Area agencies provide updates, upcoming events

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

On Tuesday morning, Feb. 27, Saline County Inter-Agency Council met where several agencies provided information on updates and events that are occurring within those agencies.

Saline County Inter-Agency Council President Jacci Grossenburg talked about the Saline County Resource Guide.

"If you weren't here last month, when Eden (DeGonia) demonstrated it, it's a great resource," she said.

The Resource Guide is for all of Saline County. According to Inter-Agency Council Secretary Eden DeGonia, it can also be continually updated by providing DeGonia with information on items that are regularly used by the various agencies and its customers/clients.

"We want it to be as complete as possible," she said.

DeGonia added the Resource Guide should be accessible and user-friendly for people who use it.

Missouri Valley Community Action Agency Community Outreach Specialist Christine Erickson announced there are still emergency funds available for those who have received shut-off notices, and energy assistance is available until March 31.

Hannah Cleeton, field representative for Sen. Roy Blunt, said the Rev. Billy Graham is receiving an honor at the Capitol.

" The Rev. Billy Graham is actually lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda, I believe it's Wednesday and Thursday," she said. "That is an honor that's usually reserved for presidents and members of Congress. I think the last civilian to receive that honor was Rosa Parks in 2005."

The Senate is working on the 2018 budget bills, she added.

Foster Grandparent Program Assistant Director Marilyn Rimmer said there are still openings in Sedalia. Last week there was also a funeral held for its oldest foster grandparent, Kathryn Miles, who was 107.

Great Circle Advancement Coordinator Loretta Williams said the children finished with their Valentine's treats and are now looking towards Easter. She said gifts are being accepted in the form of cash, check, candy or baskets.

Missouri Veterans' Representative Jeff Payne announced the Missouri Job Center is helping with hiring events with Missouri Department of Corrections, Tyson Foods, US Security Associates, and Job Finders, a temporary agency, is currently filling various positions around the Sedalia area. He also said Cargill is hiring for its Marshall location.

DeGonia said the HOOT Resource Center is seeing some more activity and it provides students and families a place to utilize many resources. Students can do work on a computer, visit with friends and family, watch television, play games and more.

"We know the need is there, so we just want people to be able to utilize that as much as possible," she said.

Ministerial Alliance President the Rev. David Van Horn announced a Holy Week service will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, March 27. The Rev. Mark Smith will be the guest speaker.

He also commented on the Rotary Club's Texas Hold'em tournament from January.

"We did fabulous," he said. "We raised about $1,200. We are going to give $600 to the Lighthouse Shelter and $600 to the Buddy Pack program."

The Living Center Administrator Theresia Metz said there will be an Alzheimer's support group for the Saline and Pettis county area. It is rescheduled for Tuesday, March 20, from 5:30-7 p.m. at Fitzgibbon Hospital, located at 2305 South Highway 65 in Marshall.

"This has been a four-year endeavor," she said. " families are always asking, we're getting phone calls."

She explained there is not a program like this in the area. This is an opportunity to help family members and caregivers provide the support and care for people who have Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Jackie Vansteenburgh, with Care Connection, said they provide assistance, such as home-delivered meals and financial support and tax help for low-income elderly individuals.

Other events to remember are a "Lunch and Learn Google Basics for the Workplace" program at Saline County Career Center on Tuesday, March 6, from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sidewalk Prophets Concert at the Family Worship Center on Saturday, March 10; "The Fling" Annual Hospital Gala Dinner and Auction on Saturday, April 14; SAFE Program Golf Tournament at Indian Foothills Golf Course on Saturday, May 19; Day in the Park on July 20 and 21; and Project SHARE on Aug. 2.

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