To the Editor: Family Resource Center thanks the community

This Thanksgiving holiday, I’m especially grateful to the community of Ridgecrest. I relocated at the beginning of this year to Ridgecrest to open the CAPK (Community Action Partnership of Kern) Oasis Family Resource Center in addition to supporting my spouse’s career. I had no idea what to expect from the local community as I was launching a new Family Resource Center in an area completely new to me. As our organization started providing services to local families, the community of Ridgecrest stepped up to support us and help us better serve our clients. So many individuals and organizations have shown their support. We are thankful to Sierra Sands Unified School District and Pierce Elementary School for letting us use a classroom this summer to provide our first Summer Bridge Program for children entering Kindergarten. We express gratitude to the China Lake Rotary Club whose members gave their time and use of their vehicles to drive to Bakersfield to pick up food and supplies from the food bank. St Michael’s church and the Salvation Army provided us food and clothing when our supplies ran low. College Community Services has also been extremely helpful, giving us the use of the Hope Center to help us teach our first Court Mandated Nurturing Parenting class. We are grateful for our generous donors WACOM Thrift store for giving us funds as well as the Elks Lodge 1913 for purchasing audio visual equipment. So many individuals have also donated items. An amazing group of volunteers is working on gathering holiday gifts for the children we serve. The High Desert Quilt of Ridgecrest has committed to gift us with quilts they make for the holidays. Thank you, Ridgecrest, for being such an amazing community. I look forward to continuing to work with many of you to give back to community members who need your help.

Eric Le Barbé

Supervisor Youth & Community Services

CAPK Oasis Family Resource Center

Story First Published: 2021-11-26