Dixon Family Services Update

Building Improvements List is Still Long, But with Help,

We Are Slowly Crossing Off Some Items

Starting with some exciting and positive news, there was a recent wonderful gift from longtime Dixon Family Services board member, Sarah Villec.  Sarah made the purchase of 6 Ring solar-powered surveillance cameras to go around the entire building!  This was not an inexpensive gift and the thoughtfulness that went into her decision is demonstrates how much she cares about our staff and their safety.  You would think that all we needed to do next was hire a tech person to hook that all equipment up for us.

But the news just kept getting better when Sarah’s grandson, Brandon, volunteered almost an entire day off from his job at Geek Squad to install, program and explain the surveillance system to all DFS staff members.

Brandon is a delightful young man and we all loved having him here for the day.  We respect his technical expertise and skills, his bright personality and can-do attitude.  We all feel so much safer now and we are very hopeful that bad people will stop doing bad things to and around our building.


Some History to this story:  About a year ago DFS created a list of building improvement issues stemming from safety and sanitation concerns and we wrote a story about the list and the fact that our big restoration/remodel was 25 years ago.  It was our hope that the City of Dixon, members of the community, church groups and/or service organizations would step-up and help us out.  It was a matter of that old saying, “If you don’t ask, the answer is automatically no.”  I learned that and many other wise tidbits from Sarah.

In November 2022 I expressed our concerns at a City Council meeting.  Reminding the council and mayor that our complete remodel of the building, was 25 years ago and certain items were rightfully in need of attention, some more urgently than others.  Such items included a leak in the roof, our old and limping AC/Heat Systems, and some plumbing issues.  Other items mentioned were cosmetic in nature, but hey, I can dream.

In 1998 the gut and rebuild was paid for with health and safety capital grants that Dixon Family Services, as a non-profit organization, was able to secure at the time as an alternative to demolishing the long-disregarded building with so many problems at the time, it was deemed uninhabitable.

I then invited several City Staff members and department heads to visit our building to go over the list of items that we felt were worthy of consideration.  One item of concern, the drainage issue, was looked at and determined to not be a problem.  We had noticed that there was accumulation of several inches of water that would sit next to the back of the building for days after rains.

Soon after the visits, a couple of other items were addressed by the city, including fixing a hole in the roof and replacing bulbs in the exterior light fixtures.  We appreciate and thanked the city for those items being fixed.  The men from Planning, Engineering and Fire Department were also very helpful with suggestions, and gave blessings for us to move forward with the list of tasks we wanted to get done.

Since then, we have gotten a few important tasks accomplished, and have decided that some are better to put on the “back-burner” for now.  We have a few updates to share with the community.

The painting of the building became a back-burner item that we would love to have done, but is so expensive it is unrealistic at this time.  A bid came in for $18,400 and that did not include any repair of dry rotted wood, or replacement of damaged trim.

A plan to move our food pantry into our community room took off the task of removing the old rollup door and putting up a wall in its place.  This was an item on the list because mice were getting inside due to the rollup door not having a tight seal.  We are content with the new DFS Pantry living in our large room in the back that used to be the courtroom section of the old city building.

The removal of the dumpster enclosure also became a less worrisome item once we put up a barrier to keep people from dumping sofas, beds, barbeques and other items they preferred not to haul off to the dumps.  Cover your ears, but it had also been being used as an outdoor urinal by some of our neighbors.  Now that we have cameras and a barrier, I hope I never witness that again.  It is still my hope that a group with sledge hammers or an automatic jack hammer will one day tear it down.

With the purchase of steel barriers and installation of surveillance cameras, we are hopeful that many of the issues of abuse will stop happening.  Unfortunately, many of the items of safety and/or sanitation stem from disrespectful and harmful actions of some, not all, tenants in the apartments next door.

The remaining list is now much shorter and includes:

  • A 3.5-foot wooden fence around the front and north side of the property
  • Landscape refresh on all sides of the building
  • Repair two and replace two toilets
  • Remove old dumpster enclosure

Other items of concern are due to the age of the building, such as cast-iron pipes that are corroding, and some cosmetics like flooring and paint.  We will continue to solicit for help from people and groups who are looking for service projects, or want to help for any reason.  I was talking with a member of one of Dixon’s finest service organizations and he and I agreed that it would be a wonderful thing for volunteers from several groups to come together and tackle that fence job.  An opportunity to work together to accomplish something meaningful for Dixon Family Services and our community.  There may be a Boy Scout looking for an Eagle Project.  The possibilities are endless.  Interested?  Please call or email me.  Thank you.

And remember, if you know of someone who needs our help, please suggest they call or email us.  We no longer offer walk-in services, so it is important that they make the call to start the helping process.  If we are not open or are busy helping clients with appointments, we promise to call back if you leave a contact phone number or email address.  If our programs cannot help, we likely know of one that can.

To learn more about Dixon Family Services, and how you can help, call us at 707-678-0442, email Cookie@DixonFamilyServices.org, or go to our website www.DixonFamilyServices.org or find us on Facebook or Instagram.  Thank you.

