Family Service Association of Redlands reviews year’s work and installs board members – Redlands Daily Facts

The Family Service Association of Redlands recently installed new board members and reviewed the past year’s work in a virtual meeting.

State Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh, who represents the 23rd District, installed the board members at the Feb. 22 meeting, and special guests included representatives from the San Manuel Mission Indian Band. and the Rippleworks Foundation, supporters and funders of the agency.

The new board members are Pam Allen, director of emergency services at Redlands Community Hospital; Pamela Allen Coleman, Senior Associate Director of Enrollment at the University of Redlands School of Business and Society; Barbara Rozema, event organizer and real estate agent; Joseph Shaw, real estate agent; Terry Vines, business owner and dentist; and Tyler Waner, Financial Advisor.

The new officers are Lori Hatfield, chair of the board; Gary Fagan, vice president of staff; Matt Miller, vice president of resource development; Diane Rémy, treasurer; and Christina Rivera, secretary.

At the meeting, Kyra Stewart, executive director of the Family Service Association, said the agency helped more families in 2021 than the previous year, with the number rising from 1,861 in 2020 to 2,147 in 2021.

“Families who had never needed support before were signing up for services in 2020 and 2021,” Stewart said in a press release.

“The reasons vary. School closures, the increased need for child care and increased costs, caregiving and job loss related to COVID-19 are all factors in our growth in numbers,” said Stewart said.

In 2021, Family Service provided 127 months’ rent to 105 families, including 35 homeless at the point of contact, according to the press release.

Due to a shortage of shelters in the area, homeless families receive motel vouchers in partnership with Family Service, 2-1-1, local police and the San County Sheriff’s Department Hope Team. Bernardino. More than 500 vouchers have been issued in 2021, and families facing eviction have also received emergency deposits to move in, with help from government and private donors, according to the press release.

Family Service continued its holiday programs in 2021, with the Adopt-a-Family program, led by Rod and Lori Shelffo, helping more than 200 families in need.

The agency also relaunched its breakfast program in the last quarter of 2021, serving more than 4,000 meals on its campus at 612 Lawton St.

Volunteers help run the breakfast program and help in other ways, and the agency’s 538 volunteers have contributed more than 6,000 hours of service, according to the news release.

Jill Prendergast, head of fund development for the agency, spoke about the agency’s fundraising events, including the annual Redlands Hunger Walk, scheduled for June 4 this year, and Dinner in the Grove. , scheduled for September 24.

Family Service Association of Redlands, founded in 1898 by Alfred Smiley, is a non-profit organization serving needy families in and around Redlands. It is supported primarily by private donations, direct mail campaigns and fundraising events.

For more information, visit redlandsfamilyservice.org or call 909-793-2673.

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