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    November 2, 2018 8:00 pm

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                              FOR MORE INFORMATION         Amanda Burdette 330-476-6056 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH Area Nonprofits Celebrate Families at October 27th Event   October 11, 2018 Carrollton, Ohio - Harbor Point Domestic Violence Shelter is teaming up with Harbor House DV Shelter, COMPASS, and STEAM Centers of Tuscarawas County, to honor local families who have suffered the effects of domestic violence. A Fall Family Fun Fest will be held at Carroll Hills School on October 27, 2018 from 11am to 2pm. The school is located at 2167 Kensington Rd NE in Carrollton, Ohio. This event will bring families together to relax and enjoy many activities while celebrating those who have survived challenging situations. This year’s festival will feature a talk from a domestic violence survivor who will share her inspirational story of survival and hope. Domestic Violence Awareness Month was first Observed in 1987 and has focused on:

    • Mourning those who have died because of domestic violence
    • Celebrating those who have survived
    • Connecting with those who work to end violence
    This year’s theme centers around a unified message #1Thing.  Change can start with only #1Thing meaning one person’s actions may seem insignificant, but together a communities’ collective #1Things can lead to real social transformation. This year’s event offers families and guests fun activities including, STEAM Center’s pop up museum, face painting, pumpkin painting, corn hole and a selfie booth. Guests can enjoy free refreshments and can win great raffle prizes and enter a 50/50 drawing. For more information, contact shelter manager, Amanda Burdette at 330-476-6056 or About Harbor Point Domestic Violence Shelter Harbor Point Domestic Violence Shelter is a division of Personal and Family Counseling Services, an OhioGuidestone organization and a member of the Ohio Domestic Violence Network. The shelter opened in December 2017 to meet the needs of survivors of abuse in Carroll County. They have provided 2,233 nights of safe shelter to 38 adults and 45 kids since opening their doors. Harbor Point practices family preservation and has sheltered 5 dogs and 1 cat with their families. Harbor Point provides a full range of services for survivors, including counseling, case management, advocacy, education, and assistance in meeting basic living needs through grants and community donations. The shelter can be reached through their 24-hour hotline at 330-476-6056. Contact: Amanda Burdette, Manager Harbor Point Domestic Violence Shelter 330-476-6056 Press Release

  • Personal and Family Counseling Services Raises Over $17,000 with Annual Masquerade Ball Fundraiser

    February 8, 2017 2:11 pm

    (February 2017, New Philadelphia, Ohio) Personal and Family Counseling Services hosted their eighth annual Masquerade Ball on January 21, 2017 and raised over $17,000. This was our most successful event yet! The Masquerade Ball was held at Union Country Club in Dover, Ohio, with approximately 160 guests in attendance. The funds raised will provide support for Domestic Violence Shelter services and well as other programs such as In-Home Parent Mentoring, Supervised Visitations and special activities and events.   A special thank you to our sponsors: Lauren International; New Philadelphia Elks #510; Dr. James Karlowicz; Dover Chemical Corp.; Hanhart Agency, Inc.; Prime Prodata Inc.; Springhill Suites; Ferris Chevrolet; Gemini Fiber Corp.; Cascade Lighting Inc.; Republic State Mortgage Co.; Caleb Robinson DDS; Wendy’s; Tusc. Construction Supply LLC;R & J Cylinder; Union Hospital; Frantz Grinding; and Pat Russell. The sponsorships really make the difference and we are blessed to be a part of such a fabulous group of supporters who see the value in strong families.   It was great to see so many returning guests as well as some new. The evening included a sit down meal prepared by the Chef of the Club, music by Mobile Jams, dancing, a 50/50 raffle, jackpot drawings, and a silent auction. Many walked away with fabulous baskets, tickets to events, and items to pamper themselves. Overall, everyone enjoyed the evening and we hope to see everyone again next year.   For more information about PFCS and this year’s Masquerade Ball, please contact Pam Trimmer, Executive Director PFCS, at 330.343.8171, or   Read the full article.

  • PFCS Awarded $1000 Donation From The Shelly Company

    June 8, 2016 7:32 pm

    We are pleased to announce that we are the recipient of a $1000 donation from National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) and The Shelly Company! This donation will benefit the children, adults and families we serve through our Harbor House Domestic Violence and Halfway House. The donation is a part of the NRMCA 2016 Concrete Cares Award that recognized The Shelly Company for their outstanding commitment to community service.  The Shelly Company was honored in the category for ready mix companies that produce more than 250,000 cubic yard of concrete annually. The company, based in Thornville, OH, was honored this year for its wide range of charitable and community-based efforts throughout Ohio. The Shelly public relations manager meets annually with the general managers of each of the company’s four divisions to discuss community outreach plans. For more than a decade, Shelly’s two employee‐driven Adopt‐A‐Family and Community Action committees, comprised of employees in its Southern and Northwest divisions, have raised almost $94,000 for more than 58 organizations throughout Ohio. Another employee‐driven outreach is The Shelly Ready Mix themed truck program. These “moving billboards” raise awareness for charities chosen by Shelly employees. We even have our very own Harbor House Domestic Violence Shelter themed-mix truck! "We are grateful to The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and The Shelly Company for choosing Harbor House as the recipient," says Pam Trimmer, Executive Director, PFCS. "What an honor. We are grateful for their ongoing support of Harbor House and for their overwhelming generosity."

