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FreshPrep LLC Named May Business of the Month

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FreshPrep LLC Named May Business of the Month

The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce has named Fresh Prep, LLC, as the Business of the Month for May. FreshPrep is located at 2467 W Roundbunch Suite A, Orange. Owner Carrie Richard and her staff are making great food and making us all think a little more healthy.

Fresh Prep provides individual purchased meals as well as a whole week’s worth of food, Customers can choose from their weekly menu that changes every week. Food is prepared every Tuesday and payment is required before food is cooked.

For more info about FreshPrep, visit their website, their Facebook page, or call them at (409) 719-8941.

8 New Volunteers Sworn in as Advocate for Kids in Foster Care

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8 New Volunteers Sworn in as Advocate for Kids in Foster Care

On Thursday, July 2, 2020, The Honorable Judge Rogers officially swore in 8 new Court Appointed Special Advocates in a virtual ceremony on Zoom.

These trained community members, known as CASA volunteers, will work with CASA of the Sabine Neches Region to advocate for children and families who are involved in the foster care system.

“We’re so excited to have this new class join our team of 21 volunteers,” said Codie Vasquez, Executive Director of CASA of the Sabine Neches Region. “I know that they will do amazing work that will positively impact children and families right here in our community.”

CASA is committed to safe practices in the midst of COVID-19. In addition to virtual swearing-in ceremonies, they are offering virtual training, virtual information sessions and practicing social distancing by temporarily closing the office to the public.

“The pandemic may have changed the way CASA does business,” Vasquez said, “but it has not changed CASA’s commitment to reaching our goal of providing a highly trained, passionate volunteer advocate for every child in Orange, Jasper, Hardin, Newton, Sabine, and Tyler counties.”

Gracelyn Phillips, newly trained and sworn-in CASA volunteer, decided to join the CASA movement “to give a child a voice so they would have a channel to a brighter life, so they can feel good about today and tomorrow and can put yesterday in the past.” The rest of the new volunteers will soon be assigned to an individual child or sibling group, who they will advocate for until the closure of their case.

“Even in my training alone, I’ve seen the remarkable positive impact that CASA volunteers can have on the children and families they serve,” said Phillips. “I can’t wait to get started on my case!”

CASA volunteers advocate for the child they represent in every facet of their life and make recommendations to the court to ensure the child’s safety and well-being. As a part of their advocacy, they get to know important adults in the life of the child they represent, such as their parents, foster parents, teachers, coaches, doctors, therapists and more.

CASA volunteers work for reunification with the child’s parents as their primary goal whenever it is safe and possible to do so. When reunification is not an option, CASA volunteers advocate for the child to live with another relative, family friend, or a loving adoptive family. Whatever the circumstances of the case may be, CASA volunteers work with the child’s caseworker, family and others to build lifelong, committed support systems that will last long after the case is closed.

“There isn’t another volunteer experience that matches what you’ll get with CASA,” said Vasquez. “There is a human element that drives our volunteers to do their very best on behalf of the children and families we serve.”

Have you been looking for a lasting way to make a positive difference and pay it forward to your community? There’s no better time to become a CASA volunteer. Maybe Judge Rogers’ next volunteer swearing-in ceremony will be yours!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at CASA Sabine Neches Region, you can attend their next virtual informational session every Thursday at 10:30 AM via zoom by registering at casasnr.org or call (409) 886-2272.

Pinnacle Christian Preschool Opening in Bridge City

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Pinnacle Christian Preschool Opening in Bridge City
Pictured: Pastor Paul Zock, Ann Hall, Danielle Gonzales, David Gonzales, Charles Hall, Carl Owen and Miles Gonzales, Mathis Gonzales Bridge City Chamber Ambassador Stephanie Roberts.

David and Danielle Gonzales, along with Good Shepard Lutheran Church, are opening a new Christian Preschool on August 10 at 975 Roundbunch Road in Bridge City.

The purpose of their preschool is to provide happy group learning experiences where parents can be assured that their child is loved and well cared for by Christian teachers. They also provide this ministry as an outreach to the community.

For more info, contact them via their website, Facebook page, or call them at (409) 241-3920.

Back to School Orange County Creates New Version of Giveaway Program

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Back to School Orange County Creates New Version of Giveaway Program

Given the growing concerns around COVID-19, Back to School Orange County made the difficult decision to postpone the in-person event of Back to School Orange County slated for Saturday, August 1st. Back to School Orange County determined they needed to prioritize the health and safety of their community partners, volunteers, and everyone who helps coordinate and work the event. More importantly, the Board of B2SOC could not determine a safe way to distribute school supplies and services to the children and families under the current social distancing guidelines.

To continue to meet the need in the area, Back to School Orange County Executive Committee decided to proceed with a different plan this year. They will collect and deliver supplies to each of the schools in all 5 districts in Orange County and have them ready to deliver to classrooms. They hope to partner with local churches, businesses, organizations, and individuals to make this happen.

Back to School Orange County will be purchasing school supplies for all Orange County district schools. These supplies will be purchased from and delivered by Orange Stationer. Our students and teachers will safely receive the necessary supplies to begin school.

You can donate by going to PayPal.me/BacktoSchoolOrange, by going to their website or by check. Checks need to be mailed and made out to Orange Christian Services with Back to School Orange County in the memo.

For more info, call 409-886-0938, visit their Facebook page, their website,  or read the letter below.

Hippie Chix Boutique Holds Grand Opening

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Hippie Chix Boutique Holds Grand Opening

Hippie Chix Boutique, located at 2498 Martin Luther King Jr Dr. in Orange, held their Grand Opening on July 28. Hippie Chix offers boutique clothing…not boutique prices, as well as a variety of women’s jewelry and accessories. The store is open 10 am – 6 PM Tuesday through Friday, and 10 AM – 4 PM Saturday.

For more info and to see the variety of items they offer, visit their Facebook page.

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