The Silver Star awards honor individuals and organizations that have measurably improved the Truckee Meadows by positively impacting one of the quality of life indicators evaluated by TMT. The district’s FRC won the award in the category of community responsiveness to its most vulnerable populations.
“The staff members of the FRC are honored to accept this award,” aid Joanne Everts, Ph.D., WCSD director of child and family services. “We serve as a link to services in the community for families who are struggling. As families face foreclosure of their homes or losing their jobs, the FRC staff connects them to the resources and services in the community that will help them. We also want to thank the many community agencies and organizations we collaborate with to assist families. They are vital partners in these efforts.”
The FRC connects families with children and other individuals who are in need to different social services that provide for their basic necessities, including food, housing, clothing, access to medical, dental and mental health care, and cash assistance through the state Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program and the federal SNAP (food stamps) program. The center partners with other community organizations such as the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, Children in Transition and the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program to provide such services. The FRC also provides resources and referrals to local programs that provide food, utility assistance, parenting education and adult literacy or education classes.
In the past 12 months, the FRC has provided assistance to 8,000 individuals in 2,200 families. So far in 2011, the center is helping an average of 220 families each month gain access to the basic needs for which they seek.
The recipients of the Silver Star awards will be honored at Truckee Meadow Tomorrow’s second quarter community forum from 5:15 to 7 p.m. on June 29 at KNPB Channel 5 Public Broadcasting, located at 1670 N. Virginia St. on the UNR campus.
The public is invited to attend the forum. Admission is free to Truckee Meadows Tomorrow members and $10 for non-members. The forum includes networking and a media roundtable.