latte, and generally be happy about life. At Family Assistance Program, we work hard during the holidays to brighten the lives of the people we serve. From giving out holiday meals, helping with bills, providing Christmas presents, we are able to brighten the lives of many families in our region.
 
This is also a time when some people (as much as 23% by some surveys) suffer from holiday blues. For these people, they feel even more isolated and alone. Feeling depressed around happy smiling people can reinforce a sense of not being normal. If you see someone who looks a little down, be nice, but please do not push the issue. If you are having a party or family gathering, think about inviting some friends who may not have anywhere to go. Whether it be due to not having a family, being estranged from family, or just geographically separated, being alone on Christmas day can be very sad. Even if they choose not to join you, having been invited helps them feel they have choices, and that is powerful.
 
And for those who have a family with a Christmas morning filled with toys and happy children, congratulations. I hope you are able to take a moment, sit back, and take it all in. Be fully present in those moments. Take a mental snapshot of how the experience looks and feels. These are the memories that get us through the tough times.
Darryl Evey
Executive Director

Tiny Home Village

site plan of tiny home villageThe Family Assistance Program received $1 million donated from The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to help with a solution to end youth homelessness. This money will be used in the expansion of Family Assistance Program’s current youth drop-in and community center in Old Town Victorville, located on the corner of 6th and C Street. This expansion will add 20 beds to create an emergency shelter, a commercial kitchen, and a tiny home village with 14 tiny homes. This will be the first tiny home village created exclusively for transitional age youth that are experiencing homelessness in the state of California.

Many complain about the homeless population in our community, but The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is investing in the solution to the problem. “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. 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.” says Darryl Evey, the executive director of Family Assistance Program. This project will connect homeless youth with emergency services and our other transitional programs that include wraparound care in a part of our community that truly needs it. Family Assistance Program is currently providing homeless youth services through their youth drop-in centers, youth shelters, and transitional homes. This project will provide housing to any youth experiencing homelessness aged 18 – 24.
“We are deeply honored to support the Family Assistance Program and their first ever Tiny Home Village to help combat homelessness for the young adults impacted in Victorville,” said Chairman Ken Ramirez. “Our youth are the future and no young adult should ever have to experience not having a roof over their head. Investing in infrastructure that will provide future generations with the necessary resources to thrive is a top priority for San Manuel.”
“I am incredibly excited to see the increased services and tiny home village that will assist our most vulnerable youth population at the Family Assistance Program in Victorville. Youth homelessness is a critical issue that non-profit organizations like the Family Assistance Programs are tackling head-on. The generosity of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and their commitment to bettering our community is unmatched.” – Assemblymember Thurston “Smitty” Smith.

For more information about how you can become involved in being a solution to homelessness, please visit our website or email our Director of Development and Media, Angela Sorrell – angela@familyassist.org.

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Hope House

FAP staff dressed up like elvesHope House is happy that the holidays are here! The month has already brought one party for our families and more to come. This week Hope House was invited to our first Christmas party of the year. The party hosted by CHOICE Medical Group and Today’s Woman Foundation. The whole party was wonderful, they thought of everything, down to the kiddos favorite foods.
 
Dinner was provided with the children having chicken tenders, mac and cheese, fruit…all kinds of goodies!
Dinner was followed by arts and crafts, then the big guy “Santa” arrived.
 
Santa climbed into his sled and began passing out gifts to each family. Hope House felt the women and their children were tended to with such care and kindness. It always touches our hearts to see there are so many awesome hearts out there that care as much as we do!
 
Hope House sends a HUGE Thank you out to Today’s Woman Foundation and the Doctors with CHOICE Medical Group. We truly appreciate your kindness and humanity!  Happy Holidays to you all!!

Next Step

next step logo with christmas hollyAt Next Step, the core of our program is our housing and case management, but we are also working very hard to further develop our PAROLE RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. During this last month Next Step Reentry has had the opportunity to provide 25 parole participants with rental assistance, which provides our participants with monthly rent for anyone in danger of losing their housing or simply needs rapid rehousing assistance. We have plans to expand this program and increase the number of participants we are able to serve and help. This month, we were able to disburse a total of $43,563.90 towards helping people keep a roof over their heads and warmth in their bodies. In addition, we continue to take in new participants into our housing program and took in 3 probation participants and 2 parole participants. We are also very excited to be working with our in-house life coach Yvette Abreo, she is assisting us to develop tailored life coaching lesson plans for participants to assist in their taking control of their lives. We are also coordinating with her to implement the CARE Curriculum weekly groups, we look forward to achieving much success with her help.
 
Happy Holidays!

Our House

our house logo with christmas hollyOne night a concerned father called our emergency youth shelter because he needed a place for his 17 year old daughter to stay. He recently was awarded custody after the mother was lost in a tragic incident. The youth didn’t have a relationship with the father and didn’t feel comfortable staying with him. When she arrived at Our House she did not have an idea of what she wanted to do with her life. A case manager sat down with the client and started having a conversation with her to explain the program. She seemed intrigued and set goals for herself.
 
Case managers continued to encourage the client to thrive for herself and start taking positive steps for her future and well-being. Once she saw the support she had, she right away wanted to get things done. She enrolled in school and wanted to start working. She built her resume and within a couple days, got an interview. With assistance from the shelter, the client was able to get proper clothing for her interview and got hired on. Case managers kept in touch with dad for any signatures required and his participation in our program, as well.
 
The client is now a full time student finishing her senior year of high school, working part time at a nearby fast food restaurant, and is taking necessary and motivational groups that we provide for our youth. This client has been a huge role model to other clients and shown how to be successful in our program. We feel extremely proud of her progress and we will continue to guide her through this rough patch and show her that she is worthy of a successful and healthy future.

Open Door

Please join us in giving back to our human trafficking victims and their children this Christmas. Go to our Amazon wish list or drop off at our office at 1255 East Highland Ave, #210, San Bernardino. Please contact our Outreach Coordinator Bernadette Valdez for any questions at: bernadette@familyassist.org
 
 
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Our next Human Trafficking Advocate certified training will be held in February 2022, starting February 1st. Please watch our Facebook page for more details on how to sign up or contact our Outreach Coordinator Bernadette Valdez at bernadette@familyassist.org.

This month we are hearing from Myeesha Arranaga, one of our HT Advocates. Myeesha has been working at Open Door for the past 2 years. She is dedicated and passionate about what she does. When asked why Myeesha works at Open Door, she responded,

“Doing this work, you understand very quickly that you are going up against the tide. Many don’t realize the work that we do can be some of the most difficult, heart-wrenching frustrating work possible. Working with marginalized and underserved populations, a population that has heavy intersectionality of years or even decades of unaddressed childhood/adult trauma, homelessness, mental health, substance abuse, social & family services, coupled with the stigmas and criminalization that comes from being trafficked. Having to prove that you were trafficked and prove to other agencies that these survivors are “worthy” of services. The majority of the time when we’re working with survivors they don’t believe that they were trafficked or victimized because they are used to every outside source judging them and telling them that this is what they choose or they ran and left their trafficker too late and because of that they’re not eligible for services and or not believed to be a victim. Many times, because of how they are presented they are not seen as victims who deserve empathy or victims who have experienced trauma and hardships but criminals or hyper-sexual individuals. Can you imagine the frustrations to prove that you were a victim even when your head hasn’t reconciled the fact that you were vulnerable at some point and this thing that they are feeling isn’t love but a trauma bond. That at some point because of those vulnerabilities you were sought after, hunted down, conditioned, and then eventually found yourself caught up deeper than you imagined. Only to be told that this is what they wanted all along! They need to be validated, to be seen, heard and believed. Many times, as an Advocate of the Open Door or as an ambassador of Family Assistance Program we hear “Oh you’re with that program?” “You take everyone!”. Or “You guys are too nice or too lenient”. “Too soft too understanding,”. I choose to believe that Open Door is a soft and safe place to land when they are ready. Someone to believe them, encourage them, support them, empower them, help them reach new heights, ground them and open their eyes to new things! Just like we would hope someone would do or could have done for us. Is it hard? At times, absolutely. But it’s worth it and our participants are worthy of the effort. Even if it is for a brief moment while we are in contact with them. Hopefully, at some point, there has been a seed planted along the way and they can look back days, months, or years later and see that those little seeds produced a tree far greater and maybe just maybe bear fruit to help those who come after us.” – Myeesha Arranaga

My Place

my place christmas treeThe month of December is a tough one for a lot of the youth in our shelter with the holidays approaching. The staff at My Place try to make it as joyful as possible for them and decorate for the holidays with the supplies we have. This month we could use your help and are looking for Christmas decorations to help decorate the shelter. We are also asking for donations of gift cards so we can provide gifts for our youth under the tree. Thank you to the amazing couple that donated a Christmas tree with lights. Together we can make this holiday season merry and bright for the youth experiencing homelessness.

Community Center

group of people in christmas sweatersThe Community Center staff and The Fam Spot staff and kids participated in the 74th annual Victorville Christmas parade. The Grinch joined us and put smiles on everyone’s faces. The community did a great job ensuring that everyone felt the Christmas spirit. We enjoyed being a part of this event and are already looking forward to next year. 

Street Fair

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Join us this Saturday December 18th 11am – 5pm at the Victorville Old Town Street Fair starting on 7th Street & B Street! This is the last Old Town Street Fair of 2021, join us as we share holiday cheer. We will have a special guest from the North Pole who will be providing toys for the children. Families will have the opportunity to take free photos with Santa.

Rental Assistance

covid-19 rent relief programUnfortunately, COVID-19 is still affecting our community, luckily, the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Program makes a difference in people’s lives. Most of our applicants are not familiar with today’s technology. We help ease the stress of 112 people a month by assisting them with the application process. The state program promises to pay 100% of rent owed. We have participants who have received payment and have one less worry this holiday season. They are extremely grateful for Family Assistance Program staff for providing them support every step of the way.

Taco Tuesday

taco tuesdayJoin us on Tuesday, January 4th from 6-8pm for our monthly Taco Tuesday fundraiser! Thank you to the Steven Dhillon Law Firm for sponsoring this event! Join us at Viva Maria for Taco Tuesday and raise some money for a great cause! We will have raffle prizes to win. Viva Maria has a variety of street tacos for us to enjoy, as well as a full menu and bar. See you there in the new year!

If you have a raffle prize to donate 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.

2021 November Newsletter

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Direct from Darryl

During this pandemic, Family Assistance Program has continued to grow. The needs of our community have changed, and this has required we change to meet those needs. I believe we have an ethical obligation to serve our community, which means meeting their needs as quickly and efficiently as possible. The thought leader Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez said, “in times of change, companies need to be organizationally ambidextrous.” This means we need to be good at what we do, and good at new things.
 
