Snohomish outreach center expands to help needy

SNOHOMISH — A new outreach center is coming to help those in need.

The Lake Stevens Family Center is expanding and plans to open a branch in Snohomish as early as this spring.

It will be called Family Support Snohomish, and before it can begin providing services it needs to find a building near public transportation.

The expansion has been planned for over a year. The aim is to bring social services closer to the organization’s clients in Snohomish, director Kathleen Friend said.

By being in the city, the center can help them and others who live within Snohomish School District’s boundaries who may be unable to go to Lake Stevens, she said.

The expansion is intended to provide services not currently being provided elsewhere.

“We are not intending to replace or take over the services,” Friend said. “We want only to fill the gaps that are keeping the families from not being stable and secure.”

The new center would start by helping families to receive basic food services through the Department of Social and Health Services. It could also become a place where people can receive more information about social services provided by other local agencies, she said.

The Lake Stevens center helped 6,000 people last year, about 5 percent of them from Snohomish, Friend said.

The center is also discussing expanding to Granite Falls, which has about the same percentage of clients as Snohomish.

Currently, the center is planning community meetings and seeking people to form a committee. This way, it can learn more about what services are needed. For more information about the meetings, people can call Friend at the center, 425-397-7433, Monday through Thursday.

Lake Stevens Family Center has been located at 1803 123rd Dr. NE for more than 20 years. It provides a variety of services such as helping victims of domestic abuse, giving food and legal assistance, and providing classes about parenting and budgeting. The organization is part of Lutheran Community Services Northwest.

Alejandro Dominguez: 425-339-3422; adominguez@heraldnet.com.

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