A different kind of ‘fair’

Published 8:24 am Friday, November 6, 2015

Approximately 27 entities associated with health, communications systems, recreation and entertainment, and travel, took part in the first annual Fireman’s Federal Credit Union (FFCU) Community Resource Fair on Thursday afternoon at Northshore Technical Community College-Sullivan Campus.

“This Resource Fair is to educate the community on what is available regarding services in the area as far as health, finances and entertainment,” FFCU Business Development Representative Mary Byrd said. “This is our first one, but we’re hoping to do it each year.”

Those who attended the fair didn’t have to look far to find what they were looking for as all participants were in one room.

“We wanted to bring all the community partners together to showcase what Bogalusa has to offer to the residents,” FFCU Marketing Director Shasta Leninger said.

One of the more “soothing” stops at the Resource Fair was the Magic Touch of Health booth, where Charles Rimes and Sarah Ramser offered relaxing massages. They educated those in attendance about the company’s body wraps and deep tissue massages. Gift certificates were also available.

Participating partners concerning health also included Ascent Spinal Rehab, Bogalusa Heart Study, Louisiana Health Care Connection Medicaid, Louisiana Heart Hospital, Office of Public Health Region 9, Our Lady of the Angels Hospital, Riverside Medical Center, Nurse-Family Partnership Therapeutic Concepts and Washington Parish Community Health Center.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for children) was also represented at the Resource Fair. Others with concerns for children included the Youth Service Bureau with Truancy Center.

The fair also included representatives from the Bogalusa AARP, Bogalusa Fire Department, Bogalusa Grill & Event Center, Bogalusa Senior Center, Catholic Charities, Community Connection Program, D and D Travel in Angie, Florida Parishes Human Resources Authority, Museums of Cassidy Park, the Fund for Cassidy Park, Primerica, United Way and Verizon.