By Debby Woodin
JOPLIN, Mo. —
A number of block parties are to be held by the Community Partnership starting today as an effort to encourage healthy living for children and families.
The block parties are one of a threefold approach the Community Partnership is using to try to prevent domestic violence and substance abuse from being used as ways to cope with the aftermath of the May 22, 2011, tornado.
Chelsey Hall, prevention coordinator for the partnership, said the effort was made possible by a state emergency relief grant.
She said part of the approach for the block parties is to bring neighbors together — both current residents and those who formerly lived in the neighborhood — for food, entertainment and children’s activities. One way of combating stress or emotional problems is to “get the community involved, as well as reconnect and get other services they may need” by attending the parties, Hall said.
Neighborhoods in the areas will be notified door-to-door near the date of their party. The community at large also may attend.
The first party will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Human Services Campus at the Federal Emergency Management Agency mobile home parks on Highway 171 and Prairie Flower Road.
Also scheduled are the following:
• Habitat for Humanity building site on Connor Avenue, north of 26th Street, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 6.
• Human Services Campus, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 12.
• God’s Resort, 1407 S. Pearl Ave., 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 19.
• Early Head Start, 4302 S. Richard Joseph Blvd., 9 a.m. to noon Friday, July 20.
• Division of Youth Services, Monday, July 23, with time to be announced.
• Governor’s Challenge Habitat for Humanity, 26th Street and Kentucky Avenue, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 26.
• Boys & Girls Club, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2.
• Early Head Start on Tuesday, Aug. 7, with time and further details to be announced.
• Life House, 516 N. Wall Ave., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10.
• Human Services Campus back to school bash, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11.
In the first phase of the grant, the organization ran an advertising campaign directing people to counseling services at Lafayette House and Ozark Center if they were having problems dealing with tornado issues, said Sallie Hughes of the Alliance of Southwest Missouri. She said there also have been parenting programs for parents with children trying to cope with stress.
One of those, a class called “Guiding Good Choices,” will be held once a week for five weeks beginning Aug. 28 at the Joplin Family Y South.
People who wish to register for the class may contact Hughes at 782-9899 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“DON’T LET ONE DISASTER lead to another” is the slogan being used to identify programs offered for recovery.