Family resource center celebrates its first year |

Family resource center celebrates its first year

The San Juan Ridge’s medical needs have been met for years by the Sierra Family Medical Clinic, but another group also is contributing to area family stability and health.

The San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center just celebrated its first year at the old Oak Tree School campus on Oak Tree Road, where they provide information on how to get along, raise families and stay healthy.

“All of our services are free and open to the public,” said Kristin Snell, the center’s director. “People come in for everything from where to get firewood to substance abuse issues.”

Clients are steered by Snell and Diana Malley, the outreach coordinator, to myriad resources that can meet their needs. The center’s two computers with high-speed internet access also allow people learn on their own.

“I can help people get signed up for MediCal,” Snell said, and can tell them how to get immunizations from the county.

“We have a parenting resource library with books on wellness and health and nutrition,” Snell said. “We also have them on discipline and fun activities you can do with children.”

The center is funded by two grants from Nevada County that total less than $40,000 per year. The money pays for programs, costs and the part-time salaries of Snell and Malley.

As outreach coordinator, Malley goes to senior center meetings on the Ridge and is a member of the clinic board. She has recently worked with Grizzly Hill School to get children immunized.

“The Ridge is reluctant to get involved in government activities, so we try to gently guide people to services and use our high-speed internet,” Malley said. “We can make phone calls for them or do things like refer them to the Hospitality House,” if they are homeless.

“We’re a general resources center that supports families to be healthy and well,” Snell said. “They socialize here and that’s important for well-being too.”

Along with wellness needs, the center has reading time every Thursday at 10 a.m. for children.

GED classes for high school equivalency diplomas are held on Monday and Wednesday nights. You can call the center at 292-3174 to sign up.

The center also offers basic computer skills, word processing, creating an email account and navigating the Internet on Tuesday nights from 4:30-7:30 on a drop-in basis.

Malley said a parenting class that went well at Grizzly Hill School last spring will probably be repeated this spring.

In addition to the referral and information services, the center has a community clothes closet for children and adults, which includes jackets and shoes.

The center also has a newsletter called Ridge Connections. The publication has articles by area residents about health, parenting and Ridge activities.

To get an electronic copy, e-mail Print copies are being sent home with Ridge school students and are available at various locations in the community.


To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call 477-4237.

San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center

WHERE: 18847 Oak Tree Road

HOURS: Monday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed Friday through Monday.

WHAT: Free health and life support information and services for families.

CONTACT: 292-3174 or

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