Oasis Family Resource Center is a regional service facility based in Ridgecrest, California that assists individuals and families in North Eastern Kern County Communities. The Oasis Family Resource Center is the central location for services in Ridgecrest and neighboring communities.
1. Case Management Services: Provides direct family support services through case management, parenting classes (including court-mandated), referrals, and promotes parents’ knowledge of developmental milestones and norms. Provides early learning through home-based and kindergarten summer bridge transition activities.
2. Summer Bridge Program is offered in June and July to children who will be entering Transitional Kindergarten (TK) or Kindergarten in the upcoming school year who have not had any classroom experience. The focus is to prepare children for a successful entry into the classroom.
3. Referrals: The Oasis Family Resource Center will help individuals and families access other services offered through county and community programs and provide access to food and clothing assistance.
4. Utility Assistance: Access to HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) applications and technicians for Ridgecrest residents.
5. VITA Assistance: CAPK VITA staff and volunteers provide year-round tax preparation and e-filing for low to medium-income individuals and families at NO-COST. All VITA services are offered by trained, IRS-certified staff and volunteers to maximize refunds and take advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).VITA staff can currently assist taxpayers with the following:
· Tax preparation for tax years 2016-2021
· ITIN applications and renewals
· Recovering Economic Impact Payments 1-3, known as stimulus payments
· Claiming Child Tax Credits and Earned Income Credit (for those eligible)
· Understanding and responding to letters issued from the Internal Revenue Service and/or Franchise Tax Board
6. Coordinated Entry Services: The Coordinated Entry System (CES) serves as Kern County’s point of entry for individuals seeking assessment and referral to homeless services. In partnership with 2-1-1 Kern County, individuals and families are referred to CES Homeless Navigators who then connect individuals experiencing homeless with service providers within the Bakersfield-Kern Regional Homeless Collaborative. Those providers help callers obtain shelter, supportive services and – eventually – permanent housing. Coordinated Entry also helps individuals who are at risk of homelessness obtain rental assistance payments so they can maintain their housing.
7. Emergency Closet: Food pantry and hygienic necessities.
8. Monthly Diaper Supply: Access to free monthly diaper supply from CalCAPA Supply Bank. To qualify bring one of the following: