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Family Access Network gets $5,000 grant


St. Charles Foundation recently granted the Family Access Network (FAN) $5,000 to sup port critical, basic-need services in Deschutes County. It only costs $100 to provide one child with vital FAN services for their entire school year. These funds will provide 50 disadvantaged children and family members, living in poverty or experiencing homelessness, with basic necessities like: nutritious food, a safe place to sleep, warm clothing, healthcare and dental work, and more.

It is critical to alleviate and mitigate stressors of poverty because studies show that living in poverty as a child can be detrimental to future well-being not only for the child, but for the community. FAN responds to this need by continually connecting children and families to essential services that are desperately needed in order to thrive. The funds from the St. Charles Foundation will help provide these critical services to our most fragile population: children living in poverty or experiencing homelessness in Central Oregon.

St. Charles takes their role as a community resource seriously, and does their best to partner with other local groups to ensure Central Oregonians have access to the health services they need when they need them most. They are proud of the contribution that their community benefit program makes to support a healing environment and a healthier future for our friends and neighbors.

“We are extremely appreciative for the continued support we’ve had from St. Charles. It is amazing to see community partners working together to change the lives of children in Central Oregon,” Julie Lyche, Executive Director.

Unique to Central Oregon, FAN began in January 1993 and currently employs 25 advocates in 52 public school (K-12) and early childhood sites to efficiently reach and connect disadvantaged children and families to basic needs such as: food, shelter, clothing, healthcare and more. FAN’s mission is to improve lives by ensuring that all children in Deschutes and Crook Counties have access to basic-need services.

To learn more about Family Access Network, please visit or call (541) 693-5675.

The Family Access Network is committed to building a healthy community by alleviating the suffering of children in need. In the 2016/17 school year, FAN advocates improved the lives of nearly 9,000 children and family members in Central Oregon.

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