Lake Tahoe Collaborative


Our Mission: The Lake Tahoe Collaborative (LTC) is a community strengthening group focused on building stability and resilience in our children and families.

December 8, 2014, 1:00pm – 2:30pm

  1. 1:00pm WelcomeReview and approve the minutes from the November 10, 2014 meeting.
  1. Introductions and Announcements from AgenciesMembers are encouraged to share new program or staff changes, important dates, and other pertinent information to the Collaborative.Agency Updates/Announcements:Wendy David, Facilitator of LTC, First 5 El Dorado; Councilmember at City of South Lake Tahoe; Tahoe Magic: Funding basic needs to families in financial crisis. Amanda Hammond, Lake Tahoe Unified School District: McKinney Vento Liaison, federal law protects students classified as homeless.Amanda Morozumi, Tahoe Turning Point: No updatesRoberta Mason, Lake Tahoe Community College: Last meeting, she is retiring from College Board tomorrow, 2 new members: Jeff Cowen, Michelle Sweeney. Thanks to everyone who supported the bond. They want to hit the ground running, fix heating, new projects coming, correspondence program for incarceration students (recidivism drops with education). New University center for 4 year degrees, working with UC Davis to provide upper 2 years on the campus for different kinds of degrees. Tracy Thomas, Lake Tahoe Community College: Counselor at LTCC: Brought winter schedules. Registration is ongoing and classes begin Jan 5.Liz Maul, Lake Tahoe Humane Society: They are a small non-profit and do charity and education. They have quite a lot of pet food in the office right now. They are working with students in S-Club and private individuals on raising monies and collecting donations. They have emergency pet food for those in hard times, and working with Bread and Broth and pet food distribution. This is going well. Also working with Tahoe Youth and Family Services.Theresa Papandrea, SOS Outreach: Youth programs focusing on outdoor adventure for underserved or at-risk kids. Kicked off on-hill programs this past weekend with Mentor Program on Saturday and 5-day Learn-to-Ride on Sunday. Maxed out at 150 kids in the long term mentor program. Serving 550 kids in the 5-day and 1-day programs. Working to design different projects and collaborate with agencies.Emily Winter, Firefly Yoga International: Emotional/physical programs. Finishing up piloting programs. They went really well, looking for new agencies to partner with, including Nevada, for spring. Target audience is for trauma survivors (sexual violence, police, domestic violence, etc.)Betsy Glass, Barton Community Health Center: Begin implementing counseling program next week. Taking referrals now. Processing for mild to moderate adult program, accepting: Med-Cal, Medicaid, Med-Medi, uninsured. Piloting programs and see where it takes them and how to expand.  Collaborating with Sabrina Owen at El Dorado County Mental Health and helped to find the need for this group. They are focusing on 1:1 counseling and no family or couples counseling.  There are family opportunities with Med-Cal through with local non-profits.Christopher Croft, Tahoe Youth and Family Services: Two events, Gardnerville Dec. 17 and Tahoe Dec 18, 4:30-6:30pm, Annual Night of Giving, take a moment to purchase goods to donate to them (toilet paper, paper towels, paper products, sleeping bags, tents for their outreach program and drop-in centers who are mostly at-risk youth and teens). They put together survival kits. Give financially, since they are tax exempt they can stretch a dollar. Accept donations year round, refer to website.Sally Williams, Juvenile Treatment Center: No updates.Kathi Guerrero, First 5 El Dorado: They are recipients of tobacco tax dollars. They fund community, universal home visits, development screenings, medical insurance connection, high quality learning in community, library programs ages 0-5, community strengthening.South Tahoe Library  – Storytimes are on hiatus and will resume January 6  1360 Johnson Blvd., Suite 103, (530) 573-3155Melissa Uppendahl, Grant Management Associates: We are providing free grant writing services to county nonprofits, and I’d really love to see some of our south shore nonprofits take advantage of this service.  If anyone has any questions contactMelissa J. Uppendahl – Senior Associate                        Covered California open enrollment through February 15, 2015: 2) If you have general questions, or questions about the enrollment process, you may call Barton’s Customer Service Center at 543-5642 or email at      Lance Poinsett, El Dorado County Veteran’s Affairs, lance.poinsett@edcgov.usLance will present the services available to Veterans through El Dorado County Veteran’s Services.5. 2:30 pm Adjourn
  3.      3. Discussion-Cancelled-we will reschedule for 2015:
  4. As part of the City Council, she attended a Police Department meeting last week and it was sobering the amount of drugs in the community, the data hit her very hard.
