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Familia Center and the Beach Flats Community Center merge

Film Screening & Celebration
“Smuggled”
September 12, 6-8 p.m.
Del Mar Theater, Santa Cruz. 
Donations  welcome.  RSVP (831) 423-5747

familia center-buttonCommunity Bridges today announced the merging of Familia Center with the Beach Flats Community Center.  As part of this change, both sites will now be under the management of one director, Yolanda Henry. Ms. Henry has been the Director of Familia Center for the past 15 years, and brings a vast amount of experience to the position.

As part of this merger, Familia Center’s thriving after-school programs for middle and high school youth will be moved to the Beach Flats Community Center and the existing elementary school program also be included under this umbrella, creating one “family” of youth programs.  These changes will allow Familia Center to serve more youth than both sites together have served in the past.

“We see this as an opportunity to increase the cost effectiveness of these programs, provide a clear focus for each site, and expand the Beach Flat Center’s youth program,” said Yolanda Henry, program director.

The main focus of Familia Center will continue to be on the whole family and their needs.  The Familia Center provides advocacy in the areas of housing, employment, access to health care, parent education, and emergency food and nutrition education to more than 800 families. Their mission is to empower those who struggle with poverty, exclusion and racism while assisting them to meet their basic needs. Familia Center is also a member of the Family Resource Center Collective of Santa Cruz County.

To celebrate the merger and the 30th Anniversary of Familia Center, they will be hosting an event featuring the film “Smuggled” with special guest Ramon Hamilton, the film’s writer and director.  The event will be on September 12, 6-8 p.m. at the Del Mar Theater, Santa Cruz.  Donations are welcome.  For more information or to RSVP, call (831) 423-5747.

For more information about Familia Center, go to http://communitybridges.org/familiacenter.html

For more information about Community Bridges, go to http://www.communitybridges.org/