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Non Profit Org U.S. Postage Paid Hazard, KY Permit No. 149

October 2008

Hazard Perry County Community Ministries, Inc. 151 Miss Edna Lane Hazard, KY 41701

Volume 13, Number 3

Food Drive Helps the Hungry

I'm so proud of the center's faculty and staff for putting our mission into action." The donated items will be used to prepare emergency food boxes, as On September 12, staff of the University of Kentucky Center for Excellence in Rural Health presented Corner Haven Crisis Center with over 500 food items. Other contributors to the food drive included students in the center's health education programs, Hazard Community & Technical College's allied health faculty and students, and representatives from Kentucky Power Company.

Board of Directors

Why Childcare Subsidy Matters

A recent report issued by the National Women's Law Center examined childcare assistance policies across the country, including Kentucky.

with a stronger workforce now and in the future.

However, many families need help paying the high cost of childcare. Without childcare assistance, low-income families may be unable to afford highquality, stable care.

Dental Program Director Dr. Nikki Stone approached Community Ministries with the idea to build an End of Summer Can Castle, with all proceeds to be given to Corner Haven. She was compelled to start this food drive when she learned of Community Ministries' struggles to keep food on its shelves earlier this summer. She was also inspired by other organizations' contributions, such as Appalachian Regional Healthcare as well as the First Presbyterian Church and Bowman Memorial United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School.

UKCERH Director Dr. Baretta Casey (right) presents a monetary donation to Adrienne Bush (left), Director of Planning & Development for Community Ministries.

The report compares all 50 states' childcare assistance policies in 2008 to 2007 and 2001 in four policy areas, including income eligibility. Kentucky ranks among the bottom 25% of states on income eligibility to qualify for childcare assistance ­ $25,746 for a family of three (146 percent of the 2008 federal poverty level) as of February 2008. Kentucky has fallen from 2001 levels, where families who earned 165 percent of the federal poverty level were eligible for subsidies.

Community Ministries works with the East Kentucky Child Care Coalition to ensure that our families who qualify receive a subsidy. These families then pay a co-pay based on income to New Beginnings, and EKCCC pays the difference.

well as 3 hot meals each day. Corner Haven is the only soup kitchen in Perry County, and anyone who is hungry may come and eat. We are continually distributing food, and it goes quickly, so donations are always welcome. The Board and staff of Community Ministries is grateful for the support of the UKCERH, as well as countless others in the community. For more information about Corner Haven, please call 436-5043.

Carol Anne Kilgore, Chairperson Linda Blair, Vice-Chair Rebecca Cornett, Secretary Max Mitchell, Treasurer Donna Engle, Immediate Past Chairperson Jennifer Chester JoAnn Davis Tammi Gorman Deloris Justice Pat Miller Charla Napier Paul Olinger Richard "Baja" Pratt Alison Wells Annie Williams Pat Wooton

Here in Hazard and Perry County, we recognize that childcare helps our children, families, and our community succeed. Children in at New Beginnings and Starland develop skills critical to succeed in school and beyond. Our childcare helps families get ahead by giving parents the support they need to be productive at work. And our childcare helps our community be competitive,

Stay tuned for more information about the childcare subsidy program in Kentucky in future newsletters, or call 439-1122.

"Our mission is to improve the health of rural Kentuckians, and one of the ways we do that is through community engagement initiatives," said Dr. Baretta R. Casey, director of the UKCERH. "Obviously, access to wellbalanced, nutritious meals The response to the Food Drive included over 500 items as well as is a major component of a monetary donation. local residents' overall health.

Message from the Executive Director

Hazard Perry County Community Ministries is blessed to have strong support of our programs and services. The following individuals and groups have made financial and in-kind gifts from May 1 through September 30.


Our Mission is to respond actively to unmet needs of individuals and families working in partnership with churches, agencies and individuals interested in the social welfare of the community.

This is probably the last message I will be writing to you as the executive director of HPCCM. Very soon, we will welcome someone new that I know will lead the organization in the way we need to go. It is both challenging and exciting.

committed the resources to have the highest quality facilities and programming in the region; to make sure all children have the same great opportunities for early childhood education regardless of their income. To make sure parents can work knowing their children aren't only safe, but are nurtured and loved and being prepared for school.

Community Connection is a publication of Hazard Perry County Community Ministries.

For corrections, address changes, or article submission, please send to: Adrienne Bush HPCCM 151 Miss Edna Lane Hazard, KY 41701 606-436-2662 Fax: 606-439-1160 [email protected]

Along the way, we have helped tackle other issues too. School age children have more options, access to healthcare is a little bit easier, and adult daycare is readily available. All because we have a community that is willing to step up to make things happen and an organization like HPCCM that is willing to help.

