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FRN shows steady progress with new coordinator

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The Gilmer County Family Resource Network held its monthly meeting on Wed., April 9.

One of the biggest announcements during the meeting regarded the fact that Gilmer County's FRN was chosen to host a conference of other FRN networks in the state on May 9.

This conference will serve to aggregate ideas and plans for projects to create and improve FRN programs in our county and throughout the state.

One program that Gilmer County does not have in place is a program to assist homeless people. It was brought to the attention of the board that, just because we don't see homeless people in Gilmer County, it doesn't mean there are none.

"There are families [in the county] who don't have their own residences, and these people stay with friends and family," said Jessica Greenlief, FRN coordinator.

The centerpiece of the monthly meeting was the Coordinator's Report, which gave the board a good idea of what the FRN office in Gilmer County has accomplished in the last month.

Some of the highlights included:

  • Attending a substance abuse prevention training
  • Attending a tobacco Prevention Coalition meeting
  • Attending a Region IV Taskforce meeting, as well as a Region IV sub-grant meeting and training
  • Attending board meeting of the Marthas and Marys
  • Attending a Regional Summit meeting at White Oak Pressley Ridge
  • Stocking the "baby pantry" at the FRN headquarters with items needed by area families. To allay the costs of larger, more expensive items such as car seats and strollers, FRN will ask for suggested donations far below the retail price of the items.
  • The application for a P&C grant has been completed. This year, the state has cut the budgeted amount of this grant from $38,600 to $37, 572. To offset this difference, Greenlief has adjusted the FRN budget, cutting travel expenses, utility costs and office supply expenditures.

On Sat., May 17, there will be a Health and Safety Fair which the FRN will be teaming up with the Gilmer County Fire Dept. to host at the fire department.

An audit is planned for the years 2011, 2012 and 2013, and will be scheduled some time before June 30.

Another matter discussed was the need for FRN board members, especially board members who have families using FRN services. Please look at out Area Briefs on page 1 this week, where a call for FRN Board members is outlined. If you or someone you know would like to fill an FRN Board vacancy, please contact Jessica Greenlief at 304-462-7545.

Finally, some 2014 Resource Guides have been created and will be distributed when the supply grows.