Community & Family Services

Shu'-'aa-xuu-dvn (In A Good Way Place) Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Program 24-hour Crisis Line: (707) 487-3175

The Department of Community & Family Services was established in March 2006 by the Tribal Council. The primary purpose and functon of the Department is to ensure the wellness of tribal citzens by providing social services with both Tribal funds and multple grant awards. When providing services, department staf is also contnuously gathering data, evaluatng data and services and making recommendatons regarding needs of tribal citzens to Tribal Council. The Department oversees several programs, and has been awarded numerous grants.


The mission of Community & Family Services is to encourage a healthy community by providing services that address the unique social, cultural, and economic needs of our Tribal Family with accountability, integrity, and respect.


Children and youth are healthy, ready for and succeeding in school in preparaton for adulthood; families are safe, stable, economically self-sufcient, and nurturing; and safe communites that provide a high quality of life.


The Goal of the Community & Family Services is to support our tribal citzens to be healthy individuals that sustain our sovereign future.

Available to all Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Tribal Citizens

  • Obtain and complete an application for assistance, along with all information needed for assistance: name of funeral home, etc.
  • CFS staff will contact the funeral home and request the following: death certificate, and burial bill.
  • There is a max allowance of $3,500 for assistance. IF, there are funds left over, the remaining balance may be awarded to an heir, or next of kin to the deceased.

Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation
Community & Family Services Department

SHU'-'AA-XUU-DVN (In A Good Way Place)


Program Services Overview

At Shu'-'aa-xuu-dvn (In A Good Way Place) Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Program we provide domestic violence and sexual assault services to any tribally affiliated person that has experienced domestic violence/sexual assault;

  • Man, woman, or child
  • A victim with native a child/children
  • A victim with a native abuser

Or any combination of the above criteria

We also offer a full range of comprehensive services and work with, and alongside, other tribal departments & programs, other tribes, and non-tribal community partners.

Our services include:

— Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Confidential 24-hour Crisis Line: (707) 487-3175

— DV/SA Emergency Shelter Assistance

— DV/SA Transitional Housing Services

— One to One DV/SA Peer Counseling

— Emergency Supplies

— Assistance Locating Safe Permanent Housing

— Relocation Assistance

— Transportation Assistance

— Victim Assistance Navigating Court Systems (Tribal and State)

— Victim Court Advocacy

— Community Education and Outreach

Shu'-'aa-xuu-dvn (In A Good Way Place) Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Program

110 W. First Street | Smith River, CA 95567 | DV/SA 24-hour Crisis Line: (707) 487-3175

Elder Assistance: **please note that our monthly elder assistant payments are no longer taxable**

  • Elders 55-59 are eligible to receive a monthly payment of $350
  • Elders 60-64 are eligible to receive a monthly payment of $375
  • Elders 65-69 are eligible to receive a monthly payment of $400
  • Elders 70 + are eligible to receive a monthly payment of $425

Elder Emergency Assistance:

Available to Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation Tribal Citizens who reside in our 5 county service area ONLY (Coos, Curry, Josephine, Del Norte and Humboldt)

  • Obtain and complete an application for assistance.
  • Completed and submitted applications will be eligible for a maximum allowance of $500 per the calendar year, to use towards an emergency situation.

What is an Emergency?

An emergency is a sudden, unexpected, or impending situation that may cause injuryloss of life, or damage to property, that would interfere with the normal activities of a person and which requires immediate attention and remedial action. An emergency is a situation that poses an immediate risk to healthlife, or property. Most emergencies require urgent intervention to prevent a worsening of the situation. In order to be defined as an emergency, the incident should be one of the following:

  • Immediately threatening to lifehealth, or property.
  • Have already caused loss of life, health detriments, or property damage.
  • Have a high probability of escalating to cause immediate danger to life, health, property or environment

Types of Emergency

Dangers to Life:

Most agencies consider these to be the highest priority of emergency, which follows the general school of thought that nothing, is more important than human life.

Dangers to Health:

Some emergencies are not immediately threatening to life, but might have serious implications for the continued health and well-being of a person or persons.

Dangers to Property:

Other emergencies do not threaten people, but do threaten peoples' property. An example of this would be a water heater failure in an Elder’s home. The situation is treated as an emergency since the damage may spread to other parts of the home causing sufficient destruction to make the home uninhabitable or create a potential health hazard (no hot water) for the Elder.



General Assistance is available to Tolowa Dee-ni’ Tribal Citizens who reside in our 5 county service area ONLY (Coos, Curry, Josephine, Del Norte and Humboldt)

  • Obtain and complete an application for general assistance. Applicants MUST submit all information required, in order for an application to be complete.
  • Applicants with children must apply for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and submit an approval or denial letter.
  • Applicants who are disabled and unable to work must apply for other financial assistance, such as State Disability, SSI/SSP, SSD, Workers compensation, etc.
  • Applicants who are able to work, must apply with TDN TERO department and your local workforce center.
  • Applicants also must apply for food stamps in your county, and submit approval or denial letter.
  • ALL applicants must pass a drug test.

