May community feed includes film crew

By Staff, 05/24/21 7:47 AM

PRESCOTT – May’s community feed from the Curry Community Outreach was a bit different Saturday.

It featured a film crew from Harbor House in Magnolia doing a report on the outreach program concerning the problems young people face today – especially depression. Curry said he’s here to help the community and serve the people. To do this, his outreach hosts a monthly community feed, along with working to make sure young people get the help they need when it comes to mental health issues.

There are no paid employees at the outreach, he said, and all money raised goes back into the community with these programs. He added the outreach is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax deductible. He told the film crew the outreach building also hosts local civic clubs, including the Lions and Rotary, and Firestone also has meetings there. Curry pointed out this was done during the pandemic with protocols being followed, including the wearing of masks and making sure the facility was properly disinfected. He added, safety is a primary concern.

Curry talked about the importance of being immunized against COVID-19, saying, he got his shots and encourages everyone to do the same. “If you come here, you’re safe,” he said. “I want this to be a meeting place for the community. I encourage everyone to get vaccinated and learn more about the virus because it’s never going away. The quicker they do (get vaccinated) the quicker things can return to normal.”

He said it’s important for young people to be able to communicate and it’s all right for them to feel the way they feel and seek help when it’s needed.

Alex Smith, with Harbor House, talked about hosting a kickball tournament at a local park. He asked the young people on hand if they thought others would participate, adding they could grill hot dogs as well, and if a kickball tourney didn’t work, some other kind of activity. He took the youngsters outside for a modified game of kickball in the parking lot that ended with the ball was kicked onto the roof. From there, they switched to baseball until it was time to serve and deliver meals.

Curry said the outreach has been averaging 126 meals a month, delivering them to those who are unable to come to the center in person. Those who can show up have been getting drive through meals. This month’s menu included ham, corn, green beans and dessert.