Mrs. Collins is guest speaker at retired teachers meeting
Posted: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 8:00 pm
‘TREET’S DONATED — Eric Island, a representative of Reelfoot Rural Ministries, recently picked up 371 pounds of Treet canned meat from the Obion County-Union City Retired Teachers Association and Commercial Bank and Trust as part of the fall food dr
The Obion County-Union City Retired Teachers met recently at the Obion County Museum.
President Alice Fennel called the meeting to order with the pledge to the United States flag.
Mrs. Fennel welcomed guest speaker Sarah Collins, program coordinator of Northwest Safeline in Obion and Weakley counties.
Maggie Vaughan, Janice Faulk and Jenny Dowell were hostesses. They served a breakfast brunch to the 13 members and Mrs. Collins.
It was announced there had been over 450 pounds of canned meat and peanut butter sent to Reelfoot Rural Ministry by the Obion County-Union City Retired Teachers and Commercial Bank and Trust during the fall food drive.
Mrs. Collins spoke to the group about domestic violence and what services are available. There is help for families who suffer from the physical and emotional trauma of abuse. A person can call 1-800-957-0055 for a 24-hour toll-free hotline. This hotline puts a victim in touch with help and confidential counseling immediately.
Northwest Safeline provides the community with education programs to interested groups on domestic violence, Safeline’s program and abuse prevention and detection. They also offer a program to high school and college classes on the characteristics of an abuser. In addition, they provide support groups for abused and formerly abused victims, volunteer programs and training for staff of agencies that deal with victims of domestic violence.
Mrs. Collins took questions from the group and handed out flyers and pens.
Eight counties in West Tennessee are served by Northwest Safeline, with three domestic violence shelters located in Dyer, Lauderdale and Obion counties.
For more information on Safeline’s services, call the business office at (731) 285-6470.
The next meeting will be in February 2013.
Published in The Messenger 12.5.12