Lake Tahoe Collaborative
February 11, 2013

1. Welcome
a. Approve January Minutes

2. Introductions and Announcements
a. Amie Brown & Brenda Sanchez, Tahoe Dream Foundation. This non-profit donates its proceeds to support child care centers in Tahoe. They also have a household items program, school supplies, clothing for children and families. The household items program donates items such as dining tables, end tables, and lamps to families. They accept furniture and cash donations. They have helped 15-16 families in the last year. If you know anyone who needs furniture, contact them. They have an office and storage facility near Tony’s Automotive., Phone: 530-307-9602, email: “”
b. Susie Kocher, University of California Cooperative Extension. UCCE is in cooperation with El Dorado County. They have four program areas tied with the Farm Bill and USDA and employ farm advisors, nutritionists, natural resources and forestry advisors. She works with Lake Tahoe Basin fire agencies. They have a grant from the Nevada Division of Forestry to hold “Fire Awareness Week.” UCCE coordinates the media, press releases, radio, TV, and posters. Partner organizations hold their own events. Kickoff for “Fire Awareness Week” is May 25th at the casinos. If interested in hosting your own event, please contact her at
c. Roberta Mason, Lake Tahoe Community College. Day of the Young Child will be hosted at Lake Tahoe Community College this year.
d. Francie Alling, St Joseph’s Community Land Trust. “Money Management Tools and Tips” workshop in will be held at Lake Tahoe Community College on February 25 6-8pm.
e. Sally Williams, Probation. No updates.
f. Diana Lozano, South Lake Tahoe Branch Library. They received the ipad grant. They’ll download them with apps and books and test some out. The grant allows the purchase of up to 15. They’ll be check out like books. They started Mother Goose on the Loose for infants and toddlers. A good program is 5 people and they had 30. Early head start recruited for them.
g. Theresa Papandrea, Snowboard Outreach Society. SOS exposes youth to sports through mentors and community service programs. They ski and snowboard in the winter with 5-day learn to ride programs for at-risk or low income families. They give kids tools for a better life. They have one more ski/board session for middle school/high school youth at Sierra. It includes tickets, clothing, gear. Let her know if you have youth to recruit. They have summer programs also. Office: 775-298-0260, Cell: 530-206-6361, Email:, Website: “”
h. Tina Barna, Choices for Children. “Day of Young Child” is set for June 15. They are looking for sponsors, see attached form.
i. Frank Blakeney, Live Violence Free. February 15 is “One Billion Rising”. There will be global action against sexual abuse that afternoon at 4pm. Soroptimist is doing “Vagina Monologues” (flash mob style) meeting at the clock at Heavenly Village. Last month he mentioned wanting to do more to get men involved in family matters. As part of that effort, David Love is coming up to South Lake Tahoe April 25 from 12-3pm at Blue Angel Café. The event includes lunch a, speaking engagement, and Champions for Children awards too. See application handout, attached, and on the website…submit nominations by March 31st.
j. Kristin Hunt Naefke, Tahoe Turning Point. They are grant partnering with LVF and programs are going well.
k. Jean Eick, Parasol Community Foundation. They have a new annual report handout. Their website has been updated for “Resources for Nonprofits”. There is a calendar strictly for non-profits basin-wide. Submit “Your Success Stories” and they’ll promote the story to other non-profits and in newspapers.
l. Megan Weiss, Parasol Community Foundation. Parasol helps non-profits through volunteer recruitment. A new grant cycle opens Friday 2/15/13 that highlights non-profit leadership. $5000 is the average grant award. The grant will support non-profit strategy, board leadership, and professional development within the agency. “”, under community grants. Closes April 15. Parasol’s Donor Advise Grants accepts opportunities basin wide. Email:, Phone: 775-298-0188, Website: “”
m. Julie Day, Tooth Travelers. Starting January 1st, they’ve partnered with Shingle Springs Tribal Health.
n. Mireya Ortega, Young Tahoe Smiles. Special update, below.
o. Amanda Morozumi, Court Appointed Special Advocates. Information on the “Vagina Monologues” is in the handouts. It will be held February 22 & 23 at Blue Angel Café, $15.
p. Josephina Solano, El Dorado County. They have an opening for a Public Health Nurse. The flu Clinics went well. If people still need the flu shot call 530-573-3155.
q. Arturo Rangel, CAL Works and Family Resource Center. CAL Works has no updates. FRC updates–Amy Jackson of Sports Connection is recruiting for baseball, phone: 530-307-4046. Contact Amy if you know of a child who would like to play, Sports Connection pays the registration fees. Book Works is being remodeled. The plan includes bringing in tables and having reading areas over the next few months. All proceeds for Book Works go to FRC. FRC started the Men’s Support group 2 weeks ago. First session had 4 men, second had 6 men and two more will come to today’s meeting. He finds it humbling and interesting to see the men’s dynamics and the men sharing their feelings and ideas.
r. Leanne Wagoner, Barton Health. There are flu restrictions at the hospital. No kids under age of 12 allowed to visit the hospital now unless there are extenuating circumstances. There is no end date for the restriction. The restriction will be lifted once the flu epidemic is over. The March Wellness lecture is on “Nutrition and Aging”, on March 6 at LTCC, see attached flyer. The Open House for Barton Women’s Health office is February 26, 4-6pm, 2175 South Ave., and will introduce Dr. Spielvogel and Dr. Missanelli.
s. Veronica Strauss, El Dorado County Public Health. Their agency is composed of Community Health Workers and certified car seat installers/inspectors. Lately, they’ve been doing tooth brushing with kids and helping families with installing car seats. Right now, there big changes with healthcare reform and Healthy Families so they’re helping families navigate the changes. Call 1-800-388-8690, for health care, car seat installation, dental van information, and “Ages and Stages”.
t. Liz Ferry-Perata, Early Childhood Specialist with El Dorado County. See the handout titled, “Presentations and Workshops”. They’ll come and present them at your site. They are recruiting for an Early Childhood Specialist, job description is attached.
u. Angela Swanson, City of South Lake Tahoe. The City has lost the Latino Affairs Committee. She believes that City has responsibility to include authentic voices in relation to the Loop Road project and the project’s influences on those who recreate and live in that neighborhood. The consultant for the City/County Recreation Master Plan has been hired and the City needs to hear from a variety of people, especially under represented community segments. They welcome new voices.
v. Alissa Nourse, Tahoe Youth and Family Services. Reminder: The Drug Store Project is April 2. The 2013 Fact Sheet, attached, details how much it costs and welcomes volunteers to join. It’s the 10th anniversary of the project and TYFS is the fiscal agent. They’re hoping to use this 10th anniversary to collaborate with the Drug Free Communities grant. Today at the DFC meeting they’re reviewing the budget and 12 month action plan. If you are willing to be a member and support the DFC grant, please sign a Coalition Involvement Agreement sheet to be submitted with the grant. Ski Duck is an agency that partners with TYFS to take kids skiing. If you have kids who would like to go skiing once or twice, contact them. Then once they’re hooked, they refer the kids to SOS. They have 25 spots to go to Kirkwood, which includes a 2 hour lesson, a lift ticket, and rentals. The TYFS Drop in Center, SLT, is for people ages 10-24. They have food, hygiene products, a washer/dryer, and shower. It is intended as a resource for runaway, transient, and homeless. Please stop by to visit. The Child Abuse Prevention Council is doing a workshop. Heather Avila will attend and then they’ll conduct a presentation to fellow agencies in the fall. Last week, she visited Sacramento for California Commission on Youth. TYFS got a warm reception from Ted Gaines’ office. His representative understands the uniqueness of Tahoe.
w. Wendy David, Lake Tahoe Collaborative. As LTC has grown, the membership has grown and they get bombarded with emails. They need to look at protocols for LTC. After looking at the mission and vision, the following protocols have been set for sending out emails. 1. Does the email represent a government agency, represent a non-profit, is it an organization that offers discounted or services to the community? If so, then the email will be forwarded to the ListServ group. “One Million Rising” is a global event and people will be rising up so we can have a better world. Wear red and meet at the gondola clock on February 15. LTCC and LTUSD are going to districts for voting. If you have a minority majority in the area, you have to do an election for board members in your district. They’re hoping to go from odd numbers to even numbered election cycles. They’ve been voting At-Large for a long time, so these are changes for our community. There are big lawsuits in the State and South Lake Tahoe needs to comply with this so there is better representation.

