East Valley Family Services,
I would like to thank everyone involved in my case. I have recently been reunified with my sone (Zakiy 7 yrs old) thanks to the help services of Deandre Palm and EVFS they have always been helpful, and on time with any and all resources I needed to complete my case plan. I would recommend their services to any and all that would need them. LOVE YOU GUYS!!!
Charles ... Jr.
I’m really happy that we had to take the parenting classes. I've learned so much, as far as what to look out for and to recognize when a situation is unsafe. Today's class was really hard for me. But in the end it helped out a lot. This class has helped us as parents more than I ever imaged it would. I'm so grateful for you guys.
Mr. & Mrs. Watt
I would like to say thank you for your teachings and the food box.
I am eating smaller portions.
Here are a few meals I have prepared with the food.
Thank you so much for the amazing presentation today! I heard several positive comments from the librarian (that was listening) and lots of the parents. In fact, one said that you should be a motivational speaker!! You did an outstanding job considering the unexpected circumstances. I appreciate your patience and flexibility. Next week, we will be back in our center with our normal (but rapidly growing) My Family & Me group.
I have attached the collage I shared on our department's Facebook page (link below). Enjoy!
Family and Community Engagement Services (FACES)
Laughlins 1st CCC graduation
Thank you East Valley Family Services for all of your help and support.
Before this class I never used or realize the importance of a resume cover letter.
Since I started using the cover letter I receive more job interviews.
I also learn the importance of nutrition and health by counting my calories, carbs, and salt contents.
Last but not least I learn the importance of reading the food label to make sure of the portion size.
As a result of this class I received a job referral in which I was able to assist an employer in preparing a profit & loss statement for her business.
I also received an offer to manage a well know recording artist/singer/songwriter/producer, "RAS KRONIK". The group is performing Live in Las Vegas, May 21st, 2016. Tickets are on sale for $17 and you may contact me for purchase(see attached flyer of the event).
Thanks very much and I wish you continued success and support in your programming.
Hello, my name is Shameki Anderson, I have 4 small children and one on the way with due date of January 22nd 2016. If not sooner. Lol but seriously, my children and I have moved here without anything but the clothes on our back and a prayer. No knowledge of anyone nor anything due to a very serious domestic relationship I indeed needed to escape from and start life a new for the sake and wellbeing for my children and I. And with that my ex has taken everything from me but my strength and belief in the Lord which has carried my children and I here to Las Vegas, Nevada. Yet, I did not know where to start once here. But then the Lord has guided me to meet this crazy, cool worker Ms. Latoya Moon with East Valley Family Services. And since the very first day of meeting and becoming a client of E.V.F.S. my family and I have received none stop help and resources to meet my family needs and more. And I must say that my heart has been touched by the outstanding, yet, sincere help that Ms. Leah and Ms. Latoya and the agency has help with. Again, I am simply giving you guys the biggest hug from the bottom of my heart. I am so thankful to be a client of this agency. Thank You E.V.F.S….
It’s not often when life throws you a curve ball that you catch it, but thanks to the staff and friends I have made at East Valley Family Services the single player (mother) has a whole team now. In the year of 2014 I was working for the Stratosphere Casino and Hotel in food service. I loved that job and showed up every day. “I never had to fake it till I make it” there, because I was doing what I love and as the old saying goes “if you do what you love you never work a day in your life”. But my health problems were no match for my passionate career and as always the verdict was unanimous, I was given my walking papers and became jobless yet again. Doing the penniless weeks of being unemployed my bills were piling up like dirty laundry and my food status was falling short of 1 ½ meals a day. Not letting my unemployment status collect lint I job searched daily and even decided to go to employment enhancement services that teach hands on job skills. I manage to get 3 interviews, but not the job. I began to lose hope and felt as if I was not going to recover from this hardship this time. Reaching out to my neighbor’s one of them being a very prestigious Judge tried to help me, but having selfish pride I declined knowing I needed the help. I called 211 and went to every program they had on the list for help with rent and utilities, but No’s ricochet from lips to walls and then my ears. Two days before my lights were supposed to be cut off I got a call from a lady name Jamie Perez-Cruz who claimed that she might be able to help me. The next morning I met and sat with Mrs. Jamie for nearly two hours as she explained the program to me. After listening and understanding the programs outlook I was more than elated to sign up. I agreed to Mrs. Perez-Cruz terms, but not just wanting to take a hand out I asked her to agree to some of my terms too. I believe no one should take finical from anyone unless you earned it. So I explained that if I couldn’t earn my keep or pay it forward then I couldn’t accept her offer. So I ask her how I could become a Volunteer. I filled out the papers and made the choice to offer my services even while being a part of the CCC program. We both agreed to each other’s terms and were looking forward to the contracted partnership to a brighter future of self-sufficiency. I attended all the CCC Classes, workshops and training that Mrs. Jamie set up for us weekly. I love those classes and the connections I made with other people were amazing. At the end of the 10 weeks they have a graduation ceremony/pot luck, they are so much fun and you get a diploma of completion. EVFS makes you feel like you are somebody no matter what you circumstances are, you’re more than hardships and unemployment slips. Doing my time with EVFS I have obtained 2 jobs, supportive services and became a part of a family. Keeping my promise I became a weekly volunteer, shadowing Mrs. Jamie doing her startup of other CCC Classes. I can tell you that every class and every word did not fall on deaf ears, everything I learned I shared with many friends, distant family members and my daughter who decide to venture out and live on her own. I have learned to save money, how to smart shop on foods and miscellaneous purchases, to be proactive in seeking and obtaining employment and to be the best of you, because it’s the reflections other will see. I’m so thankful to Ms. Alicia and Leah Guevara for building such a team at EVFS. EVFS has helped me and my family by offering the CCC program, other supportive services, and putting me in connections with Mrs. Jamie and the team. There is no way I can repay the love and blessing you all have offered me…except I pay it forward. I so hope this program stay around for a long time it’s the heart of our community. Thank you EVFS!
