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Registration open for Inland Empire Fatherhood Conference

IEFICInland Empire men will have the chance to be inspired, educated and better equipped to tackle the challenges of fatherhood and to be actively engaged in their children’s lives during the Inland Empire Fatherhood Conference.

The Aug. 15, 2015 conference, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Inland Regional Center at 1365 South Waterman Ave in San Bernardino, will feature several speakers and workshops that will provide fathers with information and resources. Keynote speakers for the event include Richard Jones, an actor, and Barry E. Knight, an author and leadership coach. Topics addressed during the workshops include: tips for new and young fathers, financial empowerment for dads, how to navigate the systems, fathering children with disabilities, and several others To register, visit

Participating San Bernardino County agencies include the Children’s Network, Children and Family Services and Preschool Services Department, Behavioral Health, Public Health, Child Support Services, Probation, Superintendent of Schools, and others.

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Registration now open for Children’s Network Conference

Father Gregory Boyle

Father Gregory Boyle

A Jesuit priest who founded the world’s largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program will share his message of hope at the upcoming Children’s Network Conference. Father Gregory Boyle, an authority on gangs and intervention and the founder and CEO of Homeboy Industries, will be the keynote speaker on the first day of the September 23 and 24 conference at the Ontario Convention Center. Now in its 29th year, the event is one of the Inland Empire’s premier training events for professionals in the fields of social work, mental health, juvenile justice, child development, child welfare, medicine and nursing.  Sessions include:

  • The Status of Homeless Youth in San Bernardino County
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  • Stress Reduction Practices for Children and Teens
  • Working with LGBTQ Youth
  • Supporting the Mental Health of Our Children
  • Early Childhood Development and the Screen-Time Dilemma
  • Helping Children and Teens Through Loss
  • Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking
  • Strengthening and Supporting Father Involvement in Our Communities
  • Self-Empowerment
  • And many more…

For more information and to register, visit

Portion of Santa Ana River Trail receives $3.4 million in funding

SANTA ANA RIVER TRAILThe California Coastal Conservancy Board on Thursday approved $3.4 million for construction of a portion of the Santa Ana River Trail in San Bernardino County.

Once completed, the Santa Ana River Trail will be about 100 miles long and will connect the Inland Empire from the crest of the San Bernardino Mountains to the Pacific Ocean near Huntington Beach. Once complete, it will be one of the longest urban recreation river parkways in the United States.

The $3.4 million will be used for the construction of Phase 3 of the trail from Waterman Avenue in San Bernardino to California Street in Redlands. This trail segment consists of a paved bikeway – a shared use path that is physically separated from any street or highway and may be used by pedestrians, skaters, wheelchair users, and other non-motorized users.

The funding is part of the Proposition 84 bond that allotted $45 million to the Santa Ana River Trail, giving each county $10 million towards their segment of the trail. The California Coastal Conservancy Board is the administrator of these grant funds.

Once accepted by the Board of Supervisors, the County can begin working on construction documents, permits and then construction of the next 3.8 miles of the trail. After completion of Phase 3, there will still be 11 miles of the trail to compete which could take approximately four more years.

To view a map of the Phase 3 segment, click here.

Winter season farmshare registration available

VegetablesHave you made a resolution to “live healthier” in 2015? Why not start with a Farmshare? Registration is now open, and it’s easy to do.

A Farmshare is your ticket to a weekly supply of fresh, honest, local food sourced from right here in Southern California. It is a pre-paid weekly delivery of fruits and vegetables for 13 weeks/3months; 4 seasons/year.

The Downtown Farmshare takes place at:

* Court Street Square (Corner of Court and E Street) in San Bernardino

* Thursdays 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

For more information about registration or how the program works, please click the following link: Registration Packet  or view the PDF version of the Registration Packet here.

You may also visit their Facebook page at

Volunteer on Make A Difference Day this Saturday

makeadifferenceThe Inland Empire United Way and local nonprofits are encouraging residents to get involved in helping their communities on Saturday, Oct. 25, which is National Make A Difference Day.