I believe we are doing great work and changing lives. Since we are good at what we do, we have additional opportunities to make an even greater impact. At her speech to the United Nations, Emma Watson said, “If not me, who? If not now, when?” Others throughout time have made similar statements. It is easier, and more comfortable, to coast. I prefer to push us beyond our comfort zone, to develop new programs, to solve problems within our society, to make our community better. I like that I am frequently exhausted, but I am excited about the outcomes we achieve.
 
We have built a strong team, and together we will continue to grow and strengthen our community. Over the next few years, we will expand our rental assistance program and expand our housing programs. We will begin to dip into affordable housing to complement our current transitional housing and shelters. This is the logical next step for addressing the unmet needs for our clients. I would also like to see us assist more people in purchasing homes, both for our clients and staff. While doing this, we will keep our eyes open to seize additional opportunities. Two years ago, I could not have predicted where we are today, but no one could have predicted this pandemic and how it would have affected the world.
 
There is an old quote, “humans make plans and God laughs.” This does not mean we should not make plans; it only means we need to be flexible. We will make plans and work towards them, and then throw them away if necessary. I do not know where we will be two years from now, but I do know that we will be serving our community in whatever way the community needs.
Darryl Evey
Executive Director

Rental Assistance

mother holding child while reading a bookOur office has been busy with appointments for the CA COVID-19 rent and utilities relief program. We assisted one client who was behind three months in rent and utilities. The reason she is behind is due to her mother passing away from COVID-19. Her mom was part of the household income. She was trying to deal with the loss of her loved one and then her aunt also passed away a week later from complications from COVID-19. During our appointments we really get to know our clients and the difficulties they are going through during these hard times. Our client also mentions during the appointment her mother had custody of her niece and nephews which are twins. Our client took the niece and the client sister took the twin boys to help raise. Our client missed some time at work and was force to be unemployed due to covid-19. As we were finding out more about her situation we realized she was eligible for other services such as the emergency housing voucher and resources for food distribution, since she mentioned she was also a victim of domestic violence. We were able to sign her up for all of the services to help her get on the road to success.

Community Center

four people standing in a row looking at the cameraWe have finalized our second annual 40-hour State Mandated Domestic Violence Advocacy Training. We had 26 individuals participate and receive their certificate. We look forward to the work they will do in their community. A big thank you to all our presenters!
 
sti noticeThe picture below is Diana, Raymond and Jobi with Pastor Jessie Lopez from Azure Hills Church…they donated over 200 hygiene bags to be given to clients. C Street gave some to our Transitional Aged Youth programs, Fam Spot, Hope House and the DV Program, and Open Arms. Our clients appreciated these hygiene bags during the clothing give away. Thank you, Azure Hills Church, for your generous donation!
 
We are having our walk-in Free STI clinic at the Community Center every Wednesday.

FAM Spot

t-shirt with painted hand a nd stripes to look like american flagFam Spot participated in the City of Victorville’s Veteran’s Day parade; we took the liberty to do group activities with the youth to create Veteran’s Day t-shirts to show our love, support our veterans and support world peace. In the future, Fam Spot will continue to do groups with youth to educate them about anger management, communication skills, and healthy relationships. The goal is to provide self-reflection and personal growth. We want all individuals; to have awareness of self-care and self-love.
 
t-shirt with painted handprint and the word "you" Furthermore, we will be having a Thanksgiving dinner on November 23rd at Fam Spot. Other programs such as our Transitional Age Youth and My Place Shelter will attend this thanksgiving event, as well. For instance, Staff will be doing thankful activities and groups with adolescents to express their gratitude. To add, we will appreciate any food donations and gift cards to have food items purchased for thanksgiving for the youth to enjoy a traditional meal.

Open Door

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Open Door has hired their new Community Outreach Coordinator. Bernadette Valdez came to us after working for Salvation Army and Kindred Health Care agency. She will be offering trainings on Human Trafficking and will be facilitating a new 40-hour Human Trafficking Advocate training starting in February 2021. Please contact her if you or your agency are interested in individual trainings or the next 40-hour training. Her email is bernadette@familyassit.org.

Congratulations to Advocate Vanessa Montes. She is getting married this month. Long and happy marriage to you Vanessa!

Open Door will be getting ready for the holidays with special Thanksgiving dinners for our Safehouse participants and our residential participants. Below are some of the things they are thankful for this holiday season:

“My twin boys who love me no matter what”.
“My relationship with a man who really values me and our relationship”
“Open Door for providing me with my freedom and resources to get back on my feet for my family”
“My family”
“I’m alive today”
“Waking up to another 24 hours”
“My momma”
“Loved ones and people who love me and support me”

Each month Open Door would like to feature one staff member and ask them why they do the work they do. Emily Dickson has been working with victims and survivors of human trafficking for the past 8 years. She began as an Advocate and is now the Housing Director for Open Door’s housing programming.

Here are her thoughts about why she does the work she does:

“In my experience in providing supportive services to victims of Human Trafficking, there have been times that were very rewarding and other times that have left me feeling very defeated. I must say that those feelings of reward, far outweigh the feelings of defeat. It took me quite some time to really grasp the reality that each individual that I support have their own journey to live in life. I had to understand that I was not in control of, or responsible for the decisions they made and the path that they chose/choose to take. I had to realize that I am responsible for the role that I play in supporting the individual and providing them with all the options and opportunities available to them, that maybe they weren’t aware of. I am in control of planting a seed of encouragement, motivation, education and awareness. That is what I remind myself when I do have an individual that has chosen to go down a path with several red flags. I continue to encourage, support and redirect with kindness. It also has helped me to understand that even though I may feel they have chosen the “wrong path”, it may be the “right path” for them in their journey.” – Emily Dickson

My Place

pumpkin with writing on topMy Place has a lot of fun things planned for the month of November! On November 23rd, we are hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner for our youth programs here in the High Desert. We plan to have fun games, prizes and Turkey with all the fixings included! We’ve also begun a new tradition here at My Place: The Thankful Pumpkin, where we have our youth write something they are grateful for every day until Thanksgiving.
 
Also, we are looking for gift cards for local grocery stores, so if anyone can help with that please reach out to Shelly via email shelly@familyassist.org

Our House

We here at Our House continue to encourage our clients to thrive and succeed each and every day. We have 1 client in particular who came to the shelter with the intentions to shelter hop until her 18th birthday. With our encouragement and guidance, she has re-enrolled back into high school with the hopes to graduate soon, and has even obtained employment with a nearby fast-food restaurant. We continue to make our clients feel welcome and safe. We are extremely proud of our youth who have been able to stay at Our House and continue with their participation and dedication to following their program. All our youth love participating in our wide variety of groups and outings.

Moronga Basin TAY Housing

This month at Morongo Basin TAY housing, staff was able to build a strong professional relationship and collaborate services with our community partner TAY ONE STOP youth services here in the Basin. We were able to house two youth that were facing homelessness, they now have a safe place to sleep in our housing program. Here in the Morongo Basin, we have an even greater emphasis on building community partner relationships and linking our TAY participants to services they are requiring to not face being homeless. Our youth participants have shared how very thankful, excited and are looking forward to planning and preparing a wonderful Thanksgiving meal.  

Substance Use Education

We have partnered with Frank Kelly and No Drugs America for Substance Use Education Classes that are free to the public. If you are interested in these classes or booking a training for your school or organization email jobi@familyassist.org
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Street Fair

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Join us on Saturday November 20th 11am – 3pm at the Victorville Old Town Street Fair starting on 7th Street & B Street!

Taco Tuesday

Thank you to everyone who came to join us for our 1st Taco Tuesday fundraiser on 11/2! It was a great success and a fun event! See you at the next one on December 7th.

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2021 September Newsletter

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A wave of Evictions is on the Horizon

Landlords and tenants need to work together to help each other. The state and counties received $1.8B (yes billion with a B) in federal funds for rental assistance. As of last week, only $500M has been distributed, with just over 3 months left for the program. Many landlords and tenants I have spoken with have described their frustration with the program. It is bureaucratic and cumbersome. It does not need to be this way, but bureaucrats like to make everything complicated.

With a little patience and perseverance, the landlords can receive every dollar that is owed to them. The eviction moratorium is ending this month. Many landlords have expressed they prefer to just evict people and move on, rather than deal with the frustrations of dealing with the county rental assistance program. While this may seem like an attractive option, the money that will be lost is worth the effort.

We will be joining some of our partners to host a webinar on how to access these funds. We have many staff member trained and are available to walk people through the process. It would be sad to see $1B returned to the federal government while landlords are struggling. Please share the flyer in this newsletter with your friends to help them get the help they need.

Darryl Evey
Executive Director

Rental Assistance

CA COVID-19 eviction moratorium is coming to an endCA COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium is coming to an end!

Join us today at 4pm for a virtual information workshop for tenants and landlords.

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Community Center

street in victorvilleWe are planning the next 40-hour domestic violence training for October. We look forward to educating and training community members that are eager to contribute to the domestic violence field. Keep an eye out for the Eventbrite link with more information to follow.

The Community Center will be facilitating free rapid COVID-19 tests for the community. We will be one of the locations that will provide this service. We will share detailed information soon.

Please join us as we commence our Old Town Street Fair series. Our first street fair will be on September 18, 2021. We look forward to seeing the community come together to enjoy some family entertainment and shopping!

Hope House

break the silence adhope house logoOne of our families at Hope House has moved on to our transitional housing units! The mother of three had worked very hard to reach many goals and she made wonderful progress. The mother overcame some obstacles, was always determined to have legal issues taken care of for her children. She worked to earn extra money so that she could purchase a vehicle.

We are very proud of this woman and she and her children deserve all she has made possible. We know this is just the beginning of their journey, and we will be with her as she moves her way to self-sufficiency and independence.
Join us next month for the Break the Silence Walk to End Domestic Violence on October 6th 10am – 3pm. This is a two mile walk starting at our Administration Office located at 15075 7th St. Victorville, CA 92395

Open Door

open doorthe open door logoWe at the Open Door continue to meet people where they are at. Not only are we providing drop-in services at our new office, we continue to conduct street outreach throughout the month. Street outreach consists of us handing out safety bags to those still being affected by being in the life. In the past 30 days we have encountered 27 different men and women.

We are pleased to announce that we have a new Youth Advocate , Haley Guillermo, she will be working with youth that have been referred from DCFS, Probation and our two youth shelters. Haley is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Psychology. Welcome to the team Haley!

