Sunday, September 24, 2017

John Yost Community Center

JYCC.JPGAs a resident of the Clinton County Housing Authority, you may participate in a variety of programs.  Different programs are intended for the children, for families, for adults, or for adults in the resident buildings.  In addition, there are one-on-one sessions available for the head of household.

For children there are after school programs held in the John Yost Community Center in Lock Haven and in the John Simon Community Center in Renovo.   During the after school Homework Happening program, children have access to computers and are encouraged to complete their homework and other school projects at the centers.  Another after school program includes college students conducting the weekly Kids in the Kitchen program that focuses on healthy eating and children getting hands-on experience making a recipe.  At the Yost Center college students are also involved in the weekly C.A.P.E. (Children Actively Protecting the Environment) class for school-age children.  During C.A.P.E. children learn about animals and plants and the environment in small group discussions, in playing games, and in making crafts.  Other after school activities include agencies such as Valley Prevention holding drug prevention classes for students.

There are many summer and holiday programs and bus trips planned throughout the year for the families.  Parents bring their children to the annual egg hunts, carnival, and Halloween parties. 

During the summer the housing partners with the Ross Library to bring the summer reading program to the Yost Center.  Many families participate in the field trips to LHU for Earth Day activities, to the Jersey Shore pool for swimming parties, to the pumpkin patch for hayrides and pumpkin picking, and to the bowling alley or roller skating rink for a Christmas party.

Adults are encouraged to participate in programs at the center.  In the Adult Computer program adults have access to a computer lab to get help in learning the basics of using a computer or learning a word processing program.  Adults are also free to use the lab to look up information on the internet.  In the Adult Nutrition program adults learn ways to cut costs in buying food and how to make healthy choices for their families.  The program includes adults working together to prepare a recipe.

For the convenience of the resident, some programs are held in the building where the residents live.  Some programs are on a weekly basis such as Wii Bowling and Penny Bingo.  Other programs may be a series of classes such as a Fall Prevention program where adults participate in several classes to learn ways to keep them from falling.

There are one-on-one sessions available for residents who need help in housekeeping, in budgeting or in parenting.  The head of household can get useful information through discussions, DVD, and handouts.

Residents may offer suggestions for future programs.