Visitacion Valley Family Resource Center Opens

Mayor Edwin M. Lee

Mayor Edwin M. Lee has opened the new Visitacion Valley Family Resource Center annex at the Sunnydale HOPE SF public housing site as part of the mayor’s Interrupt, Predict and Organize (IPO) for a Safer San Francisco violence prevention plan. “Services (will) provide a long-term prevention solution to violence,” said Mayor Lee. “The IPO strategy that we launched with city departments, law enforcement, community-based organizations and faith-based leaders has worked to organize and prioritize services in the areas most impacted by violence, including Sunnydale,” he said. “I am pleased to welcome the Family Resource Center to Sunnydale,” said Supervisor Malia Cohen. “Locating this center in Sunnydale is another step forward in prioritizing the needs of our families and children who live in public housing and is an encouraging step forward in our efforts to increase public safety and secure peaceful neighborhoods in Visitacion Valley,”  she said. Mayor Lee and Supervisor Cohen launched the IPO violence prevention strategy in August  as a public safety initiative to respond to an increase in homicides in the city’s Southeast neighborhoods. One of the major objectives is to implement a coordinated service strategy that includes city departments and community-based service providers, targeting high crime neighborhoods. The new Visitacion Valley Family Resource Center annex site is a one-stop-shop service center that provides school readiness, early learning, parent education and support, behavioral health, case management and social services. The Visitation Valley Family Resource Center main site is located at 50 Raymond Ave., and the Sunnydale annex is at 1704 Sunnydale Ave. Experience has shown that people are more likely to access the services they need if they do not have to travel to multiple locations, and the new Sunnydale annex will make it easier for participants to receive services. The Visitacion Valley Family Resource Center is funded by First Five San Francisco, Department of Children, Youth and Their Families (DCYF), and the Human Services Agency (HSA). The center will be operated by the Visitacion Valley Family Services Collaborative (VVFSC),  and APA Family Support Services is the lead agency. “Violence prevention strategies should begin early and support families that have young children,” said First Five San Francisco Director Laurel Kloomok. “By providing residents a lot of family support and helping them understand child development, parent education and increasing their knowledge on conflict resolution we build stronger families and achieve long term results,” said Kloomok. For more information, go to  http://vvstrongfamilies.org.
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