We have officially completed our third 40-Hour Human Trafficking Advocacy Training of the year. We had 41 individuals who completed the training and received certificates of completion.

We have yet to fill the open position we have as the Community Engagement Coordinator. We are sad to be losing Candice Erskin due to her moving out of state and beginning a new journey. We wish her well on her new endeavors.

Next Step

open armsMany of our target population have not been seen by a health care physician for a long length of time. However, because of Carolina G., our agency’s new Health Navigator, many more of our participants are learning how to navigate the heath care system and are getting the services they need.

We all know that navigating through any system can be tough, but with staff committed to helping our community, we will continue to bring wellness to those we serve.

Next Step Morongo Basin

next step logoThanks to the devotion and dedication of Family Assistance Next Step program another participant has been able to reach her personal goals and change her life. Amanda came into to our program eight months pregnant, had not received any prenatal care, a history of drug addiction, and on probation. She had been engaging in unhealthy patterns and her son had been removed from her custody. Amanda began feeling overwhelmed and very defeated. Upon entering Next Step she started seeking prenatal care right away, attending all required weekly groups and testing and was able to comply with her CFS case. She began building her support network and healthy family relationships again. Amanda successfully secured permanent housing and employment and is now living independently planning to reunify with her children in the next few months.

DV Transitional Housing

house for saleWe would love to share and update with you on our friend Faith who has recently received keys to her beautiful new home, she is legitimately a FIRST TIME HOME BUYER! This woman was able to buy a brand-new home for her children, thanks in part to her participation in our program.

Faith moved from our shelter into transitional housing where she was able to heal, find her footing, and reach her goals. Faith has taken the time to share with me how much our program generously supported the needs of her family every step of the way.

While Faith did struggle at times to survive, she never gave up. She found a job, developed superior work ethic, which led to presently working full time. The transformation improved her life, she was clever at saving money for the future, developing credit, forming a plan.

Faith also had to confront a custody dispute for the children with her abusers. She was able to find her voice to advocate for their rights. She filed a dispute claim for her income taxes. Proving that the children lived with her the majority of the time.

Faith has come such a long way from when she entered Hope House, it truly has been an honor and privilege to have worked with Faith. Being able to watch the healing, determination, and blessings be bestowed makes our hearts happy.

Faith has expressed to me that she could not have reached this goal or fulfilled this DREAM without Our Program. Beginning with that first step to leave. She has stayed the course, never losing dedication to her vision. She states she will forever be grateful her journey led her to the Family Assistance Program.

Substance Use Education

substance use education classes adWe have partnered with Frank Kelly and No Drugs America for Substance Use Education Classes that are free to the public. If you are interested in these classes or booking a training for your school or organization email jobi@familyassist.org

Thank you to the Greater High Desert Chamber of Commerce for having us as a speaker for the Friday morning Coffee Break. It was a great way to share about all of the great things that Family Assistance Program is doing.

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2021 August Newsletter

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How much does your housing cost?

Economists report that for a healthy economy, people should spend no more than 30% of their income on housing. The median income in the San Bernardino County is about $68,000. This means, the average family in our county should be spending about $1,700 per month on housing. In case you have not looked lately, there are no houses for rent in the High Desert for that price. This means that more than half of the people in our county cannot afford to rent a house in our county. Where are they supposed to live?

Most people are spending over 50% of their income, and many are spending closer to 75% of their income on housing. This is why so many people are relying on food banks to feed their families. Economists tell us that this is not healthy nor sustainable. These types of challenges are a direct contributor to homelessness and other problems. If a family has little to no discretionary income, their children cannot participate in sports or after school activities. The family cannot attend events in the community. A simple financial setback like an illness or vehicle problem could take years to recover.

A group of leaders in our county have come together to work towards increasing the affordable housing in the High Desert. This cannot be done by a few people. We need citizens to tell their elected officials that this is important to them. We need to welcome apartments and condominiums as a positive alternative. We need to welcome smaller lot sizes and higher density. We need to care about our neighbors enough to see through the fear mongering that higher density creates crime. Together, we can solve this problem, but only if we see our struggling neighbors who are struggling with housing as our friends, people worthy of respect and dignity.

Darryl Evey
Executive Director

Community Center

outdoor boothstreet in victorvilleWe finalized our 40-hour domestic violence advocacy training and certified forty-one participants. We have received feedback from participants and look forward to havING our second English training in October. Fourteen class participants completed parenting and anger management classes and received their certificate of completion.

The Community Center participated in National Night Out in Apple Valley. Jobi set up a booth and passed out resources to the community and answered questions about our services.

We are also working with ROOT and planning the Old Town Victorville Street Fair series. The Street Fair starts back on Saturday, September 18th 2pm – 6pm, located on 7th Street from B to C Streets. There will be food, art, shopping, music, and more. We look forward to finally have the community together once again. Hope to see you all there!

Hope House

outdoor boothStaff at Hope House participated at National Night Out for the City of Hesperia on August 3rd. Ana and Michele set the table up. Lori and Tracey came out to help when the event began. National Night Out is an awareness raising event held the first Tuesday of August. each year The event is a Community Building Campaign promoting police-community partnerships and camaraderie. Family Assistance Program has been part of this event for several years. It is always wonderful to see the community come together.

The staff attending shared information of all the programs Family Assistance Program offers. Many were unaware of them and were eager to get more information. Michele and Ana explained what each program does, how to get a restraining order, and about our emergency shelters. Many asked the cost for services and were impressed when they were told services were free.

It was encouraging to finally have events in person and to see so many of the residents come out. The Star Wars Storm Troopers and Sheriff Department’s Search and Rescue Team were out. The children were able to explore fire trucks and enjoyed a pony that was walking about.

Michele and Ana would like to give kudos Lori R and Tracey for showing up for support after they had worked all day and we would like to give Lori K kudos for taking their shift so they could attend. Kudos to Margarita for helping get the candy and the other giveaways together for the event. Our team does well working together to get more information about our programs out to the community.

Open Door

the open door logoThe Open Door has officially moved! Our new address is 1255 East Highland Avenue Suite 210 San Bernardino California 92404. We also now have an office phone where we can receive calls , our new number is 909-352-2525. This new move has been exciting, it allows us to have new opportunities in this bigger building with more space to provide services to our participants. The Open-Door Staff is ready to grow and prosper into something better than ever before.

Next Step

victor valley college logoWe hope to be securing a booth at the celebratory event “Women’s Freedom Festival” in support of women surviving through incarceration, domestic violence, sex trafficking, poverty, addiction, and homelessness. Our booth will provide information, resources, raffles, promotional products, and more.

Our Case Manager spent hours with participants at the Dometic Violence Advocacy training sponsored by Family Assistance Program at the Community Center, supporting, providing resources and tools. We have received excellent feedback from our participants via surveys, which are done every other week.

Our weekly group meeting at the shelter house included Carolina, Family Assistance Program’s new Health Navigator. Discussing mental health was very much appreciated by the participants.

At our shelter, two new intakes not only found a supportive friendship but supported each other in obtaining full-time employment locally at the same restaurant within the same time period. They are supporting each other to complete their programming right on schedule, as well.

A participant recently completed a Construction Apprentice program at Victor Valley College and has enrolled for more college classes to make herself more competitive in the job market. Not only is she pursuing her educational goals but she is also working part-time as a phone sales representative.

Next Step Morongo Basin

next step logoThis month at Next Step Morongo Basin we have been working on building stronger professional relationships and collaborative services with our community partners here in the basin. Since the start of the pandemic more stress has been placed on individuals with mental health, behavioral health, and overall physical health. Clients are struggling with day to day self care and hygiene more than ever. We are working closely with community partners linking and empowering our participants to services they are requiring.

Now, that more local business and events have been opening back up we have been planning more weekly trips to the local Famers Market and near by Art Gallery.

My Place

skateboarder falling downWe have been busy here at My Place. With school starting up again in the High Desert we have been getting our clients ready for the upcoming school year. When not preparing our clients for success at school we have been doing outreach at a local skate park. It is always great to be able to reach out to the community where they are and we find local youth hanging out at our local skateparks.

FAM Spot

FAM Spot logoI am Dustin Mohammed, the Youth Program Administrator for Family Assistance Program in the High Desert. I am most proud to share updates on what’s to come at the FAM SPOT for the upcoming month of August. It gives me great excitement to inform everyone that we have implemented a system in which the youth advocates assess the youth’s area of academic struggles. Using this information, we then create a file that is specific to the youth for the purpose of assisting and encouraging improvement. Although we are constantly improving our methods, we have seen significant improvements in our clients reading, writing, and math. We have also made conscious adjustments regarding our staff’s approach for the purpose of adjusting the youth’s disposition towards school. Often, we see that when the term math or books are mentioned to the youth it becomes an automatic resistance. With this understanding we certainly notice the importance of positive encouragement.

Additionally, FAM SPOT has taken two days out of every week this month to spend a few hours having open discussions with the youth on the importance of a proper diet. Statistics show that diet plays a pivotal role in brain and physical development. Without a proper diet we cannot focus on enhancing the youth’s education. Allowing the youth to vent by way of open group discussion prepares them to understand what it means to express one’s opinions, belief, and understandings by way of dialogue. Respecting other viewpoints and space is something that we place a heavy emphasis on.

Our House

our house logoAt Our House, we are working with School on Wheels to get school supplies and backpacks for our youth, as in-person school is quickly approaching. Also, we had been working with a youth for several months that had very limited options but expressed interest in reuniting with the birth mother in Texas. The youth was able to reunify with the mother and called later in the month to tell us she is doing well. The client expressed her gratitude for the help she received at Our House. Way to go team!

Open Arms

open arms logoOpen Arms just kicked off a new group called “Identifying External Triggers” which will be held at the youth drop-in center located at 323 7th Street San Bernardino from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm on Wednesdays and on Saturday August 21, from 1 pm – 2 pm. Outreach continues, and we are successfully making contacts in our community. We are also pleased to announce that the cooperation of clients in the Transitional Age Youth houses has improved quite substantially. Open Arms has been building its capacity and strengthening the development and collaboration of our staff!