3. Special Update: Dr. Mireya Ortega
“Young Tahoe Smiles Program Update”
1060 Ski Run Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 541-7040, “”

Beginning in 2011, she saw a call to action for those who can’t pay for dental care and can’t access services. Dr. Mireya Ortega came to LTC in 2011 to announce her services to the group. She saw youth ages 6-14 who didn’t have dental coverage. In 2011 she saw about 26 children and provided ~$58,000 worth of services to these children. Most families pay between $5 to $50 for each visit. In 2012 she treated 48 children and annually each child’s dentistry is ~$2000 worth of care. Either donations in-kind or monetary donations go towards these services. Many of these children haven’t had service for a long time and when they see them there is much decay and need for services. This year, they started a recall system and brought back 20 children they saw in year one through up to 8 months ago. They taught them dental hygiene and did services for them. These 20 children were ranked “Good,” “Fair,” and “Poor” (“Poor” being calculus, heavy bleeding, and plaque.) The recalled kids were visited and she looked at their charts-she was quite pleased that some were ranked “Fair”, one was ranked “Poor”, and the rest were ranked “Good”. She looked at how much work they really needed. First, they took care of the pain. Then, they gave them an exam, x-rays, hygiene and nutrition information. After the first visit, they do a restorative exam. Then they work in quadrants of the mouth. The patient will get scheduled for one to four more visits. One reason to be here today is to show you that the program works and that they accept clients and you can refer to them. Their obstacle is getting the word out. They now accept youth ages 6-16. They don’t do orthodontics and root canals. The criteria to accept a patient is: age, they can’t have DentiCal, and the family meets the financial ranges. They accept financial contributions from the community through Tahoe Magic. You may donate via the website, “”
or you can call (530) 541-7040.

