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Bulletin, Progressive, Rbcord, Reporter Wednesday, May 5, 2010 9B Wood 'n' Rose: A good meal for customers means new Ire for foster kids iles in BUSINESS WOOD 'N' ROSE Diana Jorgenson Portola Editor djorgenson@plumasnews.com The Wood 'n' Rose, a pre- dominant feature of the tiny town of Chilcoot on Highway 70, is a small country caf8 much like thousands of coun- try cafes across the nation. It has a little wood stove and country furnishings much like thousands of little cafSs across the country. Wood 'n' Rose serves a menu much like its sister cafes: burgers and sandwiches, chili, The Wood 'n" Rose clan gathers between customers (from left) Stacie Glisson with 2-year-old Addison Rose, her brother Bradley soups and salads, and afew on Jasson Kirby's shoulder, Mary and Ray Rose at the hub, Heather Blair holding her daughter, Annaraye, Stephan Duran and his Mexican-American favorites, sister Rochelle Arfsten, and Dexter Sousa. Wood 'n' Rose adds homemade bread and pastries to the mix, him. I don't know how he an added delight for both sand- wiches and breakfast toast, does it." It serves breakfast with bis- Mary couldn't say enough cults and gravy and omelets, good things about the and lunch, and on weekends, support he has shown for it serves dinner, too. Dinner their program. Fatheree is offers home cooking like firm and he follows through, chicken Parmesan and roast she said. If he tells the boy he beef. will be back in three hours to The Wood 'n' Rose is a see what progress he has family-run business, like made in cleaning his room, thousands of little cafSs he comes back. The boys across the country, listen. With another generation, And there the likeness Heather and Justin, partici- ends, for Wood 'n' Rose is a caf~ with a mission: a train- pating in training young men to become self-sufficient, the ing field and apprenticeship apprenticeship program program for young adults in looks like it will remain the the foster care system. Its backbone of Wood 'n' Rose, a mission is to make indepen- caf8 featuring good food, dent, sell-supporting adults of home-baked bread and a strong desire to help young people transition into respon- sible adults. "We're going to keep on keeping on," Mary said. "Somebody has to do this." these children -- children who each have a story, most of them unhappy. Ray and Mary Rose both grew up in Portola and grad- uated from Portola High School, as did their children, Heather and Justin. In the couple's early days, as they raised their children, they fostered kids who had entered the court system for one reason or another. But the Roses became frustrated with the way the system worked. When the kids turned 18, they had to leave; yet the young adults had no skills to offer the outside world and no money to establish them- selves. So Ray and Mary Rose quit fostering kids for nearly 10 years. "We always said that if we could create a way to teach them a skill, we would take teenagers again, and then we came across this," Mary said. That was 12 years ago and their idea has worked, even blossomed into a large, extended family. After buying the Wood 'n' Rose, it took about four years to complete all the paperwork to be licensed with the state. During the interim, they fostered kids as they used to, boys and girls, trying to decide which they would house and work with. At the time the license came through, they had a young man with them, so they went with boys. Today, the Roses, both gen- erations, also train girls in the apprenticeship program, although the girls are housed in Portola. The boys, and for the first time, one girl who is sister to one of the boys, are A stained glass window of red roses adorns the Wood 'n' Rose Caf~ in Chilcoot, a caf~ that helps foster children transition into the adult working world. Photos by Diana Jorgenson housed on the property in young man stayed on as he three mobile homes, attended college and worked "I'm not even 'Shelly,'" at an outside job. said lone female Rochelle There's no more financial Arfsten, "I'm just 'the girl.'" assistance for them, but they She didn't seem to mind. still need the family's support Wood 'n' Rose takes kids on and social network. The 24- probation and those in the year-old brings out parental custody of child protective pride in both Ray and Mary. services between the ages "He's our success story,', of 16 and 18. Neither Ray Ray said. "He's doing excel- nor Mary has found any lently." He holds a job and difference in the children, sustains himself. although probationary youth For all of the Roses, Ray have a greater support sys- and Mary; daughter Heather tern in their probation officer and her husband, Richard; they thought, son Justin; four grandchil- "They're both the same. dren and niece, Stacy, have They're teenagers. Depend- become family to the river of ing upon where they've been boys who transition into and what they've been up .adulthood on the premises. against in the first 16 years of, "We really don't have any their lives dictates how well employees here," Ray said, they do here. If they've been ~'We're all family." kicked around a lot, they "Heather is the heart and tend not to trust anybody. It soul of this work," Ray said, takes a long time to make the and Mary agreed that she connection and to get them to was now managing most of respond and to trust," Ray the daily operations. At one said. time, Heather's husband, Some they never do reach Richard, and brother, Justin, in any meaningful way. also worked in the business, There are failures, but it's a but the lagging economy has fairly low percentage that forced them to get outside "blow out" said Ray. The jobs. Still, they spend their rewards of seeing all those free time with the boys, at the who do succeed are much caf~ and on outings. greater Mary was quick to The young trainees learn add. everything about running a But some don't adapt and cafS, everything but ordering they eventually leave, said Mary. They choose what "This program is a privi- areas they wish to train in.: lege," said Ray. "They have short order cook, baker or to apply to come here. They have to want to be here. If they don't participate, then that's proof that they don't want to be here. We don't give up on any of them, but sometimes they give up on themselves." "We don't boot anybody out," Mary agreed, adding that one young man was now 24 and continued to live at Wood 'n' Rose, while another er Reunion, Auction & Concert River Saturday, May 22, 2010 College Greenhorn Ranch AGRICULTURE 1:00pm Welcome Reception 2:30pm BBQ Dinner & Silent Auction 4:30pm Live Auction 2116 Greenhorn Ranch Rd. Quincy, CA .o 5:00pm Concert Featuring Legendary Recording Artist Ian Tyson Followed by Hot New Country Artist Clear Blue 22 o Limited tickets are available thru: Jesse Segura (530) 283-0202 ext. 306 s75 Dinner & Concert or s40 Concert Only Comlaunity Rodeo with practice at FRC rodeo arena A dmission FREE Donations greatly appreciated handling customers in the dining area, and work according to their ability. Even kids with limited capacity have surprised Ray and Mary and learned many more tasks than were ever expected. The boys pay for their room and board from their wages, but receive $300 per month in spending cash. Out of this, Mary sets $50 per month aside into savings. Their goal is for the boys to have money saved for a car and rent by the time they leave the program. With fewer adults to work with the boys, the Roses have scaled back their on-site apprenticeship program from 11 to eight young men, The economy has also impacted their relationship with the system. Social workers are overburdened with heavy case loads at the same time that they are furloughed three days per month, leaving less time for working on these cases. It has not made the system any easier to work With the Roses agreed. But they are unanimous in their appreciation for Plumas County Deputy John Fatheree, who has a knack with the boys, Ray said as he shook his head. 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