Rental Assistance

rentWith Family Assistance Program participating in the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Program, we are able to provide hope to families heavily impacted by the pandemic. Qualifying renters and landlords are now eligible for 100% of rent and utilities owed. We have assisted average families, small business owners, and even our employees to fill out the application. We are continuing to fulfill our roll of assisting families within our program. Click the link below to apply for rental or utility assistance:

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2021 July Newsletter

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The unemployment rates continue to fall, employers are struggling to find new hires, and yet many people still cannot find work. Over the last few weeks, I have spoken to several people who have been actively looking for a job but have not been successful. These are highly skilled, very employable people. When asked about the many job openings I see, they have expressed concerns about the pay rate. Someone who made $80k per year before the pandemic is not willing to go back to work for a job paying $40k. They prefer to continue looking to find the “right” job rather than “any” job. I believe this is good for employers as well as employees and is a sign that our safety net is working.

Before the pandemic, in February 2020, the unemployment rate in our county was 3.7%, very near the lowest rate in the history for our county. By April, it had risen to 14.2%, a rate we had only seen once in history, during the great recession of 2009. The rate has steadily fallen every month and is now at 7.3%. We are finding that our clients looking for an entry level job are finding employment. We are also finding that people with skills are not willing to work at the rates, and sometimes conditions, that are being offered. People seeking jobs are less likely to accept what they consider to be exploitive wages. Employers are struggling to change their budgeting to accommodate these new demands for higher wages.

At Family Assistance Program, we currently have 14 job openings. This is mostly due to our recent growth but some of this is due to staff leaving for new opportunities. For our entry level positions, we are sad to see people leave but excited to see them grow into new career paths. For our more experienced positions, we are forced to make difficult decisions. As all businesses, we need to balance what we pay our staff with how we achieve our mission. We could give everyone a 20% raise, but that would require we have 20% fewer staff and help 20% fewer people. We work towards balancing how to help the most people while still respecting our staff with a livable wage.

But, these are good problems to have. As we see other companies go bankrupt or struggle to just maintain, we are continuing to grow. As long as people in our community need help, we will continue to do everything we can to address the need.

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!

Hope House

dogThe staff at Hope House are always willing to do whatever it takes to help anyone or any animal. There was an older dog who was lost and needed help. Looking at him you could tell that he belonged to someone and they must be looking for him. Instead of taking him to the animal shelter, he was kept at Hope House while we blasted social media with his pictures. He did not want to eat and was very sad. The staff began feeding him baby food which he loved. He had a hard time getting up also. With the help from Diley at the High Desert Animal Connection we were able to take him to the vet. After getting him the medication, he needed and feeding him baby food he began to feel a bit better. All of Hope House staff during their shifts would walk him around the yard.

Last night we received a message from the owner. She said the dog has a bad tooth and cannot eat well and also described him. This morning he was picked up by the owner and is home with his family after been missing for 9 days. Kudos to all the staff at Hope House for making sure he was safe till he was found.

Open Door

the open door logoOpen Door is excited to announce that our 40-hr Human Trafficking Advocacy Training will begin next month on August 2nd, 2021, and end on August 30th, 2021. Our 40-hr training will take place via zoom every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6pm-9pm. We will have presentations from San Bernardino Human Trafficking Task Force, Planned Parenthood and many more. Sign up today by visiting this link: opens in a new windowtinyurl.com/2w67f9wp

Open Door would like to thank Brenda Findley-Sutton and Lupe Castaneda for their generous donations of purses which included goodby bags inside for our participants. We greatly appreciate your donation and look forward to working with you in the future.

My Place

soccer gameThe Fourth of July is a national holiday favored by everyone, especially kids. We at Family Assistance thought there was no better way to spend it then at a rugby game! There was food, laughter, fun, and best of all FIREWORKS! The kids had a blast learning about the game in the famous LA Coliseum and saw the most amazing firework display on the same grass the players were on. They received pictures and autographs and finished the night off with a nice meal at In-N-Out, home to the best hamburgers. While the Fourth of July comes every year, it was our goal to make sure this was one the kids and staff remember forever.

Next Step

person holding sobriety coinNext Step would like to Celebrate one of our participants. She is 4 years clean, sober and determined to succeed.

The heat is on and so was the grill. Thanks to our donors for purchasing all the fixings for our BBQ fun gathering. Conversations surrounding recovery and healthy new beginnings were had. We are so very grateful, thank you!

In the upcoming weeks we will be offering life coaching to all residence in Next Step Housing. One on one coaching sessions and group dynamic interactions. Please stay tuned and we will share more as the life coaching program grows.

Rental Assistance

rentWith Family Assistance Program participating in the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Program, we are able to provide hope to families heavily impacted by the pandemic. Qualifying renters and landlords are now eligible for 100% of rent and utilities owed. We have assisted average families, small business owners, and even our employees to fill out the application. We are continuing to fulfill our roll of assisting families within our program. Click the link below to apply for rental or utility assistance:

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2021 June Newsletter

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Direct from Darryl

June is Pride Month where we celebrate the LGBTQ community. Pride festivals are always a lot of fun. Last year, all of the events were either cancelled or went virtual. This year has been mostly more of the same. I am looking forward to the world opening up and being able to attend events again. I appreciate that we can have events where people can be themselves.

When I walk down the street with my wife, we always hold hands. We kiss goodbye without worrying about what people will say and will it become an issue. I hope someday, everyone will feel this way. It is sad to see the amount of discrimination going on across our nation and our world. Many people are not allowed to love who they love in open. People are discriminated against and persecuted for just being true to who they are.

Someday, we will get there. Until then, I will continue to wear rainbow pins and our programs will display rainbow flags. We need to do everything we can to make sure that at Family Assistance Program, love is love and we respect everyone’s right to love who they love.

Darryl Evey
Executive Director

Community Center

Family Assistance Program COVID-19 Vaccine Event on May 26th 2021The Community Center hosted a COVID-19 vaccine clinic event in partnerships with SAC Health System, IEHP, and the San Bernardino County Health Department on May 26th. We provided the COVID-19 vaccine to 20 individuals, and in conjunction with the Rescue Mission, we fed 150 people. A big thank you to all community members who helped this event be successful!

outdoor boothThe Community Center finalized their first ever Spanish 40-hour domestic violence advocacy training and provided certificates of completion to 17 new advocates eager to support and walk alongside survivors of domestic violence. The next English 40-hour domestic violence advocacy training will take place in July. Our weekly walk-in STI clinic at the Community Center is held every Wednesday and available from 10am – 3pm.

classroomThe staff received feedback from a class participant who recently completed the parenting and anger management classes. Ms. Rodriguez said, “I would like to thank you for your parenting and anger management classes because I can say that your classes are a huge reason why I think I’m handling things as well as I have been recently.” We love to hear how the services that we offer are changing lives for the better.

Hope House

lottery prizesHope House is so grateful to Pat Spier and the AWHONN (Association of Women’s Health and Neonatal Health). Michele received a call a few months ago from Miss Pat she said the Association was looking to give to some Non-profits and there would be a lottery. Pat asked what are some of the things we could use at Hope House. Michele immediately sent over a list of the most needed items we always seem to need. Within a month boxes from Amazon were coming like nobody’s business! These wonderful people really stepped up for us. Hope House is so very honored by this beautiful, touching generosity and care.

Hope House is also very excited for one of our families! They moved into their own home last week! It was an amazing feeling to see their happy faces, smiles ear to ear. Hope House wishes all the best to them and their new journey!

Open Door

the open door logoWe are so proud of the participants who finished Ending The Game (ETG) groups with us. ETG is a curriculum that reduces the feelings of attachment to traffickers and/or a life style, thereby breaking the bonds of coercion and trauma and reducing recidivism among trafficking survivors. This is one of the many groups, intervention and prevention that Open Door advocates facilitate with our youth and adults. For more information on the groups we provide contact dianne@familyassist.org

Open Door welcomes our new Community Engagement Coordinator, Candice Erskin. Candice comes from a social service background having worked at Option House as a Program Manager and facilitating their 40-hour domestic violence trainings. Candice will be our liaison in the community for meetings, events, information and the 40-hour HT trainings. Contact Candice at: candice@familyassist.org

We are happy to announce the opening of a second HT transitional home in June. This allows our participants to live up to 12 months rent free while they secure a job, reunify with their children and save money before they move on to the next stage of their freedom. For more information on our housing please contact: emily@familyassist.org

Are you looking to make a difference in the lives of trafficked youth and adults? Have you taken our 40-hour HT training? If so, Open Door is holding interviews for HT Advocates. Qualified candidates please send resumes to dianne@familyassist.org Survivors and lived experience experts are encouraged to apply.

My Place

my place logoWith school getting out soon, the youth at My Place are wanting to do more outside activities. During one of our planning groups, the youth came up with an idea of taking cold waters and Otter Pops to the kids at the local skate park where they frequent. The staff is currently working on getting donations of water bottles and Otter Pops. If you would like to donate water bottles or Otter Pops, please email myplace@familyassist.org

We also want to give a huge shout out to one of our youth who graduated two months early and is now working on college applications. This is a huge success for youth.

Next Step Morongo Basin

next step logoThis month at Next Step Morongo Basin we are very excited to share that we have two participants that have obtained part-time employment and one participant that purchased her very first vehicle and obtained auto insurance.

There has been a great food display of donations from our community partners of fresh fruit and vegetables, donations weekly to our program that our participants enjoy. We have been working on eating healthy quick meal prep, menu planning and daily cleaning tips.

We are also happy to share and welcome our new volunteer Noni!

Noni attended 40 hour our domestic violence training with Family Assistance Program last year and has been very eager to start volunteering with us for some time now.

Rental Assistance

rentOur first webinar explaining how to apply for Rent Relief for those who were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and in need of rental and utility assistance was successful. Our next webinar will be held this Friday, June 11th. English will be at 1pm and Spanish at 2pm. Click here for the Zoom Link to join us:

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2021 May Newsletter

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Direct from Darryl

As the world opens back up we are excited to begin outreach and engagement activities again. We have already had a couple of outings with our clients and are planning even more. We will begin hosting a weekly BBQ with the young people at the Fam Spot. We are also planning to begin our monthly street fairs. It is wonderful to be able to interact with people again. There are so many ways we can help people; it is hard to get this information to people while we are isolated.

Most everyone heard about the federal stimulus, but most people do not know about the state support. There is a $600 stimulus payment for everyone making less than $75,000 with an additional $500 for each child. This is in addition to the Earned Income Tax Credit. Historically, people that did not make much money did not bother to file taxes. Now, it is even more important for them to file. If you need help, or if you know someone who needs help, let us know. Everyone could use a little extra money.

