Union Pacific helps fund child welfare project

Jessica McCallister with the Department of Human Services Child Welfare receives a check from Brock Nelson with Union Pacific Foundation.<BR><I>Contributed photo</I>

Jessica McCallister, a social services specialist with the Department of Human Services Child Welfare, recently received a check in the amount of $5,920 from Brock Nelson, of the Union Pacific Foundation.

McCallister participated as the primary researcher and writer for a grant that was proposed to the foundation last summer.

Originally written as an assignment by McCallister and a team of writers including from the University of Phoenix, Arizona, they were encouraged to pursue funding for it.

Last fall, Altrusa International of Hermiston participated in a renovation project of the family visitation rooms.

The funds from the Union Pacific Foundation will be used for the outside visitation area to include new toys, a ping pong table and age-appropriate games.

Some funds will be set aside to provide outside visitation recreation including options of families attending visitations at the Hermiston Family Aquatic Center and the Hat Rock Recreation Area.

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