  5. Wendy David, Tahoe Magic: She just did her annual report. Last winter was a tough winter, got special grant from El Dorado Community Foundation to assist with housing needs due to no snow. Crisis rent assistance was $57,000.  Total crisis help was $70,000. Tahoe Magic provides one-time crisis assistance to those with youth. Accepting end of year donations.
  6. Christopher Croft: Kelsey described intervention program at high school. We need to recruit members of the community to volunteer to facilitate this program. We were told to expect 20 students over the school year, had 23 in the first three weeks. So, need is there and need to look beyond coalition table, so need community volunteers, do not need background in counseling, training is provided. Help in spreading the word. The little bit that has been done so far is working.
  7. Francie Alling, St. Joseph’s Community Land Trust: Built a house and a local family lives there, the land trust owns the land. They also own and manage low income apartments. They are currently raising money to build another house. Want to have housing all around the lake.
  8. 3) You can also visit Covered California’s website at
  9. 1) For appointments to get enrolled please call (530) 600-1984 to make an appointment with a certified enrollment counselor.
  10. Molly Hucklebridge, Barton: Wellness and community outreach. Thursday, Incline Village, Health Lecture. Want feedback on how Barton Health can better serve the community, attend a meeting once a month, have to be over 18, can’t be related to anyone who works at Barton, have to be past patient or family member of past patient.  New Health and Wellness Directories are printed.
  11. Mindi Befu, Marketing for Barton Health: Now launching Community Health and Needs Assessment, they have a third party coordinate this. The report will be ready in Spring and then we can compare to the last assessment from three years ago.
  12. Moirhian Martin, Child Protective Services: Still under staffed.  No supervisor, so opening up for that position again. Have case aide and social worker coming on after the holidays.
  13. Jill Johnston, El Dorado County Health and Human Services, Eligibility: Medical, food stamps, cash aid. Open Enrollment ends Dec. 15 to be effective January 1st. Medi-Cal is open enrollment open all year.
  14. Kelsey Magoon, New Coordinator, Drug Free Coalition: They work with the community to strategize on minimizing substance abuse. Implemented drug aversion program, on South Tahoe High campus. They conduct student training on drugs/alcohol. Next meeting is January 6, 3:30pm, 1100 Lyons Avenue.
  15. They see clients under 18, 24 hours a day, to meet at hospital. If 18 and over, they are asked to wait at the hospital. Lots of folks they see at ER are under the influence, so they wait for them to dry out to assess them.
  16. Sabrina Owen, EL Dorado Co Mental Health: Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) community meeting Tuesday December 16, 2014 at 6pm at the South Tahoe Library, 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd.  Give input on how MHSA funds should be spent, community mental health needs, what’s working, and mental health policy.  The county primarily works with Med-Cal clients. The requirements came out in Jan and they serve severe clients. So, others go to Barton, thus Betsy’s scope to work with mild clients. 8-8pm, 24 hour crisis line…just cut back services, no longer do psych services at hospital on certain hours. Two funding sources they operate, $1m tax, you can speak up on what programs should be funded, next Tues, 16 6pm. Generally have three people attend. They usually get $16,000 from County General Fund for Mental Health services. As a State, California got an F on Mental Health Service, drug use is high, suicide is high. Come and have a say in where money should go and amount of money to get allocated.  Mental Health Commission explains what goes on in each program, there are state mandated programs that there is no funding for, trying to get Laura’s Law-encourage people who have a history of violence and diagnosed mental illness to get assistance. We, as a community, pay for this one way or another, pain and suffering or monetarily.  Mental health affects 1:5.
  17. Deirdre Slater, El Dorado County Office of Education, Child Dev Programs: South Lake Tahoe programs, 0-5 students, head start, early head start, state preschool. They need a classroom assistant 2, job listing on “”.
  18. Kaylie Arnold, Girls on the Run: They serve the entire Tahoe Area, March 16, Bijou and Tahoe Valley Elementary School. Meet with girls 3-5 grades after school for 1.5 hours. Do self-esteem programs with girls, 5K June 5. They need running buddies and coaches (run, skip, play). Volunteer coordinator: “”
  19. Karen Jaime: Tomorrow at Library, Warm Room meeting, 12:30-1:30pm.  She has information on a shelter out of Nashville, TN and have about a dozen shelters with multiple services.  Online donation site, GoFundMe.
  20. De-Anne Hooper, South Lake Tahoe Family Resource Center: Busy month, lots of people coming in for assistance. Doing a Toy give away with Toys for Tots for toys for their clients Dec. 23 12-5pm at SLTFRC. If someone does not qualify for proof of residency at another agency, refer them to them.  They won’t be serving needs of the entire community, just focus primarily on undocumented residents but don’t turn folks away. Also have some food vouchers.  Andre Tyson is coordinating a Clothes Give Away, Rec Center, Dec. 13, 12-5, no pre-registration, send families to rec center, first come first serve.
