PHP gains new site in Burnett County

submitted by Rosalio (Lio) LunaMBUMC
Parenting Programs Coordinator, Parenting Programs  

At a recent PHP Facilitator training I met with Jeanette Pickard and Robin Kaspar, who will be serving as PHP Facilitators at one of MHM’s newest PHP sites located at the Marble Falls United Methodist Church (1101 Bluebonnet Drive, Marble Falls, Texas 78654).

By providing community members with hands-on training, we are able to ensure facilitators are equipped with the knowledge and resources needed to carry on the PHP model within their respective communities. 

During the course of the six-hour training, Jeanette and Robin were provided with a PHP program history and introduction. As the training progressed, we discussed topics to include setting group norms and expectations, warm-up activities, and meet-and-greet tips. 

As PHP Facilitators in Burnett, Jeanette and Robin will work closely with PHP team members to implement the program in Burnett County. Duties for this role include:

  • Collaborating with community agencies and guest speakers
  • Planning and promoting the weekly group meetings
  • Facilitate group meetings, and recruit group members and volunteers
  • Complete and submit logistical reports after every group meeting

Additionally, Jeannette and Robin plan on working with The Parent Project, another ministry at the Marble Falls United Methodist Church, to help spark interest for the new group.

About Parents Helping Parents

Launched in 1999, Parents Helping Parents (PHP) is a parent support group designed to build stronger, healthier communities by strengthening and encouraging family life. One of three distinct parenting programs offered through MHM’s Parenting Programs, PHP is volunteer-based, built upon the belief that parents are the first teachers and best advocates for their children.

Together, the group identifies a facility in which to meet once per week for 10-12 weeks for a two-hour session. The group then selects at least two volunteers who are willing to be trained and serve as facilitators for the group. These trainings are conducted by our Parenting Programs Coordinators.

In addition to the hands-on training, MHM provides groups with a full program curriculum and ongoing technical assistance, along with making a limited number of stipends available to United Methodist Churches.