The Department of Child Support Services is teaming up with several County departments to provide services during weekend non-business hours. Earlier this month, DCSS hosted its third Super Saturday event at the North Inland Live Well Center in Escondido, providing the community with an opportunity to connect to a variety of County and community resources in one convenient location.
The 140 people who attended Super Saturday were able to meet with staff members from the County’s Department of Human Resources, Public Defender’s Office, Family Law Facilitator, Health and Human Services-Family Resource Center, Office of Military and Veteran Affairs, Community Health and Public Health.
Providers held on-the-spot interviews, screened attendees for eligibility, provided free legal advice, took applications for the Fresh Start Program for past justice-involvement attendees and provided information on continuing education and childcare resources. In addition, DCSS staff and the YMCA of San Diego handed out 137 donated and school supply-filled backpacks to families who attended the event.
While Super Saturday was focused on connecting the community resources and providing support during weekend non-office hours, the event also rang in Child Support Awareness Month, celebrated across the nation each August. In addition, DCSS was able to collect nearly $5,000 in child support payments during the event.
DCSS plans to team up with County partners for similar events this fall. The next Super Saturday event is scheduled for Saturday, November 2 and will be held in the South County. For more information, contact Norma Ramirez at (858) 650-6538.