PLATTSBURGH — “Has Your Family Structure Been Affected by the Addition Crisis?” is the next topic at the Community Cafe, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 19.

The event will be held at the All Ways to Recovery Community Center located at 14 Dormitory Dr. in Plattsburgh.

“Community Cafe is a particular style of facilitated community discussion,” said Laurie H. Booth-Trudo, North Country School Age Family and Community Engagement Center project director and professional development specialist, at the Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country, said.

“It's a way to bring members from a variety of roles and experience in a community together to talk about issues within the community. This is specifically focused on families that have been affected by the addiction crisis.”

The council is holding the cafe in partnership with the Champlain Valley Family Center.

“This is part of a larger parenting-education coalition that we are working with in Clinton County, which is a result of a grant we got to do this coalition work,” Booth-Trudo said.

The original grant came from New York State Parenting Education Partnership.

“They gave us a $5,000 grant for this coalition work, and there is more to the coalition than the cafes,” Booth-Trudo said.

“We also applied for additional funding from the Adirondack Foundation for part of this work. They gave us $5,000. They are another partner.”

Coalition partners include the Champlain Valley Family Center, Clinton County Department of Social Services, Clinton County Mental Health and Addiction Services, Behavioral Health Services North, Healthy Families Program, Adirondack Birth to Three Alliance, and the Child Care Coordinating Council.

“People need to register just because we need to plan numbers,” Booth-Trudo said.

Register by Friday, Nov. 15 by calling Courtney St. Pierre, at 518-561-4999 or email:

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