Help House News: Volunteer organization helps you help yourself

By Raylene Quaney

The next “Good Sense” budget class is scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, May 21, 2018.  It will be a one-day class. Participants must call to register and stop by and pick up pre-course work. Participants are to bring a sack lunch and beverage. The class is free and once complete the participant is eligible to receive assistance with heating or cooling bills.

Mobile food pantries across Osage County

Upcoming mobile food pantry dates:

  • Carbondale, 12-1 p.m. on first Tuesday, Carbondale Church of Christian Fellowship.
  • Osage City, 10-11 a.m., third Thursday, May 17, Osage City Community Center.
  • Melvern, 12:30-1:30 p.m., third Thursday, May 17, Melvern Community Center.
  • Burlingame, 10-11 a.m. third Thursday, May 17, Burlingame Federated Church.
  • Lyndon, 12-1 p.m. third Friday, May 18, Jones Park on East Sixth Street.

If you can be in line 15 to 20 minutes before starting time you will be in the counted numbers when it is decided how much of each item each family will receive.

Volunteers trained

Volunteer training was held on April 28; nine volunteers attended. Our goal is to have all volunteers complete the training at least one time.

New hours

A reminder of our new hours since the first of the year. We are now open 4-7 p.m. Monday evening for all services. Tuesday through Friday the hours remain 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Help House is no longer open on Saturday.

Nutritious lentils

On April 27, Anita Sobba, the SNAP nutrition educator with the Frontier Extension Garnett office, was at Help House handing out samples and recipes for baked lentils casserole to everyone that was in the center that day. The lentils are often part of the Harvester temporary emergency food assistance program given out in the healthy pantry. This was a way to show those who receive lentils a good, easy and nutritious ways of preparing them.

Welcome donation

We would like to thank Euclid Lodge 101, of Lyndon, for the generous $500 donation to Help House, presented to Help House Director Pam Bilyeu.

Salvation Army camp for kids

For anyone with children between the ages of 8 to 12 years old that would like to attend a three-day camp this spring, registration forms are available at Help House for the Salvation Army Extension Camp. The camp is June 26-29, at Three Trails Camp, located at 16200 E Hwy 40, Kansas City, Mo. Children will participate in arts and crafts, nature, recreation and Bible lessons. For more information, contact Pam Bilyeu or call 785-828-4888. The cost is $20 for the three days.

Help House computer lab

The Help House computer lab is designed to assist adults that do not have access to a computer or may be lacking the skills necessary to search for or apply for jobs online. Provided along the way will be helpful hints in communicating electronically with prospective employers, and writing and composition errors to avoid when applying for jobs. Also available is assistance with developing a well-written resume that will catch the eye of that prospective employer.

Help House can also provide help in applying for assistance programs that must be completed online, or come to learn truly basic computer skills. The assistance is for anyone who wants to learn at their pace and on their terms. The instructor will work with you to help you with whatever skills you would like to learn, and help you add to your personal enjoyment. For more information or to schedule an appointment for assistance, call Paul Schmidt at 602-238-4793 or 785-793-2149.

Celebration in the works

Stay tuned for some exciting news on a big celebration that is being planned at Help House, and you are all invited. It is going to be a fun family time; watch for more information soon.

Contact Help House

For more information about Help House’s services, call 785-828-4888, email [email protected], stop by 131 W. 15th St., Lyndon, Kan., or like Osage County Help House on Facebook.

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