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October 22, 2013

The Well Outreach, Inc. to hold first community meeting

DUNCAN — For more than a year now, a group of Duncan residents have been quietly working together to provide a focus for youth.

The individuals represent numerous area churches, said Carol Wanzor, secretary for The Well Outreach, Inc. Now they are ready to hold a community meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday, at The Well on Main Street Duncan.

They began with an initial project, “Spokes for Hope” and delivered meals to children during the summer. They hope people from all walks of life will attend the meeting, which is informational, to hear what the ideas are for the future of the group and Duncan.

“Input from members of our community will also be an invaluable part of this meeting and the future process of defining our actions,” Wanzor told The Banner in a letter.

“What we need most of all is concerned citizens from all walks of life to join hands with us as we move forward in positive action.”

One of the main ideas the group want to present to the community is to create youth centers across town where young people can go to spend time. These environments would be safe, positive and structured, said Bonnie Talley, a member of The Well.

“We want to get input from the community on what they would want these to be and how they would like to be involved, because it would obviously take several volunteers,” she said.

“We really want to hear from them what they would want for their kids.”

Duncan would need more than one of these centers in order to accommodate various age groups. For this purpose, centrally located buildings would need to be found to move the centers into.

“We need people to step up and say they have this vacant building or we could turn this into (a center),” Talley said. “We need to come together as a community and do what we can for the children of Duncan.”

Beginning a program similar to the Big Brother, Big Sister mission is also an idea The Well organization would like to explore.

Wanzor said some people have inquired as to if this group was generated because of the Chris Lane shooting in August. She said that no, the group has been meeting since 2012.

If anyone is interested in learning more or getting involved for the youth of Duncan, Wanzor encourages them to attend the meeting.

“Without a solid start in life, our children are much less likely to be able to make positive contributions to any community as an adult,” she said.

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