Family Resource Center Throws Open Its Doors To Help Area Kids

By: 
Judy Kramer
County Reporter
The Family Resource Center (FRC) of Warsaw opened its doors to the public on August 1 at 1623 Commercial Street, and a Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on August 8. The Center’s mission is to assist families by providing free basic essentials for children ages 0 to 18 years of age.
The Center is open on Monday, from 1 to 6 PM, Wednesday, from 10 AM to 2 PM, and Thursday, 1 to 5 PM. Families can receive four free outfits and a pair of shoes once a month per child, as well as toothpaste, shampoo and a variety of other hygiene products. Families also receive laundry detergent and other household products as available. Diapers are offered on a limited basis as inventory is low. An emergency pack of 10 diapers is available for those who need them.
The FRC of Warsaw is one of five such organizations under the parent company of FRC of Missouri. Other Centers are located in Grandview, Belton, Raytown and Raymore. The organization was the brainchild of Shay Jefferson, now Executive Director, which began in Cass County as “Kids of Belton.” The Warsaw site director is Joanne Ruble who has been in the organization for three years, and is on the FRC of Missouri Board.
It is an all volunteer organization, and depends on donations to operate, and pay for rent and electricity. Ruble received help from FRC of Missouri vice president setting up the Center. She received clothing racks, some shelving, and household products. Monetary donations are always welcome. However, at this time there is no storage for additional clothing.  Potential volunteers or donors may contact Ruble during operating hours at the Center, or on Facebook messenger at www.facebook.com/pg/FRCWarsaw.
“We believe the need for clothing and other items is something between a person and God,” said Ruble. “Therefore, we don’t require any sort of eligibility in order for families to receive these things. Paperwork does have to be filled out letting us know how many people are in the family, and those statistics are forwarded to our parent company. I want people to know that this is not a hand out, but a hand up. I see many young moms working for little income and they are struggling even when fathers are working too. There are also grandparents who get custody of grandchildren and need help with this sometimes unexpected responsibility.”
Ruble said that her husband has been very supportive of her work with FRC, and said that she wants to recognize Shay Jefferson who was used by the Lord to start this organization. The day of the Warsaw Chamber of Commerce ribbon ceremony, August 8, was also the anniversary of the day Jefferson took over the organization.
FRC of Warsaw had its first big event for children on Tuesday, August 12, with a Back to School Bash. Children were given new shoes, socks and underwear.

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