Harrison County Family Resource Network Staff to Attend CADCA's National Leadership Forum in February 2019
February 4th, 2019, marks the beginning of CADCA's National Leadership Forum, held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. This year, four staff from the Harrison County Family Resource Network will attend the forum which is an opportunity to share prevention best practices and learn from the nation's top prevention experts and policy-makers. HCFRN Staff will also participate in Capitol Hill day during the week, speaking with government leaders about prevention policies that affect our local community. Community anti-drug coalitions, government leaders, youth, addiction treatment professionals, researchers, educators, law enforcement professionals, youth and faith-based leaders will all be in attendance at this Forum, creating a great opportunity for resource and information sharing that can be used here in our region to address the current issues we are experiencing with substance use. If you have any topics of interest regarding prevention efforts or substance use in your area that we can bring to the table either during the Forum or Capitol Hill day, comment below!
On January 4th, 2019, the Harrison County Prevention Partnership will be holding its monthly coalition meeting at the Harrison County Family Resource Network. This meeting will take place from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM at the FRN office located at 118 N. 6th Street in Clarksburg, WV. Guest speakers Carrie Lynn from Hope, Inc. and Herb Linn, Program Director for Collaboration and Communication for WVU will be sharing information regarding prevention efforts in our state. Carrie will be sharing information regarding the evidence-based prevention programs she is able to provide community members of Harrison County. Herb Linn will be sharing information about the WVU SAMHSA Prescription Drug Overdose Grant for Harrison County. This meeting is open to the public and we welcome participation and feedback from our community. The Harrison County Prevention Partnership Coalition consists of various businesses, agencies, and community members - please join us in the prevention efforts in this county and share any resources you may have to offer!
For those involved in the Monticello Ongoing Revitalization Project, an exciting step will be taken at noon Monday at the Kelly Miller building.
Members of the M.O.R.E. committee and project partners will come together for “sledgehammer ceremony” to officially kick off the Kelly Miller Community Center.
The building was donated earlier this year by the Harrison County Board of Education to the West Virginia Black Heritage Festival, which is working with M.O.R.E. reimagine it as the Kelly Miller Community Center.
M.O.R.E. is a community-led effort focusing on imagining and creating public spaces for community connections, especially enhancing the visual appeal of the Monticello Avenue neighborhood.
Mateen “Tuna” Abdul-Aziz, M.O.R.E. committee member, said they wanted to start with the gym because it’ll be one of the biggest projects to do in the building. It’s also one of the most important parts.
“We have to find a way to give the youth in the neighborhood something to do besides getting in trouble,” he said. “Once we get the gym open, it’ll be a place for them to hang out, play ball and do different activities.”
M.O.R.E. has already added a community garden to the neighborhood, and it was a great first step, but it doesn’t offer constructive activities for youth, Abdul-Aziz said.
“The gym was used for storage and has shelving in it. We have to deconstruct that and get up the sub floor,” he said. “Once we get all that out, we can take a good look to see what it will take to get the gym done.”
After the gym, the committee will work on the classrooms in which it’s hoping to offer after-school programs, life skills courses, fitness classes and mentoring once the programs are up and running, Abdul-Aziz said.
Read more about the Kelly Miller Community Center from the Exponent Telegram and Victoria Cann below:
Mountaineer Food Bank Partners with Washington Irving Middle School for School Food Pantry Program New program provides food older students in Harrison County
Mountaineer Food Bank Partners with Washington Irving Middle School for School Food Pantry Program
New program provides food older students in Harrison County
Gassaway, WV – September 20, 2016- Mountaineer Food Bank recently partnered with Washington Irving Middle School in Clarksburg, WV for the School Food Pantry Program.
The School Food Pantry, while similar to Backpack Programs, focuses on the needs of older students by providing food weekly or in emergency situations. The Harrison County site is the 3rd site to partner with Mountaineer Food Bank. Other school sites in West Virginia are set to open later this year.
“The School Food Pantry really benefits children who may have gotten food from the Backpack Program when they were in elementary school,” says Chad Morrison, Executive Director of Mountaineer Food Bank. “These kids needed the food then, but the only circumstance that changed was where they went to school. They still need the food because their situation hasn’t changed.”
