Success Stories

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.

 

Sincerely,

 

Chandler.

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….

Sincerely,
Shameki Anderson
Thank You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Evans Family

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

Bus passes
Food
ID assistance
Utility assistance
Case plan support/management
Supervised visitations
Parenting classes
Housing assistance
Referrals for treatment/services
Employment readiness services (clothing and food handler’s card)

 

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.

 

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!

Sincerely

Yolanda ParvathamReddy aka Yolie

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.

 

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