  • Our Teens are Doing Great Things!

    May 13, 2016 5:03 pm

    Personal and Family Counseling Services' (PFCS) Youth-Led Prevention Program is designed to engage and embrace young people as partners in their own personal development, teaching them to make healthy lifestyle choices, providing a no-use message against all substances, and involving adults in a guiding and supporting role. In this unique model, students play an active role in planning, implementing and evaluating school-wide substance abuse prevention initiatives. The 2015-2016 school year has been a busy one for our Tuscarawas and Carroll County Youth-Led Prevention groups. Our groups participated in the National Youth to Youth Conference; Red Ribbon Week; National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week; Kick Butts Day; We Are the Majority Rally; and the Nordonia Teen Institute Retreat. Additionally, as part of youth-led prevention, a Youth Advisory Board (YAB) was created to act as a connector for all of the school districts. The board provides the opportunity for brainstorming, training and networking to the students who are leaders in their respective youth-led prevention groups. Currently, approximately 23 students serve on the board, meeting monthly to focus on strategic planning and implementation of activities to effect change in substance use and other behavioral health issues among youth in their communities. This year, the Youth Advisory Board has had the opportunity to develop relationships with civic and government leaders, and have partnered with the Anti-Drug Coalitions of Tuscarawas and Carroll Counties. We are incredibly grateful to all of our community partners and our donors who supported our youth-led prevention efforts this year! We are changing lives and our communities with the help of your generosity, kindness and compassion. Want to learn more about the youth-led prevention movement in Tuscarawas and Carroll County? Visit and check out our Youth 2 Youth Newsletter. Want to be involved in youth-led prevention? Please contact Jodi Salvo, PFCS Prevention Services Coordinator, at

  • Youth-Led Prevention Teens Donate Easter Baskets to PFCS

    March 30, 2016 3:24 pm

    New Philadelphia City Schools' Youth-Led Prevention program donated Easter baskets to the children and families we serve. Read the full article in The Times-Reporter!

  • Youth-Led Prevention Group Participates in Kick Butts Day!

    March 18, 2016 6:32 pm

    Tuscarawas Valley High School's Youth-2-Youth group spread awareness about the dangers of tobacco use on Kick Butts Day 2016 with a demonstration about the number of lives lost to tobacco-related causes. Read the full article in The Times Reporter!

  • PFCS Staff Raises Concerns to Proposed Legislation

    February 8, 2016 4:11 pm

    Jodi Salvo, PFCS Takin it to the Schools and Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition Coordinator, joins Tuscarawas County Commissioners in voicing concerns to the proposed legislation that would raise the maximum alcohol content of beer from to 12 percent to 21 percent in Ohio. Read the full article in the Canton Repository.

  • PFCS Youth Led Prevention Groups “Shatter the Myths” of Drug Use

    January 29, 2016 2:56 pm

    January 25-31, 2016 is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (#NDAFW), and PFCS' Youth Led Prevention Groups in our community schools have been helping to "Shatter the Myths" of drug and alcohol use for their peers. Read the article in the Times Reporter and Like Us on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter to learn more about PFCS and #NDAFW!

  • PFCS 7th Annual Masquerade Ball is a Success!

    January 27, 2016 5:10 pm

    PFCS hosted their seventh annual Masquerade Ball on January 23, 2016 to raise funds for the children and families PFCS serves. Over 150 guests attended the Masquerade Ball, held at the Union Country Club in Dover, Ohio, and enjoyed an evening of elegance and mystery, a delicious dinner, raffles and dancing. “We raised more than we ever have, and we are so grateful for the generosity of our attendees and sponsors,” says Pam Trimmer, Executive Director, PFCS. “Our guests not only enjoyed great food and music; they also had the privilege of knowing that they are making a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve!”

  • PFCS Executive Director Appointed to Community Corrections Planning Board

    January 21, 2016 8:04 pm

    We are pleased to announce that the Tuscarawas County Commissioners have appointed Pam Trimmer, PFCS Executive Director, to the Community Corrections Planning Board for a two-year term. She will join the other members of the board in creating plans to ensure the Tuscarawas community has a continuum of services to help reduce crime and become innovative in addressing the specific issues, such as overcrowding jails, re-entry programs, special docket courts, and more. Go here to learn more.    

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    May 22, 2015 11:08 am

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