Family Resource centers in Westwood and Herlong have funding through June 30, 20
“If we don’t do something for our children, what’s the money all about?” asked Janice Gotcher, who lives in south Lassen County and is a member of the board of directors for the new non-profit agency — Communities United for Children and Families — formed to run the two FRCs.
Anita Zavala, a member of the CUCF board from Westwood, who organized the Fun Friday program at Westwood High School for three years, agreed both communities desperately need FRC after-school programs to keep children off the street.
“I’d much rather see an eighth grade boy sitting on the floor playing Legos (at Fun Friday) as opposed to sitting on the corner next to Young’s Market, smoking and getting into drugs and other such things,” Zavala said.
South County CUCF board member Ron Cuevas said he was amazed when he found out there is no senior citizens club in Herlong, since there’s an excellent program in Doyle. Saying he’s been involved in every south county fund-raiser for 15 years, Cuevas said he’s amazed at how many people support the FRCs.
The Board of Supervisors approved a contract last week, allocating $75,000 for the Westwood FRC and $45,000 for Fort Sage FRC to operate through June 30, 2007. WFRC closed June 30, when its grant funding ran out and Fort Sage’s funding ran out Oct. 31.
The two formed a non-profit agency called Communities United for Children and Families with a new board of directors now in place. Three members from each community and a seventh representative from Susanville, create a more balanced voting structure.
The board created new bylaws and will share the cost of bookkeeping, payroll and insurance. But each resource center has its own bank account, advisory council and other operating committees that may select programs to fit its community.
The Community Planning & Advisory Council Board, the agency that formerly provided oversight for both resource centers, gave its nonprofit status to the new partnership at the Wednesday, Oct. 11 ComPAC board meeting. The name was legally changed through the California Secretary of State’s Office to Communities United for Children and Families.
The supervisors voted on Tuesday, Dec. 12, to adopt the contract and hold a study session no later than the end of March to discuss future funding.
District 4 Supervisor Brian Dahle made the motion to approve the contract and hold the study session involving all family resource center staff; Laura Roberts, executive director of Lassen County Children and Families Commission; and county employees who understand funding. Dahle said he wanted the players to sit down, lay out all Health and Social Services programs, what the FRCs are able to do and where the money comes from and goes.
“And maybe we can come up with something that can work in the future,” Dahle said.
“I’m one member on this board that has a 6-year-old and a 4-year-old, boys,” he said, “and it’s helped up in Big Valley for my kids, too.”
“If we allow the family resource centers to deteriorate, somewhere in the future we’re just going to recreate the past,” said Kevin Mannel, assistant county administrative officer for Health and Social Services. “Because we’re a large geographical county and we have a difficult time serving the outlying areas and this is one mechanism of doing that.”
Mannel said the county needs to maintain some core funding, though it may not amount to $75,000 a year, for services HSS won’t be able to cover with existing funding.
In addition to Gotcher and Zavala, the CUFC board includes south county members Adriene Miller, Ron Cuevas and alternate Juanita Anderson. Board members from Westwood include Chairperson Peggy Fulder, Fletcher Walker Elementary School Principal Lou Istrice, and alternate Hilda Morlang. Mae Sherman, director of City Care, serves as the board member from Susanville.
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