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Agencies come together to provide

valuable education and resources

for families.

ISSUE 1803



Parents as Teachers

spotlight: Eli's family.

Offering families a place to share their stories.

Creating Strong Families

Creating Strong


On March 21, 2018 an incredible of group of agencies in Southern West Virginia held their first “Creating Strong Families” conference at the Armory in Welch, WV. The coalition consists of:

  • Karen Wilson of The Community Crossing Parents as Teachers

  • Morgan McKinney of CASE WV Right From The Start

  • Tammy Fleshman of Mountainheart Birth to Three

  • Annetta Tiller of Unicare

  • Jordan Pruett of Aetna

  • William Lawrence of Maximus

  • Sharon Waldron of Tug River

  • Kathy Strong of Headstart

  • Paul Orten of KVC

  • Debra Elmore of Reconnecting McDowell

Our featured guest speaker, Gayle Manchin, was unable to participate due to weather. We were disappointed but Mrs. Manchin has been very supportive of the coalition’s work. We are hoping that she will be able to attend our next event.

The one day conference included 6 workshops and 35 vendors. The 6 workshops were:

  • Behavioral Challenges in Children – Dr. Joy Winfree of Tug River Medical

  • Keeping Yourself Healthy – Dr. Joanna Bailey of Tug River Medical

  • Optimal Infant Nutrition -  Morgan McKinney of CASE WV

  • Healthy Teeth and Gums from DAY ONE – Sam Bever, DDS

  • Protecting your Financial Identity – Pioneer Bank

  • Fatherhood Panel –

    • Jay Wilson, The Community Crossing

    • Charles Barton, Super Dad

    • William Lawrence, Maximus

    • Kyler Wilson, The Community Crossing

"You can’t pick your parents

but you can pick your child’s parent.

Choose wisely." 

- Fatherhood Panel

Supporting Parents of Children with Autism

Supporting Parents of Children with Autism

The Community Crossing is partnering with Circle of Parents to provide our community a much needed resource for those with family members affected by autism spectrum disorder, sensory processing disorder, or those who may not have a diagnosis yet but are looking for information.

A recent government survey suggests that one in every 45 children ages 3 to 17 are affected with autism spectrum disorder and through our work with families in our community we have noticed this trend. We have been frustrated because we  recognize that these families need support but have no place to refer families to go to get the support they need. In fact, two employees of The Community Crossing have children on the spectrum and were looking for support as well, and that's when another employee suggested that we start a support group ourselves.

Our vision is to offer these families a place to share their stories so they don't feel alone as well as offer information about autism and resources in the state of West Virginia. 

Early on in the planning of this group we realized that it is often difficult to find a babysitter especially when you have a child that has special needs. We wanted these families to be able to come and get the support that they need so we decided that we would encourage them to bring their children with them. We are currently making sensory stations for the children to explore which may help to relieve some anxiety for the children thus relieving some anxiety for their parents as well. 

The sensory stations are also a great way to illustrate to the parents ways to help teach their children some self-regulating skills and that it isn't a great expense to do this at home.

Each monthly meeting we will introduce a new topic as well. The topic for March was recognizing your child's triggers so you be proactive in preventing meltdowns.

This effort represents a bold response to a great need in our community. Please let us know if you are interested in providing support for this initiative, or call The Community Crossing at (304) 436-8300

100th Visit Celebration!

The Community Crossing’s Parents As Teachers program has been a part of Eli’s parent’s proactive parenting since Brandy was a few months pregnant.  The parenting journey can be difficult and early on Brandy and Justin sought help to equip themselves to be the best parents that they could be.

Brandy and Justin actively participated in home visits every other week to learn as much as they could from the researched-based curriculum that Parents as Teachers offers.  If you asked Brandy today, she could show you the two full binders of handouts, and information she collected that helped them in their parenting journey. The binder also serves as a journal of Eli’s development starting when she was 3 months pregnant, through his birth, his infant months, toddler years and transition into school!

Justin is a great example of an active father, participating in as many home visits as he is able to. They both eagerly try the practical, developmentally-based activities with Eli at each visit and observe how they can best help him and challenge him to achieve the next milestone. Reading books did not come naturally to them as parents, however,  they accepted the challenge to create a love for books and learning in Eli, starting when he was just an infant.  At age 5, Eli has grasped that love for learning and has made a smooth transition to school and is loving it!

Here is a family that recognized that more help is better when it comes to raising children. PAT offers connections with resources to help families, group connection play groups and events, early detection screenings and researched-based information on child development, parenting topics such as toilet training, temper tantrums and proper nutrition.  The Community Crossing also has a Baby Pantry, that can be accessed with Baby Bucks earning free baby items, diapers, etc. The PAT program is a free and voluntary resource for families with young children, prenatal through the child’s transition to school.

We rejoice with parents like Brandy and Justin who embrace and appreciate local resources such as Parents as Teachers and see the benefits to give their child the best start in life!

Congratulations Brandy, Justin and Eli on your 100th home visit!

100th Visit Celebration


The Community Crossing can do so much more with your help. We are very fortunate to have the Parents As Teachers grant through WV DHHS, however the grant does not cover the cost of our key supportive ministries: 

  • Home repairs to ensure children have a safe environment

  • Black Diamond boxing club to encourage fitness and discipline in youth

  • Men's basketball and other community sports for all ages

  • Support and resources for entrepreneurs in our county

  • Healing for drug and alcohol addiction - presently we are praying for the development of an effective ministry

  • CCX Missional Magazine covering McDowell County in monthly issues

Would you prayerfully consider giving

$30, $50 or $100 per month

in support of Community Crossing?

How YOU Can Help

In case you missed it...

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “I assure you: It will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven! Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” When the disciples heard this, they were utterly astonished and asked, “Then who can be saved? ” But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭19:23-26‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

Partnering with 6+ organizations and agencies, we here at CCX couldn’t be more excited about this upcoming event! There will be a Fatherhood Panel, information about behavioral challenges in children, how to keep yourself and your kids healthy, infant nutrition: breast and bottle tips, achieving healthy teeth and gums from DAY ONE, family budgeting and finances, and will also include a free lunch and door prizes! Sign up today and receive an EXTRA door prize ticket! (

Throwback to Fathers Day post

“Teach a youth about the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭22:6‬ ‭HCSB‬‬ #teachourkidsbetter #fathersday #bettertomorrow

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