Kinship Care Support Group Starts

The House of the Carpenter in Wheeling has received a grant from the Schenk Family Trust to establish a new program for relatives who are raising other relative’s children.

The Relatives as Parents support group will meet from 6-7:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. The next meeting is Feb. 25 at the 200 S. Front St. location.

Paul Schlimme, a volunteer missionary from Philadelphia, leads the meetings along with other kinship care support programs.

“The House of the Carpenter Kinship Care program will be made up of five components. The first will be for the relatives: Relatives will find support in one another and realize they are not alone. Speakers will be brought in to give knowledge about issues such as, depression, drugs and alcohol, cellphone and computer bullying, legal rights and other issues facing families today,” Schlimme said.

The second, third and fourth components involve offering a safe place for high school, middle school and elementary school youth “to have support, be able to vent and learn how they can work with their relatives,” Schlimme said.

“This will also be a place where they can learn about issues. This will assist younger children who may not fully understand why their lives may have been turned upside down. The fifth component will be day care for preschool age children. All the groups are free thanks to the Schenk Family Trust donation.”

For information, call 304-233-4640