Yolanda ParvathamReddy aka Yolie
The Evans family first came to East Valley Family Services in 2014. The family was referred to the Peer Parent Advocate Program for services and support.
With the assistance of East Valley Family Services and their Peer Parent Advocate the Evans family received assistance with
All of these services aided in the reunification of the parents with their four children. Despite all the adversities the parents faced they never lost sight of the prize…their children. Their children were placed with their grandmother for two years. To some their chances of reuniting with their children seemed to be an impossible feat. The Evans’ advocate worked tirelessly with a partnering agency to assist the family with obtaining an apartment. Move in day was an exciting day! Everyone was in attendance to celebrate the newly reunited family- Mom, Dad, children, grandmother, and their advocate. The children were beaming with excitement and could not wait to show their advocate their new rooms. The apartment was complete with furniture and was starting to feel like home. Everyone was so excited to get the family moved in…so much so their advocate was helping unload the moving truck!
Mom: “I never thought I would have made a lifelong friendship with Nicole (Peer Parent Advocate) – she’s family”.
“This experience has changed my life. The help of East Valley Family Services has been great and I wouldn’t have been able to make it without them”.
Dad: “Nicole did everything for me, she did the world. If it was not for East Valley Family Services, I don’t know where I would be. It’s a blessing”.
Mom said there was no greater feeling in the world than to tell her children, welcome home. She said they stayed up all night laughing until they fell asleep and says she is looking forward to doing that every night.
During the month of September our featured story is about a single mom who was referred by one of our outreach sites. This outreach site is one of many local elementary schools in the East area. The mother was referred directly by the principal of the school. This mom explained she has been working 2 jobs and is raising 3 children on her own. She was recently laid off one of her jobs and is now working a maximum of 10 hours a week. Mom explained that she is a hard worker and she never anticipated anything like this could ever happen to her. She explained she has always worked to provide for her children. One of her biggest struggles is that while she is consistently interviewing for employment, she is being told she is over qualified. She began to shed tears as she said she has never needed help before. The Family Support Caseworker told the client the goal of the Family Resource Center was never to hinder a client, but to help them. The client responded by stating she appreciated being able to come to a place that takes time with their clients. It was at that point the she and her Family Support Caseworker began to assess her needs and form a plan of action to assist the client and her family during this un-expected time of need. The client received an application to apply for the Energy Share Program, she received a food voucher for a local church. The green cross program through Nevada Energy was explained as one of her children requires electricity for a medical device. Information for a childcare program entitled TAPS through United Way was given. A food pantry list was given and an Albertson's gift card for immediate food needs was also given. After reviewing the client's file, it was later discovered the client would be an ideal candidate for the Chance, Choice Change Program that begins in October. This is a 10 week program that promotes goals and outcomes with intense case management. Family units are provided with weekly food during the 10 week session. We are pleased to report the client was interviewed and accepted into that program. One day at a time, one goal at a time. We know this client is on the path to achieving the quality of life she is use to for herself and her family unit. We are pleased to be accompanying her during her journey.
