County hears update from FACT

The Marion County Board of County Commissioners heard from Families and Communities Together (FACT, Inc.) Executive Director Terry Bebermeyer. The county gives $6,000 a year to FACT.

“Your support indicates that you understand and appreciate the work FACT is doing. We are extremely grateful for your continued contribution and would like to request your generous support again for 2022,” said Bebermeyer.”It helps so much with our general budget. ”

The director started out his presentation by reminding the commissioners about what FACT does.

“We are an independent, local non-profit organization that serves families and children throughout each of the 12 communities of Marion County,” Bebermeyer said.

He explained that donations and grants are key to their success.

“We rely heavily on donations as well as grants to fund our organization. In the last year, we received $290,895 in grants,” said Bebermeyer.

Some of the grants come monthly while others come at one time.

FACT has a new website up and running.

“We now have links to all of our programs so people can just click and get the information that they need. They can still call though and we will still help them,” said Bebermeyer.

He shared about It Takes a Village Early Childhood Block Grant collaborative project which is all about getting children ready emotionally, mentally and behaviorally.

“Through this last year, we have conducted over 1400 screenings of children five and younger in order to get them ready for school and be able to address any delays they might have before they ever get to school age so it will be an easy transition.,” Bebermeyer said.

He spoke about other programs the organization does and explained how all of the money goes to helping to improve the lives of families and children in Marion County. Bebermeyer also said that his salary is paid for 75 percent by a grant which enables him to work full time.

He said the organization works to facilitate collaborative action to improve lives in the county while recognizing that all children learn, live and thrive in safe and healthy homes, schools and communities. They collaborate with churches, agencies such as Prairie View, organizations, daycares and schools as well as helping with emergency financial assistance where there is a need. They also refer services out of the county as needed.

The organization provides oversight and leadership for local community programs, coalitions and task forces. They offer childhood programs through the Early Childhood Task Force and substance abuse prevention programs.

The board approved the $6,000 for 2022.

In other business, the board

  •  heard chemical bids from Weed/HHW/Transfer Station/Recycle Director Josh Housman.
  •  listened to a presentation on BCBS Health Insurance Renewal from Claudio Preller. No action was taken.
  •  heard road and bridge updates
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