The “Gathering” brings church volunteers together
More than 40 attendees from various Louisa County churches attended the “Gathering” at the Louisa County Public Library on Monday. The event was hosted by the Faith in ACTION committee of the Louisa County Interagency Council.
Lin Kogle, Faith in ACTION chairperson, opened the meeting with the committee’s mission, “To identify ways to improve communications between agencies and residents through churches and to provide ways for churches to share information and maximize limited resources.”
Joy Dickens, committee member, spoke about the process used by Goshen Baptist Association to evaluate potential clients and thereby provide assistance to low-income and elderly folks who need it the most. She explained the need for items in good, working condition for use by RuraLove’s ministries. Items needed include large appliances, toaster ovens, beds, dressers and linens.
An overview of food programs was presented by Donna Isom and Sandy Shenton of the Louisa Resource Council. Shenton discussed the summer food program for children, which provides easy to prepare meals for kids in need.
Jo Olson of Piedmont Housing Alliance, talked about financial management education and mortgage assistance programs for income-qualified first time home buyers.
A summary of services provided by Louisa County Department of Human Services (DHS) was provided by Lisa Rengers, VIEW counselor. Susan Fletcher, committee member, shared a WalMart list of prescription drugs that can be obtained at a very reasonable price; lists are available at Walmart stores.
Karen Davis, Jaunt manager, presented an overview of transportation offerings, including Jaunt service; RideShare, a carpooling service, that also provides “Guaranteed Ride Home” in the case of an emergency; and Logisticare’s Medicaid patient transportation. The Rev. John Miller, Goshen Baptist Association, told the group about the Reentry Council effort to help men when they are released from the Central Virginia Regional Jail. Mentors are needed to provide guidance and resource information for these folks and their families.
A Quick Guide to Louisa resources was identified as one of the most valuable handouts, and attendees requested that the committee organize more “Gatherings” in the future. For a copy of the Quick Guide, contact Volunteers of Louisa at (540) 967-6095 and for information about the Faith in ACTION committee, contact Lin Kogle (540) 894-0239.