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The Children’s Advocacy Center of Paris (CAC) has two current job openings for a Counselor and an Administrative Assistant. Interested candidates should contact Rebecca Peevy, Executive Director at 903-784-5787 or email Rebeccacac@suddenlinkmail.com.
Below is a job description for each available position.
POSITION TITLE: Administrative Assistant
RESPONSIBLE TO: Executive Director
Purpose/Function: The goal of the Administrative Assistant is to provide support to the overall CAC Program by assisting clients and families, by assisting CAC staff and performing duties necessary for the day to day operation of the CAC. All staff will maintain strict confidentiality regarding all cases, clients, perpetrators, etc.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Job Description: Counselor
Reports to: Executive Director
Purpose/Function: The goal of the Counselor is to provide mental health and clinical treatment to Children’s Advocacy Center of Paris’ clientele. Use individual, group, and family therapy in the provision of services. Use knowledge of cross-cultural awareness in the performance of all responsibilities.
New Hope Center of Paris is settling into its new home.
“It was like a dream come true,” Executive Director Gay Ballew said. “When we walked in, we knew there a lot of work ahead of us, but we knew it would be phenomenal.”
The organization moved into its new office at 450 SW 4th St. about three weeks ago. An open house is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 29, including a ribbon cutting and Chamber of Commerce Live @ 5 event.
The former Department of Human Services building sat empty for more than a decade until the Ram Foundation purchased it for New Hope Center about a year ago and started renovations. The building had to be brought up to code, including handicap accessibility, sprinkler system, restrooms and alarms that will also alert the hearing and visually impaired.
“Nobody would realize where we’ve come from unless they’ve seen the old building,” Ballew said, referring to the former shelter at 777 Bonham St. “We actually have air and heat that work.”
At 35,800 square feet, the space is much larger than the shelter needs, but the plan is to make it a revenue generator by leasing the extra space. Current tenants include the Paris-Lamar County Health Department, East Texas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Flick Computers and a nutrition program through the University of Texas at Tyler.
One of the largest tenants will be the Paris Good Samaritan Clinic. Dr. Bert Strom will be the free clinic’s medical doctor, Ballew said, and the organization is still looking for volunteers. The plan is to be open one evening a week and gradually expand as volunteers and staff allow. Work is still under way in the clinic’s space. Furniture and cubicle dividers remain scattered, and masking tape and scraps of paper identify offices.
“We’ve got a few offices left,” Ballew said. “Maybe five are still available.”
New Hope’s side includes long-term and emergency shelters. The emergency shelter has room for eight, and offices can be converted if needed. The long-term shelter can hold up to 52 and will be open to families, single parents and individuals, including emancipated 17-year-olds and homeless veterans who are working or in school. As New Hope is a faith-based organization, couples who want to stay need proof of marriage, Ballew said. Clients could stay up to 24 months.
The center has become an internship site for Texas A&M University-Commerce’s social services program, and Ballew hopes to eventually include the counseling department.
The community stepped up to make the transition possible. Bobby Smallwood acted as contractor on the renovations, and Paul Denny did the architectural designs.
The Saint Joseph Foundation gave a grant for medical services. Another grant came from Hope Charitable Foundation. The United Way provided a computer lab and beds. A partnership with Federal Home Loan Bank in Dallas, Liberty National Bank and First Federal Community Bank purchased dining room furniture and appliances for the kitchen and laundry room.
The sheriff’s office and adult probation helped provide manual labor for the move, as did county commissioners Lonnie Layton and Lawrence Malone. Rocking E Storage provided a crew and truck, as well, Ballew said.
At the center, Josh Flick and Wes and Geri Chappell helped with setting up computers, phones and internet service.
Residents also like the new digs, Ballew said.
“Some miss the other place because it seemed like home, but once they adjust to it, they love it,” she said.
Paris/Lamar County Habitat for Humanity is looking for a few good hands to help with this weekend’s A Brush With Kindness event, particularly on Friday.
“We have plenty of help Saturday with 25 to 30 Texas A&M Commerce students, but we are very short on Friday,” Executive Director Judy Martin said in an email. “I would hate to have to cancel because we have no help.”
Volunteers are needed to scrape and prime a home at 2067 TX Highway 24 starting at 8 a.m. Friday. The home is past Chisum High School next to Team Richardson.
For more information, contact Judy Martin at 903-495-9091 or the Habitat office at 903-783-0599.
Boy scouts from Troop 11 and cub scouts from Pack 12, in an effort to continue their service to our community, volunteered to lend helping hands to the Kiwanis organization in early March at their annual — and very popular — Pancake Days fundraiser.
The scouts helped by clearing tables and making sure that there was enough syrup on each table for everyone to enjoy, and after all the pancakes were served, they helped the remaining Kiwanians break down the tables and fold all the chairs.
Troop 11 is comprised of local boy scouts between the ages 11-18, while Pack 12 is made up of cub scouts in the 1st-5th grades.
This year marked the 63rd year in a row for the Kiwanis Pancake Days fundraiser, which raises roughly $50,000 a year for local Kiwanis programs and activities.
The all-you-can-eat, 3-day event was first held in 1951 and served a few hundred people. Since then, the event has grown to serve thousands of pancake lovers.
Certainly the help from the scouts was very appreciated by Kiwanis members.
Thousands flocked to the Red River Valley Fairgrounds this weekend for pancakes served up by the Kiwanis Club of Paris for the 63rd year in a row.
The first event was held in 1951, serving 350 people and raising $235. Since then, Pancake Days has become a three-day event that raises roughly $50,000 a year. It starts Thursday with children coming from local schools, 1,600 in all. Friday, Kiwanis served about 3,044 hungry people. By 11 a.m. Saturday, 1,485 had come through the doors.
And it is an all-you-can-eat affair for just $6. The record so far is 22 pancakes for a single person.
That equals a lot of food: 2,400 pounds of pancake batter that has to be stirred with an industrial mixer, 2,304 pounds of sausage, 23,500 ounces of syrup, 240 gallons of milk, 285 gallons of juice, more than 3,500 cups of coffee and 27,000 ounces of soda. Those dining on pancakes clean up with 24,000 napkins.