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a voluntary council of local governments
serving the missouri meramec area.

Safety, security workshop planned May 23 in Cuba, Owensville

For immediate release

For more information, contact
Savannah Vandegriffe

ST. JAMES—The Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) and the Phelps County Public Housing Agency (PHA) will host a free workshop May 23 on “Safety and Security: Spotting Scammers and How to Protect Yourself” in Cuba and Owensville. 

The workshop will cover ways senior citizens can spot online, phone and door-to-door scams to improve security of their personal information. They also will be provided tips on protecting prescription meds from theft or mishandling.   

The Cuba workshop will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Peoples Bank Annex Building, 500 W. Washington, Cuba. 

The Owensville workshop is planned from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Owensville Senior Housing Complex in the Community Room, 1009 Springfield Road, Owensville. Savannah Vandegriffe of MRPC will present both workshops. 

Workshops are offered at no cost to the participant. Please RSVP by calling Savannah Vandegriffe at 573-265-4200 ext. 132.

Free training classes are a part of the MRPC and PHA’s efforts to help prepare families who are first-time homebuyers for homeownership and make them aware of the resources available to assist with homeownership. 

These partnerships are a part of MRPC’s outreach efforts in partnership with senior citizen housing groups and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, which assists with grant funds to renovate senior citizen housing complexes throughout the region. 

For more information on the homeownership program and workshop, contact Vandegriffe. 

Formed in 1969, MRPC is a voluntary council of governments serving Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities. A professional staff of 26, directed by the MRPC board, offers technical assistance and services, such as grant preparation and administration, housing assistance, transportation planning, environmental planning, ordinance codification, business loans and other services to member communities.

MRPC provides staffing to the Phelps County Public Housing Agency that provides rental assistance to over 700 low-income families in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps (outside the city limits of Rolla) and Washington counties. The PHA also offers the Family Self-Sufficiency Program where clients develop a goal-oriented, five-year plan that moves them toward self-sufficiency and independence from government programs. 

To keep up with the latest MRPC news and events, visit the MRPC website at www.meramecregion.orgor on Facebook at www.facebook.com/meramecregion/.