On Thursday, Neosho area residents will have the opportunity to learn what services are offered to them in times of trouble.
As part of the national Crime Victims' Rights Week, which runs April 21-27, the Missouri Probation and Parole Office, District 33, is hosting a Victim's Services Resource Fair.
The fair is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 25 at the Talkington Foundation, 209 N. Valley St. in Neosho.
"I would encourage the public to come and get information on what is out there and see what is available," said Laura Gulick of the Probation and Parole office. "If somebody is needing help and is in crisis this is also another place they can go."
The event will be set up similar to a business fair, with at least 10 different vendors setting up booths at the site.
Vendors include the Alliance of Southwest Missouri, Care.Net, CASA, Children's Center, Economic Security, Just in Case, Kelly Club, Lafayette House, the Newton County Health Department and the Ozark Center.
"Each organization is going to offer information about the services that they provide," Gulick said.
Gulick said a wide variety of services will be on display. While the Alliance of Southwest Missouri works in several areas of the community, she said one of their emphases is on making the community and stores aware of selling alcohol and tobacco to minors. Meanwhile, Care.Net, a local Neosho agency, works with pregnant women.
Gulick said this is the first year the Victim's Services Resource Fair has been held, though she hopes to make it an annual occurrence.
She said national Crime Victims' Rights Week is usually recognized with flowers planted in Big Spring Park, though, due to the cold weather, that has been postponed until May 17.
Gulick said it is important that those who have been affected by a crime are aware of what resources are available to them.
"It's very important that victims know these services are available," Gulick said. "Not only to victims but their families too because their families are also affected."