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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Taking a stand against child abuse

  • Lemonade stands July 11-12
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  • Phelps County Bank and their corporate sponsors are once again helping the Phelps County Child Advocacy Network (PCCAN) to raise funds for child abuse and neglect prevention programs in Phelps County.
    The annual Take A Stand event began Friday and runs through Saturday at various lemonade and water booths throughout the county.
    Since this project was started, over $350,000 has been raised by children, families, groups, businesses and individuals through sales of lemonade and water over a two-day period.
    During last year’s Take A Stand event, over $28,000 was raised through donations.
    Through this funding, PCCAN was able to award funds to several programs or entities in the county to help prevent child abuse and neglect.
    The following programs or entities were funded in the past year and have requested funds for this year:
    • St. James TOP (Teen Outreach Program) at St. James Middle School and John F. Hodge High School, which has served over 50 children, received funds from PCCAN for program supplies and service learning projects.
    • City of Rolla Fire and Rescue requested funds from PCCAN to provide free car seats for low-income families. Fire crews also install them for free for all Phelps County families. In the last year, the fire department has provided over 100 car seats to low-income families.
    • Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) requested funds for background screening for volunteers and for funding a mileage reimbursement to workers. CASA had no other funds to pay for these items. In 2013, 45 volunteers spent over 2,900 hours, advocating for 91 children in Phelps and Texas counties.
    • Prevention Consultants of Missouri received funds to help with parent programs for their Mentoring Makes a Difference program at Truman Elementary, Rolla Middle School and Rolla Junior High. Missouri University of Science and Technology students and other community volunteers served as mentors for 35 children this year. PCCAN provided funds for family nights.
    • Healthy Kids/Families through the Phelps County Health Department used its funds for its home visiting program to expectant and new parents and for helping 40 families with positive parenting, developmental education and linking the family to other support systems. In 2013, 424 home visits were made by an Registered Nurse or social worker to these families.   
    • YEP (Youth Empowerment Program)/Firehouse Coffee Shop program in St. James has youth volunteers who learn job skills by working at the Firehouse Coffee Shop and volunteer at local agencies in St. James such as the community garden, Missouri Veterans Home, the animal shelter and lawn cleanup for the elderly.  
    • Kids Harbor Too in St. Robert requested funds to help provide services to children in Phelps County who have been abused. This agency provides critical emergency response and counseling to children and families. Services are free to the children, and Kids Harbor served 83 children from Phelps County.  
    Page 2 of 2 - • The Payer of Last Resort Fund and parenting classes through the Phelps/Maries County Health Department and Prevention Consultants sets aside PCCAN funds for parents of infants and toddlers.  In 2013, 46 parents and grandparents attended classes. Foster parents and day care providers also attended. Funds have also been used for Mental Health First Training for local front line workers and CASA staff and the Healthy Baby and Beyond program trainings for parents and grandparents on SIDS prevention and safety.
    The Payer of Last Resort Fund is used for families with children in Phelps County to help them meet basic needs such as electric, housing, transportation and other crisis needs that may cause them to not be able to meet their child’s basic needs.
    Referral to this fund can only be made by a local agency working with the family such as GRACE, St. James Caring Center, MOCA or Salvation Army. There must be children in the home and all other funding sources in the community must be exhausted first before these funds are used.
    A maximum of $400 total can be used per family. All families talk with a worker and are offered other resources such as budgeting, classes or other community referrals so they can become self-sufficient. In the last year $6,048.32 was used to serve over 110 families. These funds were spent on preventing families from being evicted, having their electric shut off and having other basic needs met.
    PCB’s corporate sponsors this year include Mitch Esquibel DDS, Brewer Science, Phelps County Regional Medical Center, Mercy Clinics, Fidelity Communications, Sinks Pharmacy, Williams-Robinson-Rigler and Buschjost law firm and The Rolla Daily News.
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