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From Cookie Powell, Executive Director


Established in 1984, Dixon Family Services (DFS) has grown in services as well as target populations to include people of all ages, with a special focus on low-income families with young children.  We strive to reduce incidences of child abuse or neglect by decreasing some of the worries parents increasingly face on a daily basis. 

Our programs now include:


  • Mental Health Continuum of Care, covering counseling, substance abuse services, support groups, parent education, anger management and other behavioral health for all ages
  • Family Case Management, with action plans and support over periods of time necessary to accomplish steps and goals specific to the needs of each individual case
  • Basic Needs Safety Net Services such as food, rent and utilities assistance
  • Workshops and Peer Support Groups for job readiness, budgeting/saving and other topics
  • Information and referrals for people who want to find help/resources


Our vital community-based organization continues to impact many families and individuals in a positive way, helping people achieve goals such as employment, financial stability, self-sufficiency, family cohesiveness, positive parenting, escape from domestic violence and clean/sober living. 

Many are now active, productive and giving members of this community



In the calendar year 2017 DFS assisted 1,568 people in services and program appointments or sessions.  We took an additional 2,640 phone calls from people in the community seeking information and referrals for themselves or their loved ones.


Dixon is a small community on the edge of Solano County, with limited public transportation to other cities.  So, in order to provide easier access to government programs for the people in our community, Dixon Family Services acts as a one-stop-shop of social services providing space for programs such as WIC (Women, Infants, and Children), CalWORKs, Medi-Cal, Cal-Fresh, Section 8, Covered California, Legal Services of Northern California, EITC Free Tax Program and the Solano Food Bank Produce Truck.  These additional programs and services are in Dixon at DFS regularly for the convenience of people who need them in our community.


In addition to DFS services 2,587people came to DFS to seek help from the above government and private agencies that use DFS office space and parking lot space to serve people in Dixon.  To further assist, Readi-ride tickets and home visits can be provided to those with barriers to coming to DFS.



We are able to provide assistance needed by families and individuals at Dixon Family Services on a case-by-case basis thanks to our many supporters.  The Solano County Board of Supervisors, First 5 Solano, Kaiser Permanente, Genentech, The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, foundations, local churches, businesses, schools, service organizations and many individual donors are all helping us in our mission to improve lives in our community. 

We thank everyone who supports our good work in any way.  There is no gift too small.  We know that not everyone can be a social worker, but everyone can help. Go to our website for a list of donors and other supporters



We have many success stories

A single mother came to us with stress and questions stemming from a child custody battle with the father of her 6 year old son.  She expressed that she was fearful of harming her son’s well-being while he could hear and see the negative interactions with the father.  During the assessment process the client and case manager identified strengths as well as limitations that were causing her to feel overwhelmed and they created a list of realistic steps to take.  From seeing an attorney at DFS from Legal Services of Northern California, she was referred to an effective family lawyer that was able to help with her legal concerns.  She met with a Dixon Family Services therapist over 3 months and developed her own inner strengths, improved her self-esteem and assertiveness while also learning effective parenting skills in the weekly sessions.

The case manager helped her apply for assistance programs that she had not known of before.  With applications to programs HEAP and Season of Sharing, she was aided in payment of rent and utilities for a month, helping her to get caught up on other bills.  She was also provided with a list of all local food resources that now helps her stretch her food budget substantially. 

When this client felt ready to move on after her time spent with DFS staff, she said to us that before coming to DFS she would have never believed she could handle all life was “dealing her”.  She was ready to be a better parent, more budget-minded, happy and optimistic about a good future for herself, her son and the possibilities that could be in their future.

We see her sometimes on Wednesdays when she is picking up free bags of produce from the Food Bank Truck in the DFS parking lot.  She always has positive up-dates and attitude.



We did not make a lot of money but we were very happy that we were making enough to pay the rent, utilities and several staff salaries to keep the store open.  The best part of the DFS Thrift Store (and we hear this so often from community members) is that we were providing a much-needed service to our community.  In our town there are many people who can no longer afford to shop at the malls or big department stores for their household items and clothes.  The DFS Thrift Store was a solution.  Those who love to search for items to repurpose or refinish also enjoyed perusing the thrift store regularly.  People who want to make a difference in their own community liked having the option of dropping off gently used items to be sold at the thrift store.  And dozens of good people were able to make a difference as volunteers.


We thank all the people who shopped, donated, volunteered or gave support in any way throughout our 4 years in business.  We agree that the store was a great asset to our community and if another appropriate space opens up, we want to start again.  We would love to partner with another organization, church or other non-profit.  If anyone out there is interested in a discussion, please call.  


FREE TAX PREPARATION is back at DFS, Wednesday afternoons through tax day in April.  To schedule an appointment or learn more call DFS at 678-0442 or look on our website for the Earn It! Keep It! Save It! Flyer.  Please help us spread the word about this free service at Dixon Family Services.  Thank you.


IN CONCLUSION it is always a pleasure to report to our partners, supporters and the community at large about Dixon Family Services and the good work we do.  Again, we cannot do it without community support.  We thank all who contribute to our successes.

If you would like to know more about DFS, our services or how you can help please call 678-0442 or email  cookie@dixonfamilyservices.org.  You can also learn more at www.dixonfamilyservices.org

Comedy Night 2018




Dixon Family Services’ Summer Fun-raising Event, Comedy Night 2018, is scheduled for Saturday, June 23.   Every year this event is a smashing hit with everyone who attends.  This year is expected to be even bigger and better!  Don’t regret missing the funniest night in Dixon.  Get your tickets early before sold out.


