A popular downtown eatery showed its support last week for a local parenting group.
Circle of Parents is a group of parents and caregivers that meets and shares the joys and challenges of raising children. It is a way for them to vent their problems without judgment, according to Danielle Roper, one of the local facilitators.
According to its website, Circle of Parents is a national network that “provides a friendly, supportive environment led by parents and other caregivers. It’s a place where anyone in a parenting role can openly discuss the successes and challenges of raising children. It’s a place where they can find and share support.”
“We keep what is said in the group confidential,” said Roper. “We partner with local agencies and businesses to provide resources to these families when needed.”
Circle of Parents are grant funded from Smart Start and has been in place since 1999. There is a Circle of Parents group in almost each school in McDowell County, according to Roper.
“We want the community to know we are here,” she said. “We meet every week for refreshments or in this case a special Valentine’s meal.”
On Wednesday, Burrito Bros. in downtown Marion sponsored a meal for the support group and a total of 20 people attended. They came from the Eastfield, Sugar Hill and Pleasant Gardens communities. Roper said it was a way for Burrito Bros. to give back to the community and show their support for the purpose of the Circle of Parents.
“It’s an amazing program and even better that a local business helped us out,” said Roper.
“The community surrounding us has been so supportive of our business and we were thankful for the opportunity to help,” said Daniel Rodriguez, co-owner of Burrito Bros.
Roper is the facilitator of the Circle of Parents groups for Eastfield, Pleasant Gardens and the Head Start center in Sugar Hill. She said her Eastfield group meets at Eastfield School on Wednesday at 8 a.m. and the group for Sugar Hill meets on Tuesday at 8 a.m. at the Head Start center. And starting Thursday, Feb. 21, a group will meet at Pleasant Gardens Elementary.
The other facilitators are: Megan Ziegler for Old Fort, Rhonda McFadden for Nebo and North Cove and Jennifer Morgan for Glenwood.
Crystal Hamby is their supervisor at the Central Office but does not directly oversee what they do.
“We run our programs at the schools,” said Roper.
For more information, Roper said you can contact her directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call 828-334-5292. “They can contact me directly and I can put them in touch with their school’s Circle of Parents facilitator,” she said.
You can also visit www.circleofparents.org.