December 1, 2017
Healthy Families Southern MD Receives Zonta Grant
Healthy Families Southern Maryland is a program of the Center for Children. It is a home visiting program for teen and first-time moms. The program recently received a generous grant from the Zonta Club of Charles County to, among other things, sponsor monthly family nights. Zonta members plan and carry out the events to fulfill their service requirements to the organization. Family nights include dinner for the participants, informative speakers, and rich learning activities. Parents may bring their children where a play room has been created to keep the little ones busy while mom (and dad) gain information on interesting topics.
The first workshop, Path to Employment, was held on September 20. Monica Grove from the Lifelong Learning Center advised parents on writing resumes, finding jobs, and the interview process. Ryan Levi and Darrell Holly from the Center for Children also shared their knowledge. The Zonta grant allowed participants to receive a portfolio, zip drive and thank you notes to send after interviews.
On October 25, the “Celebrate October with Healthy Families” program included two distinguished speakers. Dr. Eleanor Faherty, a surgeon at the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, discussed breast cancer awareness. Rosalynd Manley, a motivational speaker and Chief Executive Officer of Daughters with A Purpose, shared how she became a successful business woman after facing many life challenges.
On November 8, “Crock Pot Cooking” was a huge success with 18 families learning how to make delicious meals in crock pots. Zonta members provided the ingredients for their favorite crock pot dishes and worked one-on-one with parents to show them how to prepare a delicious meal. Parents left with their new crock pot filled with ingredients to be cooked and eaten the next day. They were also treated to new kitchen utensils and recipe cards for all the meals prepared that night. Two Food Bingo winners and three door prize winners took home Walmart gift cards.
Several more family nights are planned for the beginning of 2018.
October 11, 2017
“”In one video, the Count shows how counting helps him calm down when he is upset. In another, Rosita learns to punch a pillow or roar like a dinosaur when she is angry or frustrated. Elmo gives himself a hug or builds a fort out of blankets so he can feel safe when he is scared.”
July 19, 2017
“Panelists educated parents about ways they could keep their kids safe from sexual predators. Tips included having conversations with children about abnormal behavior, who they should watch out for, and how to talk to children if they suspect there is a problem.”
April 4, 2017
On Tuesday, April 4, the County Commissioners proclaimed April 2017 as Child Abuse Prevention Month in Charles County. Every child should have every chance in life, every chance at happiness, and every chance at success. Parents, guardians, educators, community leaders, doctors, law enforcement, neighbors, and faith-based practitioners play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect and in helping young victims recover. The Commissioners urge all citizens to work together to help reduce child abuse and neglect.
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