  21. Nicole Zaborsky: The TRPA website has information on wood stove replacement program, to reduce air pollution and increase energy efficiency.  El Dorado County and South Lake Tahoe residents, Placer County residents, and Nevada Residents may qualify for a $400-$1400 rebate.
  22. Star Walker, El Dorado Co Health and Human Services: Contact them for emergency Heating and Cooling or to replace and repair heating/cooling units. They manage Senior Programs now. She has applications, English and Spanish. Liberty Energy and SW Gas are separate applications. Has Senior Program brochures too.
  23. Lauren Montalvo, El Dorado Co Health and Human Services, Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP): To qualify for this program-an applicant is given priority points (income, citizenship, energy statement (wood, propane, gas, electric). The program provides funding in the form of a credit to a bill. They also do weatherization and making a home more energy efficient…priority is families with children 0-5 and seniors.
  24. Tara Styer, Tahoe Transportation District: Free rides on routes 50 and 53, Dec. 20-Jan 4.
  25. Wendy David, Tahoe Magic: They are the proud owner of two Santa outfits that they loan out this time of year. Live Violence Free and Boys and Girls Club also have one each and the Humane Society has dog Santa outfit.
  26. Jude Wood, Boys and Girls Club Lake Tahoe: Started new program, Winter Program, open over holiday vacation, December 22, 23, 29, 30. Having a Holiday Party on Dec 23 in the afternoon. Looking for new board members if you know people in the community, young people. Their members don’t take food from them, so please take the food for your clients that is by the front door. For $1/raffle ticket, can win a necklace as a fundraiser. Will draw the winner at the holiday party on Dec. 23.
  27. Karen Russell, Lilliput Children Services, Kinship Program:  She passed out flyers . They help relatives raise kids, and host support groups Wednesday mornings. She has referral forms, too.
  28. Lorrie Pond, El Dorado County Mental Health Commission, Court Appointed Special Advocates: Generous thank you for helping CASA to fulfill wishes for our kiddos.
  29. Hector Ochoa, University of California Cooperative Extension: Bring their research based curriculum to the community for children and adults, working with Sierra House Garden Domes and Bijou to bring nutrition programs to the community. Working with Tahoe Valley and others for classes.
  30. Tina Barna, Choices For Children: Reminders: Hopefully families are going to work and if they are in need of child care, contact them for referrals or funding. Tend to get a lot of toy donations before and after Christmas. Also they keep safe and fun toys children can take from their office. Have diaper/formula program in both of their offices.  June 6 is Day of the Young Child.
  31. Karen Naegeli, Outpatient Coordinator, Tahoe Turning Point: She described a new program on the out-patient side. The county got a grant and contracted with them to provide Home Visitation Program services on both eastern and western slope. Client is referred to them and they do parenting education. Have a few clients already. Refer clients to this program. Child has to be under 18, priority for 0-5 ages. Documentation of residency is not required but they do not have bilingual staff. A partner agency is welcome to send bilingual staff with TTP to homes.
  32. Jane Flavin, Live Violence Free: Thank you to everyone for participation in their Holiday Tree for adopting a family and children. All of them have been adopted.
  33. Eanad Lott, Director of Operations, Live Violence Free: Currently have opening for crisis counselor for weekends/evenings, PT. Hired an attorney to be on staff soon.
  34. Grant Management Associates, (530) 828-7242,,
  35. At Public Health we only charge $10.00 and we are not turning people away due to inability to pay. So I would encourage the agencies to refer to us. We are located at:
  36. El Dorado County Public Health: Some medical providers ran out of Flu Vaccine and are referring people to the local pharmacies where the shot cost about $35.00.
  37. They are collecting Caps for Kids at the front desk until December 20. Donate a new or newly knitted cap for a child in our community. The giving tree ends on December 13. Please come in and pick up a tag for CASA or Live Violence Free — return presents or gift cards unwrapped by 5 pm on the 13th.  Dream Spirit will play holiday music at the library on Saturday, December 13th at 11 am. It is a free event, but we are collecting food and monetary donations for Christmas Cheer All Year
  1. Next LTC meeting January 12, 2015, 1100 Lyons Avenue, Boys and Girls Club Meeting Room, South Lake Tahoe, CA, 1-2:30pm.

Presentations from Diana Lozano on Literacy Development and from Liz Barnekoff and Elizabeth Blakemore on Achievement Gap