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Parenting the Love and Logic Way (R)

posted Jun 18, 2018, 9:34 PM by Myra Horner

Parenting the Love & Logic Way Facilitator, Myra Horner, announced the Fall 2018 class dates for the Love & Logic Way class.  Class will begin on 09-11 and run through 10-16-2018.  Classes are held in the Pillager High School Media Center, Door G, from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.  Childcare is available if pre-registered.  Cost for class is $30.00 or $50.00 per couple.  Included in the cost is the Love & Logic workbook.  For more information, visit Parenting Education Classes.  

MN Food Share March Campaign Begins

posted Feb 27, 2018, 3:39 PM by Myra Horner

This Thursday, March 1, the MN Food Share March Campaign begins.  This campaign allows food shelves across the State of Minnesota the opportunity to replenish depleted supplies from the busy holiday season.  As we know, hunger is not seasonal, and now is a great time to help food shelves in your community continue to assist those who may need a bit of a helping hand.  There are several ways you can contribute to this campaign.  

1.  Mail a monetary donation or drop off your food donation:  Pillager Food Shelf, 305 W. Fir Avenue, Pillager, MN  56473
2.  Attend Bingo at the Pillager Community Center on Sunday afternoons where you can also leave a food donation or make a monetary donation. 
3.  Challenge your friends, family, neighbors to a 'Fill the Jar' campaign.  Give the same size jar to everyone and see who can fill it the fastest with loose change over the month.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Michelle at 218-746-4009.  

Home Visiting Programs Earn Accreditation

posted Feb 15, 2018, 2:22 PM by Myra Horner

After an extensive two year process, the Family Centers of Northland Area, Pillager Area, and the Pine River-Backus Area, are proud to announce that their Home Visiting programs have become accredited with Healthy Families America & Prevent Child Abuse America.  Included in the process was dedicated training for the Home Visitors, a review and revision of policies and procedures to better align with the accreditation, and review of case files to ensure the policies, procedures, and goals of families the Home Visitors work with were being met. 

The Home Visiting program is a free program the Family Centers offer to residents within their service area who are pregnant or within three months of the babies birth.  Together with the families, the Home Visitors share information on age appropriate development, activities to support and grow that development, as well as assisting the family in meeting any family goals they may  have.  

Additional information on the accreditation can be found in the Brainerd Dispatch article, 'Organization Aims to Improve Child Care in Cass County'.  

For more information, please contact Myra Horner at 218-821-0912.

March is MN Food Shelf Month

posted Mar 10, 2017, 2:49 PM by Myra Horner   [ updated Mar 22, 2017, 12:39 PM ]

Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign

March is Minnesota FoodShare Month.  This campaign was started in 1982 and provided churches and place of worship an opportunity to assist in restocking local food shelves.  Last year this campaign raised 7.9 million dollars and 5.2 million pounds of food, the most successful campaign in its 34 year history. 

There are several ways you can help our food shelf this month and possibly make history again with the amount of your donations:

1.  Make a donation to the Pillager Family Center either by donating on our Razoo page, mailing your donation to 305 W. Fir Avenue, Pillager, MN  56473, or stopping by the office Tuesday - Thursday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.   
2.  Make a donation on the Second Harvest Heartland page.  This is the organization we purchase and order our food from to stock our food shelf. 
3.  Organize a "Pack the Pews" at your place of worship.  Pick a weekend and ask your fellow parishioners to bring in canned goods.  Donations can be dropped off at our Fir Avenue location.  Another alternative would be to have a special offering for the food shelf. 
4.  While we will definitely accept canned good donations, monetary assistance allows us the opportunity of assisting more people for less money.  Through our partnership with Second Harvest Heartland, this allows us to purchase items at a much lower price allowing us the ability to purchase more food items. 
5.  Pass the word.  Share the news with your family, friends, and community.  Make sure everyone knows that March is Minnesota Food Share Month!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Alice at 218-746-4009 or Betty at 218-746-2185. 

