More than 125 community members attended CSET’s Drought Resource Center resource fair on August 27.
Families received information on drought-related services and programs, and other family resources. Community partner booths included: CalFresh, Family Health Care Network, Covered California, the Employment Development Department, the Tulare County Employment Connection (a proud partner of America’s Job Center of California network), and CSET’s recycling, drought services, LiHEAP, and senior services program.
Community members had access to ice cold water, refreshments and the company of neighbors and Porterville residents. Drought Resource Center staff assisted families in signing up for the bottled water program, loading more than 85 cases of water throughout the evening. Supervisor Mike Ennis was present to support the community and the resource center in its efforts to alleviate the impact of the severe drought.
The Drought Resource Center provides a wide variety of services and referrals for residents impacted by the drought. On the premises are free public showers, sinks and portable toilets. CSET also operates an office on site, which provides information and referral services to local residents. Furthermore, the bottled water pick-up, household tank installation and bottled water delivery programs are available at the Drought Resource Center.
In addition to operating the Drought Resource Center, CSET has been installing 2,500 to 3,000 gallon tanks and pumps at qualified houses.
“We are very pleased to be assisting local residents as they navigate this difficult time,” stated Mary Alice Escarsega-Fechner, CSET’s executive director. “Our goal is to provide residents with as much information and access to services as possible.”
Regularly scheduled services, including showers and water pick-up, were available during the open house.
For questions or more information, contact the Drought Resource Center (559) 667-9309.