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Rapid Response Grant Awarded to The Link

Local Disaster Support Fund Helps The Link Respond to Elevated Need for Essential Family Services

The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County has awarded $56,500 in rapid response grants to organizations across the county that provide support to our populations most at-risk during this pandemic. The Link Family Resource Center is honored to be among those receiving funds to enhance the provision of vital concrete support to families throughout San Luis Obispo County. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Disaster Support Fund held at The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County provides grants focused on reducing the economic and health impacts on at-risk populations.

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The funds will help The Link Family Resource Center continue adapting to serve families in a timely, safe and agile manner. The calibration of service delivery requires an investment into our capacity to work remotely and engage temporary staff so we are prepared to meet the increased demand for our Family Advocate services. Through this grant The Link Family Advocates will connect families with community donations that provide financial assistance, food, and other basic needs including diapers, clothing, and transportation costs.

Families that live in remote areas of San Luis Obispo County such as Creston, Carrizo Plains, San Miguel and Shandon have an elevated need for essential services. The Community Foundation grant will greatly assist The Link in ensuring that isolated families receive what they need to remain safe, healthy, at home, in school and connected to emotional support resources.

2020 Census: All Kids Count

You may have seen messages about the 2020 Census. That’s because April 1, 2020 is Census Day. The Census happens every 10 years and is the only official population count in the U.S.

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Remember, when it comes to the Census, everyone counts. Count ALL children living at your address. Don’t forget to include babies born on or before April 1, 2020, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, foster children, and people not related to you, like a friend and his/her child, if they are living with you on April 1, 2020.

Filling out the Census form for your address is easy. You can respond to the Census online or by phone in English, Spanish, or 11 other languages. You can even do it on your smartphone! Visit 2020census.gov on April 1, 2020.

When we all respond to the Census and count all children who live at an address—even children who are not related to the adult filling out the Census form—here’s what happens:

  • Our child care and health centers get more funding during the next 10 years to help the families stay healthy and thrive.
  • Our community also gets more funding for programs like CalFresh, WIC, Medi-CalHead Start, and early childhood education for the next decade so families can get the medical care, education and food assistance they need to be healthy.
  • Our elected representation in California and Washington, D.C. is protected and may improve.

By law, the U.S. Census Bureau must keep all information private. Census workers are not allowed to share responses with anyone, including other government agencies, landlords, or anyone else. All Census workers take a lifetime oath to protect personal information. Breaking this law has severe penalties, including a fine up to $250,000, five years in prison, or both.

Visit 2020census.gov on April 1, 2020.

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Thank you for joining us for the Guest House Grill Fundraiser!

On Wednesday November 6, 2019 community members enjoyed a meal out and supported children and families in SLO County! Guest House Grill donated 100% of lunch and dinner profits to The Link Family Resource Center!

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New Link Sign in Atascadero!

Many thanks to Link Board Member, Bob Pittenger, for making the fantastic new Link sign possible at our new Family Resource Center location in Atascadero.

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Link Executive Director, Lisa Fraser, and Bob Pittenger


On behalf of The Homeless and Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program and The Link Family Resource Center…

Thank you Central Coast Funds for Children (CCFC) for the $4,000.00 grant to support youth throughout San Luis Obispo County who are experiencing homelessness, especially students who are considered unaccompanied homeless youth. The CCFC Grant cycle is December 2018 – December 2019. As we wrap up the few remaining requests from counselors, teachers, and family advocates, we are happy to report that 29 students have received assistance. The CCFC Grant has helped youth from Nipomo to San Miguel with items such as refurbished laptops, work shoes, athletic shoes, Prom and Winter Formal tickets, Grad Night tickets, yearbooks and more.

Once again, thank you CCFC for helping deserving students acquire necessary items to support their involvement in school, work, and life. It takes a strong county to help our students in need. Thank you for being a supportive Community Partner for San Luis Obispo County.

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2018-2019 Community Impact

As a new academic year begins, we appreciate the opportunity to share our accomplishments from last year. The consistent and concrete support provided by The Link FRC creates student success, boosts family well-being, and strengthens our community. We are very proud of the hard work and positive results our Family Advocates achieved.

We look forward to continuing to serve children and families throughout SLO County in 2019-2020 in partnership with our dedicated staff, school administrators and counselors, generous community members, agency partners, and funders.

