Depressed mom now excited for future

November 23, 2013 

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  • ABOUT THE AGENCY

    • Address: 811 Fifth St., Modesto, CA 95351

    530 S. Santa Cruz Ave., Modesto, CA 95354

    • Phone number: (209) 549-8193 (Fifth Street), (209) 549-8822 (South Santa Cruz Avenue)

    • Website: www.prcfamilies.org

    • How we help those in need:

    Parenting education and support, and child care while in class

    Intensive case management (case managers and mentors)

    Differential Response Services to families referred by Child Protective Services

    Depression screenings and referrals for adults

    School readiness and literacy education

    Child health insurance application assistance

    CalFresh (food stamps) enrollment assistance and hands-on nutrition education

    Developmental assessment and referral for children

    GED-preparation education

    Emergency supplies (food, formula, clothing)

    •  Individuals and/or families assisted per month:

    Approximately 200

    •  How a $10 donation helps:

    Diapers for families in need

    52.6 pounds of food for emergency food bags

    Books to assist children receiving early literacy education

    •  $25 donation:

    131.6 pounds of food for emergency food bags

    Bus passes to help families meet their transportation needs

    Blankets and jackets for clients

    •  $50 donation:

    263.1 pounds of food for emergency food bags

    Baby formula

    Rocking chair for child care center

    •  $100 donation:

    526.3 pounds of food for emergency food bags

    Materials for parent-education classes

    Cookbooks, supplies and groceries for hands-on nutrition-education classes

    •  Volunteer update:

    We count on volunteers’ dedication in many areas of our agency. Contact Lisa Root, program manager, at (209) 549-8193. Volunteer training is provided. Opportunities include class co-facilitation, client mentoring, administrative support, special event assistance, fundraising, clothing closet management and reception assistance.

    •  One last thing:

    Both Parent Resource Center offices focus on providing services to families within the west southwest, central and airport neighborhoods of Modesto. Programs are designed to focus on the reduction of risk for child abuse and neglect as well as improving children’s health and development. All services are provided free of charge.

Matilde Contreras had an infant, a reading problem and nowhere to turn. She found herself depressed.

She went to the Parent Resource Center, which helped her with everything from coping skills to diapers. Through the Parent Resource Center, Contreras found LearningQuest, which helped her improve her reading.

“They really helped me a lot,” she said. Now she and her 21/2 year old son, Luis, are excited about the future. She is in school and has a much brighter outlook these days.

Wrote another Parent Resource Center client: “I am not the same person today as I was nearly four years ago. When I was introduced to PRC, I was coming out of a 10-year meth addiction. PRC’s compassionate staff has given me the support I need to embrace my role as a mom, and walk down the road of recovery.

“Through PRC, I was able to obtain my GED – a vital stepping stone to getting into college. I now know that getting an education is the single most important factor in breaking the cycle of addiction and poverty. Today, I have hopes, dreams and plans for my future. PRC has enabled me to find joy in the relationship I now have with my daughter. I would not be where I am today without PRC. Their program is truly life changing.”

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