Parma Area Family Collaborative Events

March was a very busy month for the Parma Area Family Collaborative. We held our first Nutrition Classes with the Ohio State Extension at our site, held Job Prep Boot Camp for teens, hosted Ridge-Brook's Title I Family Night, hosted Kindergarten Registration, had our first Community Resource Fair and started a FAST (Families and Schools Together) site for the community. April is looking to be just as busy!

The Collaborative is holding a Family Storytime on Monday April 8 and Wednesday April 17 from 7:00 until 7:30 PM. Children ages 2 through 5 and their caregivers are invited to join librarians from the Cuyahoga County Public Library for a program of stories, songs and activities. Older siblings are welcome to attend and participate.

Our first Mobile Food Pantry date will be on Thursday April 11 from 3:00 until 5:00 PM. It will be held monthly on the second Thursday of every month. The Clothing Center will also be open during this time. Families in need are encouraged to stop by to get the items they require. It will be held rain or shine. Please bring a bag for the groceries and be aware it is first come, first served. 

The next Cluster Group meeting will be Thursday April 11 from 5:30 until 7:30 PM. This group is for foster and adoptive families to meet and support one another and to learn about resources available. Refreshments and child care are provided.

Teen Time will be on Thursday April 18 from 3:00 until 6:00 PM. This is an open gym for all Parma area teens between the ages of 13 and 18. We have speakers on topics of interest, service learning, food and more! Bring your friends for our monthly night of learning and fun!

Adoption Network is having a free event Saturday April 20 from 1:00 until 3:00 PM. Adoptive families are invited to attend a "Family Fun Day" with games and activities for children and parents. Snacks will also be served. Registration is required one week prior to event. RSVP to Ayanna at (216) 482-2331 or Gib at (216) 482-2332.

The Collaborative has a monthly Collaborative Meeting for agencies, churches, businesses and individuals interested in learning more about what we are doing and how to help. Our next meeting is on April 25 from 8:15 until 9:30 AM.  This month's meeting will be hosted by Community Ambassadors located at Parmatown Mall, enter through the mall entrance beside Chase Bank and near the children's play area. We hope to see you there!

A Community Garden is in the works. There was a meeting on March 27 to get input from other agencies and to discuss what the garden should look like. If you are interested in helping with the garden, please let us know!

The Collaborative is an Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB) site. We have trained OBB counselors to help you apply for benefits such as Food Assistance (formerly known as food stamps), Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), Health Coverage, Cash Assistance, Child Care Subsidies, USDA Child Nutrition Programs (free and reduced lunch), Women Infants and Children (WIC), and many others. Through the OBB, our trained counselors can let you know if you are likely to qualify, what paperwork you would need and help you fill out the application.

The Wraparound Program is a voluntary program to assist families with assessing their strengths, building a team of natural supports and making a plan to use strategies and goals to stabilize the family and make them successful by their own definition of success.

Donations are tax-deductible and are always greatly appreciated. We accept new toys, food, personal hygiene items, school supply items, new and gently used clothing and many other items. If you have any questions about the donations we accept, please call us at (440) 842-7058.  Diaper drive, paper product drive, gift card drive, offering storage for donated furniture, and donating cash or checks are great ways to support our efforts. 

The Collaborative also has several rooms available for community meetings. We have a family style living room that can hold up to 10 people, a classroom style meeting room (with tables and chairs) that can hold up to 25 people and a gym that can hold up to 100 people.  We are also available for community events.

The Parma Area Family Collaborative is located in the PCSD - Hanna Building located on Snow Road near the intersection of Chevrolet Blvd and Stumph Rd.  Our address is 11212 Snow Rd, Parma, OH 44130.  If you have any questions or would like more information, please call us at (440) 887-4873 or email Kristen Tober at toberk@parmacityschools.org.

Kristen Tober

Parma Area Family Collaborative helps link families with resources and services depending on their needs. If your family needs assistance or if you are interested in helping, please contact us at 440 887-4873. Thank you and have a great day!

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Volume 5, Issue 4, Posted 4:59 AM, 04.02.2013