The first delivery of food came in August, while others will come to the school as needed. Washington Irving benefited from a small start-up grant from the Red Nose Day fund, a Feeding America initiative. “Children shouldn't have to worry about where their next meal is coming from. Partnering with the Mountaineer Food Bank has helped us help our students and for that we are thankful,” said Cindy McFee, the coordinator for the program at WIMS.
Harrison County has a 19.8% child food insecurity rate, or 1 in 5 students that could go hungry. Mountaineer Food Bank is working with the WV Department of Education and Feed to Achieve to organize more programs like this in the state.
Individuals that would like to contribute to the School Food Pantry can send donations to Mountaineer Food Bank at the attention WIMS School Food Pantry or can contact the food bank at 304-364-5518.
To learn more about Mountaineer Food Bank and other ways you can get involved in West Virginia please visit www.MountaineerFoodBank.org.
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About Mountaineer Food Bank
Mountaineer Food Bank is a 501(c)(3) non-profit hunger relief organization that serves 48 counties in West Virginia. Our network consists of over 600 feeding programs including soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, senior programs and Backpack Program. To learn more about Mountaineer Food Bank and how to help solve hunger in your community, visit our website at www.mountaineerfoodbank.org.
Please join us for a Community Cook-Out and Ice Cream Social as we celebrate a new partnership and investment in the on-going success of the Margaret McCoy Community Garden and Broadway Community Garden. This funding is focused engagement of youth in alternative environmental activities in their community. Come out to EAT, listen to music, and hear about the plans for the next year. If you would like to get involved, please contact me @ the HCFRN office @ 304-423-5049.
Region 4's meeting is Tomorrow, July 28, 2016 beginning at 6:00pm at the Robert Mollohan Research Center, Fairmont, WV
Harrison County FRN Collaborates with Residents of Monticello Ave
Clarksburg, May 22, 2016: Elizabeth Shahan, Executive Director of Harrison County Family Resource Network, has announced the grand opening of the Monticello Community Garden on Monticello Ave Clarksburg. The Monticello Ave residents, in partnership with the Harrison County Family Resource Network, will host a Community Block Party May 22nd at the community garden. A planting party will kick off the event at 2:00pm followed by a ribbon joining and garden dedication ceremony at 3:00pm. Residents of Monticello Avenue and surrounding streets are welcome to attend. “Community gardens are effective ways to beautify communities, create wonderfully useful safe spaces, and join people together to reclaim areas that were lost to overgrowth, illegal activity, and dilapidated structures. This community garden is an important step for the community to come together to support the prevention of drug abuse, and is one key environmental strategy for drug prevention,” said Ms. Shahan. For those interested in donating to the efforts of the Harrison County Family Resource Network, Inc., please call Ms. Shahan at 304.423.5049 for more information.
Harrison Co FRN, Harrison Co Prevention Partnership Collaborate with Parish Nurse
Clarksburg, May 19, 2016: Ellen Condron is the Parish nurse with All Saints Catholic church and member of the Social Justice Committee. Today, Ellen and Jo Anne were presented with a proclamation from the County Commission for Mental Health Month. The Social Justice Committee is hosting community conversations on a variety of Substance Abuse and Mental Health topics. Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 6pm the group will hosted the 2nd conversation in the series focused on Childhood through Early Adulthood Mental Illness. Experts in their field of practice will speak to participants about Brain Development, Youth Mental Health 1st Aid, Misbehavior, and Managing Behavior in the Home. As a professor of nursing at Fairmont State University, Ellen recognized the need for faith based partners on the continuum of care: prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery of substance abuse. For those needing more information please contact Ms. Jo Anne McNemar at 304-423-5048. For those interested in donating to the efforts of the Harrison County Family Resource Network, Inc., please call Ms. Elizabeth Shahan at 304.423.5049 for more information.
Left to right: Ms. Elizabeth M. Shahan, Executive Director, HCFRN; Mr. Joe Minard, County Commissioner; Ms. Ellen Condron, All Saints Catholic Church Parish Nurse; Ms. Jo Anne McNemar, HCFRN PFS Coordinator; Mr. Ron Watson, County Commissioner
Elizabeth M. Shahan, MSW, LGSW, PSII, has been the Executive Director of the organization for 8 years. Feel free to contact her at 304-423-5049.