While their work environments may not look uniform, the team of Oakdale’s Center for Human Services has maintained its commitment to its clientele through the uncertainty of the past several months.
Most recently the CHS team hosted a drive-thru version of their popular Parent Café event. Earlier this month, the pop-up event was hosted at the Family Resource Center. A total of 26 families were served, accounting for 111 persons in total.
“We normally do parent cafés at the office on a monthly basis. Parent Cafés are designed as a parent to parent way of strengthening families and utilizing the protective factors,” CHS Program Director Tamberly Stone shared.
She explained the five protective factors include: parental resilience, positive social connections, concrete support in times of need, knowledge of parenting and child development and social and emotional competence.
“It’s just ways for parents to be connected and make that social connection and know they’re not alone in this journey,” Stone said.
The pop-up event featured a meal provided by Cahoots Corner Café, as well as a goody bag complete with family fun items including games, craft projects and sidewalk chalk.
“Stuff they can do together as a family,” Stone said. “It’s just another way for us to support our families and also just a way to give them some encouragement during this time.”
Stanislaus County Library was also on hand, giving out books to the families and also contributing to the effort were Kaiser Permanente and Backwoods Burgers.
“We were all super touched by how the café turned out and all of the happy faces and joy,” Stone shared. “All of the children were so happy. They loved the amazing books that Stanislaus County Library donated.”
According to Stone amidst the adjustments and distancing as result of COVID-19, the community has maintained an outpouring of support for the CHS programs.
“I love our community and I love that we are meeting families in creative ways,” she said. “We are here and we want the families we serve to know we support them even if our services look different right now.”
Another pop-up event has also been scheduled, a Community Baby Shower designed for all expecting moms in Oakdale, Riverbank, Knights Ferry and Valley Home. The event will be a drive thru at the Oakdale Family Resource and Counseling Center, 631 W. F St., Oakdale on Thursday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Space is limited and registration is required; call 209-847-0420. Register by June 22 and received an additional free raffle entry.