Resources available for families in crisis


A FAMILY crises

This following report was listed in the Nevada Appeal's Sheriff's Log on Sept. 16: "A man reported his daughter's teenage friend was locked out of her home a week ago by her father. The man said the girl had been staying with his family."

I know this seems shocking to responsible parents. I understand children can be especially difficult in their teen years and you can become frustrated, and I sympathize. However, it is a lifetime commitment raising children and locking them out of your home, neglecting or abusing them is completely unacceptable.

If you are a parent having difficulties, please look for help. Local counseling is available at most Family Resource Centers. Please call and inquire about the programs available to assist families in your area. If you are a father/mother or friend that took your child's acquaintance into your home and allowed them to stay with you, make a call to Child Protective Services and report that the child needs aid beyond your scope. Some interventions can provide essential help to the entire family unit and can turn out to be a very positive experience for everyone. It can be a hard decision to make a call or get involved, however, over the years, I have met many children who "couch surfed" for a long time before someone stepped in and made that one phone call. By picking up and dialing the numbers below, you are allowing an organization to assist the child and give them a foundation to a future.

WHO: Child Protective Services

WHAT: Assisting abused or neglected children

CONTACT: 684-4943

WEB: www.dcfs.state

WHO: Children's Cabinet

WHAT: Online parenting classes, child care subsidy program, recommended local resources. Individual assistance, referrals, and coordination of services through a central information clearinghouse

CONTACT: 887-5655


WHO: Community Counseling Center

WHAT: Primary Focus: Substance abuse treatment services

CONTACT: 882-3945


WHO: Family Support Counseling of Douglas County

WHAT: Parent and grandparent education, general community resource information, women's domestic violence assistance

CONTACT: 782-8692


WHO: Friends In Service Helping (F.I.S.H)

WHAT: Counseling services, emergency food, clothing, shelter, mental health services

CONTACT: 882-8448

WHO: Lyon County Family Enhancement Program

WHAT: The Family Enhancement Program will be coordinating with local programs and services to provide resources, classes, educational opportunities, and support groups to address each individual's goals. WIC

CONTACT: 575-1703


WHO: Ron Wood Family Resource Center

WHAT: Parenting classes, mental health assessment (3-17 years), free counseling and groups for youth and families; teen and youth grief/bereavement groups, referrals, truancy center, individual assessments and case management, family advocacy, WIC program, family resource library

CONTACT: 884-2269

Soroptimist Stroke for Hope

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes. About 178,480 women in the United States will be found to have invasive breast cancer. About 40,460 women will die from the disease this year. Right now there are about two and a half million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Those are breast cancer statistics, but Soroptimist International wants to make sure women and young teens in Carson City don't become a staggering statistic unless they are in the last one - a survivor. You can help by signing up to golf this Saturday and it will be a beautiful day this year. Come out, have fun while helping to raise needed funds for local breast cancer patients. Can't wait to see ex-Mayor Ray Masayko. He has never missed this tournament. Thank you for your continued support and not just on election years!

WHAT: Eighth annual Stroke to Help Golf Tournament

WHERE: Eagle Valley Golf Course, 9 a.m. shotgun start

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 26

COST: $85 per person, includes cart, fee, food and fun

CONTACT: Dixie Busch at 882-3051

PROCEEDS BENEFIT: Treatment for local women fighting breast cancer

The 7th annual Capital City Memory Walk

Today Alzheimer's disease is the seventh-leading cause of death in the United States. As many as 5.3 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease. It destroys brain cells, causing memory loss and problems with thinking and behavior severe enough to affect work, lifelong hobbies or social life. Alzheimer's gets worse over time, and it is fatal. Join the 24,322 teams across America in raising the awareness of Alzheimer's.

WHO: The 7th annual Capital City Memory Walk

WHEN: Saturday, September 26th

WHERE: Starts Capitol grounds at 8:00 am

COST: Each walker is encouraged to raise a minimum of $100 and with that amount of funds raised; each walker will receive a free T-shirt.

CONTACT Jenny Haas at 775-586-5072

WEB: click on the "Memory Walk" section

NEXT WEEK: Get ready for Carson High School Annual Girl's Basketball/Golf and Wrestling Gold Fundraiser. Oct. 11. Only $75. Call Todd Ackerman or Tim McCarthy at Carson High School, 283-1910, or Terry Gingell at Empire Ranch Golf Course, 885-2100

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