Purdue News

May 23, 2006

Scott County program for families wins Purdue award

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A community-based organization that helps families with activities, education and events in Scott County, Ind., will get a boost from Purdue University's College of Consumer and Family Sciences.

Scott County Partnership Inc. in Scottsburg, Ind., will receive the fifth Inspiring Families and Building Communities Award.

The program, which provides a system for families to get help in all areas, will receive $1,500. In addition, $500 is awarded to finalists Cardinal Access at Ball Memorial Hospital Foundation of Muncie, Ind., and CRADLES Infant Toddler Child Care of New Castle, Ind.

The awards honor organizations that have a direct impact on the community and improve the lives of families.

Scott County Partnership created the Family Resource Center, which offers the Summertime Arts and Recreation Scene program to keep children educationally stimulated and introduce them to new cultural events and activities. It also offers after-school programs, mentoring services, career and college awareness events, a dropout prevention task force and a lunch-buddies program.

The Scott County Partnership also created the Scott County Clearinghouse, a system that helps those less fortunate. The building houses a food pantry, a crisis assistance worker and the Community Thrift Store.

These programs, as well as a tuition-free adult literacy service and an Industrial Training Center that provides industrial-maintenance training on systems used by manufacturing businesses in the area, are under the umbrella of the Scott County Partnership.

"The Scott County Partnership is taking Scott County in the right direction," said Karen DeZarn, assistant program leader in Purdue's Consumer and Family Sciences Extension.

Cardinal Access/Ball Memorial Hospital Foundation identifies and enrolls eligible uninsured patients into existing government programs and provides a health-care program that offers discounted fees for primary health care, hospital services and specialty services. It also provides financial options and a specialty referral system for the uninsured population who fall at or below the federal poverty level and don't qualify for government programs such as Medicaid or Medicare.

CRADLES provides infant child care and helps keep teen parents in high school to graduation. CRADLES opened in August 1999 under the co-sponsorship of New Castle Community Schools and Park Place Free Methodist Church. Thirty-two CRADLES student parents have received high school diplomas or GEDs in the past five years. Fifty percent of those graduates planned to enroll in post-secondary education.

The Inspiring Families and Building Communities Award is made possible by Purdue alumnus Paul Zmola and the College of Consumer and Family Sciences. Zmola earned his bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering from Purdue in 1944, 1947 and 1950, respectively. Zmola also received the Friend of Purdue Award in 1992.

Zmola's devotion to the College of Consumer and Family Sciences is linked to his wife, Gertrude, a Purdue Extension specialist in the 1960s who died at an early age. In honor of his wife, he previously established the Monhaut-Zmola Fellowship, which provides Extension educators with a study fellowship. He also established a fund to award outstanding graduate students in consumer and family economics.

Nomination forms for next year's Inspiring Families and Building Communities Award will be available in 2006 on the College of Consumer and Family Sciences' Web site.

Writer: Maggie Morris, (765) 494-2432, maggiemorris@purdue.edu

Source: Karen DeZarn, assistant program leader, College of Consumer and Family Sciences, (765) 494-8252, kdezarn@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


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