All of us who live north of Kings Creek Bridge have often lamented we’re the forgotten land for much-needed services. The Brooke-Hancock Family Resource Network recognized the gap and wrote a grant to provide centers in Chester and Wellsburg. The grant was funded and as a result in February the Hancock County Family Support Center the was established at 528 Carolina Avenue in Chester and went to work. Hannah Hebrock serves as the Director and she says the community response has been great.

Acccording to Hebrock the Center provides food, house hold items and hygiene products to those in need. Hebrock said that no proof of elegibility or income is needed. Food, household items and hygiene products will be distributed Oct. 10 with food only being distributed on Oct. 24.

A children’s playgroup for children ages 0-4 will be held 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 12 and Oct. 24. Teen group activities will include a pumpkin painting 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Oct. 13. A family fun night is planned October 27 in the Chester City Building,

Hebrock said the Center seeks to address the needs of all involved in the family unit. Assisting grandparents who have taken on the responsibility of caring for their grandchildren is another issue addressed by the Center.

To reach the center call 304-748-7859, ext, 1003