Situational instability in a family’s life brings a greater need for community support. The FCRC seeks to offer a sense of community and an abundance of resources so we can fulfill our common goal as a school district for ALL students to thrive. When we lift others up, we all rise together!


FCRC Location & Hours

The FCRC is located inside the Jack, Will & Rob (JWR) Center
2033 NE Ione St., Camas, WA, 98607
Call to make an appointment during our business hours: 360-833-5612
Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Gathering for Ukrainian Families, December 8th, 6:30pm, JWR Center

Зустріч для української громади Камаса

Invitation to Gathering for Ukrainian Families

Donations now being accepted through December 8th for Warmth for Ukraine. (Please follow the instructions on the flyer carefully. Once a box is packed and labeled, you can deliver it to JWR FCRC, 2003 NE Ione Street.)


FCRC Resources Offered

Each family’s situation is different so we won’t expect that all the needs will be the same either.  Families are the best determiner of well-being for themselves. Read the Camas-CARES-FCRC-Vision-Statement and let’s have a conversation about what supports make the most sense to you. We are here to serve you and your identified needs to the best of our ability.

Commonly, at the Resource Center, located inside Jack, Will, and Rob, there are clean and nearly new seasonal clothing in a variety of sizes, shoes, coats, hygiene items and of course, school supplies. However, our resources extend beyond what meets the eye … so we provide a Camas Cares survey of each family’s unique needs so we can work to resource them as well.


Community Resource Guide

The CSD Family Resource Guide is full of current and accurate contact information for essential items and services, including medical, legal, and employment services; housing and shelters; financial and governmental assistance, and more. But, even more importantly than these essential community resources is your relationship with the FCRC who can help you navigate the options.

Click for the CSD-FamilyResourceGuide-Oct2022


Ways You Can Help!

Please read Camas-CARES-FCRC-Vision-Statement to discover what resources are offered and ways you can participate in meeting the self-identified needs of our community’s families. The needs and opportunities will change based on the unique situations of our families – so keep up to date by reading our updates in Parent Square or following Camas FCRC on Instagram and/or Facebook.

There are 3 ways to contribute financially to the FCRC. Financial contributions will be used toward the three greatest needs listed below:

1. Housing Stability: This program is called Stability-RAP (Stability Rental Assistance Program). We partner with Family Promise who offers stability programs and determines the success factor of rent assistance. Donations for this program need to be made out to C-W Children’s Fund with the Memo: Housing. This is an essential program that is meant to ensure students remain stable in their housing to finish school, which is one of the best ways to end generational poverty.

2. Student Success: This program ensures student attendance and success at school and access to all school programs and events. It also reduces the cost burden of rent by providing essential needs like healthy fresh food and school and work clothing. Donations toward this program can be made out to CSD – FCRC. We always go to the community first to find a donation (through Parent Square), but this allows us to resource needs when they can’t be donated. We use this program often to meet the needs of our building counselor requests.

3. Essential Needs: This program provides Gas Cards for the M-V program participants to ensure student attendance when use of public transportation isn’t feasible as well as for strapped parents to get to medical appointments and to and from work. Grocery Cards are used to provide certain items to families if we don’t have what they need at the time they visit the resource center. Donations to the Gift Card program is essential for meeting families with unique needs, not covered but other resources. Gift cards can be dropped off directly to Brenda at the JWR/FCRC, 2033 NE Ione Street.

Please come by to meet me at the FCRC! And thank you for your participation in these important community supports!

Brenda Schallberger
Family Community Resource Coordinator, McKinney-Vento and Foster Care Liaison

Brenda.Schallberger@camas.wednet.edu
phone: 360-833-5612

Local Food Resources

There are many ways to ensure Food Security for your family. The FCRC is here for you weekly and the following four local resources can help!

1 – Contact your student’s school counselor if your family could use a little extra food over the weekend. The Weekend Food Backpack Program is operated by the Inter-Faith Treasure House and for this resource our school district is grateful!!

2 – Also, the C-W Treasure House provides monthly food boxes to local residents. To find out more information visit: www.ifth-cw.org/

Location: Treasure House – 91 C St, Washougal, WA 98671

  • We continue providing food boxes for those in need.
  • We are accepting new clients
  • Clients may be asked to wait outside to fill out the paperwork and receive the food cart.
  • Food Assistance hours have changed: Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Saturday + Sunday: Closed

3 – The C-W Salvation Army also provides monthly food boxes, which includes appropriate amounts for family size along with meat. Weekly on Tuesdays there is a USDA delivery when cheese, milk, yogurt and fresh produce is stocked.

4 – To participate in the CSD FREE and Reduced Lunch program, inquire with Nutrition Services or download and complete the application here: English or Espanol.

McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act

If you are currently living in a motel or campground due to the lack of an alternative permanent accommodation or in a car, park, abandoned building or bus or train station or doubled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship, you may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-VEnto Act.

Eligible students have the right to:

  • Receive a free, appropriate public education.
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment
  • Enroll in school and attend classes while the school gathers needed documents.
  • Enroll in the local school; or continue attending their school of origin (the school they attended when permanently housed or the school in which they were last enrolled), if that is their preference. (If the school district believes that the school selected is not in his/her best interest, then the district must provide the student with a written explanation of its position and inform the student of his/her right to appeal its decision.)
  • Receive transportation to and from the school of origin, if requested.
  • Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to the students’ needs.
  • Contact Brenda Schallberger (CSD McKinney-Vento Liaison) if you believe you may be eligible, brenda.schallberger@camas.wednet.edu.

If you need further assistance for these needs, contact the National Center for Homeless Education: 1-800-308-2145

Housing Assistance Flyers in Other Languages:

For Full Program Details

Visit the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act page here.


Foster Care

Camas School District works with a variety of schools, child welfare agencies, communities, and families. We must work together to provide equitable opportunities, specialized services, and useful supports that are essential for students in foster care to be successful in school and in life. Together, we strive to support the whole child through evidence-based, best-practices, and collaboration.

Guided by the Foster Care Education Program, Camas School District supports students in foster care by encouraging innovative practices that reduce educational disruptions, strengthen school stability, and improve academic performance.

Eligibility

Students eligible for the Foster Care Program are children who are placed away from the care of their parents or guardians in 24-hour per day temporary, substitute care under the responsibility of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF). Program eligibility continues as long as a student remains in foster care, including the event of a change in foster care placement.

Educational Rights of Students in Foster Care

  • To reduce disruption, strengthen stability, and improve academic performance, students in foster care are entitled to:
  • Maintain enrollment in the school of origin if that is in the best interest of the student (School of Origin is the school attended when foster care began or at the time of a foster placement change).
  • Receive a free, appropriate education.
  • Enroll in school immediately, even if lacking documents normally required for enrollment.
  • Receive transportation, if necessary, to and from the school of origin.
  • Qualify for Free & Reduced Lunch Program.
  • Receive educational services comparable to those provided to other students, according to the student’s needs.
  • Receive academic and attendance support to promote positive educational advancement.

Questions?

Brenda Schallberger, FCRC Coordinator and McKinney-Vento/Foster Care Liaison, at Brenda.Schallberger@camas.wednet.edu  or 360-833-5612 or, the Special Services Department at 360-833-5571.