A lack of commercial space on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe had threatened nonprofit service operators in the area.
The North Lake Tahoe Family Resource Center had tried for years to help families resolve personal problems at six desks in a small log cabin. In the confined space, the only way to maintain privacy was to use machines that generated noise and lots of them.
"Hummm . . . imagine that times four."
Stacy Caldwell is the Chief Executive Officer of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation. She heard the complaints of not enough commercial space and resulting lack of privacy.
"These organizations were threatening to leave the community."
The foundation worked with Placer County to redevelop an old hotel at a cost of $2.2 million. This week three nonprofits began operating in the new space where they will serve 2,000 people a year. Caldwell says there are many benefits of offering a range of services under one roof.
"It is a collaborative approach and it is not so much about growing the numbers as much as about going deeper with those lives."
She says sharing rent saves money too and there is room to expand with no need for noise machines.