The March meeting of the GFWC Woman's Club of Mingo was held at the Mingo Senior Citizens Center with President Sharon Cole-Isner presiding and Pat O'Dell giving the invocation.
Janet Petrella introduced guest speaker Lisa Ward, the community support program administrator and chairperson of the Jefferson County Coalition on Housing and Homelessness. For 23 years, Ward has been at Jefferson Behavioral Health System, a comprehensive mental health and drug and alcohol service agency that provides assistance to individuals from 2 years old and up. Ward explained it offers a variety of outpatient services that are located in several different outreach locations, including 3200 Johnson Road, Steubenville, the main center location; 740 N. Sixth St., Steubenville, Gill House; 732 N. Sixth St., Beacon House; Mingo Junction St. Agnes School, now a family and youth treatment center; and Fourth Street in Toronto.
It has a 24-hour hotline which is (740) 740-264-1627, according to Ward, who noted services include crisis intervention; individual, group and family counseling; psychiatric evaluation and medication management; four psychiatrists and one nurse practitioner case management; and Prevention MH/DA Drug and Alcohol Counseling Housing, Vocation Services and Day Treatment.
Ward said there is a crisis stabilization unit, a clinic program with the Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center, and they work closely with the local courts and judges.
Beacon House is a 10-unit safe haven that provides services for homeless single adults with 24-hour supervision. In 2006, it was the first safe haven to open in a rural area in the state of Ohio. It has independent apartments with on-site, 24-hour access to supportive services such as case management, counseling, benefits, assistance and employment.
Ward explained the Drop Inn Center was created to be the gathering location in the community for the homeless. They work closely with the City Rescue Mission, Urban Mission Ministries and Community Action Council to identify those in need of housing services and monetary assistance, according to Ward, who said in January they were able to identify 78 homeless individuals who are in need of permanent housing. That includes 18- to 24-year-olds, young mothers with children and working families who lost their employment and couldn't keep up with the rent. The City Rescue Mission has 30 beds and the Hutton House can accommodate five families.
The club provided Ward with donations of hygiene products and monetary donations for the homeless.
Cole-Isner gave a reading on "Integrity."
The Conservation Committee, along with the club's members, will be taking over some of the projects of the Mingo Beautification Committee, which originally was part of the Mingo Woman's Club.
Cole-Isner gave a report on the mystery theater fundraiser the club will host on April 20. Members are encouraged to sell tickets and ads for the program.
Glasses were brought for the Mingo Lions Club.
Mary Jane Tiberio, chairman, updated members on the banquet to be held on May 9.
It was announced that several members will be attending the state convention on April 26-28 in Columbus.
Guest Sandy Olexia was introduced.
Cole-Isner won the door prize.
The Community Service Project, Community Service Committee, were hostesses for the evening with Petrella, chairman, assisted by Pam Hodge and O'Dell.
The next meeting will be held April 11 with Stephanie Rouse as chairman.