SAN JUAN ISLAND PREVENTION COALITION The mission is to reduce substance abuse among youth and to create community culture supporting healthy choices and responsible behaviors. Members and partners include youth, families, schools, community, Family Resource Center, Island Rec, 4-H, Public Health, PTSA, Law enforcement, Civic Organizations, Churches, Compass Health, Medical Center, and Community Network. The executive board meets monthly, the board of trustees meets every two months. The organization's goals:
- To mobilize community efforts in substance abuse prevention
- To increase public outreach regarding substance abuse
- To assess, evaluate and implement prevention programs throughout individual (peer), family, school and community domains
Community Outreach includes:
- Love and Logic Parenting Classes
- Strengthening Families
- Spring Community Forum (Underage Town-Hall Meeting)
- Grade 6 Teach Ins
- Elementary to Middle School Transition Program
- Life Skills Training Curriculum
- Mentorship Program
Ways to Help:
- Assist in the development of a webpage.
- Assist in the development of a logo and slogan campaign.
- Assist in media events, newsletter articles.
- Assist in events including the fair booth, New Year’s Eve for youth, Family Day, Red Ribbon Week.
- Become a mentor
The office is located in the Compass Health building at at 520 Spring Street in Friday Harbor. Cynthia Stark-Wickman is the executive coordinator. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The phone number is 360-370-5470. The mailing address is:
San Juan Island Prevention Coalition
P.O. Box 562
Friday Harbor, WA 9825
GRANDPARENTS and RELATIVES RAISING GRANDCHILDREN SUPPORT GROUP If you are a grandparent raising a grandchild - or a relative raising a younger relative, then this support group is for YOU! While most grandparents, aunts or uncles plan to spend time with their grandchildren/nieces/nephews, few expect to parent them. Did your whole life change when you took on this unexpected role? You had not really planned to spend this time in your life providing 24-7 care to a young one…but this is where you find yourself. The joys are great, but the hours are long and sometimes the going gets tough. Did you know that you are not alone? There is a growing number of you on San Juan Island. Let's get together, talk about it, and support one another.
The San Juan Island Family Resource Center is sponsoring a support group for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and other Relatives Raising Younger Relatives. It will be facilitated by Janna Gingras, MSW. The first meeting will be held on Thursday evening, November 10th from 6:30 - 8 p.m. It will be held at the Family Resource Center, 476 Market Street (across the street from Market Place, next door to the food bank). Any grandparent raising a grandchild or relative raising a younger relative is invited to participate in this group. Call Joyce at 378-5246 to reserve your place right now, ask questions, or make further inquiries.
SAN JUAN COUNTY CANCER SUPPORT GROUP meets from 1 to 2 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Mullis Center. Each meeting includes a presentation by a guest speaker on a topic related to cancer support. MORE INFORMATION
COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS Friday Harbor Chapter of Commpassionate Friends meets at 7 pm the last Tuesday of the month at the house east of St David’s Episcopal Church on Park St. in Friday Harbor. MORE INFORMATION
THE FAMILY UMBRELLA GROUP The Family Umbrella Group raises funds for island families who need assistance with preschool tuition and coordinates free educational programs on early childhood education. We are a dedicated group of volunteers that raises funds through our annual luncheon and auction, grants and direct donations. The Spring Luncheon and Auction will be held this year on Friday, April 29, 2005 at the Mullis Center.
Our goal is to make sure that all island children have an opportunity to benefit from a preschool environment and that finances should not be barrier. Many island families find they earn too much money for their preschool age children to attend publicly funded Head Start, yet the cost of preschool ($65 - $250 per month) is more than they can afford.
This year we are assisting 22 San Juan Island children to attend preschool. However, demand has been so great that for the first time we have had to turn four children away. Our group is committed to finding a way for these children to attend. If you would like to help, please call us at 378-5255.
HOSPICE OF SAN JUAN sponsors a free grief support group that meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays in the lounge of the Mullis Community Senior Center. MORE INFORMATION
OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL is a private, non-profit Community Action Agency serving homeless and low-income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities. With an annual budget of $9 million, the organization serves San Juan, Island and Whatcom Counties. The goal is to help people help themselves and move toward self-sufficiency. For more information about their programs visit the OPPORTUNITY COUNCIL WEB SITE
OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS meets at 9 a.m. every Saturday at the Human Services Building (formerly Windermere) on the corner of Spring St. and Blair. Meetings are free and open to anyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. For more information call 378-8436.
PFLAG Friday Harbor meets at 3 p.m. on the 2nd Sunday of each month to offer support, education, and advocacy for Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians And Gays. For more information, call 378-8436 or visit our national organization's web site at www.pflag.org.