(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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Read the full article.
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."
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 www.2smarttostart.com 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 email@example.com.
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!
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!
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.
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 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!”
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.
In the days following the tragic, domestic violence murder in Canton, Ohio, Times News Reporter highlights PFCS’ Harbor House Domestic Violence Shelter as a safe haven to women and children who are victims of domestic violence and a means of preventing these tragedies from occurring in the future. Go here to read the full article.