Tuesday, March 3, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

New family resource center to open at Davis Community Church

By
From page A1 | November 24, 2013 |

Davis Community Church has entered into a partnership with the Yolo Family Resource Center that will include a new center for families on the church’s downtown Davis campus.

The center — scheduled to open in January — will be the third family resource center to open in Davis in recent years. Centers were established at Montgomery Elementary School two years ago and at Harper Junior High School earlier this year.

Located throughout Yolo County, family resource centers provide a wide array of services to families, from after-school programs to parenting classes, as well as assistance in obtaining food, clothing, shelter, health care and other basic needs. The centers provide both case management and referrals to other service providers in the community.

And while the school-based centers serve children and families from those schools, the DCC location will serve the greater community, said Jennifer Begun, a church member and one of the organizers behind the partnership.

Begun said having a center on the DCC campus will provide plenty of opportunities for collaboration, beginning with this year’s Davis Community Gift Project, a toy drive run by church members for 17 years.

In fact, gift project organizers had planned to involve the new family center from the start, but a delay in getting the center up and running will limit its role this year. Work on the new center — located near Fifth and D streets — is still underway and is not expected to be finished until January.

Instead of community members dropping off gifts at the center as organizers had earlier announced, they should now be dropped off at the church’s office at 412 C St. But one thing Yolo FRC will provide is more extensive lists of Davis families in need who will benefit from the gift project.

“We think we’ll reach more of the community now that we’re collaborating with the center,” Begun said. “We’ll have access to more families in Davis.”

As in years past, community members will be asked to sign up to provide a new, unwrapped gift for a boy or girl of a specific age, and drop the gifts off at the church. But given the increased numbers of families participating this year, there will not be a “store” as there has been the past couple of years where parents were invited to pick out gifts for their children and wrap them themselves.

Begun said gift project organizer Elisa Stone estimates between 600 and 700 children will need gifts this year, making the store model too much of a challenge to pull off.

Instead, volunteers will choose the gifts for each family and package them together for distribution. Families from Montgomery will pick up their gifts at the Montgomery family resource center while all other families will come to DCC.

As in years past, the church will again host a Christmas morning breakfast for the whole community as part of the gift project.

To sign up to donate a gift, visit http://bit.ly/DavisGiftProject. Categories include everyone from newborns to teen boys and girls. Donations of diapers are also needed. The gifts should be delivered unwrapped to DCC’s office, 412 C St., by Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Meanwhile, work on the new family center continues and Begun said there will be an open house on Jan. 23.

As with the other family resource centers throughout Yolo County, programs and services will be free and open to everyone in the community. DCC will provide the space rent-free, Begun said, and in exchange, the family center will provide volunteer opportunities so Davis residents can help build and support programs at the center.

Begun said the church and center will collaborate on at least four events each year, including the gift project and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. Family Resource Centers have been named the lead VITA provider for Yolo County, providing free tax assistance to hundreds of households eligible for tax refunds. Yolo FRC received a $25,500 VITA grant from the Internal Revenue Service for the program.

— Reach Anne Ternus-Bellamy at [email protected] or 530-747-8051. Follow her on Twitter at @ATernusBellamy

Comments

comments

Anne Ternus-Bellamy

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Nominees sought for city’s human rights awards

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1

     
    Pedal power: It’s a different kind of March Madness

    By Felicia Alvarez | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    STEM-Tastic Sunday highlights summer opportunities

    By Chloe Lessard | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    County: Baby Justice was on Social Services’ radar

    By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Budget standoff leaves California college hopefuls in limbo

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A1

     
    Appeals court upholds protection for threatened seabird

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    House to vote on Homeland bill without conditions

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

     
    State to supply just 20 percent of water

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

    Bob Dunning: Rampant crime on the streets of Davis

    By Bob Dunning | From Page: A2, 1 Comment | Gallery

     
    For the record

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

    Pets of the week

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3 | Gallery

     
    Embroiderers will discuss needlework tools

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Tuleyome needs volunteers for work party

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4 | Gallery

    ‘Pearls Before Swine’ joins daily comics lineup

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Winter market wraps up Wednesday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

    Public broadband, on ‘Davisville’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Alcoholic liver disease strikes Hispanics years earlier

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    Join a fitness party at Zumba class

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Logos Books hosts conversation groups, poetry readings

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Get a taste of Middle Earth at library

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

     
    Holmes’ talent showcased

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5 | Gallery

    Bingo games Sunday will benefit DHS Madrigals’ trip

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

     
    Go all in for fun at Texas Hold ‘Em tournament

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

    DCC Nursery School hosts open house

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

     
    City says it did not OK Ygrene mailers

    By Dave Ryan | From Page: A6

     
    Sure and begorrah!

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

    Overeaters get support at meetings

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6Comments are off for this post

     
    Cycle de Mayo kicks off Bike Month

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

    Klein’s book featured at Authors on the Move

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

     
    .

    Forum

    One more family insult

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    The kids aren’t interested

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

    Climate changes are inevitable

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

     
    Act for our children’s future

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

    UCD alums will want to stay

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

     
    End the use of this word

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

    Thanks for act of kindness

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A8

     
    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A8

    Cannery CFD creates unequal taxation patchwork

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

     
    .

    Sports

    Lady Blue Devils in semis Tuesday night

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    Aggie men host two big ones this week

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

    Dream run ends for Davis’ master wrestlers

    By Evan Ream | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Devil boys net an easy tennis victory

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    In the Clubhouse: Summerhays Jr. talks about new post at El Macero CC

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Sports briefs: Aggie lacrosse team takes home opener

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B3

     
    Newly acquired Smith scores in Sharks’ victory

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B3 | Gallery

    Blue Devil girls look for revenge in the pool

    By Kellen Browning | From Page: B10 | Gallery

     
    DHS boys aim to repeat as section swim champs

    By Kellen Browning | From Page: B10

    .

    Features

    Name Droppers: Dunn graduates from Marine Corps basic training

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7 | Gallery

     
    .

    Arts

    Thursday Live! features Keith Cary, Wyatt Hesemeyer

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

     
    Songs of the Civil War to be performed by Anonymous 4

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A9 | Gallery

     
    Davis Chorale starts year with demanding music

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A9

    .

    Business

    .

    Obituaries

    Dieter W. Gruenwedel

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Otto Vasak

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 (set 1)

    By Creator | From Page: B5

     
    Comics: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 (set 2)

    By Creator | From Page: B7