Join us for this three session course to hear about three important non-profit groups who are making a difference in the lives of residents in our area.
ADFAC (Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties), February 9: ADFAC exists to serve the basic needs of primarily low-income residents in Anderson and surrounding Appalachian counties. ADFAC’s goal is to help families become stable and self sufficient through a variety of direct assistance services provided by our Social Services and Affordable Housings programs. ADFAC answers more than 6,000 requests for assistance each year. Annie Cacheiro is a graduate of ORHS and ETSU. She has been the Executive Director for ADFAC since February 2010. She was previously employed with United Way of Anderson County.
Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee, February 16: Operating as part of the Helen Ross McNabb Center, the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee was founded in 1973 as the Knoxville Rape Crisis Center and remains one of two comprehensive, community sexual assault agencies in the state of Tennessee, serving 15 counties. The mission of the SACET is to provide excellent and compassionate services for survivors of sexual assault and to empower communities through education and social change. SACET has four program areas, which include: Sexual Assault Nurse Examinations, Advocacy, Therapy and Education, and Outreach. The presentation will discuss the center and its services and also information and statistics about sexual assaults. Brittany Thompson is the Education and Prevention Team Lead at the Sexual Assault Center of East Tennessee.
Be a Voice of Hope for a Child, CASA, February 23: The core purpose of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is to provide a voice for abused and neglected children in our community. As a non-profit, volunteer-based agency, our mission is to empower CASA volunteers to advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children in juvenile court. Our vision is to provide a court-appointed volunteer for every child who needs one. Kesha Shipe is the executive director of CASA of the TN Heartland. She currently oversees 3 counties. Kesha has been involved with CASA for the past 5 years and has also been involved with other community organizations.
Three sessions: Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. – 12:10 p.m., February 9, 16, and 23
Back by popular demand – Dr. Parang is offering a continuation of his Summer 2015 class, Persian Empire to Modern Iran. This course will include brief historical sketches on several important cities and cultural centers of Iran. The presentations also include descriptions of key historical and recent events that signified or may portend important changes.
Dr. Masood Parang is an engineer by profession who has spent most of his life in teaching and mentoring engineering students and in engineering education. He is a student of Iran and has long held a great interest in that country’s people, politics, and culture. He is currently an Associate Dean in the College of Engineering at UTK.
Two sessions: Fridays, 2:30—3:40 p.m., April 1, 8
The City of Oak Ridge Fire Department has been in the center of excellence since the beginning days of the Manhattan Project. From its early days as a federal government entity, it has expanded its services to not only the citizens of Oak Ridge but the region as a whole with second-to-none response capabilities and some of the highest trained personnel in the profession of emergency services.
This course will follow the history of this department and give the participants an in-depth look into the world of firefighting, technical rescue, hazardous materials, and emergency medical response as well as future goals for continuing our efforts to provide for a safe community. Additional information will be given to the participants in how to make their environment safe in their homes and business through the latest trends and recommendations in fire safety.
David Harrington is the Battalion Chief of Special Operations/EMS-Ambulance Director for the city of Oak Ridge Fire Department with over 30 years of emergency services experience. He works with the Department of Energy to provide emergency services to the East Tennessee Technology Park and is assigned as the Department of Energy Liaison to work directly with the Y-12 National Security Complex and the Oak Ridge National Lab during all emergency response events. Currently, he serves as an Adjunct Instructor for Roane State Community College.
One session: Thursday, 11:00 a.m. -12:10 p.m., April 14
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