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At the Rural Center: Policies and Procedures

October 2006
By: Dinah Monahan
We just received our ultrasound machine through the Focus on the Family Option Ultrasound Program (OUP). A big part of the process was to review our existing Policies and Procedures and to write new ones for the medical program. Our P&P book went from thirty pages to one-half inch thick!When I start...
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At the Rural Center: Finding Grants

April 2006
By: Dinah Monahan
For many rural center directors, the idea of writing grants seems too overwhelming. They feel they have to hire a grant writer. This is true of the large federal and state grants, but not of corporate or foundation grants. The question I often hear is, "Where do I find these grants?" The truth is, t...
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At the Rural Center: Meth--Rural America's Scourge

January 2006
By: Dinah Monahan
When you think of rural America, you think of slower living, friendly neighbors, and tight-knit communities. While all of this is true, rural America now has one other distinction—a tragic and frightening one—methamphetamines. These drugs, unlike all of the others, started and took hold in rural com...
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At the Rural Center: The CLIA Certificate of Waiver

October 2005
By: Dinah Monahan
Directors of rural centers have to be jacks-of-all-trades. We counsel, train, plan, write proposals, and clean toilets. Add to those tasks the need to stay on top of state and federal requirements, and it all can be a bit dizzying. So we may let some things slip. Getting a CLIA certificate of waiver...
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At the Rural Center: Getting New Volunteers

April 2005
By: Dinah Monahan
Recently I was talking to a rural center director who was sharing her concerns about the lack of volunteers. "People seem interested when I talk to them," she said, "but they never come in." I think every center can relate to that. Compounding that problem, many centers don't adequately follow up wh...
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At the Rural Center: The Community Reinvestment Act

January 2005
By: Dinah Monahan
I had heard many times that banks were required by law to give some money back to their communities. A few months ago, I had lunch at a friend's home. Another couple was visiting from out of town. The husband, Larry Seedig, was genuinely interested in our ministry. He asked if our center got Communi...
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At the Rural Center

October 2004
By: Dinah Monahan
Technology. Most of us have a love-hate relationship with it. In our rural center, anything more complicated than an electric pencil sharpener is a mystery to us! Web sites, on-line credit card capabilities, and auto-charge and auto-check donations were things I thought were only for large centers.A...
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At the Rural Center

April 2004
By: Dinah Monahan
A young wife prepared to cook her first roast. Her husband, watching her, inquired why she had cut off the end before she put the roast into the pan. "I'm not sure," said the wife. "My mom always did it that way."She called her mother and asked her. Her mom replied, "I cut off the end of the roast b...
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