Contact Information

Administrative Office 436-2662 Case Management & GAP 436-0051 Corner Haven Crisis Center 436-5043 New Beginnings Childcare 439-1122 Rental Program 487-1891 Starland Childcare 436-5720

Our programs and services depend on financial gifts from our friends and supporters. All gifts are tax deductible.


Almost 18 years ago, Community Ministries decided to hire their first full time executive director. The board ­ and the community ­ wanted to address the issue of homelessness in a Over the past few years, we have worked with you more meaningful way, and they to create the Community Foundation of Hazard wanted to build a bigger and and Perry County. When we look at all the wonderbetter daycare ful things we have done in our center. And community and at all the great they did it. I potential in our schools, our civic Someone else will be sitting at my old came to work groups, our churches, businesses desk. I will work for them. They will on June 19, and all around us, we see the need work for me. Together, we will work 1991 and, with for investment that will help all of for our community. the help of a these things flourish and keep our committed community the one we cherish in board of direcour hearts. Working together, the tors, the City of Community Foundation will help us see that that Hazard, the Fiscal Court, and happens. lots of people like you in our I'm going to work for the Community Foundation community we did address now, but I don't really see it as a new job. One thing homelessness in a meaningful we have learned at HPCCM over the years ­ people way and build a high quality get confused about what we actually do, how we all child care program. And we're work together yet separately. But what a complistill doing it. ment that is to our community! The lines are so But we couldn't just stop there. blurred, that we are so entwined, that people don't Shelter wasn't just a place to know who works for who. The fact is we work for sleep at night; homeless people each other. And that's exactly what the work of the needed support so they could get Community Foundation is ­ striving for the day a better education, a job and find when we can all say we work for each other ­ not their own way. Then we ­ this against each other, not around each other, not in community ­ committed to solvspite of each other, but for each other and our coming the housing dilemma by munity. starting the Housing DevelopSo I don't think I really think about this as quitting ment Alliance so more people my job. I just got a new desk. Someone else will be could have the opportunity to sitting at my old desk. I will work for them. They own their own home. will work for me. Together, we will work for our We couldn't just put up a sign community. and start a daycare center. We Gerry F. Roll, Executive Director

Kim Akemon Scott Alexander Doug Allmond Anonymous Avawam Pentecostal Church ARH Pharmacy ARH Relay for Life Willie Back Misty Baker Gina Bates Brad & Kelli Bauer Big Creek Baptist Big Lots William Bishop Bowman Memorial United Methodist Church Neal Boggs Missy Bowling Carol Brashear Ronnie Brock Buckhorn Lake Area Church Ernestine Burgett Wesley Calahan Lindsey Campbell Daisy Camur Gail Castle Debra Catron Marsha Caudill Leane Chaney Chat-n-Chew Homemakers of Knott County Colleen Childers Gary Combs Lisa Combs Tabatha Combs Ann Cornett Mary Cornett Vivian Cornett The Cornett Family Naomi Curtis Davidson Baptist Church Lynn & Teresa Davison Jon Day Bradley & Kim Dean Dennis Wooton Elementary 1st Grade Class Debra Dillion Roy Dubash Donna M. Engle Karen Jo Farris Mishaela & Miranda Feltner Kim Fields Fire School First Baptist Church First Creek Baptist Church First Presbyterian Church Flinchum Family Food City Gay Forsythe Fourseam Gospel Church April Francis Frontline Ministries John & Etta Gabbard Gideons Valerie Goodson Peggy Grigsby Merrel & Ludrenia HagansShepherd Frank Hall Danny & Diane Hammonds Hampton Inn Happy Bible Church Eva Harris Dustin Haskins Carla Hayes HCTC Lee's College Campus HCTC Nursing Faculty Hazard Clinic Hazard High School Hazard High School Cheerleaders Hazard Post Office Hazard Rotary Club Jeff Henson Ray Hill Hindman Baptist Church Housing Development Alliance Lora Howard Hunter Stidham Charity Ride Mr. Mrs. J. Marvin Jolly Ray Jones Angie Joseph Paula & Herman Joseph Terry Joseph K-TIP/EKU Kentucky Housing Corporation Employees Kentucky Power Company Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative Haven King Janice King Tamara Knox Jennifer Lindon Little Flower Clinic Little Zion Church Carol Livingston Mishal Long Lothair United Methodist & Presbyterian Church Vacation Bible School Lotts Creek Evangelical Free Church Lower Second Creek Church of God Ma Kate Circle Daniel Maggard Donald Maggard Steve Mann Dustin Martin Stacy McCune Janet & Scott McReynolds Randall & Jacqueline Moon Shannon Morton Mother of Good Counsel Catholic Community Loretta & Sam Mullins Donna Napier Keith & Chrissie Napier Loretta Napier Roland Napier Larry Neace Papa John's Pizza Perry Co. Central High School Band Petrey Memorial Baptist Church Pine Branch Coal Sales Cindy Plummer Charlotte Pratt Janice Pullium Relay for Life

