The Tyler County Family Resource Network, or FRN, is an organization that understands and is responsive to the needs in the community. Partnering with citizens and local organizations, the Tyler County FRN develops, coordinates and administers innovative projects and provides needed resources.
The Tyler County FRN believes that the most valuable and lasting improvements arise locally, from determined and well-equipped local leaders who can mobilize their communities with a common vision. We believe that investing in these leaders is one of the most critical catalysts for community-wide change. Most of all, we believe that the children and families of Tyler County are valuable. A county that is equally proud of its worth and resources will be a county that continues to work for a better future.
Goals include helping the community:
- Achieve and maintain good physical and mental health
- Be ready to succeed in school
- Possess marketable skills and have access to good jobs
- Have adequate resources to protect, nurture, educate and support their children
- Live in permanent and stable homes
- Be safe in their homes and communities
Essentials Closet in TCMS/TCHS
The FRN also collaborates with Tyler County Schools to provide an essentials closet that is located inside of Tyler Consolidated. This closet houses clothing in all sizes, as well as shoes, socks, and underwear. The closet also contains many hygiene products such as shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, feminine products and makeup. There are also school supplies. This closet is open to any student.
Mobile Essentials Closet
The FRN was graciously awarded a grant from EQT that allowed us to purchase an enclosed trailer. This "mobile unit" houses essential hygiene products as well as socks and shoes. The FRN has given out over 30 pairs of shoes since the Fall of 2020, to students at Tyler County Schools as well as individuals who participate in the monthly Necessities Closet held at the United Methodist Church in Sistersville. Shoes are purchased through a grant given to The FRN by The Harry & Olive Barth Foundation.
Back to School Fair
This project provides children in the area with backpacks full of all their back to school items. These items include pencils, notebooks, a new backpack, folders, crayons, glue etc. All items are donated or purchased and the event is held annually a few weeks before school starts.
We participated in the Backpack Project at the Tyler Consolidated High School/Middle School at the beginning of the school year to help supply backpacks and other school necessities to those who were in need.
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
In collaboration with the Tyler County Community Prevention, the FRN started a SADD group at Tyler Consolidated High School. The FRN is also implementing a substance abuse prevention parent/child take home program called “Keep a Clear Mind”.
Carry On Project
Bags for youth placed out of the home. We supply WVDHHR, in collaboration with Marshall County FRN and Wetzel County Center for Children & Families, bags with pajamas, hygiene necessities and a book or stuffed animal.
Baby Bag Project
Every family that has a baby has the opportunity to receive a bag full of products and resources for families with new children. We do this program in collaboration with Parents as Teachers. Resources such as CHIP, WIC, Birth to 3, Affordable Health Care, Mr. Yuk, smoking cessation, etc..