Special Thanks to our 2022 Donors

Special Thanks to our 2022 Donors

100 Club of Solano & Yolo
Acosta, Rita
Adams, Sally and Bob
Allen, Peyton
Almond TreeMortgage, Karstin Hickerson
Altec Industries, Debbie Muhl
Anderson, Patricia and Kevin
Andrew, Mary and Dennis
Arnold, Heidi and Eric
Atkinson, Debra
Ball, Betty and Bob
Ballance, Dennis
Baltz, Stephanieand Kenneth
Baranowski, Edward
Beathem, Braddison
Berger, Patricia and Stephen
Brazelton, Elizabeth
Buds Pub & Grill, Cheri and Bud Fanning
Burkhardt, Linda and Larry
California Family ResourceAssociation
California Water Services
Callnon, Sherida and Daniel
Cardinal Glass Company
Castelli, Karen
Cayler, Kay
Chung, Robert
Church of Jesus Christ ofLatter Day Saints
Cogburn, Shirley
Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty
Corbeaux, Michael
Cornett, Andrea
Cross, Lois and Herb
Cucuru, Linda and John
Cuevas, Allison
Dann, Arley
Daubert, Dana and Chris
Davidson, Debbieand Stuart
Dennings, Cecilia
Detar, Patty and Cliff
DixonAceHardware& Lumber
Dixon Boy Scouts
Dixon LandscapeMaterials, PJ, Karma and Raj Hansra
Dixon Lions Club
Dixon Montessori Charter School
Dixon Ridge4-H
Dixon Rotary Club
Dixon Soroptimist
Dixon United Methodist Church
Dixon Veterinary, Dr. Peter Timm
Dubois, Joseph
Durfee, Susan and Dr. Philip
Encounter 319
Episcopal Church of Saint Martin
Faller, JeannieCPA
Families Helping Families
Fletcher, Virginia
Flores, Gloria and Sigfredo
Flynn, Rick
Food Bank of Contra Costa / Solano
Fountain, Lauri and David
Fry, Donna
Fuchslin, Richard
Fuller, Janet and Rick
Galindo, Sally and Michael
Galloway, Suzanneand Jay
Garcia, Carmen and Earl
Garcia, Carol and Ronald
Gardere, Sylvia and Anthony
Garrity Bookkeeping, Lea Garrity
Gaulke, Arlene
Giannoni, Joan
Glide, Melissa and Peter
Gnos Bros, Inc.
Gnos, Rosemarie
Goodland, James
Green, Kenneth
Griffey, Pam and Don
Grocery Outlet, Christa and JoeBruch
Guinasso, Ann
Hagerty, Laura
Hales, Diana and Dr. Stanton
Hall, Susan
Hartsough, Linda
Heeney, Mary and Edwin
Highway 80 Dispensary, Mikeand Rob Reed
Holiday Car Parade, Regina Fish Family
Hulbert, Jerry
In Stitches, Colleen Erdes
Jones, Kathy
Jones, Lynda
K.J. Real Estate, Carla and Kevin Johnson
Kaiser Permanente
King, Alice
Kirchgessner, Kathy
Kliewer, Karen and Victor
Kraak, Sharon
Leary, Douglas
Lessa, Judy and William
Litsinger, Majorieand James
Long, Barbara
MacDonald, Marianne
Martin, Heidi and Daniel
Maseda, Melissa
McClendon, Karen
McMahon, Janis and Brock
MI Milgard Charitable Foundation
Mill Station Veterinary, Jason Bravos
Mitchell, Robert
Moon, Rebecca
Mooy, Mary Ellen
Moreno, Gabe
Neuman, Renee
Nonprofits Insurance Allianceof CA
O’Neill, Judy and Rick
Osborn, Dee
Paul, Lorraineand Bil
Payne, Christina and Jeff
Pease, Alison
Phillips, Betty
Pierce, Lois and Paul
Powell, Cookie
Reckner, Janyne
Reeb, John
Richards, Patty and Mark
Ripple, Shannon
Robinson, Laurissa
Roseberger, Mary and John
Russell, Stuart
San Francisco Foundation
Sandoval, Christineand John
Shaw, Julie
Shroeder, Cherieand Ken
Smith, Ann
Smith, Ardyceand Michael
Smith, Christopher
Smith, Mollie and Tad
Solano Community Foundation
SolanoCountyHome& GardenShow,ShawnaArzadon
Solano Land Trust, Tracy Ellison
Spraktes, R.L.
Staniels, Jeff
Stevens, Dorothy and James
Sullivan, Kerry
The Blackbaud Giving Fund
Thompson, MikeCongressman
Tribbett, Mary and Ron
Tully Consulting Group
Ullrich, Ruby
United Way Bay Area
Vallejos-Nichols, Dawn
Van Curen, Beverly
Van Sant, Vicki, Ernieand Kris
Vega, Marleneand Gil
VFW Post 8151
Vista del Sol Apartments, Dan Figueroa
Vogl, Cynthia
Wallace, Roberta
Wallis, Ann
Warnken’s Farm, Sandra and Eric Warnken
Watts, Carol and Jack
Wedgwood, Sandra
Wells, Nancy
West Coast Fab, Inc.
White, Terri
Wood, Lauren
Worden, Nancy and Duaine
Yang, Craig
YLI, Sacred Heart Institute
Your Cause Donors

Thank You All

Over a 6 week period Dixon Ace Hardware and Lumber asked their customers if they would like to “round up” their totals to the nearest dollar in order to accumulate funds that would be given to Dixon Family Services. Today they brought DFS a check for $800!!!

Owners of Dixon Hardware, Stacey and Tony Tryba, said they heard our plea to help Dixon Family Services keep our doors open so we can continue to serve struggling families and individuals in Dixon. Yet again our hearts are warmed by this community’s creative ways to support our non-profit organization!!

On behalf of everyone at Dixon Family Services and the people we serve, THANK YOU DIXON ACE HARDWARE AND LUMBER AND ALL OF YOUR GENEROUS CUSTOMERS!!!

Cookie Powell
Executive Director