Fall Fun at October FeSSt


Meaghan: CELEBRATE THE FALL SEASON WITH FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT. THIS WEEKEND BENEFITING OUR GOOD FRIENDS OVER AT FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES. JIM WOMACK IS THE FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER. HE’S IN WITH ALL OF THE DETAILS ON THIS NEW OKTOBERFEST. THIS IS A FUN EVENT FOR EVERYBODY, KIND OF GET IN THE SPIRIT, AND THERE MAY OR MAY NOT BE CANDY CORN. THERE I DON’T KNOW. WELL, I’M AFRAID THERE WILL BE. WE’D LOVE IT. Meaghan: OKAY. GIVE US ALL THE DETAILS ON THIS. WELL, THIS IS FIRST YEAR WE’RE GOING TO DO THIS. WE WANTED TO CREATE AN EVENT WHERE FAMILIES COULD WRING THEIR CHILDREN OUT AND HAVE A GREAT TIME DURING THE FALL AND ALSO MAYBE LEARN A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE PROGRAMS WE PROVIDE AND IT’S GOING TO BE A FANTASTIC EVENT. WE’RE GOING TO HAVE A SAUSAGE COOK-OFF AND HAVE SOME GREAT COOKS OUT THERE, THE CHAMPION FROM THE CHAMBER BARBECUE. Meaghan: PERFECT. SO WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT IT. Meaghan: AND IT’S OUT AT STARLIGHT RANCH? STARLIGHT RANCH. THEY’RE ALLOWING US TO USE THE SPACE. THEY BELIEVE IN OUR MISSION AND IN WHAT WE DO. SO THEY WANTED TO DO SOMETHING FOR US. Meaghan: IT’S A FREE EVENT. YOU CAN PAY A LITTLE BIT TO PARTICIPATE IN SOME OF THE ACTIVITIES. EXACTLY. IF YOU’D LIKE THE SAMPLE THE SAUSAGE, IT’S LIKE A $5 WRISTBAND, WHICH IS PRETTY CHEAP FOR A MEAL, AND KIDS UNDER 12, IT’S FREE FOR THEM. Meaghan: PERFECT. LET’S TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE SERVICES YOU GUYS OFFER. THIS PARTICULAR EVENT, YOU’RE HOLDING IT IN CONJUNCTION WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH. Andy: WELL, ONE OF OUR PROGRAMS IS OUR SERVICES AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICES. WE HAVE THE ONLY PAYPAL IN AM AM AND CANYON AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CAN COME THERE AND BE SAFE. WOMEN AND CHILDREN ALSO. WE ALSO HAVE THE HOSPITAL IN CASE THERE IS A DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALL OR A SEXUAL ASSAULT CALL, SO IT’S — WE WANT TO MAKE PEOPLE AWARE OF THE SERVICES, AND ALSO THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RATE IN AMARILLO IS HIGH COMPARED TO OTHER REGIONS. I THINK WHEN PEOPLE LEARN THAT STATISTIC, IT’S REALLY SHOCKING. IT IS SHOCKING. A COUPLE YEARS AGO, OUR PER CAPITA MURDER RATE FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS HIGHER THAN DALLAS OR HOUSTON OR ANY OF THOSE OTHER BIG CITIES. SO THAT’S NOT SOMETHING TO BE PROUD OF, BUT OUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND OURSELVES AND OTHER AGENCIES ARE TAKING STEPS TO ADDRESS THAT. SO THE KEY THING IS THAT YOU GUYS PROVIDE A SERVICE THAT IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL HERE IN OUR AREA, AND SO IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES DOES, I SUGGEST YOU CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE. THERE IS A HOST OF SERVICES THEY PROVIDE. THEY ARE ALL VERY, VERY ESSENTIAL FOR FAMILIES HERE IN OUR AREA. SO CHECK THAT OUT AND THEN GO TO OKTOBERFEST AND SUPPORT THEM IN THAT WAY, AS WELL. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION. THANK YOU. Meaghan: THANK YOU SO MUCH. WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME TODAY. EVEN THOUGH YOU LIKE CANDY CORN. COMING UP NEXT, LIFE INSURANCE IS NOT A TOPIC THAT EVERYONE PARTICULARLY LIKES TO DISCUSS, BUT IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE

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