Reno's Roadhouse Carole & Lee Richie Paul Riley Riverside Christian School St. Paul's Lutheran Church Holly, Phyllis & Randy Sanders Save-a-lot Shae Shepherd Eric Sims Michael Sims Diane & Afton Slone Grant & Rose Smith LaDonna Smith Jessica Smith Stacie Smith Michele Spencer Tennessee Stacy Brooklyn and Micah Steele Dalphine Steele Cecelia Stewart Carol Stidham Linda Sullivan SYKES Enterprises Jennifer Thacker Alicia Thompson Sharon Trent United Coal Co. UKCERH Velva & Grady Varney Jacinta & Josue Velasquez Wabaco Pentecostal Church Judy Ward Michelle Watts Patricia Watts Sarah Wells Mary Rose Whitaker Whitaker Bank Dora Whitman Joyce Whittington Brent Williams Willow Fern Baptist Church Evelyn Wood Darrell Wooton Joyce Wright Wesley & Maulta Yonts Denver & Tonda Young


Thank You to Our Supporters Shared Learning Exchange in Montana

From August 10-15, Executive Director Gerry Roll and Director of Development Adrienne Bush learned firsthand what "rural" means in the Great Plains.

Honor and Memorial Donations

In Memory of Ann M. Medaris

In Honor of Carolyn Touchette Adrienne & John Bush David & Barbara Touchette As part of the Vision 2020 project, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, HPCCM staff participated in a learning exchange hosted by the staff of Rural Dynamics in Great Falls, Montana. Other participants represented the Children Defense Fund out of Mississippi and Minnesota, as well as Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation in Mississippi.

Ann was a Board member and long-time supporter of Community Ministries. We are saddened by her passing this summer.

In Memory of Renni Faye Barnett Charlene Clemons Sally Duke Dooney Jones

In Memory of Katherine McAllister William & Jayne A. Marsh

In Memory of Harold Weeber Tom & Marjorie Weeber

In Memory of Randy Roll Rolane Appliance & Marine, Inc.

Summer Day Camp Scholarships

Richard Crowe Donna M. Engle George F. Green Carol & Frank Medaris, Jr. LaDonna Smith

Margaret & E.L. Adams John & Mary Ellen Addams Julia Barret Linda Blair JoAnn Davis Donna & Bill Engle, III Carolyn Davis Irvin Missy & Billy Gorman Greater Hazard Area Performing Arts Series Housing Development Alliance Staff Deloris S. Justice Carolyn Barret May Judy Owens B. Daniel Roll, Architect Lisa Turner-Schikler & Kenneth Schikler Evelyn Tackett Claudia Vondran Jennifer Weeber & Chris Doll Samantha White

Please Help: Transylvania Presbytery Vehicle Needed for Clients Presents Hunger Grant

Gerry Roll Appointed to Early Childhood Development Authority

Governor Steve Beshear has appointed Gerry F. Roll to the Early Childhood Development Authority to serve for a term expiring Sept. 15, 2012. Gerry F. Roll, of Busy, is the current executive director of HazardPerry County Community Ministries, Inc. She represents citizens at large. The appointment replaces Keith N. Sanders, whose term has expired. We are thankful for the opportunity to learn from others and take time from our day-to-day work to contemplate Community Ministries' work around childcare, family support, and homelessness in the context of forming effective policy.

Reprinted from Governor Steve Beshear's Communications Office, http://

The families we serve are in need of a vehicle. Our Case Managers and Family Transition Advisors provide temporary transportation for our clients using 2 vehicles between 6 staff. Our transportation helps parents attend school or get to work, while children attend New Beginnings or Starland.

At the Emergency Food and Shelter Program meeting in July, First Presbyterian Church Pastor Ellen Peach made a special presentation.

The week involved a discussion of rural values and community building while touring sparsely populated Northwest Montana. While discussing national and local policies, the group toured two American Indian Reservations, Glacier National Park, a Hutterite Colony, and the Montana State University-Northern. The exchange concluded with a policy roundtable around rural issues and community development work, facilitated by a group called PolicyLink.

