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Candlelight vigil to be held at Crook County Courthouse and Pioneer Park for National Recovery Month this Thursday

Saving Grace is currently accepting applications for its semi-annual advocacy training. Applications will be accepted through Friday, Sept. 21. This 40-hour training — five sessions over three weeks in October — prepares volunteers to work directly with survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault seeking services from Saving Grace.

Participants gain the necessary background and skills to assist with a wide range of services, including: answering hotline calls, facilitating support groups, working with children, responding to sexual assault survivors at the hospital, and assisting with restraining orders. Saving Grace currently has a particular need for hotline and hospital response volunteers.

The October training kicks off Saturday, Oct. 6 and runs through Thursday, Oct. 25, with sessions on Saturdays and Tuesday and Thursday evenings. For those willing to make a volunteer commitment of at least one year, there is a training fee. Saving Grace provides comprehensive service to survivors of intimate partner violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking and promotes the value of living life free from violence.

For more information or to register for this training, please call or email Taylor at 541-815-5850 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Business After Hours will be hosted by Robberson Ford of Prineville this Thursday, Sept. 13 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wear your classic 1950s attire and enjoy give-a-ways, food and beverages. There will also be a hula hoop and hop scotch contest. They are located at 2289 NE Third St. For more information, contact Joe Mitchell at 541-447-6820.

Join the Voices for Recovery this Thursday, Sept. 13 for an event for National Recovery Month. There will be a community health booth, live music, food and fun for all. The event will be held at the Crook County Courthouse and Pioneer Park starting at 3 p.m. with a candlelight vigil from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

NeighborImpact and First Baptist Church are stepping in to fill a food service gap in Prineville.

Prineville's St. Vincent de Paul food pantry will no longer distribute food. According to St. Vincent de Paul President Jim Rodosevich, the organization distributed food to 9,600 people in 2017.

After recognizing this clear need for food distribution services, First Baptist Church in Prineville has partnered with NeighborImpact to offer additional food distribution dates and extended service hours.

Through the end of the year, the church will distribute food every Thursday from noon to 2:30 p.m., more than tripling their service hours. To make this distribution possible, participants are asked to bring their own bags or boxes to transport the food to their homes.

Prineville's St. Vincent de Paul will continue to aid in food recovery from local grocery stores and will deliver the food to First Baptist for distribution, in addition to regular food deliveries made by NeighborImpact.

The additional distribution provided by First Baptist Church will discontinue on Dec. 31, 2018. To provide a more permanent solution, NeighborImpact is seeking additional nonprofits to distribute food in Crook County. Any interested nonprofits should contact Carly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Community members interested in utilizing First Baptist's food services can reach the church at 541-447-7717 with any questions.

The Family Access Network (FAN) received an $8,000 grant from Trust Management Services, LLC, to be used toward client funds for disadvantaged children and families in Central Oregon. Client funds provide short-term, immediate assistance to families in need who are working toward resolving socioeconomic issues they are facing.

Trust Management Services, LLC (TMS) is based out of Waldport and was organized to contract with, assist, and better prepare charitable organizations to make sound funding decisions and maximize responsible giving in Oregon. Their funding priorities are education, community service, cultural, youth activities, and historical preservation.

Unique to Central Oregon, FAN began in 1993 and currently employs 25 advocates in 52 public schools (K-12) and early childhood sites in Deschutes and Crook counties. The direct placement of FAN advocates within the public schools allows FAN to effectively reach and connect disadvantaged children and families to essential basic needs.

To learn more about the Family Access Network, please visit www.familyaccessnetwork.org or call 541-693-5675.

This week, Prineville Perk will be hosted by Energy Trust of Oregon at Room 1816, 152 NW Fourth St., on Friday, Sept. 14 from 8 to 8:30 a.m. For more information on Prineville Perk, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 541-447-6304.

There will be a Classic Car Show and Suicide Prevention Expo on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 430 SW Fairgrounds Road in Madras. This event is hosted by Central Oregon Veterans Outreach, Inc. They are requesting canned food donations as admission to the event. Contact Kayla at the Jefferson County VSO office, 541-475-5228, for more information.

HomeTown Animal Hospital will be hosting a community education lecture to discuss canine vaccinations on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. They are located at 1255 NE Third St. For more information, call 541-447-5219.

Friends of the Library will have a book sale on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Crook County Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This column was written by the Central Oregonian's general manager Teresa Tooley. If you have something that you would like to have included in the Central Oregonian's business briefs, e-mail it to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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