By Staff Reports
(Victorville) – Since 1985, Family Assistance Program, formerly known as the High Desert Domestic Violence Program, has been serving San Bernardino County. After 30 years, the agency continues to grow and develop to meet the rising needs of the communities it serves. “Initially, the agency started out as a crisis hotline for victims of domestic violence,” stated Executive Director Darryl Evey. “We have since grown into operating shelters for survivors of domestic violence, runaway and homeless youth, and women exiting the criminal justice system. We also operate The Fam Spot youth drop-in center, a transitional housing program, a program for human trafficking victims, and the Family Center which offers free classes and counseling to the community. All of these services have been developed in response to needs in our community.”
In honor of Family Assistance Program’s 30th Anniversary, the agency is reaching out to the county, requesting nominations for families and individuals who deserve awards and recognition in the following areas:
Mentorship- This award is presented to an individual or family who has worked toward the betterment and success of others in the community.
Service- This award is presented to a family who dedicates time and effort toward serving others and/or the community.
Overcoming Adversity- This award celebrates a family who has triumphed over hardship, illness, loss, or unique challenges.
Multi-generational Family- This award is bestowed upon a family dynamic of multiple generations thriving in the same household. Examples include, but are not limited to, three or more generations in one household, children caring for parents, grandparents caring for grandchildren, etc.
Extraordinary Family- Presented to a family who is extraordinary due to unique efforts, talents, or bond.
To nominate a family or individual, go to www.familyassist.org. Nominations end Wednesday July 1, 2015.
A committee will choose the awards recipients, and the winners will have their stories filmed for presentation at the agency’s “Celebration of Families Birthday and Award Gala” Friday October 2, 2015 in Hesperia, CA.
About Family Assistance Program
Family Assistance Program offers a wide range of services to help struggling families. For victims of domestic violence, the agency operates a safe-house, transitional housing program, counseling, support groups, and a variety of supportive services. Similar services are provided for women on probation. For
children age 11-17, the agency provides shelter services, counseling, family reunification support and other supportive services. In 2013, the agency added a range of services for victims of human trafficking. As needs in the community are identified, the agency works towards meeting those needs. In 2015, the agency opened a youth drop-in center for ages 12-21. All services are offered with respect to human dignity utilizing an empowerment model towards helping families by providing the tools they need to build stronger families. Follow us on Facebook at Family Assistance Program, Our House CA, and The Fam Spot.