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Community groups receive county substance-abuse grants


THE ANNE ARUNDEL County Department of Health's Prevention Services division has awarded grants to West County community groups organizing their own substance-abuse prevention programs.

The YWCA West County Family Support Center in Odenton received a $4,556 grant to provide classes for parents under 26 who have children younger than 4.

The classes help young parents with coping skills, and teach methods of effective discipline and of developing nurturing relationships with their children.

The center also provides weekly discussion groups, role playing and activities to help parents develop self-confidence and learn ways of reducing stress.

Classes meet from 5: 30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays. For more information, call Anne Jackson, acting director, at (410) 551-2411.

Sarah's House, which provides housing and support services to homeless families, received a $5,000 grant to conduct a program tailored to its clients to teach child-rearing skills.

The program consists of workshops and support groups for parents and their children younger than 18. Discussion topics include "Teaching Positive Attitudes and Behaviors" and "Taking Care of Yourself, Both Mentally and Physically." The sessions are held from 6: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. Wednesdays at Sarah's House on Fort Meade.

For more information call Darby Topper, program manager, at (410) 551-7722. Sarah's House is operated by Catholic Charities.

The prevention services grants, which range from $3,000 to $5,000, are offered annually to all nonprofit organizations to develop community-based drug and alcohol prevention programs.

For information on the grant program, call Mary West at (410) 222-7295.

Bible study programs

The Rev. John Harrison, pastor of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Odenton, is establishing a series of Bible study programs to follow up on the RENEW program from last month.

The program, set up to comply with a Vatican recommendation for Catholics to set up study groups to focus on spiritual renewal, will include five sessions during Lent, five in the fall and one at Christmas, all open to the public. Faith is the theme.

You can sign up for the program Feb. 16. The sessions start Feb. 23. For more information, call the St. Joseph office at (410) 551-9238.

Lunch on networking

The West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a networking lunch from 11: 15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 20 at the Ramada Hotel BWI Airport, 7253 Parkway Drive in Hanover.

The program includes three-minute presentations from four business leaders chosen from among those attending the meeting. There also will be presentations at tables and a business card exchange.

The cost is $18 for chamber members and $28 for nonmembers. Call (410) 672-3422 by Feb. 18 to make reservations.

Pub Date: 2/04/97

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