Available to all Tolowa Dee-ni’ Tribal Citizens

  • This program was established to benefit and enrich the lives of our Tribal Citizens by providing transportation/lodging reimbursements for medical care not available in their community.
  • Medical Assistance Grant Awards, annual maximum allowance shall not exceed $750.
  • $75 for trips one-way from 50 - 199 miles, or $150 for trips one-way from 200 + miles, from a Tribal Citizens home.
  • Payments are not made retro actively; Tribal Citizens have the responsibility to request assistance prior to appointment date, or in the case of an emergency, ten (10) business days of the appointment.
  • Enrolled Citizens of Tolowa Dee-ni’ Nation may choose to use their medical assistance on behalf of their legal spouse, but the allowance will not exceed the payment standard in any applicable category.

Hospitalization Assistance:

  • Available for members or their spouse who are hospitalized. Members or their spouses are eligible for $100 a day after a verified hospitalization of three (3) consecutive days; up to, and not to exceed, $1,000 for inpatient treatment.
  • Limited to one per calendar year per member.

Consecutive Treatment/Long Term Therapy:

  • Long term therapy or consecutive treatment is available for certain life threatening conditions including, but not limited to, cancer, renal failure, neurological disorders and coronary heart disease.
  • Is intended to help offset the cost of extended and/or repeated treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and kidney dialysis.
  • Limited to one per calendar year per member.
  • Nuu - da’ - ye’ xwii - na’lh - ni (Our Families Strong They Are) Workforce Development and Youth Leadership
  • Srtaa~ Shvm (hii) Mvlh Ghee - saa - ghi - na’ (Good Food Makes us All Healthy)
  • UIHS Health of the Environment - Health of the People
  • 9th tribe in the United States and the frst tribe in California to administer direct funded Title IV - E Foster Care.
  • Awarded four grants totaling over $2,500,000 to support Shu’ - ‘aa - xuu - dvn (In a Good Way Place) Domestc Violence and Sexual Assault program services.
  • Hosted natonally - traveling exhibit, Natve Voices: Natve Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Wellness.
  • Child Care Development Fund Plan 2017 – 2019 approved by Administraton for Children and Families.


1st St. Office Location

110 First St.
Smith River, Ca. 95567

TANF and DVSA Programs

Hwy 101 Office Location

16299 Hwy 101 N.
Smith River Ca. 95567

All programs except TANF and DVSA



CFS Department Staff

Dorothy Wait

CFS Director

Office 707-487-9255 x 1135
Fax (888) 467-1393
Cell 707-218-7346

Teela James

Deputy Director

Office 707-487-9255 x 1139
Fax (888) 467-1393

Hannah Husberg

Office Admin Assistant

Office 707-487-9255 ext. 1138

Monica Calvillo

TTCW Project Coordinator

Office 707-487-9255 x 1191
Fax (888) 886-4306

Michael Harling

AOD Counselor

Office 707-487-9255 x 1195
Cell 707-954-6930

Kathleen Daignault

AOD Counselor

Office 707-487-9255 x 1172

Meng Lo

Prevention Specialist

Office: 707-487-9255 ext .

Heather Lopez

CFS Social Worker I

Office 707-487-9255 ext. 1137
Fax (888) 468-9298
Cell 707-951-8385

Carolina Arenas, ASW

CFS Social Worker II

Office 707-487-9255 ext. 1127
Fax (888) 468-9298
Cell 707-951-5991

Joanna Ballard

Social Worker II

Office: 707-487-9255 ext. 1176
Fax (888) 468-9298

Natalie Mallatt

Social Services Aide

Office 707-487-9255 ext. 1403
Fax (888) 468-9298
Cell 707-954-6049

Tara Lopez-Eck

Family Services Program Specialist XA

Office 707-487-9255 ext. 1216

Lacey Martinez

TANF Program Technician

Office: 707-487-9255 ext.
Fax (888) 467-5406

Ashley Taylor

Victim Services Manager

Office 707-487-9255
Fax (888) 883-9431

Ashley Eldredge

Shu'-'aa-xuu-dvn Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Admin Assistant

Office 707-487-9255 x 1401
Fax (888) 883-9431

Samantha Evans

Shu'-'aa-xuu-dvn Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Program Coordinator

Office 707-487-9255 x 1193
24/7 DVSA Crisis Line 707-487-3175
Fax (888) 883-9431

Adrian Lopez

Shu'-'aa-xuu-dvn Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Program Specialist

Office: 707-487-9255 ext 1129
24/7 DVSA Crisis Line 707-487-3175
Fax (888) 883-9431

Julie Doerner

Shu'-'aa-xuu-dvn Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Program Specialist

Office 707-487-9255 x 1136
24/7 DVSA Crisis Line 707-487-3175
Fax (888) 883-9431