If you no longer need a car or minivan, call Community Ministries! We would love to use it to help transport people in need. For more information, call Adrienne Bush at 439-1122.

Corner Haven Crisis Center Director Brad Dean accepts a grant from Ellen Peach.

The Transylvania Presbytery awarded First Presbyterian Church and Community Ministries a $1,000 grant to support our efforts to feed hungry families in our community. Thank you First Presbyterian!



Being an Advocate

Hospice of the BluegrassMountain Community has chosen to build a brand new inpatient facility next to New Beginnings Child Development Center. On September 17, 2008 Hospice of the Bluegrass broke ground for Below: the children of Ms. Audrea's class a 12-bed, 20,000 square-foot freeentertained the crowd with songs. standing facility on 5 acres of land next to New Beginnings at Miss Edna Lane and ARH Parkway, below the hospital. The Hospice facility will include twelve beds in a wheelchair-accessible, onestory building with a lodge like design. The children in Ms. Audrea's class were on hand to sing songs and help celebrate during the groundbreaking on September 17. All of us at New Beginnings are thrilled to have a new neighbor and look forward to being a childcare partner for the Hospice employees. For more information, call 439-1122.

Hospice of the Bluegrass-Mountain Community broke ground on their new facility next to New Beginnings. Top photo, from left to right: Carol Anne Kilgore, HPCCM Board Chair; Greg Wells, Mayor William D. Gorman; State Senator Brandon Smith, and Hospice Executive Director Gretchen Brown.

Hospice Facility Breaks Ground Next to New Beginnings

Recently I was working with one of my clients who has been involved in a domestic dispute.

and sadness in her eyes, and I knew that nothing I said was going to say could convince her to do anything different from what she While working with this woman to resolve her issues had already decided she was goand get her safely out of harm's way, I was handed a ing to do. I had seen that so unique opportunity. I had taken my client to the I concentrated on what I had learned many times in myself but that county attorney's office to get a warrant for assault at the trainings I had attended and charges and the assistant county attorney asked who spoke from personal experience to try didn't stop me from trying. I wanted her to hear what could I was. I explained that I worked for Community and relate to her as best I could. happen and hope that she made Ministries and that I was the client's victim advocate. the decision to do what was best He asked to speak with me. for her and her child. The attorney then shared with me a story about a woman whose I am glad that our job provides us with the opboyfriend had beaten her, but on the day of court she had dropped portunities to go to these trainings and that I got the charges. I was horrified at the incident, but not stunned at all to try to help someone in such a dire situation. that she had dropped the charges. Having been to numerous doThough I may never know what she decided to mestic abuse trainings and learning the dynamics of abuse I knew do, I know that the man is probably going to that most victims do drop their cases. What got me was the drive of spend some time in jail. I can only pray that she the attorney to fight for this woman. He asked if I could just come takes this opportunity to find the confidence and by court the next day and talk with her to help her understand that desire within herself to make a life for herself and there is help out there. I agreed. I then contacted Lois Valentine, her child. In some small way this helped with Director of the Safe House, and she agreed to send someone who some of the baggage I was carrying. I got to do could speak about their services. what I could have only wished for when I was in When we arrived at the court house the next day we found the her situation and for that I am grateful. It makes young woman and even though it had been ten days since the incime that much more proud to do what I do and to dent she was still very badly bruised. I concentrated on what I had work here at Community Ministries. learned at the trainings I had attended and spoke from personal exSubmitted by Donna Robinson, Family Transition Advisor perience to try and relate to her as best I could. I could see the fear

Update from Starland

Since opening in June, Starland has provided high quality child care to many children. Currently, an average of 50 children are attending daily, and we expect this number to increase. We wish to thank our families at Starland for entrusting their children's care with us. For more information, call 436-5720.

Community Ministries Scholarship Update

This semester, the John Evans Bowling Scholarship Committee awarded three scholarships to working students at Hazard Community & Technical College (HCTC).

Audrey Holland works for New Beginnings Child Development Center and requested assistance because she was denied financial aid. She wants to continue her classes in Early Childhood Education.

Gerry Lewallen is a full-time school bus driver who also attends classes at HCTC.

Ronda Woods is Assistant Daycare Director and works at Starland Child Development Center. She requested help with books and supplies to continue her Early Childhood Education studies.

The John Evans Bowling Scholarship was established to assist nontraditional students who demonstrate exceptional promise in spite of obstacles and are attending local secondary institutions. For more information, contact Linda Blair at 487-3106 or [email protected]

Audrey Holland, New Beginnings Night Time Supervisor, received a scholarship to HCTC.




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