New initiative to help area families
A Renewed Mind, Christ United Methodist Church, NAMI of Greater Toledo and Oregon Community & Family Coalition are collaborating to present a new initiative, “Oregon Risky Behavior Intervention and Teachings.”
O.R.B.I.T. is a community-based initiative that offers support and encourages families to work together to strengthen relationships and wellbeing in the home. The program will include weekly support meeting for all members of the family. Facilitators will work with parents, teens, and children to provide education and support to families that may be struggling with behavioral health disorders or high-risk behaviors.
Among the topics that will be addressed are mental health disorders such as depression, ADHD/ADD and sensory integration, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders; risky behaviors such as drug and alcohol abuse, tobacco, dating boundaries and premarital sex, violence, bullying and lying.
The initial meeting will be held March 5. Meetings will be held weekly at Christ United Methodist Church, 5757 Starr Ave., Oregon. The meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a presentation on a risky behavior and the effect the behavior has on families and on the community. Then, attendees will split into age-appropriate groups for smaller breakout sessions. Fellowship time will be available at closing. The initial meeting will be held March 5.
For more information, call Christ UMC at 419-691-9701 or Oregon Community and Family Coalition at 419-720-1708.
ACT prep class offered
Owens Community College’s Workforce and Community Services is offering “Building Confidence With ACT Prep” program Mondays March 19 through April 9 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the college’s Arrowhead Park Learning Center on Indian Wood Circle in Maumee.
During each of the four sessions, students will be tutored in all five sections of the ACT test, including English, math, reading, science reasoning and writing. In addition to being tutored in these areas through one-on-one teaching, students will learn traditional testing strategies such as how to take a timed test.
Owens serves as a host site for the national ACT test, which will be offered April 14. Prior registration through ACT is required.
Limited seating is available and early registration is recommended. For more information about class fees or to register for the class, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, ext. 7357.
Homeless numbers up
A point in time (PIT) count of the number of homeless residents in Wood, Sandusky, Ottawa, and Seneca counties indicated that the number of homeless persons in 2012 is slightly higher than that of 2011.
The count, conducted Jan. 24, showed there were 307 individuals who were homeless on that day compared to 294 in 2011.
Of that number, 180 had no shelter, 94 were in transitional housing and 33 were in emergency shelters. Also, 20 were considered individuals with special needs, which includes domestic violence victims, substance abusers, those with mental illness, and the chronically homeless. Another five were veterans.
The count is completed annually by organizations which received funding to serve the homeless. It is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for communities interested in applying for McKinney-Vento funding through the Continuum of Care (CoC) application process. WSOS worked with volunteers from the local Homeless Coalition members to conduct the count.
The count in Ohio is facilitated by the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO), and it is conducted statewide on the same day for the same time period.
WSOS administers grants that aid individuals and families who find themselves homeless. However, the number of people who request assistance annually far outweigh the funding WSOS receives.
Owens offices closed
Owens Community College Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo, will be closed March 2 to 4 for mid-semester break. There will be no classes and the college offices will be closed for business.
Administrative offices will reopen March 5, while classes will resume on Monday, March 12.
Purple & Gold Dinner
This year, Morrison R. Waite High School is celebrating its 98th year educating East Toledo students. As part of the celebration, five Waite graduates will be honored and inducted as Distinguished Alumni at the 48th Annual Purple and Gold Dinner, set for April 21 at St. Michael Centre, 4001 Navarre Ave., Oregon.
This year’s honorees include Dennis Doyle (`75), in the field of Health Care Administration and Military Service; Lawrence Morgan (`45), in the field of Education and Community Service, awarded posthumously; Gary Reddish (`72), in the field of Business and Community Service; Daniel Saunders (`53), in the field of Dentistry and Community Service; Deborah Yenrick (`69), in the field of Education and Community Service.
The Purple and Gold Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour and silent auction. Dinner will follow at 7 p.m. The induction and fellowship will be held from 9 to 11 p.m. A $40 per person reservation is requested. For reservations, to make donations or for more information, call Waite Principal David Yenrick at 419-671-7000.
The Zonta Club of Bowling Green, dedicated to improving the status of women, is offering a maximum $2,000 scholarship to a Wood County female resident age 25 years or older who is pursuing post-secondary schooling or training.
Applicants, in addition to fulfilling the age and residency requirements, must have earned a high school diploma or GED, be enrolled in a post-secondary program of study, and show financial need. The scholarship will be sent directly to the post-secondary school upon evidence of enrollment. The award is restricted to tuition, books and/or school supplies.
Free tax help
Liberty Tax Service offers free tax preparation to salute firefighters, police and law enforcement officers at participating locations. These breaks on preparation fees will be in effect from March 5-18 for those who are first-time customers. For more information, call 1-866-871-1040 to find the office nearest you.
Free computer training
Terra State Community College is providing free basic computer training to interested adults through the statewide Every Citizen Online (ECO) broadband training project.
The coursework includes six hours of training covering computer basics, an introduction to the Internet, and discussions about how broadband can be helpful in daily life.
Classes are being offered at the Sandusky County Job Store, 2511 Countryside Drive, Fremont and at the Ottawa County Community Resource Centre, 8043 W. SR 163, Oak Harbor. To register, call 419-332-2169 in Fremont or 419-898-3688, ext. 270 in Oak Harbor.
Pet food collection drive
Humane Ohio, a local non-profit organization, offers two programs to help pet owners. The group offers low-cost spay/neuter services to all Northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan pet owners. It also runs a pet food bank that makes pet food available to needy pet owners in Lucas, Wood and Monroe counties.
In support of the food bank, K100 and Huntington Bank are holding a pet food drive March 3 through 17. During the collection period, Humane Ohio hopes to collect at least 5,000 pounds of dog and cat food. Donations of wet or dry food will be accepted at Huntington Bank branches throughout the greater Toledo area. Visit www.humaneohio.org for a full list of participating branches.
Donations may also be dropped off at Humane Ohio, 3131 Tremainsville Rd., Toledo between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Mondays and 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.
Those who are in need of low-cost spay/neuter or pet food should call Humane Ohio at 419-266-5607 or visit www.humaneohio.org for more information and details.
The Humane Ohio Pet Food Bank also makes bird food and small animal food (like hamster) available when possible, and helps provide food to people who are caring for free-roaming cats and implementing TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return).
Pheasants Forever banquet
The Erie-Ottawa-Sandusky Chapter of Pheasants Forever invites individual sportsmen and couples to their 21st Annual Fundraising Banquet March 10 at the Camp Perry Clubhouse. Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner to follow at 6:45 p.m.
Dinner will include smoked beef brisket, roasted chicken, side dishes and dessert. Beer and soft drinks will be provided, with a cash bar for mixed drinks. The event will include live and silent auctions, raffles and door prizes. Tickets are pre-sale only. Admission is $60 for a single, which includes $35 annual membership dues to Pheasants Forever and $25 a spouse’s dinner. Youth admission is $25, and includes youth membership for a year with Pheasants Forever’s “Ringneck” organization.
For tickets or information, call Joe Uhinck at the Ottawa County Agricultural Office in Oak Harbor at 419-898-1595 or visit www.ottawaswcd.com.