The elegantly renovated Olde Vet’s Hall adds a level of comfort and class to the hot summer’s funniest night in Dixon.  But don’t be mistaken, this is a casual affair.  Wear something with an elastic waist so your belly is prepared for a delicious tri-tip dinner and hilarious entertainment.


Comedy Night has become a signature fundraising event for Dixon Family Services over the years.  The community-based, one-stop-shop of social services has been helping Dixon’s residents who are in need of a variety of assistance programs since 1984.  The Comedy Night event is an opportunity for all community members to come out and support the non-profit organization, while having a great time. 


The evening will begin at 5PM with social time, drinks, a chance to see a large array of raffle prizes and to socialize.  Then a tri-tip dinner, courtesy of Recology, will be served at 6.  Bud’s Pub & Grill provides the no-host bar.

Then, at 7 “The Show” begins and heavy laughter is predicted.


Tickets are a $40 donation in advance and there is no guarantee there will be tickets left to sell at the door.  Tickets are available to purchase at Dixon Family Services at 155 North Second Street, The Dixon Tribune at 145 East A Street and The Dixon Florist at 150 East A Street.

To reserve a table you need to call, come in or email Dixon Family Services.  Ask for Cookie.  


Everyone is encouraged to get tickets early because there is a maximum capacity at the hall and tickets do sell fast.  Be sure to not miss the fun, food and laughter of Comedy Night 2018. 


Additional support is needed in a variety of ways.  Volunteer to be on the Comedy Night Team – there is a lot to do in the planning stages.   Sponsorships, donations and raffle prizes are all greatly appreciated.  For more information contact Cookie at Dixon Family Services, 678-0442 or email cookie@dixonfamilyservices.org  or ask any DFS Board Member.  The board currently consists of Sarah Villec, Jon Cox, Matt Swanson, Jack Caldwell, Jerry Casteñon and Brad Harms.


Special Thanks to our 2017 Donors

We wish to express our sincere gratitude to those who donated and sponsored in 2017. 

We also had hundreds more who donated items to our thrift store and we thank all of you very much as well, even though your names are not listed.  But you know and we know who you are.  Thank you so much!

Additionally, we thank all the great people who purchased tickets to our 2017 Comedy Night!  Our organization could not do all the good work we do without the generous support of our community!!

And we apologize in case we missed any names of donors or sponsors in 2017.  If you notice your name missing please let us know so we can fix that. 

Thank you

Cookie Powell

Donations 2017  
Rita Acosta Mary, Edwin and Kevin Heeney
Robert Adams Donna and Bob Ikleman
Algood Ink Tattoo In-N-Out Burgers
Altec Industries Jelly Belly
Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria Jess Jones Farms
Patricia and Kevin Anderson Kevin Johnson/ReMax Gold
Heidi Arnold Kaiser Permanente
Atkinson’s Self Storage Kathy Kirchgessner
Elizabeth and Robert Ball KJ Real Estate
Barrett-Leber Realty Les Schwab Dixon
Mary Lou and Jack Batchelor Marjorie and Jim Litsinger
Barbara Beckworth Marianne MacDonald/Coldwell Banker
Frances and Henry Barraza MEHC
Bella Moda Boutique Cathy and Peter Morris
Joyce and Larry Benefield Napa Auto & Truck Parts
Best Western Plus Dixon Natural History Museum
Mayor Tom Bogue Neighborhood Christian School
Jason Bravos Kelly Nixon Construction
Bud’s Pub & Grill Dee and Don Osborn
Burger King Dixon Teri Osterman-Brown
Marime and Tom Burton Pedrick Produce
Jack Caldwell Pizza Guys Dixon
Cache Creek Casino Mary Ann Pothier
California Water Company Cookie Powell
Teresa and Richard Castanias Gail Preston
Ana and Jerry Castañon The Printing Shop
Kay and Russ Cayler Alma and Miguel Quiroz
Cenario’s Pizza Dixon Recology
Central Auto Parts John Reeb
Church of Saint Martin Sacramento Zoological Society
Costco Wholesale Sacred Heart Institute YLI
Betty and Jon Cox San Francisco Zoo
Crocker Art Museum Scandia Family Center
Curves for Women Gail and Jose Setka
Patty and Clifford Detar Sisters Hair Boutique
Disneyland Ann and Max Smith
Dixon Florist and Gifts Max Smith Memorial Contributions
Dixon Hardware & Lumber Soroptimist Dixon
Dixon Kiwanis Club Dave Sturgeon
Dixon Lion’s Club Subway Dixon
Dixon Rotary Club Superior Farms
Dixon Tire Pros Taco Bell Dixon
Dixon Tribune Thornton & Sons
Dixon Veterinary Clinic Travis Credit Union
Susan and Phillip Durfee Mary and Ron Tribbet
Family Christian Center United Methodist Church
First Northern Bank United Way Bay Area
Fisk’s Cyclery United Way Capitol Region
5-Star Car Wash Vacaville Ice Sports
Gloria and Sigfredo Flores Vicki and Ernie Van Sant
Janet and Rick Fuller Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8151
Sally and Michael Galindo Sarah Villec
Suzanne and Jay Galloway Joyce and Ronnie Walker
Olimpia Gardner/State Farm  Wal-Mart Dixon
Genentech Nancy Wells
Gilroy Gardens William H Cilker Foundation
Melissa and Peter Glide Winchester Mystery House
Rosemarie and Ernest Gnos Wooden Valley Winery
Brian Gustafson/Farmers  Woodland Opera House
Hancock & Faller CPA Nancy and Duaine Worden
Gladys Hanna Patricia Yokom


Comedy Night 2018

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