Health and wellness workshops planned for June 13 in Bourbon and Leasburg

    The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) will host a two free workshops June 13 on “Health and Wellness within a Senior Apartment Complex” in Bourbon and Leasburg.

    The workshop will be held from 9-10 a.m. in Bourbon at the Autumn Age Homes, 100 Bernice St and then again from 11 a.m. to noon in Leasburg at the Village Apartments of Leasburg Community Room, 211 First St.
    The presentation will be given by Savannah Vandegriffe of MRPC and will cover ways senior citizens can beat depression through proper nutrition, exercise and community involvement. Packets with safe exercises and recipes will be distributed at the workshop.  
    Workshops are offered at no cost to the participant. Please RSVP by calling Savannah Vandegriffe at 573-265-4200 ext. 132.
    Free training classes are a part of the MRPC and PHA’s efforts to help prepare families who are first time homebuyers for homeownership and make them aware of the resources available to assist with homeownership.
    These partnerships are a part of MRPC’s outreach efforts in partnership with senior citizen housing groups and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, which assists with grant funds to renovate senior citizen housing complexes throughout the region.
    For more information on the homeownership program and workshop, contact Vandegriffe.
    Formed in 1969, MRPC is a voluntary council of governments serving Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities.
    A professional staff of 23, directed by the MRPC board, offers technical assistance and services, such as grant preparation and administration, housing assistance, transportation planning, environmental planning, ordinance codification, business loans and other services to member communities.
    MRPC provides staffing to the Phelps County Public Housing Agency that provides rental assistance to over 700 low-income families in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps (outside the city limits of Rolla) and Washington counties.
    The PHA also offers the Family Self-Sufficiency Program where clients develop a goal-oriented, five-year plan that moves them toward self-sufficiency and independence from government programs.

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