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“We take this responsibility seriously and are continuously improving and offering new services and opportunities for youth within our city.”

More than 18 organizations will gather to help Peoria families at the Family and Youth Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, August 24. The first resource fair will be held at the Peoria Community Center, 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; health care services such as the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program; and senior care. Children between the ages of 5 and 12 can play games and video games, make crafts and more while parents, grandparents and guardians attend this free event.

“The Neighborhood and Human Services Department places a strong emphasis on helping our youth succeed and become integral members of our community,” said Carin Imig, assistance manager.

“We take this responsibility seriously and are continuously improving and offering new services and opportunities for youth within our city. 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.”

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,” Peoria Community Assistance Coordinator Lisa Mattox said.

“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.”

Residents can get information, attend workshops, sign up for assistance or consult with experts. For more information, visit peoriaaz.gov/peoriasupport.