Ruckel Middle School Guidance Resource Page

Community resources are available for parents and students.
Click here for more details.

Email your counselors for assistance
Families with last names A-K HereL-Z Here

Title IX Newsletter April 2021
Housing Assistance Resources
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Do you need help finding FOOD for your family?
Visit the Feeding the Gulf Coast website for help.
Phone: (888) 704-FOOD(3663) or 2-1-1
Text: "FLKIDSMEALS" to 211-211 or "FOOD" to 877-877
to find Emergency Summer Meals sites
for children 18 and under

Catholic Charities Food Assistance Programs
Flyer HERE

Need help with expenses?
State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program provides one-time rental assistance to eligible Okaloosa County residents who have experienced loss of income, reduction in hours, or unemployment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic only.
Visit this link for more details.
St Mary Outreach open Thursday by appointment.
Call 850-435-3534. No walk-ins. See flyer here
New office in the Catholic Charities building
11 First Street SE
Fort Walton Beach, FL

Emergency Rental and Utility Assistance for low-income households

The U.S. Treasury has awarded Okaloosa County $6.36 million in emergency rental and utility assistance for low-income households experiencing COVID-19 financial hardships. Beginning April 6, 2021, to ensure a successful economic recovery in our area, grant assistance is becoming available for rent, rent arrears, late fees, utilities and utility arrears.
This program is available to renters within Okaloosa County with a household income of 80% or below of the Area Median Family Income (AMI) adjusted for household size. An application for rental and utility assistance may be submitted online at by an eligible tenant or landlord on behalf of the eligible tenant.
"Our community has faced and overcome many challenges in the past year," said Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners Chairman, Carolyn Ketchel. "While our local economy is strong, we recognize that this grant will fill an unmet need for those who are still struggling."
Funding is available for past-due rental and utility assistance from April 2020 to the present. Visit to learn more about eligibility, required documents, application assistance and to apply online. Funds will be distributed to landlords and utility providers. Apply soon as awards are made on a first qualified, first assisted basis. Applications are open until December 31, 2021 or until funds are exhausted. For additional information, please call 850-460-3316 or email
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Helping Children and Families Cope with the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a difficult and stressful time for children and families around the world. To help children and families cope with the mental health effects of the pandemic, we are sharing this interactive guide with resilience-enhancing strategies designed for an adult to work on together with a child 6-12 years of age.
Download your free copy HERE.

Online Resources available for students and families:

Mental and Emotional Health Resource List

Substance Use and Abuse Resource List

Internet Safety/Child Trafficking Prevention Resource List

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The Okaloosa County School District wants to share important resources regarding
the Coronavirus and information regarding keeping children healthy.

Visit the OCSD information page HERE Read Parent Letter HEREHand washing tips HERE

Your Guidance Office

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Laura Long

Guidance Counselor
Students with last name A to K

Debbie Miller

Social Worker

Brenda Runge

Guidance Secretary

Kim Jenkins
Guidance Secretary

Jamie Perry

Jamie Perry

Guidance Counselor
Students with last name L to Z

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Last Updated August 5, 2021