What began in 2013 as a means to provide support for people and families in need, became a larger effort to help individuals recover from the Oso-Highway 530 Slide after the initial tragedy, and ultimately solidified plans to create a family support center in Arlington.
This project then became a community initiative and was supported by approximately 30 local business leaders, school leaders, ministry personnel and community representatives from many local organizations and non-profits, including United Way, Cascade Valley Hospital, City of Arlington, the Arlington Food Bank, DSHS, Arlington police, and many other community members. This initiative also built upon the work done by the Arlington Visioning Committee previously formed by Mayor Barbara Tolbert, which attracted a variety of personnel and organizations interested in building a healthy and vibrant community within Arlington.
The Cascade Valley Hospital Foundation, established to receive and administer funds that support community health services including relief for the Oso-Highway 530 Slide, selected the Arlington Community Resource Center as a grant recipient of $30,000. This funding, as well as funding from the American Red Cross of Snohomish County, the Greater Everett Community Foundation and Snohomish County will go toward establishing the Center and reinforce its purpose of serving as a centralized location to share resources and mobilize support for families and individuals living in the city of Arlington and further outlying, rurally isolated areas along the Stillaguamish Valley.