The number of lives that have been directly impacted by the decision of two ladies in Canyon County 25 years ago are infinite. They started a program to assist low income persons all over this area to access the services and programs they needed when disaster struck.
For a quarter of a century, Treasure Valley Community Resource Center (TVCRC) has been helping individuals and families in the community in a way that fills a very specific set of needs. Sometimes it's a phone number, and sometimes, it's a listening ear.
The stories are endless of those that have been assisted by the "call girls" as they are affectionately called by Jette Rogers, the head of TVCRC. This group of women answer the phone in their own homes a few hours on certain days of the week. They take calls from the public on the 459-9263 phone line and assist callers with their problems. While most people need help with rent (nobody has rent money!), calls are also for assistance with utility bills, others need food, some need clothing, some are in domestic violence situations, others just need to talk. We have to find out all about their situations so we can recommend the best place to send them for needed services. We truly care about our callers.
A Social Workers dream, lovingly referred to as "The Red Book" this resource directory is updated each year by two volunteers to make sure all of the information is accurate and current. The Directory lists human services in the Treasure Valley that are free or provided on a sliding scale basis. It is roughly 150 pages front and back, spiral bound, with some room to make notes if needed.
Speaking of our volunteers, they are the backbone of this organization. As we said, they answer the phones to assist those who need help from day to day. Volunteers also help pull the Information Fair together, work all day during the event itself then help clean it up at the end, and go home very tired! Volunteers also work to put the Red Book together, updating it each year and updating the online data base to match. Volunteers help at other events such as the Resource Meeting to assemble tables full of local information for the availability of those attending, and take turns assisting at events where TVCRC may have a booth set up to display our information. TVCRC is an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff.
The annual Information Fair: About 12-13 years ago the fair outgrew the Caldwell high school gym and moved to its current location, the Caldwell Event Center (O'Conner Field House) where over 100 agencies set up booths and open the doors to greet the members of the community. Attending agencies include education programs, housing programs, disability programs, seniors' programs, and the list goes on. This year the 18th annual Information Fair is scheduled for April19th from 8am - 2 pm. It's a free event that shouldn't be missed.
The Resource Meeting for service providers meets at 10 am on the first Tuesday of the month in February, April, June, August, October, and December. Please call 459-9263 for our meeting place. It will be either Health & Welfare or Dept. of Labor. The featured speakers bring so much information with them and providers take so much knowledge and information when they leave.
It may be TVCRC's Silver Anniversary, but we are looking towards the Gold!!