The following is a list of those services the Community Fund benefits (allocations to each had not been determined at press time):
This program provides the skills to parents and caretakers that allow them to change their own behavior towards their children, which in turn leads to more positive changes in their children’s behavior.
Parenting problems encompass a variety of issues from talking disrespectfully to lying and stealing to abusive behaviors.
The 15-week program is based on a four C’s concept: caring, communication, consistency, and consequences.
The program is designed to teach parents to discover an alternative to parenting extremes, to respond instead of reacting to situations.
Parents Anonymous is also a support group for parents and caretakers where they can find help and emotional support from other parents in similar situations.
UPSHUR COUNTY BENEVOLENT FUND
This fund is used for emergency relief of Upshur County people in distress. These funds are distributed by a committee appointed by the Upshur County Community Fund.
UPSHUR COUNTY AID BANK
This organization provides assistance of food, utilities, rent/mortgage, medical, clothing, etc. for needy Upshur County people.
The Aid Bank is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization controlled and operated by a Board of Directors comprised of Upshur County residents.
SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the Gilmer Area Chamber of Commerce provide Gilmer and Upshur County children with a 6 week summer recreational program.
This program is for children ages 6-12, and is from 8 a.m. until noon, Monday through Friday.
Provided are games, stories, crafts and movies, along with exceptional adult supervision.
UPSHUR COUNTY SHARES
This program is a ministry of the Gilmer Area Ministerial Alliance that provides food for those in need.
“Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.” Isaiah 58-10 (NIV)
WOMEN’S CENTER OF EAST TEXAS
This organization is dedicated to providing safe haven, crisis intervention, and comprehensive support services to victims of domestic and/or sexual violence in Gregg, Harrison, Upshur and Marion counties.
For over 29 years they have served battered women, their witnessing children and victims of sexual violence. They have responded to tens of thousands of calls for help and there is so much more to be done.
FOR YOUTH, INC.
Real Jobs promotes inclusive employment opportunities for teenagers and young adults with disabilities, ages 12 to 29.
Serving Upshur, Gregg, Harrison and Rusk counties, Real Jobs for Youth provides job placement, job coaching, supported employment, self employment, pre-vocational training and life skills training.
They help young adults realize their dreams by going to work.
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ALCOHOLISM AND DRUG ABUSE
This agency addresses alcoholism and drug abuse as a public health issue, and as treatable and preventable diseases.
Counselors provide clinical screening and referral to treatment.
Prevention specialists provide drug education in area schools, churches, civic clubs, and professional groups.
The program offers literacy, basic life skills and GED preparation and pre-GED testing. Office hours are Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with morning and afternoon sessions.
New registration is every first and third Mondays of each month. Call 903-843-3360 for more information.
MEALS ON WHEELS
This agency prepares and delivers meals to homebound and disabled senior citizens as well as providing meals for senior citizen centers.
They also provide daily contact for their clients and report to the client’s family if they fail to answer the door. Meals on Wheels serves ten counties across East Texas including Upshur.
This is one of the largest meal service operations in the nation, serving over 4,000 meals a day.
2014 Officers: Ricky Rigsby, chairman; Norma Tomlin, co-chairman and Janice Hargrove, secretary/treasurer.
Board of Directors: Danielle Boyle, Glenn Breazeale, Janice Gage, Patti Harris, Miriam Hill, Randlyn Holmes, Florine Morris, Amy Patterson, Robin Rodenberg and Amelia Taylor Steele.
Ex-Officio: Steve Stewart
Trustee: Joan Small