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April is Child Abuse Awareness Month

Dixon Family Services has a banner in front of the building during the month of April as one way to remind people that April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. 

The organization reminds us that as a community we have a responsibility to nurture and protect our children and help ensure they become healthy and productive adults.

Studies show that there is a direct link between child abuse and a greater risk later in life of depression, alcoholism, drug abuse, smoking, eating disorders, obesity, sexual promiscuity, certain chronic diseases and suicide.

Dixon Family Services (DFS) is a community-based Family Resource Center and Counseling Center and does all it can to help ensure the safety and well-being of Dixon’s children all year long.  With a special focus on low-income families with children, a priority goal is to reduce the incidences of child abuse or neglect by decreasing the worries and stress parents increasingly face on a daily basis.   

To learn more about child abuse, prevention and what you can do to help, go to www.partnersinprevention.org

 

 

 

 

Comedy Night – June 23, 2018

DIXON FAMILY SERVICES PRESENTS COMEDY NIGHT 2018

FUNNY MAN DAN ST. PAUL SELECTED TO ENTERTAIN

Dixon Family Services is excited to announce that Dan St. Paul will be responsible for making everyone laugh hard at Comedy Night 2018.  The event is scheduled for Saturday, June 23 at the Olde Vet’s Hall in downtown Dixon.

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

Dan St. Paul

After a seven-year stint of headlining San Francisco clubs in the comedy duo Murphy-St. Paul, Dan launched out on his own with a solo act that was to land him in the finals of the nation’s toughest comedy competition, The San Francisco International Stand-Up Comedy Competition.

 

Soon after, Dan moved to Los Angeles and appeared on several episodes of “An Evening at the Improv”, plus numerous shows on VH-1, MTV, and Comedy Central.  Since then, he has opened for such superstars as Jerry Seinfeld, Natalie Cole, Dwight Yoakum, Smokey Robinson, and Vince Gill.  In a testament to the class of his act, Dan even opened for the San Francisco Symphony (“These guys are great! I knew them back when they were just a garage band.”).

 

Dan appeared in the movie “Flubber” with Robin Williams, and signed a recording deal with MCA records.  His CD, “Natural and Good for You” contains one the most requested comedy pieces on radio, “The First Baseball Game”.  He also is the star of his own one-man play, “Outer Mission, Middle Class – The Comic Diary of an Immigrant’s Son”.

 

The Los Angeles Theater and Entertainment Review said about Dan, “Combining a sharp, clean wit with an outstanding talent for creating characters, Dan’s show appeals to audiences of all ages…what sets Dan apart is that he doesn’t just tell jokes, but rather creates a series of comedic events.”

 

Armed with a Bachelor’s Degree in Italian from UC Berkeley, a teaching credential from San Francisco State, and a Master’s Degree in special education, the majority of Dan’s material comes from being a suburban husband and father and dealing with the frustrations of everyday life.

 

The evening begins at 5:00 with social time, no-host bar, 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 about 8 “The Show” begins and heavy laughter is predicted.

Tickets are $40 in advance and are available to purchase at Dixon Family Services at 155 North Second Street, The Dixon Tribune at 145 East A Street and Dixon Florist & Gifts at 150 East A Street

Everyone is encouraged to get tickets early because there is a maximum capacity and tickets will sell fast to this highly anticipated event.  There is also the option of reserving a table or two so you can be sure to sit with your friends, family and/or co-workers.  Please call or email Dixon Family Services for table reservations. Tickets to Comedy Night make a wonderful gift for someone who enjoys a fun time.

The DFS Board of Directors promises that this is one event you won’t want to miss.  Each of them is very involved and invested in making Comedy Night 2018 a big success.  They also have tickets to sell.  The current Board includes Sarah Villec, Matt Swanson, Jack Caldwell, Jon Cox, Brad Harms and Jerry Castañon.  

Additional support is needed in a variety of ways.  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 .  You can also talk to any DFS Board Member.

 

 

Report to the Community

DIXON FAMILY SERVICES REPORT TO THE COMMUNITY

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 COULD NOT DO ALL WE DO WITHOUT THE HELP OF MANY PARTNERS!!

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

 

IN MANY CASES, EARLY INTERVENTION AND SUPPORTIVE SERVICES PEOPLE ACCESS AT DIXON FAMILY SERVICES ARE LIFE-CHANGING. . .

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.

 

THE DFS THRIFT STORE CLOSED IN JANUARY

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

COMEDY NIGHT IS SATURDAY, JUNE 23

A LOT OF FUN IS EXPECTED

 

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.

 

Comedy Night 2018