The Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP) through the State of California’s Department of Social Services awarded the Colusa County Community Advocates for Parents & Children (CAPC) a $120,000 grant to implement and sustain a Family Resource Center.
“The Family Resource Centers will be hosted by the Colusa County Free Library’s main branch in Colusa, as well as offering some services at remote sites through the library branches,” said CAPC Program Manager, Carissa Bowers.
Receiving $60,000 per year for two years, the Family Resource Center will provide various resources, expedited referral services, and family strengthening practices for all community members, free of charge.
“Colusa County CAPC will utilize funds to maximize services available to community members.” said Bowers.
First 5 Colusa will collaborate with CAPC by offering a scope of resources to families and support for the Growing Start program, a parent playgroup for infants, toddlers, and preschool aged children at the library, starting this fall, Bowers stated.
Data will be collected and analyzed throughout the year based on certain criteria of patrons utilizing services at the FRC and will be compiled into an annual report that will be shared with the community, agency partners, and the California Department of Social Services.
“We are excited to get this program up and running,” said Bowers. More details on the programs and services offered will be available at a future date. <