2017-11-01 / Front Page

Resource Fair a great success!

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor


A large crowd of citizens attended the Resource Fair held on Oct. 26th at the J.C. Douglas Agricultural Center. The event was co-sponsored by the Jenkins County Family Enrichment Center and the CSRA Equal Opportunity Authority, Inc. 
(Photos contributes) A large crowd of citizens attended the Resource Fair held on Oct. 26th at the J.C. Douglas Agricultural Center. The event was co-sponsored by the Jenkins County Family Enrichment Center and the CSRA Equal Opportunity Authority, Inc. (Photos contributes) Numerous services are available to low-income citizens of Jenkins County, but some may not be aware that there is help available. In an effort to combat this problem, the Jenkins County Family Enrichment Center (JCFEC) co-sponsored a Resource Fair with the CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority, Inc. (CSRA EOA)

The event took place at the J.C. Douglas Agricultural Center on Oct. 26th with approximately 12 vendors and a large crowd of citizens in attendance.

Those attending were able to obtain information on various programs offered by JCFEC and the CSRA EOA for which they may qualify.

JCFEC, a non-profit organization, was incorporated in January of 2000 with a mission to operate as a countywide organization that provides planning, leadership, coordination, implementation, and supervision needed to improve the well being and quality of life for all children, youth and families in Jenkins County. The organization collaborates with the local school system, CSRA EOA Head Start, Jenkins County Adult Learning Center, Jenkins County Chamber of Commerce, BI-LO, University of Georgia Extension Service and other community partners.


Numerous vendors set up booths at the Resource Fair to provide information on services available to those in attendance. Numerous vendors set up booths at the Resource Fair to provide information on services available to those in attendance. JCFEC currently houses many federally funded programs including: Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF), Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) and Youth Development Program, Family Connection headquarters, Golden Harvest Food Pantry, Department of Public Health (DPH), Car Seat Program and Salvation Army Energy Assistance Crisis location.

An average of 16 families with young children is served through the PSSF on a monthly basis and an average of 150 students, 6th-8th grades, receive services through the SRA Youth Development Program. The Golden Harvest Food Pantry provides nutritious food to an average of 40 families per month and the DPH Car Seat Program provides four car seats per month to families with young children at no cost.

The CSRA EOA’s mission statement is stated as “Leveraging resources, empowering people, and advocating to alleviate poverty in the CSRA.” Programs offered by the CSRA EOA, a non-profit organization, address such issues as housing services/shelters, rent/ utilities, employment, food, health counseling and transportation.

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