South Bay Union School District is proud to support the Reach Out to Families Resource Center, located on the Central School Campus
Feb 10, 2016 03:21PM
● By Paul Spear
The South Bay Union School District is proud to support the Reach Out to Families Resource Center, which is located on the Central School Campus at 1237 Elder Avenue in Imperial Beach.
Superintendent McNamara’s Column –February 2016
Dear Community Members,
South Bay Union School District is proud to support the Reach Out to Families Resource Center, which is located on the Central School campus at 1237 Elder Avenue in Imperial Beach.
The Reach Out to Families Resource Center (ROTFC) is dedicated to working with the community of the South Bay Union School District to empower its members with the necessary tools and resources to become self-sufficient via:
EMPOWERMENT - We believe that services provided through collaboration and networking will improve the quality of life for children and families by building their capacity to be self-reliant.
HONESTY – Only through honesty in both words and actions will we continue to build mutual trust that is the foundation of our relationship with ourselves, our clients, and our collaborative partners.
RESPECT – We seek, encourage, and respect each individual’s contribution to this collaborative and value the services provided by each individual and each partner agency.
DIVERSITY – The beauty of our Collaborative is in the diversity of its members.
Currently, the ROTFC utilizes an extensive referral system with agencies that assist with food, shoes and clothing, crisis intervention, education, and a variety of other basic needs. We offer Imperial Beach residents who receive public assistance access to an on-site Specialist from the Health and Human Resources Agency on Tuesdays and Thursdays to help with re-certifications for Cal-Works, EBT cards, Medi-Cal cards, etc. The Center provides satellite office space for the Institute for Public Strategies (IPS), a program that works with local middle and high school students on alcohol and drug prevention. The ROTFC also works closely with the ALLY program, a community program of Paradise Valley Hospital’s Behavioral Health Services. Although, the program is not housed at our Center (it is located at Bayside Elementary School) it is part of our collaborative and networking system, which provides a full range of mental health services for children and adolescents from ages 5 to 21. The local chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous also meets in the Center every Friday night from 7:00 to 9:00 PM (adults only). A bulletin board with current job postings and information regarding employment opportunities is always available via the South County Career Center. Please contact us if you need help finding any other services and resources, (619) 628-5081.
The Center’s emergency services include food and clothing for our district children and families. Families in need of emergency food can come directly to the Center to request this service. Families in need of shoes can also stop by the center and request a new pair of shoes (until quantities run out). However, emergency clothing is limited to school-aged children only. A clothing referral form will have to be submitted by the Community Volunteer Coordinator from the child’s home school with the child’s information and clothing size(s) being requested. Unfortunately, due to our limited funding sources these are the only emergency services offered through our Center. However, we have an array of brochures available from local service agencies that assist with specific emergency needs.
Our Fall Resource Fair is primarily geared for the families of children enrolled in the South Bay Union School District. However, all are welcome. The Fair connects our families with free or low cost community resources and assists with access. This includes but not limited to, health insurance, free health physicals, free HIV testing, food stamps and nutrition programs, mental health services, Navy Family services, mediation services, caregiver resources, SDG&E assistance programs, and County District Attorney community awareness programs. A total of 15 agencies participated during our Fall Fair on November 5, 2015. The ROTFC also provided more than 35 under privileged families with slightly used clothing, new shoes, school supplies, and toys. Six of our schools and some of the participating agencies donated gift baskets, museum tickets and gift cards that were raffled off during the course of the event. In addition, the San Ysidro Healthy Steps Mobile Clinic provided on-site health screenings all day, as well as the SYHC CASA mobile unit provided free HIV testing and screenings. Stay tuned for our next Fall Resource Fair in November 2016.
The ROTFC Coordinating Council meets on the third Thursday in September, October, November, January, February, March and April from 10:00-11:30 AM. Each month a different agency is highlighted with a guest speaker. The purpose of the collaborative is to exchange information and services between agencies and disseminate the information to our communities and clients. This is part of the support services, collaboration. and networking process that will help improve the quality of life for our children and families in our communities. Parents are welcome to attend these meetings.
In addition to our regular services, thanks to donations from Vons, CARE 1st Health Insurance and the local Women’s Club the Center was able to provide 16 families with a turkey and Thanksgiving basket in November. In December, thanks to the heartfelt and generous donations from some of our South Bay Union School District employees, the Tommy Rosas and Julie Crespo “Birthday Twins Toy Drive” and donations from the Imperial Beach Women’s Club, our “Gifts from the Heart” program put a smile on the faces of approximately 70 children providing them with clothing, gifts cards, and toys. This is the goal of collaboration, working together to improve the lives of our children and families.
Please stop by the Reach Out to Families Resource Center if you need any assistance.
Katie McNamara, Ed.D.