This month our featured story is about a family that has gone through the circle of resources here at East Valley Family Services. The case started in the Differential Response Department and was later referred to the Family Resource Center. Through the Family Resource Center the family was able to receive food assistance and application assistance. The family already had a supportive advocate/caseworker through the Differential Response Program. Now they had a caseworker from the Family Resource Center. It turns out the family was devastated due to financial and personal circumstances and lost a great deal of their belongings. As this story was told by the father, we later found out he had 16 year old twin boys and a 6 year old daughter The family had only 1 bed in the home where the wife, 6 year old daughter and father slept. The boys were sleeping on the floor. The family worked tirelessly to achieve their goals with the Differential Response Program and the FRC. The family was later offered an Adopt A Family Application. East Valley Family Services is very selective when it comes to this holiday program. You must be working on a case plan in order to be considered. After hearing this family's story, they were an obvious candidate. The family was adopted by one of our very generous and continuing donors. The donors were actually going out of town and were so eager to adopt this family, it took several of us to get everything situated in such a short amount of time. I am very pleased to announce the family will be receiving 3 twin mattresses. Not just any twin mattresses, the donor was specific! "The twin boys will be growing, said the wife. They need to have extra-long twin mattresses! What about the little girl? Does she need a mattress? I mean she's sleeping with her parents! She needs a mattress too right?" The donor has also been searching like crazy to find extra-long sheets and comforters for the family. It doesn't stop there! The donors purchased 3 mattresses, box springs, headboards and linens. The mattresses will be delivered and set up for the family as well! As you can see the circle of resources worked for this family. It also worked for East Valley Family Services. Once again, we were part of a journey, and witnessed a miracle through generosity from our community. That's East Valley Family Services, more than help, more than hope!
This month, our featured story is about a client who came to us seeking assistance on several resources. He came to Nevada from Massachusetts and was eager to find work in the food service field. He was very surprised to find out what is required to work in the food service field here in Nevada. First he needed to obtain a Nevada ID. Next, he needed to obtain a Health card. He was referred to East Valley Family Services through a friend. We were able to assist the client with obtaining his Nevada ID. The client was also able to come in not once, but twice to complete the online test for his health card. The client spoke English well enough to be understood but it was difficult for him to comprehend the words as they were written on the computer. The client brought in a friend to assist him with the process. I am pleased to announce that after 2 attempts, the client did pass his test and was able to obtain his health card. He even brought it in to show how proud he was of his accomplishment. The client was very thankful. The client spoke fluent French and Arabic and even offered his services as a translator if we ever had a client that needed assistance in this area. We are so pleased when clients accomplish their goals. It is even more pleasing to see the client's joy about their own goal completion.
This month our featured story is about a single father who's child was taken away by CPS. Originally, this referral was given to the Peer Parent Advocate Department as the father was in need of an advocate to go through the steps to re-gain custody of his infant daughter. This client was very upset by his unfortunate situation. Slowly, he began to build a trusting rapport with his Peer Parent Advocate. She then referred him to the Family Resource Center where he received assistance with bus passes to get to work, baby items for his daughter, and clothing items for himself as he was entering the work force and starting over. From the Family Resource Center he was referred to the Bears and Binkies Positive Parent Interaction classes held on site here at East Valley Family Services. The client was somewhat hesitant at first as he felt so many fingers had been pointed at him already. Now as part of his case plan, he was required to take parenting classes. After taking a moment to listen to how the client felt during this experience, it was clear to see how badly he wanted to do the right thing for his daughter. He began to understand the importance of a job, a safe home environment, budgeting, good nutrition and most important that life was no longer soley about him but of his daughter. This client continues to thrive during class. I am pleased to announce that due to follow through with his case plan and goals of our agency, he has now begun to have unsupervised visitation with his daughter. His Peer Parent Advocate and the Family Educator went to his home to lend support during his first visit. He cried for a moment as he was playing with her on the nice blanket he laid out for her. He said "this is one of the greatest moments of my life. I have worked so hard to have my daughter back in my life." We praised him on his accomplishment and were very proud to be part of such a life changing event for him and his daughter. Just another shining example of the fact we are more than help and more than hope.
Our featured story for this month is about a client who came to the Family Resource Center and was referred to various programs such as Pop Arts, and the Chance, Choice, Change Program. Through this program the client was able to receive hands-on employment training. Resume building, interview techniques and portfolio preparation. Nutrition is also covered through weekly lessons and recipe ideas are exchanged. There is homework that needs to be completed and clients are encouraged to be on time, ready to walk the steps towards self-sufficiency. This client attended for ten weeks. On days classes were not in session, he spent time at the Family Resource Center as a volunteer. The client also searched in our employment book on a daily basis for employment opportunities. The client spoke English as a second language and requested us to use English all of the time in his presence so that he could continue to enhance his English vocabulary and conversation. We are very pleased to announce the client informed us that he was recently hired at Palace Station in the restraint field. He was so excited to talk about his accomplishment. He was grateful for all that he learned here through the Family Resource Center and is still eager to volunteer with us when he is not working. Success stories like these are what make us feel proud to offer a circle of services that put clients on a successful path to self-sufficiency. We are glad to walk the path with our clients and they are appreciative as well.
