August, 2013
81557 Dr. Carreon Blvd.
Suite A-1
Indio, CA 92201


Fostering productive and responsible young people through effective community collaborations

In This Issue
What's Happening at CVCT?
The Coachella Valley Community Trust is ramping up for fall and has a lot going on.
One of the biggest new projects on our plate is called Cocina Feliz. It's a healthy cooking and nutrition education program that will be running its test pilot year at the Fred Young Labor Center. Cal State University of San Bernardino, the Desert Recreation District, the Narrow Door, and many other special individuals are all working together to make this happen. We are looking for cooking supplies and kitchen equipment, so please keep us in mind if you have anything to give.
We are expecting to begin our membership meetings in September and would like to know if there is a group out there willing to supply the space for our meeting. ???  It will be on September 26th (the fourth Thursday of the month as usual). Please contact Kim or Allison if you are willing to be a host.
Enjoy the rest of your summer! It's certainly going by fast.
Meet Jaime Bikis, Board Member of CVCT!
Mr. JJaimeaime Bikis joined the CVCT Board of Directors in September of 2012.
With a Masters Degree in Psychology and a minor in Business, Jaime has worked with various organizations in the valley including Riverside County Mental Health, the Indio Police Department, the Boys & Girls Club of the Coachella Valley, and Desert Sands Unified School District where he currently is the Facilitator for After School Programs.

Jaime was born in Canton, Ohio and moved to the desert in 1984. He married his wife, Maria, in 1993 and has two children, Sara (19) and Ryan (17).

His participation with the organization dates back to 1994, when he was assigned to attend the monthly meetings as a representative for the Riverside County Mental Health.  "IYTF has always held a special place in my heart. It truly is a unique organization that has built a track record of success based on organizations collaborating for the good of the community."



CVCT Partner of the Month
Mourning Star Center of VNA California
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Did you know?

~The U.S. Census estimates that 1 in 20 children will experience the death of a parent by the time they graduate from high school.

~1.5 million children under the age of 18 have lost an immediate family member.

~Research indicates these children are at a much greater risk for depression, suicide, poverty and substance abuse.

~Children often feel isolated in their grief but rarely receive formal grief counseling.


The Mourning Star Center of VNA California is a free, nationally acclaimed support center for grieving children, teens and their families. The Center serves as a preventative early-intervention program to identify the difficult feelings children and teens experience and to provide a safe and healthy outlet for these feelings.  The Mourning Star Center is based on a peer support model so that children and teens realize they are not alone in their mourning. They are able to work through their loss in a supportive environment using specially designed activities. Children, teens and their families gain grief education and coping skills in addition to receiving important emotional support.
Please partner with Mourning Star and learn what you can do to help. Go to:    
Want to add your event to our calendar or newsletter? Make sure to send us your flyer and details by the first Friday of every month!
Comments? Questions? Contact:
Allison Fedrick
Upcoming Events & Opportunities!
Wednesday, August 28th, at 6:00pm
Come to the Indio Teen Center for AYSO Soccer Registration

Call for more info:

Interested in becoming an Ophelia Project Mentor? Training begins in September. Contact Susan Francis at
760-776-1600 ext. 122


 Mourning Star needs volunteers! Training begins in September. Contact Melissa Lunardini at


Desert Robotics Camp with SMaRT Education
Thank you Supporters!
Kelli Cox, contract Event Planner for HITS Horse Show Charity Luncheon

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