Darryl Evey
Executive Director

Hope House

woman holding pursesHope House showed its support to end sexual assault by participating in Denim Day, all staff showed support by wearing their denim jeans and purple shirts on April 28th to protest the unjust Supreme Court ruling in Italy that held a victim responsible for her rape. Hope House and Family Assistance Program is proud to stand in solidarity with those who may be suffering in silence and wants to acknowledge survivor’s strength in their healing process.

giftsHope House would also like to give big thanks to Kasey Rosales and Sylvia Romo for putting together the “Purses with Purpose Event”! The purses were donated by the community and were filled with essential toiletries and makeup for our participants in Hope Houses and transitional to enjoy. Laura and Lizzeth made the deliveries and were happy to see all the surprised looks on everyone’s faces when they received all their unexpected gifts!

We are happy to announce our first annual fundraiser Purses with Purpose. 138 purses were donated, some new and slightly used. We were able to provide the purses filled with female hygiene products, makeup and so much more to the women in our shelters and transitional housing for Mother’s Day. All items and purses were donated by our community and community partners. We are grateful for all the support. We had a great turned out and looking forward to doing it again.

Open Door

the open door logoHappy Spring! We had a wonderful Easter here at Open Door and are looking forward to celebrating Mother’s Day with all the mothers in our housing programs.

Open Door’s transitional home is full and our participants are all doing great. All of our participants are working, and one is going to school thanks to the generous donation from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department graduating class 202! Thank you again for making this possible. One of our Safehouse participants regained custody of her children and is moving forward with her life. And we are excited about opening another residential home in late May due of the increased demand for safe housing options in San Bernardino County, for victims of human trafficking.

We also have a need for new baby girl items for one of our participants. We are currently looking for the following items: bottles, diapers, wipes, blankets, baby body wash, baby bathtub, breast pump and bassinette or co-sleeper. If you can donate any of these items, please contact her Advocate Aimee Jones at aimee@familyassist.org

We are currently looking for an Outreach Coordinator who will be responsible for all our trainings, recruiting volunteers and working with the community. If you have the skills and the desire to fill this position, please check out the job posting on our website and send your resume to Dianne Amato at dianne@familyassist.org

Next Step

next step logoNext Step has been continuing to provide excellent services for our re-entry community. We have done a lot of moving as we find new properties that give us more space for our participants. Our team is currently looking to bring on more case managers as our program grows and have been going through the interview process which has been a great learning opportunity for our participants as they participate in the interviews. This gives participants ownership over the program and we get valuable input from them that leads to hiring better staff. We have been successful with our parole rental assistance and have been able to help over 25 individuals remain in housing or sign new leases. It has been challenging to find new properties and landlords willing to work with our participants. The connections we have made are crucial and we really appreciate everyone serving this population.

Next Step Morongo Basin

This month at Next Step Morongo Basin we are happy to share that we have three new participants that came into our program. One of the participants is a returning participant that was just not quite ready for our program last year and with the help from Family Assistance Program staff was accepted into a voluntary six-month program to work on his struggle with addiction and after successfully completing his six-month program, he is eager to make lots of positive life changes and is demonstrating that daily. Our program here in the Morongo Basin has been working towards building an even greater partnership with community partners and empowering our participants and linking them to services they are requiring.

Community Center

two people standingad for sexually transmitted infectionsBecause of the generous donations that continue to come in through our doors, we can continue providing clothing and hygiene to our community members on Wednesdays. Frances from Judicial Council notified Evelyn of an opportunity for program participants who identify as survivors of domestic violence to provide feedback regarding some changes to forms; in return, participants would receive a gift card. After sharing this information with Hope House, we were able to get two program participants to participate. This opportunity allows participants to use their voices to make a change.

Ms. Lee is one of our regular clients, she is unable to walk, and we could provide her with a new walker. We had received the walker from the community’s donations, and Cristina was able to give it to Ms. Lee. Ms. Lee was thrilled and thankful.

We will have a walk-in STI clinic at the Community Center every Wednesday. We look forward to working with San Bernardino Public Health!

Transition Age Youth

The transition age youth in the High Desert have been busy this month with some maintaining work and saving money, while others are planning to move into their own places. One of our participants moved into her very own apartment from her extended foster care. We were able to assist her with moving and provide her the encouragement she needed to continue to be self-sufficient and brave on her journey ahead. Multiple youth have had job interviews for second jobs or to seek a better opportunity. One of our participants started therapy for the first time in her life. After an extensive history of child abuse, she was afraid to re-visit old wounds. By providing her the support and encouragement she needed, she chose to take the first step in her healing process. We couldn’t be prouder of watching these young people turn their lives around and become the self-sufficient young adults of the future generation.

Rental Assistance

rentWe came in contact with a client who has unfortunately been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and is in need of rental assistance. He has been behind on his rent since February of 2020. This client reached out to us looking for assistance; he has had a difficult time finding someone to assist him with filling out the application due to his disability, he is blind. We provided phone appointments with him assisting him with the eligibility process. Once he was deemed eligible to submit an application, we let him know what documents were required and then set up an in-person meeting and were able to assist him with filling out the application and coach him through these tough times. We were able to successfully submit the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief application and now we are waiting to hear from the program to see if they are able to assist my client.

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.

2021 April Newsletter

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Direct from Darryl

On Friday, we had a presentation from Dr. Sequeira from the Public Health Department about Covid vaccines. It was extremely informative and helped alleviate some fears of our staff about the vaccine. Did you know that just in San Bernardino County, there have been nearly 1 Million doses of the vaccine administered? Nationally, we are at 200 Million. It is amazing to see how quickly our scientific and medical communities have come together to protect us from this deadly disease.

Over 80% or our clients do not have a bank account, or at least did not when they entered our program. I opened my first bank account at 15 with my parents. They taught me how to balance my checkbook and manage my money. If they had not done that, or could not do that, who would have? Many of our clients did not learn this from their parents because their parents did not know. This is the cycle of poverty. I am grateful that we are able to help break the cycle. Most of us have a free bank account due to direct deposit, but our clients are spending over $100 each month on check cashing services and money orders.

I am truly grateful for the opportunity we have to make a difference in the lives of people who need a little help. Many of the young people in our program have never had a job, but are now employed. Many of the people we served have never lived in a house where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Many of the people we help have never been self-sufficient, and now they are. Together, we are making our community stronger. I am proud of the work we do, and appreciative of the community members who help make it possible.

Darryl Evey
Executive Director

Hope House

easter boothHope House is happy to say that we celebrated Easter in a Trunk or Treat event hosted by High Desert Second Chance food bank! Hope House was happy to represent Family Assistance Program by decorating our car Easter style and passing out candy to the community. We were grateful to be granted the opportunity to spread more awareness to our community about domestic violence, some attendees were even from outside of our high desert and San Bernardino community.

Liz, one of our organizers stated she enjoyed watching people come by and take photos of her display she made with some of our participants at Hope House, stating “It was so nice seeing people enjoy the work we put into decorating and being able to create a space for families to enjoy.”

Some of the attendees even recognized our program, one attendee in particular, Kate stated that our program was able to help her sister get out of a domestic violence situation and that she is now happily remarried and working to serve children with autism through another non-profit organization! We were happy to know that our work has the effect to not only help but influence people’s choices in the work they want to pursue! Once again, we would like to thank High Desert Second Chance food bank for the work they do and allowing us to be a part of your event and hope to be back next year!

Open Door

trainingThe Open Door is currently in there second cycle of the Human Trafficking Advocacy Training. If you missed out on this one, not to worry our next training will start July 5th. Registration will open up on June 1st and will be located on Eventbrite.

We are actively recruiting volunteers to be a light in our participants life as they walk through their journey of victim to survivor. If this sounds like something meant for you, please email, Elizabeth@familyassist.org to find out more information about volunteering with the Open Door today.

The Open Door is in need of hygiene items for our shelter and transitional living program, if you have it in your heart, please call Elizabeth at (909) 838-0311 to drop of some items.

Open Arms

We participated in a job fair at our center hosted by our partners/neighbors at Operation New Hope. There were several clients that were hired on the spot! We also hosted a Make Up event for 25+ of our clients, obviously all within CDC guidelines, and were able to spend a day together with our youth laughing and learning new cosmetics skills. Our Outreach Coordinator Chloe spent a lot of time gathering supplies and shopping for specific products for our clients so huge shout out to her! For any questions or comments regarding our Open Arms Drop In Center please contact chloe@familyassist.org

My Place

easter bunnyHere at My Place we are excited to be collaborating with one our local Target stores on a job workshops for our local youth. The workshops will help the youth prepare to join the workforce by helping build resumes, mock interviews, the do’s and don’ts of interviewing and much more. Target and My Place will host the first workshop at My Place. After our workshop is complete we will be working with the staff at FamSpot and getting a date set up there. We will continue to hold these workshops throughout the community as needed. We really feel that holding these workshops will definitely give out youth and insight of what’s expected of them when looking for work.

Also, we would like to thank the staff of Hope House for allowing one of our youth to dress as the Easter bunny and participate in their Easter event for the kids.

Next Step

grenier car dealershipNext Step is excited to being going through a growth period. We have started moving into new properties that are expanding the number of individuals we can serve. Our Team has been growing stronger as well as we continue to provide in depth case management along with other excellent services. Our parole team has offered over 25 people rental assistance and is continuing to help people become self-sufficient. Our probation team has shown that they are an efficient power house of a department at Family Assistance Program. We have seen some of our team move onto new positions which we are always happy about. This leaves us with some opportunities for others to join us in both the parole and probation departments. Please send any resumes to devin@familyassist.org.

Community Spirit is Strong in the Victor Valley

Huge thank you to Greiner Buick GMC for helping us with such an important purchase of a truck to help our participants transition out of our shelters and transitional houses into a home of their own. Instead of renting trucks from a national chain, we were able to secure funding to buy a used truck from a local car dealership that has a long record of giving back to our community! We couldn’t help as many people as we do without the support of our community and local businesses like Greiner Buick GMC!

midway home solutionsWhen the truck was picked up from Greiner it was driven straight over to Midway Home Solutions to pick up a very generous donation of furniture and appliances to help a client who was moving into their very first apartment of their own. Thank you to Don Lager, owner of Midway Home Solutions that stated, “We support Family Assistance Program because we like to give back to our community. This is something that we have been doing for over 60 years here at Midway. This all came down from the teachings from my own Mom and Dad. That’s why we give back and are going to continue to give back.” Together with businesses like Midway we can help make our community a better place, one person at a time. We couldn’t do what we do without the help of our amazing community.

