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Leadership Change At Truckee Family Resource Center

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(Truckee, CA)
Friday, March 29, 2013

Adela Gonzalez Del Valle goes back to the room in a childrens play center where it all started. 

Plaskon: "And what did you do in here?"

Del Valle: "I saw people, asked for money so we could go forward."
Under her, the budget grew from 98-thousand to a half million dollars. Now, the center offers legal, rental, housing, energy and education assistance. There are 5 full-time employees in a much larger building serving clients like Griselda Banales.
Banales: "Comida, ayuda con mi situacion sobre mis ninas, con ayuda sobre mi casa y renta y sobre problemas que tengo con pagos."
She says the center has helped her with food, rent, and income. Del Valle says the clientele has expanded from 100 families to one-thousand. In the beginning most were latino, now half are not. Nearby a man who is not latino is getting help with child custody.
Anonymous: "You are here at a good moment and it looks likes I am going to get a lot of what I want which is joint custody."
Success like this that makes Del-Valle happy, but she wants to go back to school and set the organization free.
Del Valle: "It has been an honor and its sad to leave it, at the same time, they were a baby when I started and they are getting to that young adolescent age which can be kind of a hand full."
She says government funding has declined and the center need corporate donors and endowments for stability. A new executive director will take on that challenge starting Monday.
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