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Family Link Newsletter

Volume 2
January 2006

The Family Link staff would like to wish everyone a Happy and Prosperous New Year. We hope that all of you had a Happy Holiday Season. As we look forward to the new year with eagerness and hope, let us not forget to look back to the old year and give thanks for all the blessings we have received. This is a good time to resolve to be more involved in our communities and to spend more time with our families.

The Family Link held their 2nd annual Thanksgiving Dinner on November 19th at the Las Almas Conference Center. The families who attended said they had a good time. They enjoyed the food, the location and the fellowship with their family and friends. We would like to thank Cynthia Perez for offering to let us rent her facility for our dinner. It is a beautiful place and we hope she will let us use it again in the future.

Special Thanks

We would also like to give special thanks to Janet Blake, Director of True Light Day Care, for cooking our turkeys. She was a tremendous help and we donít know what we would have done without her help. Many thanks also to all of our student interns, Jenny, Andrea and Erin. They not only helped with the cooking but they helped to serve the food. Thank you ladies, we appreciate all your hard work.


Many thanks also to Frances Barraza, director of Family Link, who did all of the chauffeuring. We really appreciate all the running around that she did trying to see that everything went smoothly. Next time you see her, donít forget to tell her how much you appreciate all the hard work she does for the organization.

Christmas Party

The Family Link and True Light Day Care held a joint Christmas Party on December 16th. The youth who attended received small gifts from Family Link. Frances Barraza and Andrea Ferrell, U.T. intern, provided the refreshments. Mrs. Blake provided fruit for all the youth.

In addition, the youth had a chance to take their picture with Santa Claus. Eric Rivera, son of Frances Barraza and Frank Rivera, dressed up as Santa and enjoyed taking pictures with the youth. U.T. interns; Jenny, Erin and Andrea also helped to serve the food. We hope everyone had a good time.

Christmas Gifts

St. Austinís Catholic Church once again sponsored some of our families for Christmas. The parishioners donated gifts to the children as well as the parents. They not only received gifts but food as well. Elaine Torres and her daughter Crystal helped Frances to wrap some of the presents. Thank you Elaine and Crystal. The presents were delivered Sat. Dec 17th by Frances and Fay Brener. The U.T. interns also helped.

We owe a lot of thanks to Mrs. Huddie Murray for organizing and overseeing the gift-giving operation. If you wish, you may send her a Thank you card or note in care of St. Austinís Catholic Church, 2026 Guadalupe St., Austin, TX. 78705. We know she would love to hear from you. Also please donít forget to thank all of the ladies who helped make this a more cheerful Christmas.

Other News of Interest

Some of the Family Link girls enjoyed a trip to Corpus Christi on October 30. They visited the grave site of Selena, who was a very popular Latina singer. They had a good time and hope to go back again in the future.

Other youth also had a night out on December 7th. They attended a showing of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. They had fun, enjoyed the movie and are looking forward to their next outing. Hopefully, it will be soon.

Striving High Program

What is it? The Striving High Program is a transition program being offered to youth who are in Special Education. It is for youth between the ages of 14-21. It is to help youth with disabilities get jobs or help with college expenses. Those in high school who want a summer job can attend a job readiness training. This is a good way for youth to prepare for the future and get some employment experience.

It is also a good way for youth to earn a little cash during the summer months for the next school year. The training will be held on the first 3 Saturdays in February. Students who are eligible to participate in the Striving High Program will receive a $100 bonus. If you would like to participate and have any questions regarding this program, please call the office at 674-0559 or Frances at 626-0908.

Previous Newsletter, October 2005



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