Jason A. Christopher
FRC should stay
Does everyone know the resources we have for struggling families here in Athens?
Using a grant from the Annie B. Casey foundation to determine how to improve social services delivery in the state of Alabama and improve the ability for families to become self sufficient, a study group made the recommendation — with former Gov. Bob Riley’s approval — to establish the Family Resource Center.
The business model of the study recommended that city/county/local community provide a location and operation support, and then the community/grants/ etc., provide the costs for salaries and operations.
Limestone County has been most gracious to provide line-item funding for this operating budget — $20,000 each year since it started. What is being considered to stop is the provision of our building rent and utilities, which has been provided by the county since 2006.
I heard all these interesting facts, and understand that our own Stanley Menefee is the one in charge of removing this provision. Say it isn’t so, Stanley. Surely, we are not turning a blind eye to our own poor.
A group of women at the Presbyterian church have committed to pray that Mr. Menefee will experience a change of heart and care again about the poor in Athens.