Information about the services available through Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. will be shared during the June gatherings of Parents for Parents, a monthly support group for family members and care givers of people with special needs.
The meetings will be held Wednesday at The Resource Center's administrative offices, 200 Dunham Ave. in Jamestown, and Wednesday, June 11, at the Connections North Center, 10825 Bennett Road (Route 60) in Dunkirk. Both meetings run from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Raquel Spears, services coordinator with Chautauqua Opportunities, will discuss the supports COI provides, such as licensed educational day care; after-school services for children; housing services; assistance in accessing health insurance; and assistance with utility costs.
Parents, caregivers and all who support individuals with special needs are encouraged to attend one of the meetings. The regular support group will meet following the presentation.
Parents for Parents is a monthly parent/caregiver support group organized by The Resource Center and Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. The groups, directed by a licensed master social worker, connect and support families of individuals with special needs. The groups offer support, information, speakers and presentations on topics pertaining to parents and caregivers in Chautauqua County. The meetings are an opportunity for parents and caregivers to come together to discuss common triumphs, challenges, issues and concerns.
New members are welcome to join Parents for Parents. Meetings are free. Those planning to attend should register ahead of time so that organizers can have enough materials on hand. Parents desiring assistance with child care, respite or transportation should phone in advance to make arrangements. Those planning to bring their children must call ahead so that organizers can have enough children's activities and support staff on hand.
For more information, phone 661-1057 for the Jamestown meeting or 366-8176 for the Dunkirk meeting.