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SENIOR SCENE: Forming partnerships

OPINION by Janie Smith - Helping Others at Jackson House | April 25, 2021 at 4:00 a.m.
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Jackson House partners with churches, agencies, foundations, individuals, schools, nonprofits, restaurants, businesses and county, city and state agencies to meet the needs of our community.

Grants, shared resource agreements, and co-planning allows the resources of the community to reach the highest numbers possible. Outreach and promotion of services and resources available is an integral process to reach those in need.

Flexibility is also a necessity. People's needs change daily and those who need help change daily. Reaching them is an ongoing process. Concerned neighbors call with people in need; also pastors, teachers, employers, co-workers, friends, acquaintances, family, etc., call. Resources have to reach them all. Jackson House has to be reactive to meet the need.

This past month included disabled elderly homeless people in need, working families, veterans, children, and others. A 92-year-old veteran found himself out of food without a means to get any. He had been isolating in fear of becoming sick. Jackson House determined his needs and delivered, no-contact, to his porch. Due to partnerships, doubled amounts of food and a wider variety were available meeting his nutritional needs.

Together is how we serve those in need. Every dollar, every item, every person counts. Visit http://www.Jacksonhouse.org for information and to donate. Also, visit @JacksonHouseHotSprings on Facebook. Donations and volunteers needed and appreciated. Call 501-623-4048.

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