From High Desert Education Service District
The Clabough Foundation to support FAN advocate services in Redmond
The Family Access Network (FAN) is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from The Clabough Foundation to support critical FAN advocate services in Redmond, Oregon. At least forty-eight percent of families within the city of Redmond earn less than the basic cost of living for families in Deschutes County including unemployed, underemployed, and low wage earners. Sixty percent of Redmond school children receive free or reduced meals, and 468 homeless children were identified within the Redmond School District in the 2015/16 school year. These are the children served by FAN.
“We are incredibly appreciative of the continued support from The Clabough Foundation. These grant funds will provide vital FAN services to at least 100 children who are living in poverty or experiencing homelessness in Redmond. We couldn’t serve the number of needy children that we serve every year without the help of continued partnerships like The Clabough Foundation,” Julie Lyche, FAN Executive Director.
The goals of The Clabough Foundation are 1) to promote and improve the conservancy and stewardship of the natural resources in the High Country of North Carolina and the Deschutes River Watershed of Central Oregon by aiding public and private organizations involved in such activities and 2) to promote and foster the regional arts and cultural offerings of the High Country area of North Carolina and the Deschutes River Watershed area of Central Oregon. The Foundation emphasizes recreational and educational activities in achieving these goals.
FAN began in January 1993 and currently employs 25 advocates in 51 public schools (K-12) and early childhood sites in Deschutes and Crook Counties. FAN improves lives by ensuring that children in Central Oregon have access to basic-need services. FAN is unique to Central Oregon, utilizing advocates directly in schools to efficiently reach and connect disadvantaged children and families with basic needs, such as food, shelter, clothing, and health care.