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Family Matters Blog

Helping Children Cope with COVID-19 Stress

Helping Children Cope with COVID-19 Stress

While it is important to recognize and address our own feelings, we need to be cognizant of the trauma our children may also be experiencing during COVID-19. Dealing with these feelings now can make us all more resilient when things work their way back to normalcy.

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Nonprofits Collaborate to Meet  Critical Needs of Isolated Seniors During COVID-19

Nonprofits Collaborate to Meet Critical Needs of Isolated Seniors During COVID-19

Many of our older community members, particularly those living alone, are not receiving the support they need during the coronavirus pandemic. To address this gap, several nonprofits in Santa Barbara County have collaborated to identify isolated seniors and connect them to essential services or critical needs, such as food and supplies.

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Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Expands to Santa Maria, Lompoc

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Expands to Santa Maria, Lompoc

Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings give parents and adults who work with youth an action plan for reaching out and offering appropriate support for a young people experiencing a mental health or substance use problem. The popular trainings began in South County last year, and are now being offered in Santa Maria and Lompoc.

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Getting To the Heart of It

Getting To the Heart of It

Yes, chocolate is nice, but If there is anything worth doing this Valentine’s day it would be to invest in your relationship. Strengthening your relationship can not only improve your personal happiness, but research shows that children are safer, healthier, and more likely to thrive when adults in their lives have healthy relationships—whether or not they are married or romantically involved.

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6th Annual Cooking Up Dreams Chairs Named

6th Annual Cooking Up Dreams Chairs Named

Family Service Agency is pleased to announce that Sandy Nordahl  and Carmen Galzerano will serve as Co-Chairs for the 6th Annual Cooking Up Dreams, a “delicious” benefit.  Hutton Parker Foundation, a longtime supporter of FSA, will serve as Honorary Chair. Cooking Up...

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Tips to Help  Caregivers Survive the Holidays—and Beyond

Tips to Help Caregivers Survive the Holidays—and Beyond

The holidays are busy times, but for those caring for an elderly parent or loved one, the holidays add even more of a challenge. Already feeling overwhelmed with daily caregiving tasks, caregivers may view holiday preparations as more of a burden than a joy.

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FSA’s Dorothy Jackson Family Resource Center Relocates

FSA’s Dorothy Jackson Family Resource Center Relocates

Family Service Agency (FSA) has relocated its Dorothy Jackson Family Resource Center (DJFRC) to 646 North H Street in Lompoc. The new location has larger facilities for its parent and healthy relationship classes with enough room for on-site childcare. It is also along a major bus route in Lompoc, making it easily accessible to families.

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