POINT PLEASANT — The Mason County Family Resource Network (FRN) recently met discussing upcoming holiday events.
Bree Ramey, from the WorkForce West Virginia Career Center, reported due to the amount of children signed up for the Mason County Baby Pantry Christmas gift event currently, only children referred from organizations can still be signed up. All organizations participating have their lists, except for Shop with a Cop. The presents will be delivered on Saturday, Dec. 22.
The baby pantry’s Christmas party for the families is set for Thursday, Dec. 20. Also, the baby pantry is in need of materials for the “mom bags” handed out to the mothers when the baby pantry is open.
Also, the Trinity United Methodist Church is taking referrals for their Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets.
Greg Fowler, FRN executive director, shared the Mason County Family Christmas is set for Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the old Central Elementary School gymnasium.
He shared he will be picking up Christmas presents to be given out to children in need on Monday, Dec. 10 from Greenbrier.
In other business, the FRN members discussed recently held events.
Members shared the successful town hall meeting which was focused on the foster care system and prevention. Many people showed interest in the subject matter and had good feedback and comments after the speakers said their parts.
Fowler reported at Teen Institute the highlight event was when the children in attendance heard stories from inmates at Lakin Correctional Center. Also, the prevention focused game show styled like Jeopardy was also enjoyed by the youth. Fowler and Ramey shared for the next Teen Institute in January, they would like to extend the invitation to all junior high level students, along with fifth, sixth, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders who typically attend.
At the Quarterly Career Connection training, the stories from inmates at Lakin were very effective towards the 18-24 year old individuals as well. It even caused two in attendance the desire to seek help for personal issues from the adults working at the event. Also, the reality store was a major eye opener about finances in adult life for many of the individuals in attendance.
Janelle Comstock, director of the WorkForce Development Board Mid-Ohio Valley, shared she and her staff are trying to revamp the mentoring sector of this organization. Also, she and her staff are working on creating resource guides for communities to have to make it easy to find ways to get immediate help for certain cases.
Erin Perkins is a staff writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Reach her at (304) 675-1333, extension 1992.