Community Resources for Children and Families
Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS)
The report suspected child abuse call:
• Carson City District Office (775)684-1930
• Clark County Hotline (702)399-0081
• Elko District Office (775)753-1300
• Fallon district Office (775)423-8566
• Pahrump District Office (775)727-8497
• Washoe County Hotline (775)785-8600
• Statewide Crisis Hotline 1-800-992-5757
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in court and other settings. The primary responsibilities of a CASA volunteer are to:
• Gather information
• Document findings
• Appear in court
• Explain what is going on to the child
• Seek cooperative solutions among individuals and organizations in a child’s life
• Recommend services
• Monitor case plans and court orders
• Keep the court informed
CASA contact numbers:
Carson City (775)882-6776
Churchill County (775)423-6088 Ext. 255
Douglas County (775)782-9820
Lyon County (775)575-5699
Washoe County (775)574-8820
Food for Thought
Food for Thought provides nutritious meals to chronically hungry in our community through the following programs: Backpack Program: Provides a take-home bag of child friendly shelf-stable foods to help feed the child over the weekend. Infant Program: Young mothers currently enrolled in school are eligible to receive a limited quantity of infant formula monthly, designed to supplement other sources such as WIC, to encourage continued enrollment in school, and ensure proper infant feeding. Pantry program: On-site availability of food to children in need is available at limited locations, as well as food assistance to partner organizations. Additionally meal bags with recipes and necessary ingredients are provided to older children who have the ability to prepare a simple meal at home. Summer Lunch Program: Offers a free lunch to children ages 2-18 years of age daily Monday through Friday during summer vacation. Service sites are set in low to moderate-income neighborhoods and within walking distance for unsupervised children.
Contact (775)885-7770 or info@NVFoodForThought.org
F.I.S.H. (Friends In Service Helping)
FISH meets the temporary and emergency needs of the hungry, homeless, and under-employed of our community. In order to evaluate emergency and/or temporary needs of each client, an in-person interview at their office is the first step for anyone needing a “hand-up” during a time of need. No appointment is needed and clients are seen on a first come, first served basis.
Three food banks located in Carson City, Dayton, and Gardnerville
Dining Facility located in Carson City
Two year-round temporary homeless shelters in Carson City
Clothing to the homeless and those in need
Emergency warming shelter in Carson City when temperatures are below 15 degrees
The Ross Medical Clinic in Carson City
Referrals to community resources
Educational materials related to a variety of life skills
Dental and Eye Glass services
Volunteer on the Job Training opportunities
Shower and laundry facilities in Carson City
Three thrift stores located in Carson City, Moundhouse and Gardnerville
Contact: (775)882-3474, 138 E. Long Street, Carson City
Ron Wood Family Resource Center
The Ron Wood Family Resource Center is a non-profit organization that exists to assist families in creating a positive and supportive environment for all family members. The following services can be accessed through our center by calling (775)884-2269:
Reach Up: Behavioral assessments, counseling and support groups for youth and families in crisis, teen and youth grief/bereavement issues, teen and you suicide prevention and appropriate referrals for mental health and other services.
FIRE (Focus, Identity, Respond, Evaluate): Helps youth identify and understand their thoughts, feelings and actions. They will learn how those behaviors impact their life as well as the lives of those who surround them.
Juvenile Delinquency Prevention/Truancy Prevention and Intervention: Assessments and case management for referrals from Juvenile Services and Carson City School district including referrals, assessments, and case management for students who are truant.
Chafee/Faffy Foster Youth Programs: Foster youth ages 14-21 years may receive support for living expenses, education, career guidance, life skills workshops, and individual case management.
Community Essentials Food Bank Program: Emergency food assistance is available for families in need. WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) Supplemental Food Program: Supplemental food program for low-income families that addresses the nutritional need for prenatal mothers and mothers with children up to age 5.
Cribs for Kids Program: Provides Pack-N-Play cribs for infants 0-6 months old.
Parent Education Classes: Positive Action, Cooperative Parenting After and During Divorce, and Active Parenting for Toddlers.
FASTT (Forensic Assessment Services Triage Team): Connects individuals who are in need of mental health services and substance abuse treatment once released from incarceration.
Family-to-Family Programs: Toddler and infant workshops are conducted weekly in a sanitized play area. Supervised Visitation: Offers a safe place for parents, guardians, and/or relatives to have supervised visits with their children.
Car Seat Education and Installation: Works in conjunction with certified car seat installation technicians who are available to the community to inspect and properly install car seats. A special car seat lending program is available for children with special health care needs.
Individual Assessment and Case Management/Information and Referral Services: Family Advocates are available to provide case management and referral services to clients referred from other community agencies, or who walk in for services.
WIC (Women, Infants, Children)
WIC is a supplemental nutrition program that serves income eligible pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age five who are at nutrition risk. WIC provides participants with nutrition education, nutritious food, breastfeeding support, community referrals, nutrition counseling and health screening.
Contact: 1-800-8-NEV-WIC of your local WIC office:
Health and Human Services Phone (775)887-2190
900 E. Long St. Carson City, NV 89706 Fax (775)887-2248
Ron Wood Family Resource Center Phone (775)884-2269
2621 Northgate Ln. #62, Carson City, NV 89706 Fax (775)283-4437
5 Pincecone Rd., Dayton, NV 89403 Phone (775)246-6326
993 W. Williams, Fallon, NV 89406 Phone (775)423-7067
460 W. Main St. Ste. 110, Fernley, NV 89408 Phone (775)835-6221
1329 Waterloo, Gardnerville, NV 89410 Phone (775)782-9038
620 Lake Ave., Silver Springs, NV 89429 Phone (775)577-0904
26 Nevin Way, Yerington, NV 89447 Phone (775)463-6583
La Leche League of Nevada
La Leche League is an international, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization dedicated to providing education, information, support, and encouragement to women who want to breastfeed. All women interested in breastfeeding are welcome to attend the monthly group meetings.
