Assemblyman Thurston “Smitty” Smith Secures $520,000 for Local High Desert Non-Profit Organization

APPLE VALLEY, CA – Today, Assemblyman Thurston “Smitty” Smith announced that the Family Assistance Program in Victorville, CA, has been selected to receive $520,000 to advance the “Outdoor Access for All” initiative.

This grant from the California Natural Resources Agency assists local nonprofit organizations in establishing hubs for local activities and trips to natural areas for underserved communities, along with the empowerment of outdoor leadership education, career pathways, and access to nature.

“I’m incredibly honored to support this funding coming to our district to allow underserved communities to explore the outdoors through hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities,” said Assemblyman Thurston “Smitty” Smith.

“The Outdoor Access for All initiative will benefit communities like ours that do not have adequate access to outdoor programs. This will make a tangible and long-lasting benefit to young people in our community, and we look forward to implementing this program shortly,” said Family Assistance Program Executive Director Darryl Evey.

The grant recipient is the Victorville-based Family Assistance Program, established in 1985 as a shelter and advocacy service provider for victims of domestic violence. Family Assistance Program has increased services throughout the years, including homeless youth shelters, re-entry programs, and anti-human trafficking programs throughout the High Desert and Morongo Basin communities.

Assemblymember Thurston “Smitty” Smith (R-Apple Valley) is a retired small business owner and a longtime advocate for California’s taxpayers. He is the former three-term mayor of Hesperia. Smitty and his wife, Margaret, have been residents of the 33rd Assembly District for over 32 years, where they raised their two children together. Learn more about Smitty at: