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Thank you for visiting. Below are some photos from the 2016 adopt a family Christmas party thank you to everyone that donated you helped give all these families a great Christmas. Now let's make 2017 even better and thank you all for your support!
LAS VEGAS -- The LVMPD Downtown Area Command Community Oriented Policing Unit and staff and students from Walter Long Elementary School have teamed up as part of a child-to-child community project called Books 2 Smiles.
Participating students and staff from the school have engaged in authoring and publishing books for children. From 4 to 5 p.m. today, the officers and students will meet with representatives from East Valley Family Services who will distribute these books to children in need.
This event will take place at the Walter Long Elementary School, 2000 S. Walnut Road.
Christmas Adopt A Family Program
Many of you have participated in our Christmas Adopt-A-Family program for the past several years. Your contributions have made a significant impact to those families in need who want to give their children a very Merry Christmas. Here’s a story we’d like to share with you.
Last year, one of our families came to the Christmas party on the bus. This family has 2 young children & feared that Christmas would not be possible. The children's only wish was to ride bicycles. As the family entered the room, there were bags of gifts waiting for them from their donor, along with 2 brand new bicycles. The children asked Santa if the bikes were really for them & when Santa affirmed, the two young children, with their eyes as big as the moon, ran over to the bicycles. As the children jumped on their bikes, the parents were crying & told their donor, “You have no idea what you have done for our family. Those children actually rode their bikes right out of the Family Resource Center. No bus ride home that day! Needless to say, not only were the parents overwhelmed with happiness, but the staff of East Valley Family Services was overjoyed by the generosity of its donors.
Someone once told me that very often, we will not see the results of the good that we do. That is why I hope this story is important to you. Your participation in this program gives the joy of the season to a family who may not otherwise even have a Christmas.
For those of you who have participated in the past, we ask that you please renew your partnership with East Valley Family Services and consider telling a friend about our Christmas Adopt-A-Family program. For our new friends, this is a program where you commit to assist a family with Christmas. You may choose the size of family you would like to help. We will send you the family’s story describing their needs, clothing sizes, a wish toy for each child & the parents' wish.
On December 19, 2015, you will have the opportunity to meet your family and experience the joy that your generosity brings, at our holiday party. If you are unable to participate or wish to remain anonymous, Santa will make sure your family receives their gifts.
We, the staff and families of East Valley Family Services, thank you.
This month our featured story is about an amazing program called Peer Parent Advocate. As you know East Valley Family Services has many programs to meet the various needs of our community. What is even more fantastic is how these programs can work together in order to form a one-stop shop for those needs. This is the case with the Peer Parent Advocate Program and the Family Resource Center. The Peer Parent Advocate Program works in assisting families through the re-unification journey with their child/children. Through this journey family units have expressed the need for necessities like ID's, birth certificates, bus passes for doctor's appointments or employment, application assistance such as the Energy Assistance Program, Energy Share for a Southwest Gas bill, WIC appointment assistance and much more. This is when a Peer Parent Advocate refers a family to the Family Resource Center for a full assessment of needs. We are pleased to announce the Peer Parent Advocate Program had its first Reunification Brunch where families had an opportunity to come and re-unite with their advocates and really touch on the positive and challenging areas regarding re-unification. The most touching part of this event was the personal testimonies about the programs from the families themselves. Two judges who support the programs were present as well. Partnerships and programs working side by side to make a difference in the lives of children and their families. That is something we will always be proud of here.
East Valley Family Services participated in a Senior Start Bingo event at Sartini Plaza on May 8th. During this event over 70 senior women of the Sartini Plaza Community were treated like stars as they participated in several rounds of Bingo. Soroptimist International of Greater Las Vegas sponsors the event and partners with East Valley Family Services to make sure these women are given a day to simply enjoy themselves. Each woman receives a bag of goodies and valuable information. A resource table was also available for the senior women to learn more about resources and programs that are available to them. We receive so many thank yous and heartfelt words of appreciation. Many of these women have stated they look forward to this special day all year long. We are so proud to be part of their happiness this time of year.
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Less than three weeks remain for Nevadans to enroll for health insurance or face federal penalties.
Insurance broker Tamar Burch of Branch Benefits Consultants says it isn't easy with all the glitches and portal problems on the Nevada Health Link site.