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48 Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001 Bulletin, By Victoria MetcMf Staff Wnter What began as a county shelter program for foster children, coupled with a bet- ter idea, has turned into a pro- gram that now serves 15 Northern California counties and hundreds of individuals over the past 20 years. "We want to help kids," said Jim Hardy, executive director of the Plumas County office of Environmental Alternatives, a foster family agency (FFA). And that was the thought behind the eventual action that stimulated the forming of a nonprofit organization con- centrating on providing care for foster children and ser- vices to foster parents. Beginninl Prior to 1981, Plumas Coun- ty operated its own group home for children in foster care, explained Hardy. House parents, Dan and Pat Dorris, contracted with the county to provide a home set- ting for the children placed in care, but they knew they need- ed more support to run a solid program, Hardy said. "Prevailing attitudes weren't good," he added, about the outside support the Dorrises received for the oper- ation. "Families needed financial support," Hardy remembered. And, there was a "lack of pro- fessional support." Turning to the Plumas County Mental Health Direc- tor Roddy Mac, the Dorrises consulted with him about be- ginning a new program--one that would better fulfill the needs of the children placed in Members of the staff in the foster child care organization, / / Photo by V~ctofia Metcatf original office of Environmental Alternatives, a nonprofit celebrated their 20th anniversary this month. care, and those who cared for boys was open in October, them. 1981, on Mac Lane in East Their idea reached fruition Quincy. when Environmental Alterna- And, Hardy was one of the tives, a foster family agency, first to be hired to work with was formed in February, 1981. the program. Its first group home for six Changes The group home concept had its place in Plumas Coun- ty. It provided the services the Dorrises had anticipated. But, by 1983, it was apparent some- thing was missing from the program. Oaks Ranch, Sabl! "We began to see that boysway Group Home, had no place to go," Hardyer Mountains. said. One of the more i That problem led to the ex- homes pansion and licensing of a fos- vlronmental ter care program. While the group home continued to op- Replacing an erate, parents were trained group home and certified to open their state licensing, homes to children, expanding Mountains home the options available in group home with Plumas County. style. Instead Hardy said that was a goodhouse, 10 move and six to 10 homes were opened in thes were recruited to provide care munity. Parents of foster children, charge of each Another change that came children were was the opening of a groupcottage home for girls, Hardy said. It, Social Worker too, was located in East Quln- Davis, who cy, in the home of John Probst vironmental on First Street. 11 years, said the ( Hardy noted that, as the program is more program began to branch out, home setting so did the need for profession- dren who live in al services, and more staffwas answer to the employed, live there. to have an identity Moving on house, just as While Plumas County still a real home. held the central focus of the organization, its first venture F~er into another county came Foster parents when Environmental Alterna- people in the tives became involved in the said. "It's all Lazy Heart Ranch in Lassentionship between i County. the foster parentS. And from there, the pro- These are the gram continued to branch out. when it comes Offices were opened in Butte, care and a Calaveras, Humboldt, Lake,to children Modoc, Nevada, Sacramento,care. San Joaquin, Siskiyou, andCurrently, Yuba counties. Alternatives has Additional group homes in foster care were opened including: another 100 in Cowee's House, Diamond For more Peak, Gold County Group Environmental Home, Le Home, Losh Group contact the mai Home, Oak Lake Ranch, River Quincy at 283.3330. Junior high school basket. "You don't see scores like ball teams from Plumas and that too often in junior high Lassen counties converge on games," he said. Greenville for a tournament Chester coaches were Stuart Saturday, March 3, beginningTreffand Steven Kistle. 9 a.m. Treff said the Chester boys Hoop action is fierce some- were able to pull off a win due times, said Greenville Coachto team effort and a lot of hus- ~,Keq Dormell ......... tle~ Treff said .............. I- s boys lost to Chester byFormore info alion about :ond point, 65-66, in overtime the tournament, call Junior Wednesday, Feb. 14. High School Girls Basketball Although they lost, Donnell Coach Trina Cunningham at said it was a great game for ju- 284-1942. nior high school players. Daffodil Days bri raises funds a little early, Spring is on its way, as sig- Vision Bouquet; $55 buys the naled by the traditional yel- Spring Arrangement, and a low daffodils and the Ameri- corporate arrangement is can Cancer Society (ACS) available for $110. Gift of Hope fundraiser offeringthem, bouquets may be purchased Orders are being taken for $15, $25, $50, $100, and addi- through Friday, March 9, bytional amounts. members of the Plumas Coun-Those interested in purchas- ty Branch of the ACS. Deliver- ing daffodils and contributing ies will be made March 26. to ACS can stop by Great For those interested in plac. Northern Hair Company on ing an order, small bouquets Main Street in Quincy, or call begin at $10; $15 buys a bou- 283-4114. quet and a vase; $30 buys the Basketball action is found Saturday in Greenville. f i Visit our Web site: www.plumasnews.com 0 o DON'T BE LEFT OUT IN THE COLD g) Immediate assistance is available for O qualified families* with a utility crisis** o AND For all others who qualify* a payment can be made o to your utility account to help reduce your energy cost O C 0 0 0 0 0 * A qualified household must have Call or drop in for an application at gross annual Income at or below the location nearest you. the following:. Plumas County Community Dev. Family Size Gross Annual Income Commission: 283-2466 1 $17,228 or less Passage Adult Resource Center: 2 $22,529 or less 283-0891 3 $27,829 or less Plumas Crisis Intervention Resource 4 $33,130 or less Center: 283-5515 5 $38,431 or less PORTOLA *Certain additional restrictions apply Healthy Start: 832-1827 ** Utility Crisim EEHYJU . Utilities are shut off Healthy Start: 284-1560 Have a 48 hr. or less shut-off notice CHESTER Out, or almost out of fuel or wood ABC Center: 258-42B0 o Wildwood Ctr.: 258-3350 O SIERRA COUNTY Dept. of Social Services: . .. ~..---.__~ --'-- ----~ 993-6720 ..~..,...~.,,,~. ........ #JllL..,.~. ~. !ii: :i ?'-,: Oil Never Wears Out. It Just Gets Dirty! La Porte Tmmfer Sl lion 2121 Portwine Road (80O) 300-1046 (530) dqMm ad RECYCLE USED OIL *Certified Used Oil Collection Centers offer 4 cents per quart. 16 centS l for your used motor oil. Used oil is accepted in containers Please bring your oil in tightly sealed container, such as drain DO NOT mix oil with any other mhtanc , inch as anfifieeze, brake fluid, trammiafion fluid of Sponsored by Plumas County, Environmental Services JPA and funded by a grant from the Califomia Integrated Waste Management Board *Grae e Recycling Center 920 Graeagle-Blairsd n Road (530) 832-4879 (530) *Dellek 73981 *East Quincy. Transfer Station City_ of Portola landfill End of Abernathy Lane off Hwy. 70 Portola Dump Road, Portola E. Ouincv " For Po 91a residents only (530) 283-2065 (530) JZ4216 *Chester Transfer Station n.eenville Station & Hwy. 36 & A-13 Greenville (800) 300-1046 One mile (800) 300-1046 Drop off your used oil at one of _these local collection centers for or calI.1-800.CLEANUP for ".reformation on recycling in your For additional information visit me WWW.180Ocleanup.org Over 40% of all contamination in our nation's waterways is from crankcase oil draining. 1 quart of oil can contaminate 250,000 gallons of water. 2.5 quarts of re-refined lubricating oil can be produced from one gallon of used oil. Recycle your Uncontaminated Used Motor Oil and F'dters