Family solutions seeking nominations

March 13, 2002|STAFF REPORT

The Center for Family Solutions is seeking nominations for its men and women of the year awards to be presented April 19 during the center's annual meeting and dinner.

All nominations for the award must be submitted to the center by March 29.

This year, as the center honors those men and women who have contributed to the quality of life in the Valley, it will celebrate 25 years of service in the Imperial Valley.

The agency, previously known as WomanHaven, was founded in 1977 as a shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children.

The agency has expanded to offer a number of services, all meant to reduce domestic violence, deal with anger issues in both adults and youths and still provide a safe haven for those hurt by violence.


In 1986 the agency added its center against domestic violence to serve as resource for victims of domestic violence. Since 1992 it has added a number of other services, including:

· a thrift store

· anger-management groups

· outreach services

· violence-prevention programs

· educational programs

· transitional housing

· campesinas project to provide domestic violence and job services in conjunction with Campesinos Unidos and Catholic Charities

· transforming communities project, meant to reach out to youth to prevent their turning toward violence

· young women's study groups

· a domestic violence resource center.

As the center celebrates 25 years of service, it will honor men and women who have contributed "time and energy" to their communities. Last year the agency honored 39 people, said Veronica Ruiz, assistant director for client services for the agency.

To nominate a man or woman of the year, Ruiz said it is best to call her at the Center for Family Solutions at 353-6922. She will then either mail or fax a copy of the nomination form.

Anyone can be nominated, except for those who have been honored previously and members of the agency's board and agency staffers.

The dinner April 19 will be at the Barbara Worth Golf Resort near Holtville.

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