Springdale Together Coalition – Making a Difference for Families in Springdale – FREE workshops starting again in February 2019

Springdale Together Coalition (STC) currently operates out of Springdale Community Church and is funded 100% by Washington Health Care Authority through Rural Resources, who is their fiscal agent. A portion of their funding comes from taxes paid by marijuana revenue. STC Facilitator, coordinator and accountability to the state is Rachel Montgomery. Rachel has a degree in global health from the University of Washington. Her experience includes 22 months with the Peace Corps working with people in remote areas as a community health educator. Rachel’s goal in Springdale (and surrounding communities) is to promote education, programs and activities that protect people from substance abuse. The focus is on a healthy family unit – offering classes and ongoing education for parents, with new ideas on healthy ways to cope with their young children and teenagers. The classes are FREE and include FREE childcare and FREE dinner, thus hopefully removing obstacles for parents to be able to attend.

Linda Saffer, STC Facilitator and December

member of the month, with her vision board of “building a positive healthy environment…

Springdale Together Programs that have already seen great results are:

Incredible Years – a FREE 6-week workshop and dinner for parents, caregivers and relatives of children ages 2-6 – to promote children’s emotional regulation, social competence, problem solving, reading and school readiness. This FREE workshop begins again on Wednesdays, February 20 – March 27 from 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., with FREE family dinner at 5:30 p.m. and workshop and childcare from 6-8 p.m. (at Mary Walker High School library).

Strengthening Families – a FREE 7-week family workshop and FREE dinner for parents/caregivers and youth ages 10-14 – to enhance school success and reduce youth substance use and aggression. This FREE workshop begins again on Mondays, February 11 – March 25, with dinner at 5:30 p.m. and workshops from 6-8 p.m. (held at Springdale Community Church). Since 2013, 15 families have graduated from the program.

Mary Walker Wellness (MWW) Club involves students that raise awareness and reduce stigma around mental, physical and emotional health by promoting self-care, positive stress management and kindness through connection, prevention, education and outreach. The club is open to all students. Club meetings are an opportunity to make connections, participate in student leadership, earn volunteer hours and make a difference in improving school culture. MWW conducts monthly wellness campaigns and events as well – with upcoming topics of “Healthy Sleep Habits” in January, “Healthy Relationships” in February, and “Healthy Social Media Engagement” in March.

Springdale Together Coalition meets monthly on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Springdale Community Church from 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. For more information, contact Rachel Montgomery at rmontgomery@ruralresources.org or (253) 370-9562.

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