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If you take prescription drugs, have a limited income and don't have insurance or your insurance does not cover prescriptions, the Medication Advocacy Program at Daystar Life Center Inc. may be able to help. Daystar is a private, nonprofit, community-supported program serving through volunteers and charitable donations. Daystar does not charge fees. Call 823-5993 or 825-0442.
Holiday help available for alcoholics, families
The holiday season, between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, can be the most difficult time for alcoholics and their families. For many, the problem during the holidays is not to avoid drinking and driving. It's to avoid drinking at all.
There are many resources available both online and off for those who need help, including Alcoholics Anonymous at 530-0415 or visit www.aapinellas.org, Al-Anon at 813-881-9372 or visit www.alanon.org, or Adult Children of Alcoholics at www.AdultChildren.org.
Mentors needed for kids with a parent in prison
Children's Home Society of Florida, 2731 13th Ave. N, St. Petersburg, has received a federal grant for the MODEL Mentoring Program. The program is designed to provide mentors for children and youth ages 4-14 who have an incarcerated parent. The mentoring services will be provided in Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties. Mentors must be at least 21, reside in the same county as the youth, complete eight hours of training per year, and commit to an hour meeting weekly for one year. Activities should take place in the local community and can consist of taking a walk at the park or the beach, going to a movie, assisting with homework, going to the library, and most of all having fun. Children who receive services from mentoring programs show improvements in school, social behaviors, and are less likely to use drugs and alcohol. Call (727) 552-1482.