Mason County Family Resource Network

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Mason County Family Resource Network
Executive Director, Greg Fowler

The mission of the Family Resource Network of Mason County is to serve all children and their families. We define “Family” as people who work together and take the responsibility for and care for one another by protecting, nurturing, supporting, and educating. Through effective communication the FRN of Mason County will link citizens to needed services: network within the community to involve families, service providers, business and government; develop and expand services; educate the community and ourselves.

Overview of Mason County Family Resource Network

A Family Resource Network (FRN) coordinates programs for children and families.

FRN’s seek to promote outcomes such as:

  • Safe communities
  • Stable homes
  • Strong families
  • Healthy people
  • Children ready for school
  • Skilled workforce

What the Mason County FRN Does

*Increase community awareness of local and state issues that effect children and families.

*Assist community groups to work together to identify and address local issues using relevant information.

*Support local partners in working together to maximize community investments.

*Promote the coordination of existing community services to maximize benefits to families.

*Assure that local services and programs are provided in a way that respects and supports families.

*Promote opportunities for families to impact decisions that affect them.

The following are some of the organizations and individuals partner together and coordinate their activities to function as the Mason County Family Resource Network:

Mason County Board of Education, Mason County Department of Health and Human Resources, Mason County Health Department, Prestera Behaviorial Health, Branches Domestic Violence Shelter, Mason County Homeless Shelter, Mason County Library, Mason County Sheriff Department, Contact Rape Crisis Center, National Guard, Substance Abuse Prevention for Mason, Jackson, and Roane counties, Heart of Appalachia Educational Opportunity Center, Regional Girl Scouts, Youth Advantage Program, Children’s Village, Mason County 4H Clubs, Valley Health Systems, Main Street Baptist Church, Family Members, Community Members

The Mason County FRN organizes/participates in many activities during the year. Some of those activities are:

March - Mason County Outdoor Youth Expo

April – Week of the Young Child, Remake Learning Day

May – Annual Teen Institute

June – Annual Fishing Rodeo

July – Updates and produces the Mason County Resource Directory

August – Mason County Fair

September - Back to School Bash, Community Baby Shower

October – Main Street Halloween Activities

December – Mason County Family Christmas, Baby Pantry Secret Santa Project

Monthly – The FRN meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at the Court house Annex at 3pm with the Prevention Coalition meeting at 4pm. The Mason County FRN currently is operating a Teen Court. This Teen Court provides the opportunity for a first offense youth to be tried in a court setting by their peers. Community service and setting on the jury for following cases is mandatory sentencing. Also, the FRN operates the Mason County Baby Pantry at the Bellemead United Methodist Church.