The San Pedro Family Resource Council is most commonly associated with the Back to School Fair, but the fact is they do so much more in the Benson community. SPFRC consists of members who are committed to helping the community, promoting child abuse awareness and prevention.
Asked to explain SPFRC’s mission, Treasurer Kristy Reynolds said, “We assist families in crisis by providing clothes, supplies, and helping children do things they aren’t able to afford.” SPFRC is a non-profit organization that helps children and families within the community. SPFRC Secretary Susan Barney said one of the missions of the council is to promote child abuse awareness in the community.
“We host a Child Abuse Prevention Breakfast to promote awareness and prevention in the community and honor our benefactors,” said Barney.
The Child Abuse Prevention Breakfast on April 18 will be the next event hosted by SPFRC. The council, through a collaborative effort with various organizations, also hosts the Back to School Fair, which helps valley children with school supplies. Hundreds of families benefit from the fair, which also helps relieve some of the financial stresses that come with having to supply kids with numerous school supplies, event organizers said.
Other functions the council hosts are the Family Information Night, in conjunction with the Benson PTA, featuring guest speakers to educate parents about cyber bullying, school bullying and Internet safety. During Christmas the council and Helping Hands, a non-profit organization, host a Foster Family Christmas Dinner to ensure that the foster kids and foster parents are supported and recognized during Christmas. Helping Hands hosts this dinner at their facility and provides the food and a movie night package for families, while SPFRC provides stockings with toys and supplies for the kids. A special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus is always a favorite event that occurs at the dinner courtesy of Dwain and Melody Hinskey.
SPFRC would be unable to function if not for the generous contributions and assistance they receive from corporations and other non-profits in the area such as Helping Hands, Cochise RV Terrace, First Baptist Church, Baptist Heights Church, Benson Schools and the Benson PTA, to name a few. Walmart helps donate supplies for the Back to School Fair, SKP RV Park provides presents to the foster children for Christmas, Community Presbyterian Church, in conjunction with CPS, delivers birthday cakes to the foster kids and Benson Elks Lodge gave students dictionaries to use in school. The council receives donations from various organizations in the Benson area like Benson Family Dental and Helping Hands, who also donate proceeds from their yearly auction to help fund the council’s missions.
The Council Board consists of President, Gary Douglas; Vice President, Sepp Sprietsma; Secretary, Susan Barney; and Treasurer, Kristy Reynolds. Other members include Leisa Johnson, Bibiana Ronquillo, Lynn Stahl, and Brandie Teso.
The council appreciates the support of the community and extends offers to anyone interested in joining or donating to any of its many causes to contact Secretary Barney at (520) 732-1113. The council is open to assistance and ideas from the public to provide positive contributions to the community.