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Community Mobilization

Mobilizing the community to prevent substance abuse, violence and related social ills

Community Mobilization, established by the legislature in 1989, provides funds to counties to involve community members in creating safe and healthy communities. Almost 90% of Community Mobilization funds go directly to communities and neighborhoods to do this work.

Using a risk/protective framework each county defines its own unique needs and solutions to prevent substance abuse, violence and related social ills. Two key strategies further define this work:

1. The active involvement of the community

Community Mobilization brings together youth, parents, and geographically, ethnically, and culturally diverse groups to maximize their resources in response to community identified needs. In addition, local agencies, schools and organizations implement programs and activities that demonstrate effective outcomes.

2. Family Resource Centers

A Primary focus of Community Mobilization is the development of Family Resource Centers in Clark County. Family Resource Centers are a response to the developing family support movement that advocates a local and national commitment to families.

The movement began as an effort to combine knowledge about child development, family systems, and community impact on families as a means to build more effective ways to promote healthy child development. It is a multicultural, multidisciplinary grassroots movement representing thousands of community-based efforts dedicated to helping all kinds of families as they strive to raise healthy children.

What is a Family Resource Center? A Center is a gathering place, a community hub of activities, services and resources for children and families.  It's a place where a family could go, not only in times of need, but as a regular part of their day to day life.  Centers build on the strengths and capacities of families and include families in developing the centers to meet community needs.

In Clark County there are a growing number of Family Centers, each one unique to the community and/or population it serves.  For information about a particular Center call the number provided:

  • Battleground Family Resource Center, 360-687-7126 
  • Unified Camas/Washougal Family Resource Center, 360-835-7802 
  • Children's Home Society Family Resource Center, 360-695-1325 
  • Clark College Child & Family Studies Program, 360-992-2393 or
  • Educational Opportunities for Children and Families (EOCF) Family Center, 360-896-9912 
  • Fruit Valley Family Resource Center, 360-313-1904
  • Jim Parsley Center, 360-313-1000
  • Vancouver Housing Authority Rise & Stars Community Center, 360-737-2950

In addition to and in support of Center development, representatives from the various centers meet regularly to network, share resources, offer technical assistance, and help new programs get off the ground.  This group is called the Family Center Network Technical Assistance Team (FRNCTAT).  This group meets the 4th Wednesday of each month from noon to 1:30 p.m.  For more information, contact DeDe Sieler at (360) 397-2130 ext. 5229.

Office of National Drug Control Policy
An excellent list of links to various sites related to drug and alcohol use.

Family Support America
Family Support America is recognized worldwide as a pioneer in the family support movement.

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Clark County Community Services: Vanessa R. Gaston, Director
Street address: 1601 East Fourth Plain Boulevard, Bldg 17, Suite A419, Vancouver, WA 98661
Mailing address: P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-9810
Main phone: (360) 397-2130 | FAX: (360) 397-6028
Community Services Fraud and Abuse Hotline
The Fraud and Abuse Hotline number is (360) 397-8030 and is for the reporting of suspected fraud or abuse related to payment for services. Messages may be left anonymously. To speak directly with the Department Compliance Officer, call (360) 397-2075 ext. 7819.
Responsible Elected Official: Board of Clark County Commissioners

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