Bev Rios, the Care Coordinator and Oral Health Program Manager for Hearts and Lives, retuned to give us a succinct report about this dynamic organization that first emerged as part of the recovery effort during the aftermath of the October 2003 Old Fire.
The current mission of Hearts and Lives is to address needs of the Rim Mountain Communities through case management, education, direct services and referrals, collaborating with governmental and non-profit community resource providers.
Through a collage of many programs, Hearts and Lives improves the quality of life for many in our community, especially children.  A few of the services offered are oral health care, screenings and intervention for early childhood development, assistance for food, rent and utilities, Zumba for kids, behavioral health services.  Hearts and Lives also remains poised to help in the event of new disasters on the mountain as they may occur.