OREGON COUNTRY -- Christos House Domestic Abuse Services announced recently the kickoff of a community-wide campaign to collect used, unwanted cell phones. The phones are used by victims of domestic abuse as 9-1-1 phones, and excess phones are sold, with money going toward the agency's preventive programs.
"Donating a used, unwanted cell phone allows community members to donate to an important cause without reaching into their wallets," said Sherry Fohey, Christos House Advocate for Oregon County. "Most important, it provides help to the women and children by giving them a way to law enforcement in case of an emergency, plus it helps fund much needed anti-violence programming."
In Thayer, phones may be dropped of at Boudoirs Salon and Spa at 125 Front Street. For more information call 1-800-611-5853.
In other Christos House programs, the Child Abuse Prevention Program (CAP) sponsored by the Christos House Domestic Abuse Service will be expanding from just Howell and Texas counties to include Oregon, Douglas, Wright, Carter and Shannon counties. In addition, the CAP Project will be adding a Family Fun Night to the services offered in Howell and Texas counties. These parenting classes are held one night a week for eight weeks.
They teach positive parenting, the impact of violence in a family, how to protect children from abuse and constructive ways to interact with children. In addition families are made aware of the community resources for families in their area.
Family Fun Night is a monthly event where families can get together for a meal followed by a recreational activity intended to help learn social skills and positive interaction with children and other family members.