As a misdemeanor section supervisor with the Gregg County Community Supervision and Corrections Department (Adult Probation), Mrs. Susan Ellison serves a vital role as a board member with the Parenting Resource Center. The mission of this non-profit agency is to strengthen families by encouraging and educating parents in their efforts to raise healthy, responsible, and self-confident children. The agency strives to offer programs that support and encourage parents in order to make positive changes in their family.
“Many of the clients who take parenting classes are court ordered,” Mrs. Ellison said, “I help serve as a liaison between the courts, the probation department, and the staff at the Parenting Resource Center.”
As with any non-profit agency, funds are needed to insure the continued availability of this parent education program in our community. The Parenting Resource Center plans to hold its first fundraising golf tournament on Saturday, October 12, at Wood Hollow Golf Club. Mrs. Ellison encourages the community to come out in support. The four-person scramble will have a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start.
“These parent education programs have been offered in our community for more than 20 years, but this is our first fundraiser,” Mrs. Ellison said.
In addition to her commitment to the Parenting Resource Center, Mrs. Ellison volunteers with Partners in Prevention by serving on the steering committee and the mentoring advisory board. She is also a mentor at Spring Hill High School through the Forever Friends program.
“I believe everyone has gifts and we can all find ways to use those gifts in our community,” Mrs. Ellison said. “The relationships that develop as a result make our community stronger and bless us individually.”
Born in Nacogdoches, Texas, Mrs. Ellison has lived in Longview for 34 years. She graduated from Lufkin High School and earned her bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University, also in Nacogdoches. Mrs. Ellison and her husband, Dale, have been married 38 years and have two adult sons and four grandchildren. They attend First Christian Church, where Mrs. Ellison has served as an elder and general board chair, and is an active member of the Chancel Choir and Chancel Bells.
“Longview has been a wonderful home for us to raise our sons, pursue our careers, and find ways to get involved,” Mrs. Ellison said. “We love our church family and the other organizations that we’ve been privileged to be a part of. Many cherished friendships from these activities continue to enrich our lives.”
For additional information on the Parenting Resource Center and the upcoming golf tournament, please call 903-753-7800, or visit www.parentingresourcecenter.org.