Lutheran Community Services holds open house at their new resource center Tuesday night

by: JASON CHANEY - Brian Dement, Lutheran Community Services Program Director II, cuts the ribbon at the service's new resource center during a recent open house.

In an effort to serve more of the community, Lutheran Community Services (LCS) unveiled its new resource center in Prineville on Wednesday.

The open house was held at their remodeled location that used to house the Turning Point Center, a facility primarily devoted to mental health assistance. The event drew dozens of guests throughout the day who were shown what new services the resource center will offer to the community.

“This is for the people that we serve at Lutheran Community Services, but, it is also for other people in the community,” said Karen Bones, with LCS mental health case management. “It used to be that you had to have a mental health problem to be able to be here.”

The open house featured a ribbon cutting ceremony courtesy of the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce and was highlighted by a supported employment kickoff.

“Supported employment helps people who have mental health issues find jobs,” Bones explained. “People can come and look at different resources that we have. They can use computers for job searches. They can do resumes.”

The resource center will feature a variety of services for residents including case management, crisis intervention, and counseling. In addition, people can take advantage of different activity groups devoted to knitting, quilting, yoga and more.

During the open house, staff from the Crook County Parks and Recreation District and Head Start were on hand to show community members what the resource center has to offer.

“We are going to be getting more and more groups together,” Bones said.

Along with the more inclusive offerings, the open house gave LCS the opportunity to showcase the work they have put into the resource center facility.

“A lot of changes have been made,” Bones said. “We got different furniture. Everything has been shampooed and deep-cleaned. We are just trying to make it so the community would feel comfortable when they come to use this.”

Ultimately the resource center is designed to be a first point of contact for people who are in need of different services, whether its recreational interests, employment needs, health services, or crisis intervention.

People can come in to receive help, and if necessary, they can be referred to another resource for additional assistance. As an example, Bones said she could refer a person in need of food to the St. Vincent de Paul food bank.

“We are branching out to serve more people in the community,” she said, “because it was a narrow avenue we were going down.”

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