Community Action’s Warren County Senior Center Offering Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

Arthritis affects 50 million Americans and more than one million live in Kentucky. Arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States. It is a chronic disease that targets the joints of the body. Common symptoms include joint pain, aching, stiffness and swelling. Though arthritis tends to be debilitating, it can be effectively managed through a variety of methods. Research has shown that exercise is an essential tool in controlling arthritic pain and fatigue.

On January 24, 2017, Community Action of Southern Kentucky’s Warren County Senior Services will be offering an Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program. The 8-week program is designed for people with arthritis to reduce pain and stiffness, help maintain or improve mobility, muscle strength, and functional ability. Arthritis sufferers of all ages and mobility levels can benefit from the low impact course. Class leaders design each class to meet the needs of all participants. Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:30am.

For more information or to sign up for the program, please contact 270-783-4484.


Barren River Asset Building Coalition (BRABC) Helps EITC and ACTC Recipients Navigate New IRS Tax Refund Delay

Barren River Asset Building Coalition Helps Low to Moderate Income Families Keep 100% of Their Refund 

Southern, Kentucky – January 13, 2017 — It is more important than ever to prepare accurate income tax returns during the 2017 tax season. A new law requires the IRS to delay issuing refunds for certain taxpayers claiming the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC) until February 15. The law has no exceptions and is designed to make it easier for the IRS to find and stop fraud.

The Barren River Asset Building Coalition (BRABC) is one of over 12,000 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) programs across the country that the IRS relies on to help people file their taxes every year, completely free of charge. In 2016 alone, our IRS certified volunteers helped over 1288 families in Southern Kentucky qualify for and keep 100% of their refunds—without worrying about hidden fees or unexpected charges. 

On average, many of our clients receive over thirty percent of their annual income in tax refunds, making their tax returns vital to their financial lives. “For several years, the BRABC has helped individuals and families get their maximum refund that they use on necessities, like paying bills, paying down debt, making new purchases, and saving,” said Charity Parrish, Director of Planning, Program Development and Communications at Community Action of Southern Kentucky. “We are dedicated to helping as many community members as we can and encourage taxpayers to be wary of preparers promising faster refunds through expensive financial products, like loans.”

Who can get free tax prep? Generally, individuals who make less than $54,000 are eligible to have their taxes prepared and e-filed for free. Our services are also available to persons with disabilities, the elderly and non-native English speakers who need assistance in preparing their taxes.

High Quality Service. The volunteers and staff tax preparers at BRABC free tax preparation sites go through at least 15 hours of training and are certified by the IRS. We make sure our customers get high-quality, professional service by trained volunteers who are equipped to identify tax refund opportunities for customers. Our goal is to help our customers get their maximum refund and claim all the credits that they have earned. During the 2015 filing season alone, over 90,000 volunteers nationwide helped prepare over 3.7 million returns at thousands of tax sites.

For more information on BRABC and their expert tax preparation services, visit Or, plan on using the Kentucky Free File program that allows you to choose brand name tax preparation software at no cost to you. This option is available online and can be accessed from the comfort of your living room.

About BRABC. The BRABC provides free tax preparation & financial education to promote economic growth and stability through asset building. For six years, the BRABC has successfully provided free tax preparation and financial literacy services to taxpayers in our area. Thanks in large part to outstanding volunteer support, we have helped thousands of people. Our mission is to help low-moderate income working families realize economic self-sufficiency through financial literacy, tax preparation assistance, and asset building opportunities.



1-2-3 Magic for the Classroom

Did you know that there is a new, updated version of this tried and true technique captured in the book 1-2-3 Magic in the Classroom?
The book has organized classroom strategies for behavioral interventions into 3 steps:
**Managing undesirable behavior
**Encouraging good behavior
**Strengthening your relationship with your students
This sounds great, doesn’t it? AND, it closely aligns with CLASS, TSG, and helping each and every child toward school readiness. One of the key points in the book is to make sure that all staff that work in your classroom are familiar with this method and will use it consistently in your classroom. It is also a great additional support to parents if they are using the 1-2-3 Magic technique at home.
The 1-2-3 Magic method of classroom management is only one of many methods, but if you are struggling with behavioral management challenges or find yourself using ‘a little of this, and a little of that’, you might want to pick up a copy of this book or borrow one from your local library. You have probably heard parents or maybe other teachers start to count when a child has begun to behave in an undesirable way, and chances are they are using the 1-2-3 Magic method. It is a good, simple, easy to implement method, but it will not work for all children as no method works for every child. When implemented correctly, it will work for most of the children in your classroom and will give you a consistent, predictable plan for managing behavioral challenges. Again, this is not the only approach to help with behavioral challenges, and if you have one that works for you, that is excellent. If you need a new method, check this book out. This could be the beginning of something wonderful for your peace of mind and for your classroom!
by Carol Belcher, M.S.



Learn How to Manage Your Chronic Disease

Beginning on November 9, 2016 and continuing every Wednesday until December 14th, the Warren County Senior Center will be providing a free class on Chronic Disease Self-Management.  Manage your chronic disease by learning about how to copy on a daily basis. The class will be held from 11am to 12:15pm at the Community Action Education and Human Services Center on 200 E. 4th Street in Bowling Green.  If you or someone you know is interested in this class, please contact the Senior Center at 270-783-4484.

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