Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara donates $ 100,000 to county nonprofit to help Spanish speaking volunteers become certified family health navigators
SANTA BARBARA, Calif .– Children and Family Resource Services (CFRS), a nonprofit organization under the Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO), recently received a $ 100,000 grant from the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara.
The SBCEO said these funds will be used to provide training and support to 24 promoters to become certified as family health navigators. Promoters are Spanish speaking volunteers trained to overcome cultural barriers that prevent people from accessing health, social and government services.
“This funding allows us to expand our services throughout Santa Barbara County. With each newly formed promoter, we can serve an additional 100 people, ”said MaryEllen Rehse, executive director of CFRS. “We are grateful to the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara for their financial support and confidence in our mission to serve our Spanish speaking community. “
The SBCEO said each sponsor serves about 100 community members referred through existing networks such as churches, workplaces, friends and family.
The Promoteres network also serves as a liaison with health and social service organizations and was recently recognized with a 2020 Latino Legacy Award for its extraordinary work.
“We appreciate the Santa Barbara Women’s Fund’s extraordinary investment in the Promotores network and our community,” said Dr. Susan Salcido, Principal of Santa Barbara County Schools. “Students and families in our county benefit from the connections made through this reliable and strong network. “
the Santa Barbara Women’s Fund is a collective, volunteer-run donor organization that enables women to combine their charitable giving into large grants meeting the critical needs of women, children and families in southern Santa Barbara County.
For more information on the County Promotores Network, Click here.