Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Empty Bowls - Feeding the Hungry

Do not miss out on Wesley House's event this Friday, October 19, 2018,  from 11 am - 2pm. Bowls will be $20, there will be soup, tours and a silent auction. All proceeds go to our emergency food pantry.

This is the third time I have purchased an "empty" bowl that was created by a local artist. Each piece is unique and beautiful. My purchase of a $25 bowl (pre-sale)  allows Wesley House to purchase 6 1/2 meals from Kansas Food Bank. 

Wesley House is an outreach mission of First United Methodist Church in Pittsburg, Kansas.  It was established in 1982 to address the needs of low-income families in the area.  The mission of Wesley House is to provide a safe, welcoming place for individuals and families of Crawford County to seek assistance, advocacy, education and hope for a brighter tomorrow.  The ministry has grown and evolved through the years, but the primary purpose remains the same- to reach out with God's love to those who are in need in Crawford County.

Like Wesley House on Facebook here to learn more about them and the Empty Bowls event.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A Safe Place

Safehouse Crisis Center in Pittsburg provides a place that is safe and free of violence. Where children can build and maintain positive relationships with their parents.

Safehouse aids in the reduction of the incidence of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Safehouse has been in operation for 34 years and continues to provide advocacy and shelter services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in Southeast Kansas. Click here to learn more.

24-Hour Crisis Hotline
Pittsburg Area - 800-794-9148

Monday, August 27, 2018

It's in our own backyard...Human Trafficking

Via Christi Hospital, in conjunction with Pittsburg State University, Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing, The University of Kansas Medical Center Office of Continuing Medical Education and The University of Kansas Medical Center Area Health Education Center East, will present “Human Trafficking and its intersections with Pornography and the Internet” from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 8 at Pittsburg State University’s McPherson Hall.

Sex trafficking is one of the world's most horrific and lucrative crimes, robbing millions of people of their dignity in order to make a profit. Prevalent worldwide, sex trafficking exists even in our own community. But you can make a difference. In order to effectively respond we must have a good understanding of human trafficking and what feeds this multi-billion dollar industry. 

Pornography and the internet have strong connections to human trafficking. Advertising and recruitment are easily promoted through the worldwide web. Meanwhile, pornographic images and videos are often produced at the cost of individuals who are being threatened or coerced. Globally, the largest pornography provider received 64 million visits per day (2016). Please join us to learn about what you can do to identify and help those who are being trafficked in our community.

This course is designed for healthcare providers and professionals, behavioral health professionals, pastors and youth leaders, law enforcement, staff of social service agencies, educators and concerned community members.

Cost to attend is $15.00 for general audience and $20.00 for healthcare professionals (includes continuing education credit or certificate of attendance). Conference fee includes lunch. Preregistration is required due to limited seating and is due by 5 p.m., Sept. 3. Registration at the door will be available only if space permits. Click here to register.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an early learning program designed to provide practical and timely information to all families including single parents, first-time parents, and expectant parents.

Parent Educators share age-appropriate child development information, addressing parenting concerns, and engage the family in activities. In addition, they coordinate group connections, screening, playgroups, and provide resources.

I  utilized this program with my son to determine developmental milestones and learning opportunities. To learn more about what the program offers, click here.

Monday, August 20, 2018

Children's Advocacy Center - Giving a Voice

Children's Advocacy Centers share in a common belief that coordinated, multidisciplinary response to child abuse is the most effective and most compassionate response to abused children.

Their mission is to provide excellence in child abuse response and prevention through training, program development, advocacy, and leadership.

Services include training and technical assistance, multidisciplinary team training, case review protocol and procedure development, and legislative representation.

Their goal is a common, reliable, valid evaluation system to measure and report client outcomes. Click here to learn more.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Wesley House - Serving Southeast Kansas

Wesley House is an outreach mission of First United Methodist Church in Pittsburg, Kansas.  It was established in 1982 to address the needs of low-income families in the area.  The mission of Wesley House is to provide a safe, welcoming place for individuals and families of Crawford County to seek assistance, advocacy, education and hope for a brighter tomorrow.  The ministry has grown and evolved through the years, but the primary purpose remains the same- to reach out with God's love to those who are in need in Crawford County. To learn more about their services click here.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Civic Health Hero - What an Honor

When my sister asked me to share the community service I perform with her, I had no clue that a few months later I would be honored with the recognition of a Civic Health Hero by the Kansas Health Foundation.

The Kansas Health Foundation focuses on the four impact areas of access to affordable health care, healthy behaviors, civic and community engagement and educational attainment. Click here to read the wonderful article that was published in the Joplin Globe newspaper.