Next Step Morongo Basin

fruit and vegetable basketThis month at Next Step Morongo Basin we have been working on getting our TAY participants back on track and attending weekly groups. We are working on getting our youth involved with small obtainable weekly goals and finding more fun things to do in our community. We are planning a field trip to our local Joshua Tree Farmer’s Market and our participants are very excited about getting out to see the local vendors as well as trying new healthy food choices that are offered there. This will be an all-around good and interactive learning experience for our youth and will teach them life skills such as shopping and budgeting. At Next Step Morongo Basin, we want our TAY participants to feel safe, happy and to always be working towards thier “Next Step” in life.

Community Center

tables and chairsWe serviced 796 individuals in March and provided clothing to 95 individuals during our weekly hygiene and clothing giveaway. We assisted 42 individuals with replacement ID vouchers in obtaining their IDs and offered 34 bus passes to individuals to attend their court hearings, job interviews, and appointments. We’ve received 97 bags and 31 boxes of donations from our generous community. Because of the donations that continue to come in through our doors, we can continue providing clothing and hygiene to our community members on Wednesdays.

This March was full of activities and events that brought joy within our community:
We helped out Rescue Mission with their Easter feeding this month. We opened our gates and provided chairs, tables, and set out clothing and hygiene for our unhoused community.

easter basketsWe were also able to provide Easter baskets to some of our class participants. Ahea worked very hard to ensure that the baskets were perfect for her participants children. The families were full of joy and thankful that we were able to provide their children with baskets.

people wearing bunny earsJobi and Ahea also assisted with the Easter drive-thru event with High Desert Equality at the Adelanto stadium. We had several vendors that also provided resources to the community. Altogether they were able to raise $1600 that will go to our domestic violence services and were able to serve about 85 cars and 157 children.

FAM Spot

skateboardsFor the past two weeks the Fam Spot has made multiple changes in a major way. We have recently gained a handful of new probation youth due to close communication with the Victorville probation office. The probation youth have been very involved in our Fam Spot activities, such as help cleaning the TAY youth housing properties, participating in the next generation information change with Mr. Dustin and Officer Greg Jones. Mr. Dustin was also able to get new couches and love seats for the Fam Spot, as well as new board game activities, a new desktop computer, and multiple healthy snacks for our youth. Mr. Dustin and the youth from My Place recently went for a beach trip. As for our street outreach, they assembled giveaway bags to pass out to homeless youth within our community and continue to help local youth in need.

Youth Advisory Board

five youth holding letters that spell YOUTHThis month we added two new members to our Youth Advisory Board and completed another street outreach event. Some of our youth attended a city council meeting and provided public comment centered around some of the issues facing the City of San Bernardino. We also began working on our IE Youth Advisory Council with partners from the Riverside CoC and our own county as well. We are still actively recruiting anyone who wants to make a difference from ages 14-25. Please contact levi@familyassist.org with any questions.

Transitional Age Youth

mental health word collageThe transitional age youth in the High Desert have been busy in March and April, currently all twelve TAY youth have full time jobs, but it has not been an easy road for some of them. One participant had a felony criminal background and with her case manager’s help she was able to get a full-time job at Amazon. It took lots of advocacy work and paperwork, but she was finally offered the job. Another client was feeling discouraged after finishing the Goodwill program and interviewing at several different jobs with no luck. We cheered her on and encouraged her to not give up and she was finally offered employment as a 211 operator. Another client has struggled the last few months with depression. Most of the time we found him sleeping all day and not motivated to do much but with a little mentorship and encouragement from us he was able to pass his food handlers test and receive a job at McDonald’s as a cook. We pride ourselves in being able to assist clients like this. Every person deserves a second chance at life and that is what makes Family Assistance Program so great. We get to assist these clients to their full potential. Two of our male clients bought their own cars this month and are well on their way to their own place in July. We are extremely proud of all their hard work. Many of our clients have taken advantage of the therapy services that FAP offers our clients through Dr. Seizmore. Many of the clients in our program suffer from some form of mental illness and it has been awesome to watch those who were not motivated to receive services and to get jobs and come out of the deep depression that they were in.

Thank You

zoom meetingThank you to Dr Michael Sequeira with the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health for speaking at our monthly all staff meeting about the COVID-19 vaccines! The information you shared was very informative and helpful. Our employees can feel safe doing their part by getting fully vaccinated.

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.

2021 March Newsletter

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Direct from Darryl

This month we have a great group of success stories. Sometimes, we become overwhelmed by all of the setbacks and challenges our clients face. We feel that we are not accomplishing anything and that everything we do is a waste of time. Why does it matter? This is why we need to focus on our successes and share them with the other people in our programs.

Over the last year, we have helped thousands of people. The young people in our transitional housing program have just reached 100% employment! Most of these young people have never had a job. They have never received a paycheck, never created a budget, and never taken care of themselves. Another of our transitional housing clients purchased their first home. These are types of successes that reminds us of the importance of the work we are doing.

Also, I would like to give a big thank you to the county Community Development and Housing department and the advocacy of Supervisor Paul Cook. The county had to decide whether to participate in the state run rental assistance program, or create their own. The state program would require landlords to forgive 20% of the back rent that is owed to them. The county decided to take on the monumental task of creating their own program because the recognized asking landlords to take this financial loss was not necessary and not fair. These funds will be available to landlords and renters beginning in mid-April. It is exciting to know that every renter in our region will soon be current on their rent.

Darryl Evey
Executive Director

Hope House

women holding hands in unityMarch is National Women’s History Month and Hope House would like to honor its participants by celebrating womanhood, the women who have inspired them most, and celebrate the women that they are today! Our participants were asked what womanhood meant to them and here are some responses:

Frida states, “I believe womanhood is a responsibility to empower one another, teach and learn from one another and pass down family values, it is a responsibility to teach younger women through our stories of survival about strength and the blessings that come from it.”

Angela states, “The strength I have is from my femininity, as a woman I have always been prepared for whatever life hands me by feeding my spirit with prayer and gaining strength through my family.”

When asked about the women that inspired them, it was their mothers who stood out the most in ways such as teaching them life skills and how to be good mothers themselves. Also, their sisters inspired them in ways such as learning how to be a true friend.

The accomplishments that our participants at Hope House were able to achieve themselves were discovered to be the most powerful. Ruth says that her biggest accomplishments this far have been able to go to college, raise kids, and travel on her own. Angela has been able to lose 100 pounds and win her battle with cancer. Frida states her biggest accomplishments are being able to raise amazing self-sufficient children who are on their way to becoming college students and creating a new path for themselves. Overall, working with these women is inspiring to us, and we hope this inspires you to reach out to the women in your lives and learn from them as well.

Open Door

trainingThe Open Door has completed its first 40 Hour Human Trafficking Advocacy training of 2021! We are so excited that 90 people committed their time to learning about human trafficking and how they can assist victims on their journey from victim to survivor. We also are in the process of on-boarding many new volunteers who decided after the training they want to commit to making a change in San Bernardino County.

If you missed the first round of the 40 hour training, not to worry, registration is currently open for the upcoming 40 hour Human Trafficking Advocacy Training in April! You can register for that event by clicking here. We are switching up things for April’s training due to response from our community members and this will be the first training that we are offering during the day. The hours for this training will be every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 1 pm to 5 pm. We hope to see you all there!

For questions about volunteering or training, please contact Elizabeth at elizabeth@familyassist.org or by calling 909-838-0311

Open Arms

open arms logoThis month at Open Arms we have continued our partnership with the San Bernardino County workforce development department by hosting interns from our community. We also have administered over 40 hygiene kits and helped navigate housing for 4 youth participants. We are currently seeking donations of make up or other beauty products. We are hosting a donation drive to provide needed items to offer tutorials and makeovers for our clients. For any questions or to set up a donation please contact Chloe at chloe@familyassist.org

My Place

my place logoAt My Place we have created a family atmosphere where our clients are provided with everything they need to succeed in school and their individual plans. We focus on the goals of each Youth that stay at My Place, and help them find the skills and resources available for them to succeed. We also provide the youth with fun outings that we enjoy together such as visiting the skate park, going on hikes, and reaching out to local homeless communities.

By enrolling several of our youth clients into a school that allows them to work at a flexible pace in order to graduate early, we have given them a chance to work hard and see great results. Our youth participants have also began a job preparation training. Our goal is to prepare our youth for the next steps in their lives and to instill confidence that they can achieve anything they set their minds to. We hope that our approach with our youth clients will encourage them to work hard, stay busy, and impact their communities in a positive way.

Next Step

next step logoWe are happy to announce that another participant has successfully completed her time here at our program. Here is a short message from her: “I am a former participant in the Family Assistance Program- Next Step. Since being here I have gotten married and gone back to school at the University of California Sacramento (GO HORNETS!). I celebrated being 2 years clean and sober in January and I have also completed my Anger Management course which was offered through Family Assistance Program and received a certificate. I want to thank everyone at Next Step for supporting me and I am happy that I will still be receiving after care from my case manager.”

We also wanted to take the time to highlight Ms. Tammy. We are extremely proud of her and everything she has accomplished, and everything she will accomplish. We are happy to be our participant’s support system but when all is said and done, the person who completed all of these things… is them. The person who did get employment, who did buy a car, who did complete their law and ethics course, is her. Everyone has this potential and we aim to empower all of our participants.

“Hello my name is Tammy. I am currently in the Next Step Program. I have been back for 4 ½ months. Since then, I have accomplished gaining full time employment, purchasing a car, and paying my insurance for one year. I have another year of sobriety under my belt. I am working towards my Addiction Counselor Certification and have completed my 9-hour Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC) Law and Ethics course. I have learned to budget my income and have a savings account. All of this was possible because of the support and encouragement I have gotten from those here at Next Step.”

Next Step Morongo Basin

This month at Next Step Morongo Basin we had a past participant find herself in a bad situation when her spouse locked her out of the home. She took what she had with her and went to the nearest hospital for help. This client gave a social worker working at the hospital her former Family Assistance Case Manager’s phone number and asked her to contact us. After speaking to the hospital case worker and the participant we were able to get her back into our program immediately.

This client now had a warm and safe bed to sleep in because of the Family Assistance Program’s culture, reputation in our community, and the participant knowing that she could reach out to our program whenever she needs us. The participant is still with us and working on her “Next Step”. Through this experience we were able to develop a professional working relationship with hospital staff to ensure that others in a similar situation could benefit from the services we provide.

Community Center

outdoor boothsWe serviced 873 individuals for February and provided clothing to 122 individuals during our weekly hygiene and clothing giveaway. We assisted 65 individuals with replacement ID vouchers in obtaining their IDs and offered 69 bus passes to individuals to attend their court hearings, job interviews, and appointments. We’ve received 58 bags and 23 boxes of donations from our generous community. Because of the donations that continue to come in through our doors, we can continue providing clothing and hygiene to our community members on Wednesdays.

