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Partnership celebrates 20 years with an open house

by Caryn

Shannon LitzCari Rioux of Carson Valley Medical Center, Neyzer Torres of the Partnership of Community Resources, Debbie Theiss of Walgreens, Vicky Lamb of juvenile probation, Linda Gilkerson of the partnership, Karen Goode of Douglas County Social Services and Sherese Settelmeyer representing service clubs and parents. In the front are Tom Gregory of the district attorney’s office, Cheryl Bricker of the partnership, Dan Britton of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Jim Norton of Warren Reed Insurance.

The Partnership of Community Resources has relocated and Executive Director Cheryl Bricker said it’s their best location ever.“It’s smaller, but it meets our needs. Since I’ve been at the partnership for 14 years this absolutely is the best location,” Bricker said. “We’re in a neighborhood, and it feels good. We looked at a lot of commercial buildings and then we found this house and thought ‘how perfect.’”The 1,800-square-foot house is the former home of Pastor Pete Nelson when the Carson Valley United Methodist Church was located on the corner, and the garage was used as the Valley’s first food closet.“This house is just blessed,” Bricker said. “The opportunity to be in a neighborhood for prevention and work with the community hands-on is very special.”This year also marks the nonprofit’s 20th birthday, and to kick off a year of celebration, it is hosting an open house 2 to 6 p.m., Thursday at its new location on Church Street in Gardnerville.“We wanted our neighbors to know about us, and people who don’t know what we do to find out more about us,” Bricker said. The mission of the Partnership of Community Resources is to provide funding and support for prevention programs for organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Tahoe Youth & Family Services, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Boys & Girls Club of Carson Valley and Douglas County Juvenile Probation.“We help plan and promote activities that prevent substance abuse amongst our youth. Our biggest challenge is to get the latest information to parents so they can recognize and be more aware,” Bricker said. “The other thing we are known for is if there’s a situation in the community that needs to be addressed, we are able to provide funding or supplies pretty quickly.”The partnership also sponsors and trains the youth coalition Students Taking On Prevention to spread the word about drug, alcohol and tobacco prevention among their peers.“Last year we graduated 13 seniors and over half of them had been involved since seventh grade,” Bricker said. “The partnership is very proud of engaging youth in the community. We work with the kids so they will be better citizens wherever they land.”With an annual budget of $350,000, the partnership receives grants to cover much of the expenses. However, in 2009 they initiated the Walk, Jog, Run fundraiser prior to the Carson Valley Days parade to help subsidize the balance.“Every nonprofit has to raise funds and the partnership is cognizant of the fact there are few dollars to give,” Bricker said. “When I first requested funding in 2000 from the commissioners I told them I wanted to make Douglas County the healthiest community in Nevada, and just last year that happened. It’s an effort to bring together community members, agencies and nonprofits to work together to keep Douglas healthy.”The Partnership of Community Resources is located at 1517 Church Street in Gardnerville. Office hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Thursday. For more information, call 782-8611 or visit of Community Resources is located at 1517 Church Street in Gardnerville. Hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Thursday. Reach them at 782-8611 or YOU GOWhat: Partnership of Community resources open houseWhen: 2-6 p.m., ThursdayWhere: 1517 Church Street, Gardnerville

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