Chamber President Daxton Holcomb presented the Neosho-Newton County Library with a Resolution from the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, asking community members for their support. The resolution reads; “The Chamber encourages the citizens of Newton County to lend their support to the Neosho-Newton county Library levy to be voted on (Tuesday) June (5th) 2012 for the expansion of the Library, which will enhance the quality of life and education of its citizens.”
You can find more information by reading the article in today’s issue of the Neosho Daily News.
Please join the Chamber in congratulating Teen Challenge of the Four States as our April Employer of the Month. The Teen Challenge Center outside Neosho currently employs 11 people. When asked to say a few words about why Teen Challenge was chosen to receive the award, Sy Werner said; “if you look back a few years before Teen Challenge was there this was an open field, there were no jobs here at all.—We try to recognize different organizations and what they do for the community, and in this case we are doing double duty in honoring Teen Challenge as the Employer of the Month and an Expansion Award.”
The Neosho Teen Challenge center has twenty residents, all of whom are there of their own volition. Residents find out about Teen Challenge from Family members, Churches, the Internet and the Court System. Residents at Teen Challenge are not allowed to watch television during the week. The 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, they are allowed family visits. Teen challenge residents are not allowed to leave the campus without a staff chaperone. Jim Lowans explained the nature of these chaperoned outings by saying “Our students do go out into the neighborhoods and work for people in the afternoons, so if people have jobs they want done around the house, any type of job, we can usually have the guys come in. They are in turn supporting the ministry by doing that.” Although residents are “detoxed” before they enter the Teen Challenge program, they have joined forces with the Talkington Foundation to offer 12 step and Al-anon services with a strong focus on Christian faith.
Jim Lowans is also the Teen Challenge Director for the Asian Pacific Region. When asked what he loves most about Neosho, Jim said; “We’re so excited to be a part of the city of Neosho, we enjoy the friendships we’ve made and the people who have welcomed us into the city, and we really just feel a part of the city.”
More about Teen Challenge:
There are over 250 Teen Challenge Centers in the US, and about 800 more outside of the US. There are seven Teen Challenge Centers in Missouri alone, with two in St. Louis; a men’s center and a women’s center, a center in Cape Girardeau and a ladies center in Ozark, Mo. They also offer services to those under the age of eighteen with an adolescent boy’s center in Branson, and an adolescent girl’s center in Kansas City. Teen Challenge is also in the process of starting Mother’s and children’s center in the Colombia/Jefferson City area. Mother’s would come in to the center and when they are ready, their children can join them. The Teen Challenge general headquarters are also located in Ozark, Mo.
Please join the Chamber in Congratulating Teen Challenge as our May Employer of the Month!
Tickets are in for “Neosho Night” at the Hammons Field to watch the Springfield Cardinals game will be Saturday, July 21st. The game begins at 6:08 p.m. Tickets are $7.00 each. Purchase your tickets now! We encourage you to purchase a block of tickets for your employees to use as a company outing. These tickets would be great to use as rewards or incentives. For more information or to reserve your tickets, call (417-451-1925) or come by our Chamber Office (216 W. Spring St.).