Thank you in advance!!

Pillager Family Center & Pine River-Backus Family Center Directors Attend Early Childhood Forum

posted Mar 10, 2017, 11:15 AM by Myra Horner

Recently Betty Doss, Director at the Pillager Family Center, and Leslie Bouchinville, Director of the Pine River-Backus Family Center, attended an Early Childhood forum in St. Paul where Leslie sat on a panel to discuss Early Childhood and the importance of reaching out to our families, especially with children under the age of three.  The video link is displayed below.  Thank you Betty and Leslie for representing our organizations.

Why is it so important to be in touch with your State Representatives?

posted Mar 10, 2017, 11:09 AM by Myra Horner

Have you ever wondered why it is so important that you reach out to your State Representatives?  Do you feel as if they just won't care?  

This is a two minute or so video recorded on Children's Advocacy Day on the Hill on March 6, 2017, and Representative Daudt provides a wonderful insight as to why it is so important for us to be in touch with our representatives.


Myra Horner, Home Visitor testifies at State Capital

posted Mar 10, 2017, 11:00 AM by Myra Horner   [ updated Mar 10, 2017, 11:18 AM ]

On March 6th, our Home Visitor, Myra J. Horner, was at the Minnesota Senate Building testifying before the Human Services Reform Finance and Policy Committee. Senator Jerry Relph has authored a bill allowing funds to be distributed to non-profit targeted Home Visiting programs. This would be a huge benchmark for our program as it would guarantee permanent sustainable funding rather than the year to year grant researching we are currently doing for funding support.

If you would like to help our program, as well as many others throughout the state of Minnesota, contact your local Senator and ask for their support of SF 1607. Thank you Myra for your willingness to speak on behalf of our program!


                


New Family Center Hours Effective 02/01/2017

posted Jan 17, 2017, 9:35 AM by Myra Horner


Effective February 1, 2017, the Family Center will implement new hours.  The hours will be:
Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesday - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
        Food Shelf - 12 - 5 p.m.
Friday - Closed

For any questions, please feel free to contact Alice at 218-746-4009. 

Thank you!

Home Visiting - A Great Resource for All

posted Dec 29, 2015, 8:35 AM by Myra Horner

This article is from the Willmar area, however, the program itself is very similar to our own Home Visiting Program here at the Family Center.  Home Visiting is a great resource for all mothers and families.  Hear what this young lady has to say about her experience.  Click here for the link. 

Inquisitive and bright, 2-year-old Carmen plays recently with a puzzle given to her by Lois Peters to celebrate the toddler’s birthday. Peters, a nurse with the Supporting hands Nurse-Family Partnership, has made more than 60 in-home visits with Carmen and her mom, Alexis Buehler, to provide guidance and support. The young family is the first to graduate from the partnership in Kandiyohi County. (CAROLYN LANGE | TRIBUNE )
Picture caption:  Inquisitive and bright, 2-year-old Carmen plays recently with a puzzle given to her by Lois Peters to celebrate the toddler’s birthday. Peters, a nurse with the Supporting hands Nurse-Family Partnership, has made more than 60 in-home visits with Carmen and her mom, Alexis Buehler, to provide guidance and support. The young family is the first to graduate from the partnership in Kandiyohi County. (CAROLYN LANGE | TRIBUNE )

Save the Date - March is MN FoodShare Month

posted Dec 28, 2015, 8:14 AM by Myra Horner

Mark your calendars and save the date - March is Minnesota Food Share Month.  Remember to support your local food shelf with food or monetary donations this month.  Minnesota FoodShare solicits donations from corporate sponsors who match the monetary donations our food shelf receives in the month of March. 

Fun family activity - at the end of the day put all your spare change into a jar.  When March rolls around, cash in your change jar and make a donation to the Food Shelf located at 305 W. Fir Avenue, Pillager (same building as City Hall). 

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