Find a Need, NevadaMar. 3, 2016

Current Information & Needs for Washoe County, NV First Response

First Response is a relationship between church members and Washoe County social services designed to provide short term help to struggling families who are at risk for their children becoming foster children. First Response works with the agency to identify families who are at risk of becoming part of the foster care system due to circumstances (such as job losses or changes or delays in benefits) to help keep the children with their parents.

Ways to support Washoe County’s First Response program include but are not limited to:

Financial Support. All donations are used to provide temporary shelter, food, clothes, hygiene items, transportation, or other necessary tangible items required to help the family stabilize during their time of crisis.

Gift Cards. Gift cards can be used by the First Response team to purchase food, hygiene items, clothing, gas or other useful items for a family in need.

Mentoring. Often times these families have little or no local support system. Mentors provide the family with a healthy connection in the community and the opportunity to learn, grow, and be encouraged as they work to improve their family’s situation.

Transportation and child care. Providing transportation or childcare to a family trying to reestablish themselves is another great way to serve.

For more information contact

Gloria Torma

Gloria Torma

TFI Advocate: Washoe County, NV

Gloria and her husband Michael began working with their local social services agency and churches in 2012 after attending an orientation and being moved by the overwhelming desire to serve in this area. Since then they have been blessed to expand the ministry partnership with the agencies throughout Nevada and as the West Coast Regional Coordinator for Orphan Sunday Gloria has been privileged to introduce Orphan Sunday to many of the rural Nevada areas. Michael and Gloria are also foster parents and enjoy working with the local recruitment and training team to recruit and encourage new foster parents. Although there is a level of sadness that accompanies foster care/adoption/orphan ministries Michael and Gloria believe passionately in the power and potential of the churches working together with the agencies, families, and professionals involved in the Nevada child welfare system to make lasting positive impacts for future generations.

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