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Proposed family center raises concerns in Folsom

By: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
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FOLSOM, CA - A proposed family resource center located near an elementary school has some asking questions.

The Telegraph received a few calls by neighbors of the school expressing concerns regarding the “types of people” such a facility would draw to the area, but they would not go on record or give their names. They also expressed concern regarding the medical services to be offered, even though there has been a clinic at the site for more than a decade.

Stephen Nichols, the public information officer for the Folsom Cordova Unified School District, said some are taking issue with the proposed center, dubbed Folsom’s Hope.

“Folsom’s Hope is going to be a family resource center that we are planning to do a ground lease for on the property immediately adjacent next to Theodore Judah Elementary School,” Nichols said. “Unlike the existing family resources center (in Rancho Cordova), which is funded by the district, (this is) primarily led by The Effort (now known as Well Space Health), Mercy Folsom and the FCUSD Community Partnership. It’s a community project, bringing the resources to our families.”

Nichols said the fear regarding the medical clinic doesn’t make sense, because it has been operating there for quite some time.

“For more than 15 years, Mercy Folsom has had a clinic right there on the campus,” he said. “The (Folsom’s Hope) project will have no direct access to the school and will be much more secure.”

Rumors regarding a food bank on site are also unfounded, he said.

“At this time, Twin Lakes Food Bank is not considered part of this proposal. While it could be something in the future, it is not something in the near future,” Nichols said. “We took a resolution to our school board in November and another discussion in December to bring a proposal. So at this point, nothing (if finalized).”

The project is still in the planning stages.

“We expect proposals back in March,” he said.

Nichols said the project isn’t about the school district “getting any real money” but about being a “benefit to our communities.”

He said there is a need for services such as these.

For more on this story, see next week’s Folsom Telegraph.