News Release from the office of Senator Carlos Uresti

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2008
CONTACT: 512-463-0119

Blue Ribbon Task Force Establishes Strengthening Families Block Walk Campaign

by Senator Carlos Uresti

This past Saturday, over one hundred volunteers joined me and the Blue Ribbon Task Force to kick off the Strengthening Families Block Walk Campaign. We knocked on the doors of residents in the 78207 zip code and handed out helpful tips and information on services that can help strengthen every Texan family.

Our day began with a rally at 9 am in front of the PCI/Headstart Building before we hit the streets. The weather was partly responsible for our high morale as the cold snap took a break and the clouds parted, making it a great day to be outside. I was overwhelmingly delighted to meet so many new people, both volunteers and residents, who are committed to learning about the campaign and educating others.

My ultimate goal for this grassroots campaign is education. While political block walkers ask those they canvas to get out and vote, we are asking people to implement positive changes to create healthier families in San Antonio.

When new parents bring home their first child from the hospital, many are surprised by how much work it is to raise a baby. Some have no support system on which to rely and many are overwhelmed by their new family lives. However, there are many programs and organizations that can help, if you know where to look! For example, calling 2-1-1 can instantly provide information about services like food stamps and Medicaid. 2-1-1 operators can also connect callers to local counseling services, housing and financial assistance, and local food banks. This campaign will show parents how to access the resources they need to raise strong, safe, and healthy children.

Saturday marked the first block walk of this new campaign, but the Blue Ribbon Task Force and I plan to repeat the effort in different areas of San Antonio every three months. I hope this initiative is something that the people of San Antonio will rally behind, because we know that the success of each family in our community is dependent on the success of others.

Several years ago, members of the Blue Ribbon Task Force and I made a commitment to do all we could to enhance the health and well being of children in San Antonio. This Saturday's block walk was part of the fulfillment of that promise to protect and promote our families, as well as combat child abuse and neglect. I walked this Saturday, and will be walking on Saturdays to come -- and I hope you will, too. For more information on how you can get involved, please visit www.blueribbontaskforce.com.

Carlos I. Uresti is the senator from State Senate District 19, a 23 county area stretching along the U.S.-Mexico border, from San Antonio to El Paso County. Covering 55,000 square miles, the district contains 62 school districts, and spans two time zones. As the largest geographical senate district in the contiguous 48 states, Senate District 19 is larger than 24 states and 25 countries.

For more information, please contact Arthur Reyna or Vanessa Macias at (512) 463-0119.

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