Work begun to fill positions for Westwood Family Resource Center
By Susan Cort Johnson
They determined it would be best to hire an executive director as well as an adult services coordinator and youth and children’s services coordinator. The positions will be advertised the first two weeks of January so the doors to the center, which closed in June 2006 when funding ran out, will open as soon as possible.
Fulder and Zavala represent Westwood on the Board of Directors for Communities United for Children and Families, the nonprofit agency created to provide oversight for the Westwood center as well as Fort Sage Family Resource Center in Herlong.
Lou Istrice, the third Westwood director could not make the meeting. Morlang is the alternate.
The non-profit agency also has three representatives from South County and one from Susanville to provide a balanced voting structure. While Westwood and South County share governance of Communities United for Children and Families, as well as some expenses and services such as bookkeeping and insurance, the centers operate separately. The resource center in each area will have its own bank account, programs that fit its community, a local advisory council and other operating committees.
The Westwood center will have $75,000 to work with until June 2007 and after that date may have to come up with its own source of funding. However, when the Supervisors voted to contract with Communities United for Children and Families during the Dec. 12 board meeting, they also agreed to hold a study session for future funding no later than the end of March.
The Westwood directors decided at their Dec. 26 meeting to make grant writing skills, or a willingness to learn how to obtain such funding, part of the qualifications required of an executive director.
Qualifications for all three positions will include good communication and people skills, ability to work flexible hours and also basic computer knowledge.
While the positions are in the process of being advertised, work will begin on preparing the site of the old Westwood Family Resource Center for reopening. Computers and office equipment as well as toys from a lending library and other items were stored in Susanville.
The center will be located next to Fletcher Walker Elementary school at 5th and Delwood streets. The space is provided rent-free by the Westwood School District.
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