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The Change Initiative (TCI) is a member driven organization that has set high values for the organization and expects its members to share in these values. Through open communication, TCI, strives for trustworthiness and transparency. TCI is an organization that values the opinions of everyone and believes there is no one way to making change, but instead, they have recognized the importance of teamwork and accountability required in order to be effective Change Agents. The Change Initiative is committed to being and inclusive community by honoring our diverse strengths and needs by working with people regardless of their socio-economic background, sobriety, or situation.
The Change Initiative chooses to be advocates for those who don’t have their own voice, who strives to align such individuals with the resources to improve their lives. TCI hosts weekly outreaches where they feed and spend time talking to individuals who are less fortunate. To date TCI has helped 33 individuals into either rehab or housing, and in December, 2018 six individuals are off the streets because of the TCI outreaches. Along with the various outreaches that are held already by TCI, they have many long and short term goals in motion to continue the growth of their organization. Short term goals for TCI include an emergency food pantry, continuing to assist with obtaining birth certificates and social security cards, assisting with housing assessments to get people into housing, increasing out reaches to twice a week, and partnering up with CASA to adopt a birthday. Adopting a birthday would allow the organization to provide a birthday celebration for children within the foster system.
The Change Initiative’s long term goals consist of developing a youth center for our areas youth, establishing family support groups, opening a shelter that caters to demographics that do not fit into other shelters in the area, and after treatment support groups for those who have successfully completed rehab programs. By developing a youth center TCI will be able to provide basic needs to youth such as, laundering services, hygienic services such as, showers, and mentoring programs. Having family support groups will allow TCI to provide support and services to those who have friends or family members dealing with substance abuse. TCI hopes to provide shelter services to sex trafficking victims, fathers with children, and those who are aging out of the foster care system, which would fill a void that is left open by other area shelters. Those who have just completed a stay within rehab facility are still in need of assistance following their exit, and TCI hopes to be able to continue assisting those to continue to become functioning members of society.
The Change Initiative will be hosting their Inaugural Christmas Dinner Thursday, December 20 at 7:00 at Jackson Square in Clarksburg. The dinner is hosted to give back to the less fortunate community in the area. All items for the dinner were donated by various individuals and entities in the community, while local residents and school groups are helping assist with serving, setup and clean-up of the dinner. Both Clarksburg high schools’ Liberty High School and Robert C. Byrd High School have contributed to the organization and their Inaugural Christmas Dinner.
TCI has an executive board in place but is ran by its voting members. To become a member of the organization one must pay $20 yearly dues (which go towards the organizations efforts), and take part in various community outreaches. For those who are interested in becoming involved with TCI individuals can email TCI at firstname.lastname@example.org , visit their Facebook page, or take their volunteer survey to become a volunteer.