New Peoria Resource Center hosts fair

Pictured: The Peoria Community Center, which is where the new Community Assistance Resource Center is located. The first resource fair will be on August 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(Photo courtesy of the City of Peoria)

PEORIA – More than 18 organizations will gather to help Peoria families at the Family and Youth Resource Fair on Saturday, August 24. The new Community Assistance Resource Center will host its first resource fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Peoria Community Center, located at 8335 W. Jefferson Street.

Families will be able to meet with organizations to learn about financial planning, job training and employment services, youth programs in the area, disability and crisis resources, and health care services such as Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program, and senior care.

“We take this responsibility seriously and are continuously improving and offering new services and opportunities for youth within our city,” said Carin Imig, Peoria Community Assistance Manager.

Children between the ages of five and 12 can play games and videogames, make crafts and more while parents, grandparents and guardians attend this free event.

“This Family and Youth Resource Fair is an excellent example of how we integrate our future leaders into our programs and also teach them how they can be a part of civic engagement,” Imig said.

The Community Assistance Resource Center houses several organizations full time that can provide a wide range of assistance to Peoria residents. Those organizations include Bloom 365, Child Crisis Arizona, Marc Community Resources, WIC, Stepping Up for Seniors, FSL, Benevilla, Arizona at Work, JAG and Medicare Planning Solutions.

“It is important that our residents are provided tools, like the Family and Youth Resource Fair, that contribute to having healthy families,” said Peoria Community Assistance Coordinator Lisa Mattox.

Residents can get information, attend workshops, sign up for assistance or consult with experts.

“When a person thinks of healthy families, they usually think of basic needs like food and housing. Yes, that is huge part of it but it is not everything. We have to help our community members in need find ways to build better lives so that their families thrive,” Mattox said.

For more information, visit www.peoriaaz.gov/peoriasupport.