CANYON CITY - Linda Harrington has been named director of Families First of Grant County Inc., whose mission is to be an information, resource, referral agency for the community, especially parents and children.

Harrington has been involved in management of several private and non-profit agencies and organizations. She is a certified schoolteacher and served as Douglas County director of Youth Services Outreach, deputy director of the ManPower Program job training and Western Youth Ranch board member. She moved to Grant County in 1995 and has actively volunteered on local boards and committees including, but not limited to, the Grant County Chamber of Commerce, Commission on Children and Families, Friends of the Prairie City Depot and Museum, and executive director of the Upper John Day Community Development Corporation, now known as G.R.E.A.T. Harrington also operates the Strawberry Mountain Inn, Bed and Breakfast at Prairie City where she is an active member of the Greater Prairie City Community Association, which she co-founded and served as president. She has two children and six grandchildren.

Families First, a private, non-profit organization, seeks to connect families through a network of community resources focused on child care and safety issues, and offers a wide variety of parenting workshops and classes focused on youth - newborns to teenagers. Community members with interests or skills to share are invited to visit the office in the Guernsey Building, 120 S. Washington St., or call Harrington at 575-1006.  

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