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Family trained in life skills

December 07, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - On Oct. 16, the first family graduated from Life Skills Training, a new program offered by Friends in Action of the Eastern Panhandle.

Scott and Jennifer Kelleher received a certificate of completion as well as a $50 gift certificate toward a class of their choice at the James Rumsey Technical Institute for their accomplishment.

"We really like going to the classes," said Jennifer. "The parenting class came in handy and we used what we learned in the organization class right away."

Friends in Action developed and launched the series of interactive workshops in February.The purpose of the program is to educate families on vital subjects such as: budgeting, getting and keeping a job, nutrition, family bonding, parenting and household organization.

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"The goal is to provide families with tools and information to enhance their day-to-day lives," said Teresa Warnick, program director.

"The presence of the volunteer mentors with the program participants reinforces the information gained during the sessions."

The training has been well received by families and their volunteer mentor-teams. Each session begins with a nutritious meal for the families and volunteers. This is followed by a presentation conducted by a local expert.

While the parents are engaged with the speaker, childcare is provided by volunteers. Students in the Spanish Honor Society of Jefferson High School led by Maria Howar and the FOCUS Coalition Group, led by Felicia Stevenson have helped with childcare.

To find out how you can be a part of Life Skills or to learn about volunteering with Friends in Action of the Eastern Panhandle, call 304-876-8500.

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