Contact: CarsonValleyLLL or www.lllnorcal.org
The Salvation Army
661 Colorado Street, Carson City, NV 89701
Morning Latchkey: Before school programs held at Bordewich Bray, Empire, Mark Twain, and Fremont Elementary Schools
Dream Big After School Program: Help with homework, field trips, crafts, snacks, games, gardening, cooking and Bible based chapel
Spring and Summer Day Camps: Daily field trips, Bible based Christian character building lessons for school age children
Transportation to Homeless Shelters
Rental Assistance: Available to help keep a family, disabled person, or a senior citizen from being evicted from their current place of residence. This program is meant to help keep people in need from becoming homeless, and has requirements that help those in need become less dependent and more self-reliant.
The Life Recovery Group: Bible based 12-step program to help people with various addictions, including alcohol, drugs, inhalants, gambling, food, sex, self-harm, and more.
Utilities Assistance: Assistance with utilities for qualifying families with a verified financial crisis or unexpected financial difficulty or hardship preventing payment of bill.
Disaster Relief: Services are adapted to the specific needs of individuals and communities, and are scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster
Employment Assistance: A comprehensive approach to helping families and individuals overcome poverty, offering educational resources, career coaching and job placement opportunities to assist those in need secure stable and gainful employment.
Carson City Corps Family Services: Offers the following services:
Emergency Food Boxes
Thrift Store vouchers
Rental Assistance/Emergency Overnight Shelter (referral only)
Back to School Supplies
Thanksgiving Food Baskets and Turkeys
Santa’s Toy Shop/Angel Tree
Christmas Food Baskets & Ham
Easter Food Baskets
Summer Camp & Summer Day Camp
CARE Chest of Sierra Nevada
The following programs are offered free of cost to low-income Nevadans.
Medical Equipment: Medical equipment and supplies available include safety and mobility items such as wheelchairs, walkers, transfer benches, nebulizers, incontinence products, wound care, lice treatment, ostomy supplies, and more. Durable medical equipment is loaned for as long as it is needed, and one-time use supplies can be reordered monthly.
Prescription Services: In partnership with regional pharmacies, CARE Chest clients can receive up to $100 annually as a supplement for the cost of emergency prescriptions or co-pays.
Diabetic supplies: Distributes testing supplies, including blood-glucose monitors, test strips, syringes, and lancets, as needed on a monthly basis for prescribed patients. Additional prescription assistance is available to clients with limited access to diabetes medications.
Medical Nutrition: Provides doctor-prescribed liquid medical nutrition.
Independent Living>: Connects clients with resources like home and vehicle modifications and assistive technology in partnership with agencies including the Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living. CARE Chest also administers a low-interest loan program to fund similar projects.
Wellness Education: Regular classes covering a variety of topics from managing chronic disease to diet and fitness. Classes are taught by medical professionals and connect clients to other resources, including a library of educational material.
Contact: (775)829-CARE (2273), or email firstname.lastname@example.org
www.needymeds.org is a national nonprofit organization that maintains a website of free information on programs that help people who cannot afford medications and healthcare costs. All information is free and updated regularly.
Advocates to End Domestic Violence:
People seeking help with domestic violence related problems can call the 24-hour crisis line at (775)883-7654, any time day or night. Advocates to End Domestic Violence offers the following programs and services:
Shelter: Facility allows families to stay together in private rooms and have a space to call their own and maintain routines and their own family dynamics
Budgeting Classes: Basic Budgeting Classes are offered weekly to clients in the shelter and are modified to the needs of the majority of the current clients with independent study for clients who may be more advanced in this area.
PATH Program (Positive Action Toward Hope): The PATH Program creates a pathway towards self-sufficiency and success for women and families in the shelter. Through case management, clients are assisted in setting realistic goals, registering/enrolling in career related education/training, increasing their understanding of budgeting/managing personal finances, and assisted in job readiness and job seeking strategies.
Rape Crisis Intervention: 24-hour rape crisis intervention can be obtained through Sexual Assault Response Advocates (SARA) (775)883-7654. These advocates can assist with hospital accompaniment and court accompaniment, and reimbursement for related hospital and counseling costs.
Teen Dating Violence Program: Advocates annually visits Carson City classrooms and helps students learn the dynamics of healthy relationships and the “red flags” of an abusive relationship.
Court Advocates: Advocates to End Domestic violence maintains an office at the Carson City Courthouse. Court Advocates help clients with obtaining protection orders and stalking orders, and accompany domestic violence victims to court. Contact Court Advocates at (775)884-1886.
Parenting Support Group: The Parenting Advocate works with Advocate’s clients and the community with training for more effective parenting. Emphasis is placed on effective, nonviolent discipline methods, as well as a wide variety of other parenting issues.
Support Groups: Designed to offer mutual support to victims of domestic violence. These groups are offered twice weekly, and childcare is provided.
The resource list is provided to our patients and the community as a resource for the services and organizations available in our area. These links lead to other sites that we believe may be useful or informative. These links are not intended as, and should not be interpreted by you as, constituting or implying our endorsement, sponsorship, or recommendation of the third-party information, products, or services found there. The links within the CMG website are not all-inclusive of the community resources available. If you have questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact your provider.
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