4. Special Update: Julie Day, “First Five Dental Van Updates”
Cell Phone: (916)837-7174, Office: (855)341-3330

Tooth Travelers has signed a contract with Shingle Springs Tribal Health who has a contract with First 5 El Dorado. They started in Placerville the week of January 7th, and now they’re in Pollock Pines. Up until Friday, they had 180 encounters. They do x-rays and exams the first day, then a cleaning the next day. At the first location, they had 6 youth they needed to refer to emergency dentistry. In December, they saw 83 kids in 1.5 days, 38 rated at Stage 3 where there was visible decay. They’re coming back to South Lake Tahoe April 15-May 31, 2013. The first priority is 0-5 year olds. Please contact them if you have a relationship with a child care center. They can see children ages 0-14 on Medi-Cal. They commit to see 5 uninsured patients per month, so if a patient can’t get on Dr. Ortega’s schedule, call the Dental Van. No other dentists in South Lake Tahoe take Medi-Cal. The best way to refer families to the program is to fill out an application and call 855-341-3330.

5. Special Update: Megan Ciampa, Foster Family and Adoption Services
“Aging out of Foster Care, Why Don’t More Adults Foster?, April Recruitment Training”
(530) 544-2111

Foster Family and Adoption Services is a local foster family and adoption agency. They are far into their adoption recruitment and foster family event planning for April. See the attached flyer. In 2011, 222 children were removed from parents in South Lake Tahoe. Now they have 8 local families willing to care for these children. And, 2011 didn’t feel like an abnormal year, so this is the normal need for the community and the need is huge. 8 families cannot care for these children in the year, so they send kids to Jackson and Sacramento. When they visit their parents once per week, the kids get on a group van to visit their families. The child may spend 10-12 hours in a transport van to visit their parents for 2 hours. The kids visit their parents on Tuesday or Thursday so imagine their school success and ability to participate in after school activities or sports. They’re trying to get more local homes and they’re looking in Kyburz and Alpine County. The goal is to get 10 new families at the April training. Please help post and hand out posters. Please put flyers in people’s hands. Fostering and adoption has always been a need in our community. Our town is very transient and therefore, it can be difficult to find stable families. Their typical family is a two parent household, though they have one parent households. Most families need the monthly stipend, don’t have a big house, and don’t have a lot of extra income each month. They see situations where an extra bed is set up in a son’s bedroom. It’s hard to place kids across state lines, like in Nevada. Right now, if a family wanted to foster/adopt in NV, they can’t go through her agency, but they’re working on licensing for NV right now. Daycare is not covered in the monthly stipend so this is a constraint for families. They’ve been working on problem solving for this. This can be overcome through a combination of working with daycare and Tahoe Magic. They can work on childcare funding for foster families so it’s not a barrier. Another barrier is lack of awareness of services they offer foster and adoptive parents. There are support, transport, mental health services, behavior management services, and a monthly stipend. If you find there’s only one type of kid you can foster/adopt, let her know because she bets she has that type of kid. They have kids who need a place to stay for one night, one month, 6 months to 2 years. They have a need for kids to stay until they’re 18 and they have a need for adoptive families. No matter what age, boy or girl, she has a need for families.

Aging Out Population. These youth are never allowed to return to their biological parents and are not adopted. The families work on issues that led to the kid to be in foster care. Some parents can never make their home safe for the kid to return. Most kids are adopted by a foster family, but some find another family. Some kids turn 18 in the system and emancipate. They don’t have a safe home to go to now that they turned 18. See handout. For years, there weren’t services for these kids. Foster Services has rigid standards about who can live in home, and when the foster turns 18, they may not be able to live in the former foster home. Services have expanded in the last few years, thanks to AB12. Foster youth can stay in foster care up until age 21. They can live in almost any setting, like a foster home, and not required to go through background checks. Other situations they can live in include group homes and transitional housing programs where they may have supervision and services. AB12 allows the kid to transition in and out of foster care as often as they need to. For example, an emancipated foster moves in with friends and it doesn’t work out, so then they can move back in to their foster home. Also, if that person is working and going in school part time or working on the barriers in their life, then they can get their monthly stipend directly. They have access to Medi-Cal until age 21, can live in transitional housing until age 24, can get social work help through age 24, food stamp stipends, and money for college—there are different opportunities depending on the person’s situation.
There’s been a lot of progress in the way of services for these kids. The problem now is letting kids know how to access these services. And, many of them don’t want to stay a part of the system, as there’s a stigma to walking in to a county building and getting help.

6. 2:30 PM Adjourn

7. 2:30PM DFC Meeting, 1100 Lyons Avenue

8. Next LTC meeting March 11 , 2013
1-2:30pm 1100 Lyons Avenue