Reno, NV - It’s a program that helps families hit hard by a tough economy. The Washoe County School District’s Family Resource Centers help people struggling in our area with necessities such as food and health care.
The school district calls it a "one-stop shop" for basic family needs. Staff say they’ve seen an increase in the number of people walking through their doors because of the economy. Nevada’s jobless rate is the highest in the nation - at 14.2 percent.
Rosalynda Paez Carlton says the face of poverty is changing. She adds, “They’re all socio-economic statuses. People come through the door especially for electricity. A lot of people have difficulties keeping the light on in their homes.”
The Washoe County School District program has five Family Resource Centers. They are located at Wooster High School, Bernice Mathews Elementary, O’Brien Middle School, Sparks High School and Hug High School.
For more information on the program: www.washoecountyschools.org