Volunteer Work Days at the Red River Valley Down Syndrome Society REACH Center

United WayThe United Way of Lamar County announced there is a VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY for those interested in a “Cleaning Day.”

The Red River Valley Down Syndrome Society REACH Center, located at 505 Lamar Avenue, will be hosting “cleaning days” of  Painting, Cleaning, & Yard Work for those wanting to help.

These “cleaning days’ will be held on the next four Saturdays – April 26, May 3, May 17 and May 24, from 11 am – 5 pm each day. Work one hour or work them all, they just need your help. Please bring supplies: painting materials, yard tools, gloves, etc.

The Johnny Stallings Recreational REACH Center is a facility that will offer a program that builds up students’ academic, emotional and social skills while providing a safe place for older individuals with disabilities to attend while their parents are working.  Members will have access to a wide variety of activities which though entertaining, will also improve fine and gross motor skills, mental agility, physical fitness, and performance in school.

Renovations on the building are almost complete and it’s our hope, to be able to offer this program to the community in August.

For more information, contact Krissy Crites, 903-783-1922, or email: kcrites@rrvdss.org.

Balloon Release Ceremony at The Children’s Advocacy Center on Friday

BalloonRelease_17In recognition of April being Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Paris is inviting the public to attend their Hope Floats Balloon Release Ceremony honoring the child victims of crime who received services in 2013.

This special balloon release ceremony will be at The Children’s Advocacy Center of Paris, 711 Pine Bluff on Friday, April 25th at 10:30am.  The CAC will be open for tours and will offer light refreshments.  Please make use of the back lot for additional parking (entrance is on Cherry St.).

The Children’s Advocacy Center of Paris operates on the fundamental belief that protecting our children requires us to make our system work at their level. The Center is a place where children can feel safe and protected as they go through the difficult process of describing what happened to them. These children travel to fewer investigative agencies, go through fewer interviews, and wait less time for critical services such as counseling and medical exams.

A multi-disciplinary team (MDT) is in place at the Children’s Advocacy Center. This team consists of representatives from the Police Department, Sheriff’s Department, County/District Attorney’s Office, Child Protective Services, local counselors and sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE nurses). By having all the necessary professionals gathered at the Center when a child must be interviewed, we strive to minimize the number of times the child must talk about the abuse. Team members collaborate on the case and all decisions are made in the best interest of the child victims. Reducing the number of times the child victim is forced to tell their story of abuse reduces the amount of trauma and re-victimization

CAC of Paris is a non-profit organization, and we look to our community to help us to be able to continue to serve children of this horrific abuse. A child who has been abused is changed forever. The experience can’t be undone. Our community is working together with the CAC to lessen a child’s pain, anger, fear and confusion of the investigation and prosecution of his or her abuser. We are changing what happens next.suffered by these children.

To learn more about the CAC programs and services or to become a volunteer or donor, contact Rebecca Peevy, Executive Director, at 903-784-5787.




Paris Good Samaritan Clinic

United WayUnited Way of Lamar County announced that a new free Medical Clinic has opened in Paris, called the Paris Good Samaritan Clinic.

This free medical clinic will be open every Thursday evening from 4:30pm-8pm BY APPOINTMENT ONLY at 450 SW 4th Street (in the recently opened New Hope Center).  The doctor in charge of the new clinic is Dr. Bert Strom.

For more information, contact Faye between 9am-2pm Monday-Friday at 903-784-5972 or 902-784-9846.

Grand Opening of New Hope Center of Paris

New_Hope_Logo-smallThe public is invited to the Grand Opening Open House of the New Hope Center of Paris on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.  The event is from 10am-6pm and is come and go.

For more information, call 903-517-1965.

Free Lunch at the Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, 350 W. Kaufman Street

The Salvation Army,
350 W. Kaufman Street

The Salvation Army, the New Hope Center and Christians in Action have joined together to start a new monthly program to feed those in need.

Next Saturday, April 26th at noon will be the first “Free Lunch Saturday” in the Salvation Army Parking Lot, located at 350 W. Kaufman Street in downtown Paris.

The free lunch is provided by McGillicutty’s Food & Catering.

For more information, call 903-784-7548.