Much thanks for Youth Summit



On behalf of the Central California Family Crisis Center Board of Directors and Central California Youth Summit Committee, I would like to thank Porterville Unified School District, Burton Schools and Pleasant View Elementary School District for allowing their seventh grade students to attend this year’s Youth Summit. Of course, we want to thank our generous donors for their support. Without the financial assistance from Tulare County Health Department, Fallgatter Rhodes Insurance, Adair & Evans Accounting, Anderson Fence Company, Giovanni’s Pizzeria and Coldwell Solar we would not have been able to provide a quality event for the students who participated.

We would also like to thank Porterville Church of the Nazarene, the Porterville Sheltered Workshop Copy Center and Hergesheimer’s Doughnut Factory for their support. 

We are ever grateful for the volunteers from the Zonta Club of Porterville, The Family Crisis Center Board of Directors, and student volunteers from the Porterville Military Academy, Granite Hills High School Law, Justice and Ethics Pathway and Burton Pathways.

A huge thank you to Marion Reneau for giving her time as our Keynote Speaker and to Gus Ramirez for his emcee duties. You were awesome.

Finally, without the hard work and dedication of the staff at the Family Crisis Center and Executive Director, Toni Dumont, the Youth Summit would not be possible. Thank you for all you do for our community.


Karen Vanni

Family Crisis Center Board of Directors

2018 Central California Youth Summit Committee Co-Chair


Camp Fire hits home



Every night when I go to bed, I leave my TV on the weather channel so I can see the forecast for the day and know what to wear when I go out. On Nov. 8 at 6 a.m. I saw a notice of a fire in Butte County; after scanning my usual channels, I went back to weather. It said the fire was in Paradise.

At about 10 a.m. I called my sister’s shop in Paradise and her home, but got no answer. I called my daughter Susan’s cell phone and nothing. At about 11 a.m., my sister called, saying she was going down Skyway to Chico with her younger son following along in a second car.

I never heard from my daughter Susan until 5 p.m. She was held by authorities for five hours after she left her trailer park before it was safe to go. She took her dogs and an elderly neighbor she had been helping and they made it safely. She dropped the neighbor off and went to her boyfriend’s in Chico.

Susan had only the clothes she wore, then went to a thrift shop for a few other things. She also took all pertinent papers, and USAA has already paid for her household loss plus a voucher for a rental car until hers is fixed, but there are no rentals available.

I talked to my sister Beth and her husband’s boss is paying his trash collector crews for four weeks in a motel in Red Bluff, because a lot of them lived in Paradise. Too many people need motel rooms, and Red Bluff had enough openings.

I went to QVC and ordered Susan some special shampoo, as she doesn’t like the usual kinds. It’s funny that my parents’ house was still intact, as my son-in-law (a forest fire fighter until he retired a few years ago) knew where to look for information.

It has been a weird few days, but my family is alive, if not even great. I pray for those who haven’t been as lucky as we have been.


Priscilla A. Steyer


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