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FIT donation to new Link location

Many thanks to the Furniture Installation Team, Inc. (FIT) for the donation of cubicles to the Link Family Resource Center. You have made it possible for us to have a professional looking office in our new location!!

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News Release from Womenade – North San Luis Obispo County

Womenade – North San Luis Obispo County will be holding its first public meeting on July 7th at 4:00, at the Twin Cities Hospital’s Morgan Conference room. Come and be a part of this exciting new beginning. There will be refreshments offered and donations will be encouraged.

During the gathering we will be honoring Sandy Richardson, the founder of SLOWomenade many years ago. A notebook is being started and we would appreciate any pictures, letters or notes of appreciation. Please send to womenadeslo@lsssc.org. This will be a particularly poignant event as Sandy is retiring and Womenade North SanLuis Obispo County is just beginning to be formed. And we know that it means we are filling some really big shoes. We are also very excited that Sandy will be joining our Advisory Council as Emeritus Director sharing her expertise and experience.

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SLOWomenade has helped thousands of people and we are excited to carry on this tradition. Womenade North San Luis Obispo County is partnering with Lutheran Social Services of Southern California, a 70 year old non-profit, to create a local grass-roots initiative connecting your generosity to your neighbor’s emergency.

A Womenade member captured our work writing: “Lemonade starts with a bunch of lemons, Womenade started with a bunch of women, the rest….is history!” This group of fun people are carrying a long tradition of making a concrete difference in the lives of people in the North County. Come and join the fun!

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The Link visits the Bronx!

Link Family Advocate, Rocio Hernandez (left), and Center for Family Strengthening Program Director, Erica Ruvalcaba-Heredia (center), toured the Safe Horizon Child Advocacy Center in the Bronx, New York, in May 2019. They were graciously hosted by Roxana Mendez-Rojas, LMSW, Clinical Forensic Specialist with Safe Horizon (right).

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Established in 1978, Safe Horizon is the nation’s leading victim assistance organization. The Safe Horizon Child Advocacy Center provides an example of best practice in serving victims of child abuse and their families. Child Advocacy Center (CAC) teams meet the needs of child survivors of abuse and their impacted family members by addressing their safety, tending to their physical injuries and emotional needs, and bringing abusers to justice.

The Bronx visit was part of the ongoing development of the SLO County Child Advocacy Center.

Spring 2019 Donation

Thank you Smart & Final for the generous donation to The Link! Community donations like this build our capacity to provide critical services to children and families across San Luis Obispo County.
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Stephen Haworth,  Atascadero Store Manager with Link Executive Director Lisa Fraser and Family Advocates Elena Chavez and Marisela Corona.

Flamson Middle School Resource Fair

Link Family Advocates Bessy Hoffman and Marisela Corona provided over 20 parents with information about family programs and services at the Flamson Middle School Resource Fair on May 2, 2019.

More than 13 community-based organizations provided outreach to families for nutrition, health education, seatbelt and carseat safety, counseling, substance abuse recovery, summer programs and more!


Coastal Family Resource Fair

On April 12, 2019 the Annual Coastal Family Resource Fair took place in Los Osos. Rocio Hernandez, Bilingual Link Family Advocate, serves families in the San Luis Coastal School District.
Rocio singlehandedly coordinates the Resource Fair and this year was the most successful and well-attended event to date! Below, Rocio shares the impressive outcomes the event created for families.
  • 250+ people attended the Resource Fair.
  • 205 meals were served.
  • 45 participating agencies shared resources.
  • 61 Child Safety ID cards were created for children.
  • 18 people screened for near and distance vision impairment. 10 were referred for further care.
  • 25 children received dental screenings and fluoride varnish application.
  • 503 lbs. of produce, 77 lbs. of bread and 50 bags of non-perishable food were distributed to families.
  • 35 people received flu shots.

Every year you outdo yourself, Rocio. Thank you for another amazingly successful event!! I saw a lot of families taking advantage of all the resources offered, and some pretty happy kiddos too… ;)) – D. Baca, Counselor, Los Osos Middle School

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Link Family Advocates Rocio Hernandez, Bessy Hoffman, Danilda Reyes, PEI School Counselor Mandee Poe, and Link Family Advocate Sonia Greene.

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