Soon our county will have its first Crisis Center for people in need of a safe place after b being in troubled situations. The Community & Children’s Impact Center acquired a house in Shepherd, and when it is remodeled will provide a valuable resource in emergency situations.
Families who have lost their homes through fire or flood, mothers with children who need to find a safe place and others, will be able to come to this new center until they can be re-situated, Brenda Myers, founder and executive director of the Impact Center, says she has had volunteers from the community come to help get the place up and running.
SAAFE House and CPS have been consulted and Brenda says they are looking for contributions to help. Office supplies, hygiene supplies, food and donations for overhead expenses will be welcome. Trained and certified staff will be there, and the house is being decorated to accommodate adults and children.
This is a huge step forward for our community. Brenda has recently helped families who lost everything to fires. The resale shop has kitted out women who have fled from dangerous relationships. This Crisis Center will be a very welcome addition for many. To contact Brenda, call at the resale shop or call her at (936) 499-2632.
•Shepherd Library held a sleepover at the library this week. Titled “Sleepover for Stuffies,” children brought their stuffed animals to spend the night. When they arrived the next morning to collect their Stuffies, they found the little rascals had got out of bed and roamed around the place, climbing all over the Time Machine which will be in use for the summer program.
Some had got into the fridge or cabinets, while others squeezed in with the books. One fell asleep over a puzzle he tried to put together. All in all, they were gathered up by their small owners and taken back home.
The sleepover was a big success. Look at the Shepherd Library Facebook page for more photos.
Director Terri says the new part-time assistant, Allison, is a huge help as are the volunteers who work there. Kudos to Alli, Misty and Johanna and all. Call the library at (936) 628-3515.
•Nixon Adult Day Center became a member of both Coldspring and Shepherd Chambers this week. The ribbon cuttings were held at the facility in Shepherd where the Center held an Open Day complete with a delicious light lunch for everyone.
The Center had closed over the COVID pandemic and opened again for adults needing a safe, comfortable and creative place to stay for the day. Friendly staff look after everyone and art classes, games and other opportunities are available for anyone who wants to take part. It is located at 931 N. Byrd Ave. and can be reached at (936) 628-1200. Ask for Manager Kim Willet.
Nurse Rachael Lee is there to serve and look after the clients. The center offers 3 meals a day, nursing service, daily activities and transportation. Services are free through these insurance providers; Amerigroup, Molina and United Health Care.
The Center appreciates community support. If you would like to volunteer, donate art and crafts supplies, school supplies, balls for football, soccer, basketball etc. Board games and landscaping equipment are also asked for.
•The SJC Dog Rescue Shelter held an adoption of Emma this week. Emma is a sweet black Labrador who found a loving family. Kevin and Susan Rogers with their son Duncan watched as Constable Sam Houston chipped Emma so she can be located if she gets lost; however, she seemed to be very happy to be going to her new home.
Constable Sam can be reached at (281) 450-9007 for more information. There are many dogs waiting for a new family at the Shelter.
•Carson Anderson asks for support for her VFD 1839 in Cleveland where she is an auxiliary. They are holding a raffle with some exceptional prizes. First is a Winchester Model 190 22LR, a Walker Mod PPK-522 handgun, a Stihl chainsaw and a custom made cornhole game.
Call Carson at (936) 653-2091 or call in at the Courthouse basement Office for Indigent Health Care. Tickets are $5 each.
Don’t forget to come out to Shepherd Independence Day Celebration on Saturday. Volleyball will be at 9 a.m., the vendors may set up around 10 a.m. with the opening ceremony with the American Legion at 1 p.m. Food, music and games throughout the day with contests and competitions and fireworks at 9 p.m.
Contact the Shepherd Chamber at (936) 628-3890 or the Coldspring Chamber at (936) 653-2184.
Yvonne Cones is president of the Greater Shepherd Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Coldspring Chamber of Commerce.