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LIFT Tehama Offers Help

Reported by : Charlene Cheng
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Updated: 11/15/2013 5:35 pm
For some in the community, services like medical care, haircuts, and visits to the vet are difficult to afford.

In it's fourth year, Lift Tehama has opened its doors to anyone in need of help.

"It stands for Live Inspired For Tomorrow, and it is an event that combines multiple services for people that need help in our community," said Tehama County Community Action Agency manager Amanda Sharp.

Nicole and Nikki Valencia came to this year's event with one goal in mind--to get copies of their birth certificates and social security cards, so they can get married.

"Without a marriage certificate our marriage isn't legal, we can't move on with our life and do what we need to do without that stuff," said the Valencias.

Organizers are hoping that LIFT Tehama offers people a chance to make changes that will turn around their lives for the better.

"Sometimes the barrier a person has is simply getting to the resources in a short period of time, so that they can move on, they can get a job, they can get income in some other way, they can get access to transportation or housing. And if these are the simple barriers that take a long time to resolve, if we can resolve those issues in one day, the barriers are removed and they can become self sufficient," said Sharp.

LIFT Tehama helped more than 400 people last year, and organizers estimate that this year's event was even bigger.
   
Starting in 2014, Tehama County residents will be able to dial 211 anytime, where a live operator can provide assistance with non-emergency resources, such as housing, transportation, and healthcare.
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