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CRI and Seniors join forces for area

By Staff | May 29, 2013

The girls of the Sistersville Senior Center gather to discuss community programs with Beth Tuttle, customer service specialist for Tyler and Wetzel County Community Resources. Pictured back from left-- Sarah Hammond, Senior Center Coordinator Vivian Rial, Kathy Headley, Beth Tuttle, Edith Taylor and President of the Senior Center Freda Taylor. Pictured front from left-- Sandy Keller, Pat Settle and Helen Shreve.

Beth Tuttle, Customer Service Specialist for the Tyler and Wetzel County Community Resources, attended breakfast at the Sistersville Senior Center on the morning of May 23 to discuss the allocation of Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) funds. The seniors presented ideas about how the funding can best benefit residents of Tyler County.

According to Tuttle, Community Resources has set aside half of the $3,500 grant for emergency food, investing $50 increments for residents to use at IGA in Sistersville and Witschey’s in Middlebourne. She stated that the money is also there to help with emergency utilities.

“We want to help the residents who qualify,” said Tuttle, speaking of their goals.

Because the EFSP funds need to be spent by the end of May, those who think they may qualify only have a few days left to contact Beth Tuttle. She can be reached at 304-9911-1525 or by emailing btuttle@cricap.org.She has an office at Work Force West Virginia in Wetzel County. She operates there on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. She also operates from the Family Resource Network Center in Middlebourne on Mondays and Fridays. Her hours in both offices are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

In addition to dispersing the recent EFSP funds, Community Resources has many other programs.

“Our family development program is wonderful, and I would love to have the opportunity to discuss this program with our Tyler and Wetzel County residents” she said.

Tuttle described their role as helping help families obtain and maintain a lifestyle that enables families and the individuals within to improve, set goals, and build resources that will result in improved quality of life and economic stability. Their family development program seeks to provide families access to programs and services that provide opportunities for independence and stability. They strive to meet unique community needs from networking to resource development by listening and responding with programs and services that make a difference.

The mission of Community Resources is to “empower families and strengthen communities by providing leadership, education, resources, and opportunities that improve the quality of life.”

For more information on their programs, such as Employment & Education, Family Development, Financial Independence, Crisis Intervention, and Housing & Weatherization, call 304-991-1525 or 304-455-6184 or catch them on the web at www.cricap.org. or www.facebook.com.