Raider Nation Misfits visited us at the Community Center in February. They asked to come to the Community Center to feed our homeless community. They were able to set up in the playground and make hamburgers and hotdogs to pass out. Thank you so much, Raider Nation Misfits! It is always a pleasure to have you guys at the Community Center and appreciate the work you guys do in our community!

We received this from a class participant:

“I was broken I was sad my world was crumbling down I felt so hopeless and felt that the world was against me, but all started to change gradually 5/12/2020 the day I joined Ms. Ahea’s parenting & anger management classes. She touched my heart in a way she never would imagine.

Ahea helped me heal my pain and better myself not just for myself but for my children as well, she helped me to see my flaws and how to correct my problems in a positive way. She was very transparent and actually listened to everyone’s problems/situation in our class sessions, she went the extra mile for me she helped me open up in the classes because in the beginning I was stuck in my own ways.

All my negative thoughts I had she helped me see it from a positive perspective. No matter how bad I seen my situation and felt like it would never get better. She gave me hope in the future. Even when my classes ended topics that were discussed in class would play back in the back of my mind and when I would feel a little down I’ll think about certain topics she would discuss in the group session and it would help me overcome my problem.

She might not know this but I want to say Ahea Llamas you are amazing and great. You are not only an Advocate you are a healer, a coach, a mentor & a friend as well, and I’m blessed to have had you as my advocate it may have only been 3 months but your words are with me for a lifetime!

You helped me so much more then you know, and for that you will forever be appreciated, respected, & admired for all you have helped me with and hold a spot in my heart. Thank you Ahea!”

FAM Spot

table with gamesThe transitional age youth (TAY) program in the high desert has come a long way in the last few months. Dustin and Kara have teamed up and developed plans on how to turn the program around and have been quite successful. In the last three months four of the Tay-youth who were living at our all-boys home obtained full time employment.

These four men became part of the program over a year ago and have not previously had employment in that time frame. Five of the TAY youth at the co-ed house received full time employment. The other three youth clients have enrolled in the Goodwill Program and are also enrolled in school. It has taken consistent and fair authoritative figures in these youths lives to give them the extra push they have needed.

community service duties listKara has taken on that role and Dustin has been there to back her up. Dustin and Kara worked hard to build relationships with each youth and were able to gain their trust in order to push them to reach their goals. Six of the Tay-youth have exit plans in place for the months of June and July of this year.

They have successfully built savings accounts and some of them have plans to live together when they exit the program. Three of the TAY youth have purchased their first vehicles and two more have plans to do so in the next three months. It has been amazing to watch these youth clients chase their dreams and all it took was a couple of people who believe in them!

Youth Advisory Board

This month our Youth Advisory Board was able to use some of our funding in order to provide the move-in costs of two of our youth who were able to find their own apartment. We also continued to have our weekly meetings (which have moved to Thursdays at 4pm) and have begun to advocate on behalf of SB 234 with our elected officials. We are still accepting applications from youth interested in joining our Youth Advisory Board. If you are interested or have any questions you can email Levi at levi@familyassist.org

Substance Use Disorder Classes

We received this letter from a Substance Use Disorder Class participant:

Dear Mr. Kelly or to whom it may concern,

I want to take the time to thank the family assistance program for giving me the opportunity to perceive that there is more to life than just being a knuckle head on these streets. Being able to experience that I am not the only one going through this hardship made me see that I do not have to go through my issues alone. I was able to speak about what I was going through and not have the feeling of being judged. I now have a better understanding when it comes to listening to what someone else has to say. With the little amount of time, I spent in the class it gave me the chance to get away from all the poison that was going on in my life. I now have a new outlook on life.

If you are interested in our youth or adult Substance Use Disorder Classes call 760-843-0701 to register.

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.

2021 February Newsletter

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Direct from Darryl

Language of Love

How do you communicate and express your love to the people in your life? We communicate with people every day through our words and actions. Sometimes inconsistencies create confusion in the people we care about and this is almost always unintentional. If we tell a child that we love them and would do anything for them, then tell them they cannot have chocolate cake for breakfast, that can be confusing. Of course our intentions are clear to us, but frequently children struggle with understanding these inconsistencies.

I spoke with a parent who was upset that their child is gay. The parent grounded the teen and took their phone away. The parent told me that they did not believe their child was gay but that they were just trying to fit in with their friends. The parent also felt that if their teen were gay, they would be subject to bullying and harassment at school. They were concerned that this would have negative long term impacts on the life of the teen. They believed that by preventing their child from being gay, they were in fact helping them. The parent told me that they loved their child and only wanted what was best for them.

I explained that sexuality is not a choice, just as height and hair color are not choices. Unfortunately, 40% of youth who identify as gay or bisexual report they have seriously considered suicide. These youth are 4x more likely to commit suicide than heterosexual youth. For those who who have not seriously considered suicide, the support of a loving parent was listed as one of the major factors. Young people need a loving and accepting parent more than anything else. While not all parts of society have fully accepted sexuality, a home should always be a place that is filled with acceptance and love.

The best way to love your child is to accept them for who they are. We all need someone to love and support us, especially children.

Darryl Evey
Executive Director

Hope House Updates

hope house logoIn honor of the upcoming Valentine’s Day, Hope House wanted to share what our participants think about the topic of love. When asked how they defined love our participant Sherri said that love encompassed many things, she said she found love in family and friends, it meant being compassionate and forgiving and that true love would make you feel a sense of support no matter what situation you were in.

valentines cookiesOur participants were also asked how they show and share love with others in their life, Laney stated that she shows love by reminding the people in her life that she is thankful for them, Lupe says, “It’s important to remember we are all only human, that we come with flaws, I think one of the best ways to show love is by learning and growing together and being patient with one another”.

The last question we asked was how they practice self-love, Lupe started by saying she avoids things that do not serve her mentally, physically, and emotionally and focuses on the things that matter to her such as making new memories with her kids and engaging in her hobbies. Laney stated she sees self-love as rejuvenation, so she remembers to enjoy trips to the beach when she can and makes time to pray and reflect.

Hope House and our participants want to serve as a reminder to take a second to stop and appreciate the love in your lives because love comes from not only the people around us but within ourselves and can be expressed and felt in infinite ways

Human Trafficking Updates

the open door logoDuring National Human Trafficking Month, the Open Door facilitated and was a part of over eight community trainings and partnerships. The Open Door’s Community Engagement Manager was a part of the expert panel alongside District Attorney Jason Anderson, Sheriff’s Department, Angel Magallanes with C.A.S.E. and human trafficking survivor and pioneer Rachel Thomas, for San Bernardino County Coalition Against Sexual Exploitation and San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s screening event of the film California’s Forgotten Children. In addition, The Open Door supported the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force in their Reclaim and Rebuild operations throughout the County of San Bernardino and aided in the rescue of over 20 victims.

The Open Door wants to thank the City of Rancho Cucamonga, The City of Redlands & The City of Chino for providing The Open Door with proclamations of National Human Trafficking Month. As well as the County of San Bernardino Board of Supervisors for providing us a Certificate of Recognition for National Human Trafficking Month. We are grateful for the support of our community members as we push to fight human trafficking in San Bernardino County.

Open Door continues to help victims of human trafficking who need to flee imminent danger at our HT shelter. Since opening at the beginning of January, we have assisted 12 victims. Our goals are safety first, increasing access to available services, and housing stability. Our participants can use the shelter as a place to heal and access coordinated care and services such as medical and mental health appointments and referrals to longer term housing. Our case managers work with each participant in finding the best choice for housing after leaving the shelter. Our 24-hour staffing allows for round the clock care and an empathic person to speak to at any hour.

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please contact emily@familyassist.org or dianne@familyassist.org We’d love to have someone with skills such as cooking classes, finance 101 class, art classes, and a yoga or meditation class.

Community Center Updates

two people hiking up a cliffWe serviced 614 individuals for January and provided clothing to 112 individuals during our weekly hygiene and clothing giveaway. We assisted 70 individuals with replacement ID vouchers so they can obtain their ID’s. We offered 67 bus passes to individuals to attend their court hearings, job interviews, and appointments. Jobi has been assisting individuals with Covered CA health insurance identity verification and referrals. Eight class participants have received a certificate of completion for participating in anger management and parenting classes. As we transitioned our classes to Zoom, last year, due to the pandemic, we’ve continued to have many individuals register for classes and continue attending even after receiving a certificate of completion. Ahea, our class facilitator, has received feedback from some of our class participants.

· Mr. Davila completed Spanish parenting classes and mentioned that attending classes has helped him change his parenting style. He also recently attended court and now shares 50/50 custody of his 6-year-old son. He’s very happy for everything he has been able to accomplish and is thankful for the Family Assistance Program.

· Mr. Crawford has been attending parenting, anger management, and domestic violence support groups for seven months with us. He has completed each class and support group and continues to attend all classes. He mentioned he looks forward to attending class as it helps him learn and understand how to be a better parent.

· Mr. Madrigal completed Spanish parenting and Spanish anger management. He continues to attend after six months. He shared that his interest in attending is because he notices that the classes have helped him with his parenting. He mentioned that he’s recognized his growth and looks forward to continue learning. He shared that he doesn’t feel alone going through the complicated process of child custody and parenting. He expressed that the class holds a space where he can learn from others and share his experiences.

Open Arms Update

open arms logoWe had a great day of community outreach, which we shared with some two of our other program, the Fam Spot 2 in Yucca Valley and My Place in Victorville. We all came together Saturday at Open Arms to administer resource guides, hygiene kits, and backpacks with food for the youth in San Bernardino. We handed out 50 kits and spent several hours together out in the community spreading some love and hope in times when it is needed most. We will continue to offer these outreach services and are currently in need of hygiene donations as well as snack and food donations. Please direct any questions to our Outreach Coordinator Chloe at chloe@familyassist.org

Youth Advisory Board

man standing with desert in backgroundThis past week the Youth Advisory Boad (YAB) had the pleasure of hosting newly elected California Assembly member Thurston “Smitty” Smith from the 33rd Assembly district. He attended our weekly Youth Advisory Board meeting and spoke with our young people about a variety of topics. Much of the conversation was centered around the importance of perseverance and resiliency. As well as the growing need for young people to use their voice when it comes to voting and policy in general. The youth asked questions about the Assemblymember’s policies and shared their own stories of resiliency as well. We look forward to more meetings with our elected officials in the near future as they are on the schedule. As always any questions in regards to our Youth Advisory Board can be directed to Levi at levi@familyassist.org

Next Step Updates

next step logoWe would like to congratulate two more participants who have achieved employment! With the daily struggles that our participants have and the added stress of the pandemic, it can be hard to find the motivation and the drive to get things done. This is true for people from all walks of life. With encouragement, empathy, and understanding, our participants can find their own purpose and motivation to complete their goals. We strive to meet our participants where they’re at in life and are happy for these successes. In addition, we had one participant sign up for therapy this week.