This month our featured story is about a single father of an infant daughter. The father was originally part of the Peer Parent Advocate Program. He was referred to the Family Resource Center where he received assistance with SNAP, and EAP. He was also required to take parenting classes and was referred to the Bears and Binkies Program. After he completed the Bears and Binkies Program , he was referred to the Chance, Choice, Change Program. Through this father's time with East Valley Family Services, he learned the importance of budgeting, eating right and was given hands on skills on how to be the best father he can be. We were fortunate to visit his home during his weekly visit with his daughter. He was able to ask questions about his path to self-sufficiency and reunification to various Family Support Staff including his advocate. He was reunited with his daughter in August. In late August, he received a call from his daughter's day care provider. He was informed his daughter was running a high fever. As most of us know August is one of the hottest months of the year here in Las Vegas. The father picked up his daughter and he knew they would have to walk in the heat to catch the bus in order to get home. The father was not comfortable with his daughter's high fever, walking in the heat, taking a bus and then walking home in the heat. Instead, he took control of the situation and did something he felt was in the safety and best interest of his daughter. He called 911 and reported his daughter's high fever, and their location. The father and his child were transported to the local emergency room where the child was medically assessed. This father had been away from his daughter for 18 months and told his advocate he was going to make sure nothing happens to her. We are very pleased with stories like these. This father still contacts us and has even brought his daughter to visit. We are so proud of this father's accomplishment and that we were a part of the process.
During the month of August, we had a single mother of 3 children approach us for back to school assistance. The parent works 2 jobs but was down to one on-call job due to her main source of income as a substitute teacher for Clark County School District. The parent shed tears as she asked the Family Support Specialist for help. She said she is just at a rough time in her life right now with only one job for the summer. She was waiting to hear about the outcome of her employment status for the upcoming school year and said she was afraid. She talked about how bad she felt having to ask for help for her children. She appreciated the opportunity to be heard and treated with respect. The Family Support Specialist was able to offer the Back to School Program applications for the parent. Mom was eager to fill out the application on the spot. She sat in our waiting area and cried as she filled out an application for each child. The applications were submitted and all three children were approved to receive back to school necessities. When mom received the call from the Family Support Specialist, she cried and said "thank you so much and God bless you!" The Family Support Specialist attended the back to school event on August 23rd. Mom was in tears yet again as her children received backpacks, school supplies,, clothing and a new pair of tennis shoes. Later that week, mom contacted her Support Specialist to inform her that she was contacted by a school for a long term sub position. She thanked us once again. Everyone goes through a rough patch. We are very excited when we are able to provide resources that ease those rough patches.
We are East Valley Family Services, more than help, more than hope.
CHRISTMAS TIME IS NEAR
The 2013 holiday season is approaching quickly and families across the Las Vegas valley are already in need of holiday joy.
Last year, with the help of all of you our Adopt a Family Program was a huge success! East Valley Family Service,partnering
up with generous people like yourselves,was able to help over (150) deserving families with Christmas joy and toys. We would
like to invite you to help out again for the 2013 holiday season! 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 aletter from the family, describing their needs,clothing
sizes and awish toy for each child. You will receive thisinformation by November 1st.
We cordially invite you to bring your gifts & meet your family& Santa at our annual Christmas celebration on Saturday December 21st.
MAR 2013 - This month we are very pleased to announce East Valley Family Services formed a partnership with Riverfund as part of a client's case plan. Riverfund is an organization that financially assists individuals who are working or seeking work in local casinos. Riverfund was able to assist the client in obtaining temporary employment as a security guard for the Annual River Run Event. Riverfund will be assisting a client with purchasing a security guard card and East Valley Family Services will be providing bus passes. This is what partnerships and quality customer service is all about. We are so glad to be a part of it.
JAN 2013 - A new client who recently moved to the Laughlin area came in seeking assistance with his Medicare Advantage plan. This was due to the fact that is current plan was no longer going to be available to him. The client explained that he never did wellness checks or visited the doctor on a regular basis. The client stated to his Family Support worker that he is 70 years old. The Family Support Worker discussed the benefits of wellness checks and encouraged the client to find providers in the Laughlin/Bullhead City area. The Family support worker listed this as a goal and asked the client to please contact her with an update. The client did return with news that he has a wellness check appointment scheduled sometime in February. We care for our clients and a key part of our case planning is showing clients how important it is to take care of themselves.
FEB 2013 - This month our featured story is about a senior citizen who is seeking employment. The client has visited our office on more than one occasion during the past 3 months. He always comes in with a smile on his face and a resume in hand. He has been seen by 2 Family Support case managers. Both have encouraged him to continue his journey and to be patient. The client talks consistently about his education and how he does not want to waste time staying home. He confidently states he is more than capable and even discusses the fact that being well groomed and prepared are tools for obtaining employment. One Family Support case manager referred the client to AARP. The client was asked to come in and take a test. It turns out, the client passed the test with flying colors. We are very proud to announce the client has found employment within the AARP agency. He is grateful for our services and we are grateful to have been able to work diligently with this client to achieve true success.