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,Progressive, Record, Reporter Metcalf day party are planned for Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 3-6 Plumas Crisis Inter- p.m. at the PCIRC. Food and and Resource Center refreshments will be served. , has come of age. its 18th year of Coming together director Carolyn When the PCIRC began in said there is a lot 1983, it started with grants and one employee, Kathy serve the public Davidson. By the time the ensure privacy, program found accessible on Bucks quarters on Main Street, and Road next door to more grant funding was com- Publishing and the ing in, the PCIRC had ex- Trailer Park--is panded to include not only a director, but 1-1/2 positions were knocked down, for client assistance. are going up, and When Davidson left the ram is taking on area, Carolyn Widman Space. In the process, stepped into her shoes and are being creat- before long the program for a greater de- moved once again to its cur- fclient confidentiality, rent location, more grants room for new came in and more services as they are formed, were available. celebrate turning Today, the program em- !open house and birth- ploys 7-1/2 full-time employ- i Wednesday, Dec 19, 2001 13B ees, Widman said. And it meanstoanew_beginning, some of the PCIRC staffwork "portant for members of the serves people throughout Assistance w~th utilities is as peer counselors in the area county to consider adopting Plumas County. also available, of rape crisis, assisting those families. "We do a whole lot with For Widman, it makes who need someone to talk to "They could use the help," verylittle," Widmansaid. sense to help get people back and share their concerns she said. Like many of the people on their feet and assist them with. By help, Widman doesn't they provide services to-- in finding a job. Other programs include mean financial assistance. such as the homeless and the "How can you work when the Buddy program, which What she means is people poor--all of the employees you're sleeping in your car?" lines up volunteers to help who are willing to help oth- are aware that they need to. "We never have enough HIV/AIDS victims; and the ers learn how to live better-- make every dollar count, money to go around, but weCourt Appointed Special Ad- how to take a different ap- For instance, in helping make sure it gets stretched," vocates program, matching proach. someone t'md a place to live, Widman explained about theyouths and certified workers. Showing people how to do Widman said that, to qualify- grant operating dollars Specialprojects involve the some of what others may con- ing people, they are able to gleaned by PCIRC. annual Angel Tree, which sider the simplest of things provide $200 in rent assis- Attempting to help Plumas helps ensure that children in can be a rewarding experi- tance. County's homeless is one Plumas County don't have to ence for all those concerned. "Two hundred bucks in function of the program, but go without during the hoti- The PCIRC also offers regu- rent assistance can make or another important aspect is day season. Those who wantlar parent education pro- break someone," Widman ex- the 24-hour crisisline, to contribute are invited to grams. Offered throughout plained, and PCIRC workers Volunteers are trained to drop off an unwrapped gilt at the county, these classes are understand the significance answer the telephone to as- the PCIRC by Friday, Dec. 21. designed to give residents of it. sist anyone who feels the The PCIRC also gives out tools for becoming better, Widman said that an indi- need to call. And the nature food baskets to the needy at more successfulparents. vidual or a whole family at- of the calls vary as much as Thanksgiving and Christ- For more information on tempting to find a place to the situations and problems, mas. the PCIRC and its programs, live, may see $200 as the As part of this service, Widman said that it's ira-ca11283-5515. triotism shines through county patriotic to move for- hopefully it will again. New York to mandate schools to lead stu- the "Pledge every day. school a ban on the>. You can frill out a short message and direct it to a service member in a particu- lar branch of service. Our troops can then log in and view the messages for their service branch and home state. Take a few minutes out of your day and give a few words of encouragement to those who are protecting our freedoms and our way of life! If you have been procrasti- nating about applying for benefits from the Veterans Administration, I would en- courage you to act now. To verify a veteran's eligibility for a claim, the VA must ob- tain veteran records, such as discharge documents and medical fries, from the Na- tional Archives and Record Administration. The VA estimates there is a current backlog of 57,000 requests. Most requests take several months to fulfill; however, the two agencies hope to eliminate the entire backlog within a year. The goal is to have a five-day turnaround for standard re- quests. Don't hold your breath, so act now. The Library of Congress Veterans History Project is looking for World War I vet- erans to share their stories and recollections of their wartime experiences, pre- U.S.A spon- event called nonprofit group to instill patriotism in in the na- 1107,000 elementary schools. this event will local I mentioned you messages of sup- t holiday wish- stationed been in- that the Navy has a Web site called Member." interested in send- visit the at