Next Step is continuing to do all that we can to find ways to better serve our participants. Next Step aims to work with our participants and reduce recidivism and homelessness. We do this by assessing their risks and needs and by using those assessments along with the participants’ wants to make a plan. We take their strengths, personalities, learning styles into consideration and listen when they tell us what they feel they need and what they don’t. We are careful not to speak for them, and use skills to help them identify the challenges they are facing and what their expectations are. We want them to be successful and this looks different for everyone. We want them to leave our program feeling empowered and with a sense of pride; that they’re proud of how far they’ve come and ultimately, it was them who did it. We work together and learn from each other to give our participants the service they deserve.

Recently, one of our participants made a powerful statement. She has been through a lot and has had many obstacles that could have been an excuse for her to lose faith and hope. When talking to her case manager, she said that she’s being shown a new way to look at the presenting situations and to trust that something positive will come out of it, even when she can’t see it in front of her. Moments like this inspire us to never lose hope.

Next Step Morongo Basin

This month at Next Step Morongo Basin we have a female Transitional Age Youth (TAY) participant named Audrey who has an open CFS case due to domestic violence. She has been with Family Assistance for some time now and has grown from a scared victim of domestic violence to an empowered assertive young woman. She will be moving into unsupervised visitation with her son and he will likely be returning to her care by the end of this spring. It has been an exciting month here at Next Step Morongo Basin and we are looking forward to more success stories in the near future.

FAM Spot 2 Updates

participants standing outsideThe Fam Spot 2 has been doing great and staying safe while we continue to work through the pandemic. We are continuing to do outreach in our community. We are extremely grateful to have pizza donated to the center for Fun Food Friday every week. Our participants enjoy this weekly treat and use it as a time to come together and feel a part of a community. We will continue to help our youth however we can.

We took a trip to San Bernardino this month to help some of our other programs and join them at their outreach event. It went great and all the youth had a great time helping the community. We plan to keep doing these outreach events at some of our other locations. We are looking forward to having some of our other programs spend some time in our Morongo Basin community, as well.

My Place Updates

my place logoWe at My Place are proud of the youth we serve. Not only are they making great progress in their personal goals but they also want to help the community. They have come up with a plan to help the homeless in our community and to start cleaning up the community as we take our weekly walks.
We are teaming up with Levi and his outreach team at our San Bernardino Community Center, Open Arms, to do community outreach throughout our community, Yucca Valley, and San Bernardino. We participated in our first outreach with Levi on January 30th and the youth really enjoyed it. They came back excited and talked about how they made people smile. We look forward to many more outreach days.

As for helping clean up our community, our participants have seen the need to help with the litter and trash problem in the High Desert. The youth have decided that they want to walk different areas, bring trash bags, and pick up trash while we walk. We go out once a week as weather permits.

If you would like to come take a tour of the My Place Youth Shelter please email shelly@familyassist.org to set up a day and time.

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.

2021 January Newsletter

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Direct from Darryl

Goodbye 2020!

In a year that has been dominated by the pandemic, there has been some good. We were finally able to open our new youth shelter in Victorville. We also added several transitional housing locations. We moved our San Bernardino center to a more accessible location. We also expanded our reentry program to include an array of services for women exiting prison. As an agency, we were able to pivot to the changing needs of our community and still provide all of our services.

Covid has been a challenge. We have had 31 staff members contract the virus. This is nearly half of our team. We have lost over 3,000 hours of work, had to cancel our monthly Taco Tuesdays and our annual gala. More importantly, we have had staff members in the hospital, staff members with immediate family members in the hospital and even a couple of deaths in our immediate family. This virus has hurt individuals, families, and business across our nation. We are looking forward to the vaccine and hope that our world will open up soon.

On the bright side, this pandemic has caused a massive infusion of cash into research using mRNA. This is where the vaccine was developed. This same technology is being used to treat cancers, tumors, rabies, malaria, and a host of other illnesses. In the future, we may have a cure for cancer that is barely an inconvenience. My hope is that something good can come from the tremendous sacrifices being made. Until then, I will stay home whenever possible, and keep wearing my mask when in public.

Darryl Evey
Executive Director

Hope House

hope house logoHope House would like to acknowledge the hard work of our participant Katelyn! Katelyn has been at Hope House for a short time and already found full time employment in the medical field. When Katelyn came into our program, she had to let go of her small business selling baked goods, but now is ecstatic to regain employment and dive back into that hobby she loves so much. Katelyn is so grateful for the help she got through Family Assistance Program that she plans to give back in any way she can. Katelyn stated, “I didn’t even know places like this existed, and it was a wakeup call when I came in here and saw other people with the same struggle, so I need to pay things forward.” Katelyn plans to eventually become a DV advocate herself when the time is right and feels she’s in a place where she can better help.

Hope House is always happy to help and spread awareness on the issue of domestic violence, so we were pleased to hear that she wants to come back to give time to help other participants. Hope House would like to thank Katelyn for reminding us that the work we do does not go unnoticed.

Human Trafficking Updates

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Human Trafficking Advocacy Training, February 1 – 26, 2021, 5pm – 9pm, Online via Zoom

The Open Door was able to gift every participant a stocking this year which included giftcards, hygiene items, journals and other goodies as well as clothing and shoes. In addition, Family Assistance Program provided many clients with rental assistance, housing needs and other items by holiday gift. We are grateful to Run 2 Rescue, Maddison Street Boutique, Sheriffs Employees Benefits Association and our volunteers for making this a great holiday season.

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Join us for one of our events.

Our next 40 Hour Human Trafficking Advocacy Training is coming up February 1st – 26th. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 5pm – 9pm. This will be our second virtual 40 Hour HT training on Zoom since the pandemic started. Registration is open.

Community Center Updates

helping handsWe serviced 220 individuals for December and provided clothing to 65 individuals during our weekly hygiene and clothing giveaway. We assisted 26 individuals with replacement ID vouchers so they can obtain their ID’s. We offered 16 bus passes to individuals to attend their court hearings, job interviews, and appointments. 13 class participants have received a certificate of completion for participating in anger management and parenting classes.

We’ve been very fortunate to receive Costco donations during this time, which has allowed us to share with the programs. We continue helping staff and community members with scheduling COVID-19 testing. Jobi helped one of our Community Center clients who was struggling with obtaining her medication because she had no ID. Luckily, Jobi had assisted this client previously and had a copy of her insurance card and was able to speak to the pharmacist on behalf of the client. Because Jobi was able to advocate for our client, we could ensure that she got the medication she needed. Additionally, we were able to provide the client with an ID voucher to get them their replacement ID.

Open Arms Update

open arms logoFor Christmas at Open Arms we had plans to do a large event providing an opportunity for some of the young people in our program to have a holiday celebration. However, due to social distancing guidelines we were unable to have an event on the scale we had hoped. We still had about 10 youth come in, some from Our House and from our own neighborhood. They got to play video games and have Domino’s Pizza delivered (that was the youth’s choice) and they all received a jacket and a backpack thanks to the donations from within the agency as well as our community partners.

Open Arms is still operating at a normal as a pace as possible providing resources and support to our community’s young people. We still are being safe as we require a mask and will always provide one upon entry if needed. For more information please email chloe@familyassist.org

Youth Advisory Board

group of volunteersYAB IS RECRUITING FOR 2021!!!

We are looking for any young people (aged 14-25) interested in bettering their communities in various ways. This year we have many exciting opportunities lined up such as community clean ups, street outreach for our unhoused neighbors, setting up events like the Open Arms Christmas Party and policy education and activism. We also will provide all members a $15/hr stipend for every YAB meeting they attend. We typically meet Fridays at 4pm. But if this time does not work for our members, we offer the opportunity to change this timing if majority agrees.

Please reach out to levi@familyassist.org or chloe@familyassist.org for more information!

Next Step Morongo Basin

christmas treesanta shaking hands with manIn December our Morongo Basin Next Step Program received donations of Christmas Trees from Lowe’s that our participants were able to decorate. We also received a surprise visit from Santa Claus, as you can see our participants were thrilled! Thank you to our community for making this possible. The trees turned out to be gorgeous.

FAM Spot 2 Updates

christmas tree with stockings on wallpeople decorating christmas treeIn December FAM Spot 2 received a donated Christmas tree from Lowe’s that staff was able to engage our youth in decorating while enjoying snacks and hot chocolate. It was a nice holiday experience and brightened up our center.

My Place Updates

my place logoAt My Place we are continuing to thrive and help the youth of our county. We have had several success stories since we have have opened in August 2020. There is one that we would like to share with you:

A female client that was with us for a little under a month came to us through CFS as a temporary placement. She wasn’t happy at any prior placement, was fighting with staff and clients and about to turn 18. She felt lost and didn’t want to accept help. She wanted everything the way she expected it to be. Being at our shelter, she was shown love and care over several weeks (even though she pushed back and was defiant with us, as well). The staff did not give up on her and continued showing her love and compassion. We continued to push through and try to teach her the responsibilities of being an adult. When she departed, we were unsure as to what she took from our program or if she was going to apply anything we went over in our many groups and talks with her. To our surprise, about a month ago there was a knock at the door and it was her, here to tell us thank you. She got her own apartment, following the direction of her social worker, saving a percent of her check (as we went over in one of our groups) to buy a car, and she is working on trying to establish credit.

I always tell the staff that I know we have some tough clients, I know we might not be successful with them all and they might show their tough side but if we continue to show them love even on their roughest days, they will remember it. If we can be one positive change, it can have a HUGE impact in their life. And the above story is proof of that.

Going into the New Year, we will continue to be those positive people in our youth client’s lives, continue to show them love and care, build relationships with them and hope for many more success stories.

Happy New Years
From the staff at
My Place

Thank You!

christmas giftsWe want to take this opportunity to thank Bath and Body Works in the Victor Valley Mall for your generous donation to fill the Christmas wish lists of our transitional age youth clients. The youth clients were ecstatic to receive the presents that they asked for, as our youth transitioning from foster care sometime feel forgotten or left out. We truly appreciate the giving hearts at Bath and Body Works for doing this for our organization!

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

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