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 CITIZENS
continues to grow both in membership and in its impact in the community. Their charter project four years ago was the Born Learning Trail located
at Tawawa Park. Designed to help adults interact with children to boost language, literacy, and physical activity, two additional Born Learning Trails were opened in 2016 in Fort Loramie and Anna. P.O.W.E.R. has been donating to the Imagination Library since its inception in 2015. Other projects include assisting with weekly tutoring and sponsoring needed supplies for kindergarten students in local schools, stuffing food bags for children in the summer backpack program, and helping local police with the Safety Town educational program.
In 2018, the United Way launched a Student United Way program, choosing 20 teens (one junior and one senior from each high school in Shelby County) to review grant applications impacting young people from birth to age 18 in the areas of mental health and counseling, food insecurity, and substance abuse prevention. In its inaugural year,
the student group chose six local organizations to receive a share of $5,000 to fund their projects.
EMERGENCY SERVICES
The local chapter of the American Red Cross helps local residents prepare for, prevent, and cope with emergencies and disasters. Based in Troy, the
Red Cross also provides free smoke detectors and tools for creating safety plans for the home.
The Salvation Army provides assistance that includes food, temporary lodging, and social services for those who find themselves in crisis. When winter temperatures dip below 20 degrees, the Salvation Army hosts
a warming center for people who need overnight shelter. The warming center is at the Salvation Army building at 419 Buckeye Avenue in Sidney and opens at 6:30 p.m. on cold nights.
New Choices is a haven for victims of domestic violence who need shelter, advocacy, transportation and counseling services. New Choices also
provides educational services which include Hands are Not for Hitting program for preschoolers, Anti- Bullying & Anti-Teen Dating Violence programs for schools, and programs for adults that advocate awareness, intervention and prevention, thereby reducing and ultimately eliminating abuse in Shelby County.
Samaritan Works is a program that provides transitional housing for men and women who are working to regain independence while recovering from substance abuse issues. They have two homes – Serenity House for men and Amelia House for women. In response to the opioid crisis, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has opened a new facility – the STAR (Sheriff ’s Treatment and Recovery) House – for up to 20 residents who have recently completed incarceration and want to live in a safe, sober environment as they continue to work on their recovery.
Shelby County Victim Services provides support and advocacy
for victims of crime. CASA/GAL (Court Appointed Special Advocates) provides trained volunteers to serve as informed, independent, and objective voices in court for abused and neglected children.
YOUTH PROGRAMS
Clear Creek Farm which provides a loving home environment and a better life for at-risk youth who are without a clean and safe permanent residence.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby & Darke County provides mentoring, guidance, and support for children who may be at risk by matching them with adult and youth role models. More than 270 Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliates across the country recently unveiled a new, modern look and brand repositioning with the
goal of recruiting a more diverse pool of volunteers. The organization is intentionally pivoting from messages of the importance of mentoring
to messages of the urgent need for adults to defend the potential of every child. Since the need is more urgent than ever, the new brand is just the
beginning of an effort to ensure that the organization serves more children. In 2019, Big Brothers Big Sisters
will transition to a new nationwide technology system, participate in new training, and refocus efforts to attract volunteers for their Big Buddies, Lunch Buddies, Career Quest and community-based programs. The core model of building bridges in communities by connecting one
adult with one child and supporting that match at every stage will remain consistent, but the organization will focus on a child’s potential and our goal as adults in helping children achieve their best possible futures.
The Midwest Regional Educational Service Center is an option for youth who struggle in a regular classroom setting. This non- traditional school serves students in 18 school districts in Shelby, Hardin and Logan Counties who are at risk of not completing their high school education.
The Kidz Corp is an after-school program at the Salvation Army
that offers social programming and homework assistance for elementary and middle school students Monday through Friday. Youth are able to learn and play in two computer labs, two classrooms, a teen lounge, a game room, and a gymnasium. The program is a response to the 2013 Community Wide Needs Assessment.
Many young people in the area are involved in Girl and Boy Scout programs that provide traditional scouting activities beginning at age five. Another outlet for youth is 4-H, a network of clubs through which young people experience a wide range of activities including home economics, crafts, cooking, and working with horses or livestock. The annual
Shelby County Fair in July gives 4-H members a chance to display what they have learned.
FAMILIES
The Alpha Community Center
in downtown Sidney provides informational programs and recreational activities for both children
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