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Tulare County expands services for youth in need

TULARE COUNTY, Calif. (KFSN) — The Tulare County Office of Education’s Dream Center is a one-stop shop for foster youth and youth experiencing homelessness.

“Someone to help them with their education, someone to help them with their medical, someone to help them with their health insurance, someone to answer job search questions,” says Beth Wilshire.

Now, thanks to a recent expansion, students will have even more at their disposal.

“We want to make sure there’s a place where young people can come and not have to go to multiple offices for their needs,” says Courtney Sallem with Tulare County Child Welfare Services.

In recent months, the organization has added a clothing closet, food pantry and preschool space.

And that’s just the beginning.

“We wanted to make this side a youth side just specifically for youth — so they have a place where they can relax and be comfortable and the services designed for youth can be there,” Sallem says.

With the additional space, the center can now house all of Tulare County Child Welfare Services’ independent living programs.

More importantly, the additional space and collaboration means the team can better serve students.

“Young people can come and not just have their needs met, but feel comfortable. There are a lot of young people who hang out here – it’s almost like their second home or their home away from home,” says Sallem.

The center serves approximately 300 youth in the community.

Staff say in the future they hope to have a mobile Dream Center to serve other counties.

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