Friday, August 21, 2009

Huge turnout for Home Repair and Energy "Connect" Event

The final numbers are not in but several hundred citizens showed up to find out what programs might help, then signed up for assistance. An early count showed 67 applications for the Community Action Partnership of North Alabama's weatherization program, 37 ramp-build projects with the Habitat for Humanity's "Brush of Kindness", several paint jobs, two home ownership applications and so much more. The event coordinated by Independent Living Resources - Walker Office was supported by this Foundation, Walker County Community Action, Community Action Partnership of North Alabama, M4A (Area Aging), Kid One Transport, and the American Red Cross - Walker Office. Hundreds were registered in and more news will be forthcoming. It was our first attempt at "one-stop" assistance. Trecia Benefield and the Red Cross Volunteers have made a huge difference in many folks lives. Well Done!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Congressman Adeholt visit Bankhead House & Heritage Center

Congressman Robert Aderholt visited the Bankhead House & Heritage Center last week to check on the progress. Pictured (l-r) Cong. Robert Aderholt, John T. Oliver, Jr., Cristy Moody, Paul Kennedy.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Walker County Home Repair and Energy Conservation Event

Dear Pastor;

RE: Walker County Home Repair and Energy Conservation Event

Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan in response to the question "who is my neighbor?" We have become increasingly aware of many of our neighbors right next door in our community whose homes are in desperate need of repair and cannot find the resources to fix them.

Our goal is to help our brothers and sisters with needed home repairs, which will qualify them for the governmental assistance to have their homes weatherized. We can have a major impact in providing safe habitable dwellings, affordable utility bills and self-sufficiency.

On August 20, 2009 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Community Health Systems Activity Center (204 19th Street East, Jasper) our community will be coming together to learn more about funding that is available for qualifying individuals to renovate and weatherize their homes, and what we can do to help. We would love to join hands and hearts with you as we reach out to our brothers and sisters in this important mission. We ask that you forward this information to your congregation. And if needed, to provide transportation to our event as well as assist with filling out forms.

As Joshua 22:3 says, "For a long time now—to this very day—you have not deserted your brothers but have carried out the mission the LORD your God gave you." Let us not desert our brothers and sisters—truly our neighbors—as this passage tells us. Let us carry on the mission God has given to us all.

For information or to learn more about volunteer opportunities please contact

Trecia C. Benefield Independent Living Resources (205)387-0159x 101