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Assemblymember Das Williams and Franklin Elementary School Bring New Services to the Eastside

Community Open House Assemblymember Das Williams and Franklin Elementary School Bring New Services to the Eastside

Assemblymember Das Williams at a community open house for the new Franklin Service Center

Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) and Franklin Elementary School hosted a community open house on Saturday, April 5th from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM to introduce the community to the new Franklin Service Center. The Franklin Service Center includes organizations that have long-served the Eastside community as well as new services that will be located at Franklin Elementary School.

“Having been an Eastside resident for many years, I understand the need to have critical services located in a central location for easy access,” Assemblymember Williams said. “These are vital services to any community, so we are very fortunate to have this new center available to Eastside families.”

Community organizations and services will hold regular office hours in an unused classroom at the school, including CalFresh, Domestic Violence Solutions, Planned Parenthood, Santa Barbara City College, and many others. The open house served as the official ribbon cutting and featured Assemblymember Williams, Santa Barbara County Supervisor Salud Carbajal, Santa Barbara City Council member Cathy Murillo, Franklin Elementary School Principal Casie Killgore, and several members of the Santa Barbara Unified School District Board.

The Franklin Service Center also includes vital community services that are located on the same block as the school, including the Eastside Library and the City of Santa Barbara’s Franklin Neighborhood Center, which also hosts office hours for services, such as the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, WIC, and the Santa Barbara Police Department.

“The Franklin Service Center is an example of what can be achieved when different government bodies get together to support our families,” said Santa Barbara School Board Member Monique Limon, who grew up in the Eastside neighborhood. “I am thankful families in our district will have more access to critical services that will help our students be more successful.”

The center is a project of Assemblymember Williams’ Eastside Neighborhood Committee. Williams has established committees in several neighborhoods within his District that are each focused on projects and issues that directly impact the community.  Growing up in the District and serving as a Santa Barbara City Council member for seven years, Williams is committed to helping each neighborhood address their own local needs.

The Franklin Service Center Open House featured free produce giveaways from the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, free dental screenings provided by American Indian Health Services, and Covered California enrollment counsellors from the Santa Barbara County Department of Public Health.
For more information, please visit the events webpage at www.asm.ca.gov/Williams or call the Assembly office at 805-564-1649.

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