Make A Difference Day began in 1990 and is held the fourth Saturday of October.

The Inland Empire United Way suggests volunteering time at a nonprofit near you.

For a list of volunteer opportunities, visit To read more about National Make A Difference Day, visit


You’re invited to the 8th Annual Homeless Summit on Nov. 5

Homeless Summit Electronic Invite PIO revised 10 7 14The San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership invites the public to attend the 8th Annual Homeless Summit held in conjunction with the Interagency Council on Homelessness and the Homeless Provider Network.

Homeless service providers, faith-based organizations, city governments, and other public and private agencies involved in providing services to chronically homeless individuals and families are encouraged to attend.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ontario Convention Center, 2000 E. Convention Center Way in Ontario.

This year’s event is entitled “Collaboration is KEY”, and is geared to inspire faith-based and community-based homeless providers and government agencies to become more informed and active in forming practical solutions and policies to end homelessness. The summit will include a variety of targeted workshops including:

  • A new law enforcement approach to homelessness;
  • The role of WIA and EDD Employment programs, as well as the veteran program in helping people become employed;
  • Funding opportunities for homeless service providers;  and
  • Progress on ending veteran homelessness

This year’s Homeless Summit is provided free of charge through the Partnerships continued commitment to provide quality services and salient resources to homeless service providers – our essential partners in our joint effort to end chronic homelessness.

Registration for this event is available through the San Bernardino County Homeless Partnership website at

There are four workshops to choose from, so please pick one workshop from each section.  You may also contact Deanna Luttrell from the Office of Homeless Services at (909) 386-8225 or via email at if you need assistance with summit registration.




Volunteers install new playground at San Bernardino park

playgroundThis week, more than 200 volunteers showed up to Ninth Street Park in San Bernardino to install a new playground.

The nonprofit group, KaBOOM led the project in the park after noticing the old playground had deteriorated.

Tony Munoz, one of the volunteers who installed the new playground, told The Sun newspaper: “I remember that big steel slide that was hotter than heck in the summer. It was a steel merry-go-round that was there. They did fix it up, but it sort of went to pot, you know. Now, all these guys working together, I think we’re making something better.”

According to the newspaper, the city of San Bernardino helped organize the event along with the Home of Neighborly Services and the BNSF Railway. The Dr. Pepper Snapple Group also contributed to the project.

This project helps achieve the Countywide Vision by improving the quality of life for residents and their children.

Read more about the event in The Sun newspaper.




Raven Casas, 8, raises $2,500 for Children’s Fund

children's fund

Eight-year-old Raven Casas woke up one morning and told her family she wanted to do something to help others.
In the last three months, Raven accomplished what she set out to do and collected $2,500 to donate to the Children’s Fund of San Bernardino County, according to the San Bernardino Sun.
The Children’s Fund’s mission is to prevent child abuse in our community; to ensure that at-risk children who are abused, neglected, impoverished, or abandoned receive adequate food, shelter, clothing, medical care and education; and to provide equal opportunity for social development for these children.

Raven collected donations at school, at her mother’s workplace, at the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians tribal headquarters and her karate studio.

This 8-year-old girl is just another example of how San Bernardino County residents are helping to achieve the Countywide Vision.

San Bernardino barber offers free haircuts, school supplies to kids

barberpoleTrevaughn Moore of Luxury Cuts in San Bernardino pooled his resources together and offered children and teenagers free haircuts and school supplies on Sunday.

“San Bernardino has more to offer,” Moore told the San Bernardino Sun. “San Bernardino isn’t a dead, no-good city.”

Luxury Cuts, located at 1357 Kendall Drive in San Bernardino also had free entertainment and food booths outside the shop. The newspaper reported about 150 kids came in to get schools supplies and about 50 got haircuts within the first couple of hours.

Leonard Lighten, who owns the shop, told the newspaper: “People still care about human beings. People care about those who are less fortunate than others.”

This effort exemplifies the Countywide Vision because it promotes the quality of life, wellness and education of our residents.

Read more about the event here.

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