SCHRA breaks ground on the new Bedford County Early Head Start Center

November roared in with frigid temperatures, but they were not cold enough to stop SCHRA from breaking ground on what will be the new Bedford County Early Head Start site in Shelbyville.  Ron and his crew spent many hours prepping the area and getting it ready for tear down.  When everyone showed up on Friday, November 1st, they were greeted with a tract hoe ready to go to work.  Before the demolition started, Paul Rosson, Executive Director said a few words about what the new building would do for the community as well as explaining that the new building will be almost twice as big as the old building, have two new playgrounds and additional parking.  He also thanked Shelbyville Mayor, Wallace Cartwright for all of his help in procuring the site for the building as well as for his support for the program in general.  State Representative Pat Marsh, Mayor Cartwright and Bedford County Mayor Chad Graham all took their turn helping to start the tear down, handling the tract hoe like pros. 

This building was originally a Head Start site.  Due to dwindling program numbers in the County, the site was shut down at the end of the 2017 school year and the children that remained were moved to one of the other three centers in Bedford County.  Laurie and here entire staff are thrilled to have the opportunity to have this new Early Head Start site and have been working hard to bring this project to life.  The plan is to be ready to welcome the children and moms into the new site in time for the start of the 2020 school year.  They are also hoping to expand with an additional Early classroom as well as a Head Start classroom.


South Lawrence Head Start Grand Re-Opening

The South Central Human Resource Agency held a grand re-opening for the South Lawrence Head Start building on Thursday, October 24th.  State Representative Clay Doggett, County Executive T.R. Williams and SCHRA Board Member and County Commissioner Bert Spearman all entertained the children prior to the ceremony with book readings.  The South Lawrence Head Start building was previously home to the Iron City United Methodist Church which closed in June 1996.  The church allowed South Central Human Resource Agency and Head Start to lease the building beginning in June 2001.  On May 17, 2009, the Trustees of Iron City United Methodist Church deeded the building to the South Central Human Resource Agency Head Start Program.  There have been numerous renovations and improvements to the building that facilitate the continued support of the children and families in South Lawrence and Iron City.  The grand re-opening was to celebrate the new roof that was recently put on the building.  County Executive T.R. Williams read a proclamation for the re-opening reasserting the County’s support for the Head Start program and the families which it serves.  SCHRA Deputy Director Sara Brown was also in attendance for the grand re-opening and thanked the County for their continued support for the facility, the families and the children.


Lincoln County Recovery Court Celebrates 2nd Graduation

Lincoln County’s Recovery Court held its second graduation ceremony on October 31, 2019.   It may have been raining and cold outside but inside the United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, warmth and happiness is what was felt. Tony Patterson, Program Director, talked a few minutes about the men and women who were going to be honored. He told family and friends who were in attendance how these people were his hero’s and how they were going to be the change for those that come after them. He challenged them to be there to lift the community up and show others that this can be done, and they can be successful.   Each of the graduates then came forward to explain what allowed them to make it through the program. Jordan said that the program had offered him many chances to start over again saying “ I do not want to be the same person I was anymore”. He said it had been a long journey and he was grateful for the people there along the road. Edward told everyone that the program had given him the ability to deal with being overwhelmed and allowed him to get back on his feet. He said, “I took drug court because I wanted to be different.” Dustyn commented that he was glad that Recovery Court gave him a chance to be a better person adding, “the drugs never let me have as much fun as I have now clean and sober.”   Lincoln County General Sessions Judge Andy Myrick, who leads Recovery Court preceding’s, had the highest praise for these graduates saying, “this group has gone from being defendants to being friends and I am going to miss them”. He also spoke about the program saying that it is helping to stop the repeat offenders he sees coming through his courtroom and added that he was very glad to be able to add more names to the plaque and hopes to continue to add more names.   Recovery Court is a partnership between the Judge, District Attorney, Defense Attorney, the Probation Office and SCHRA Justice Services Department . This is an opportunity for those who find themselves with the choice of continuing on their path or voluntarily joining a program to turn their life around. Those allowed into the program must be a non-violent offender and show the partners they would be an appropriate candidate. The program strives to enhance public safety and improve the communities quality of life by addressing the needs of the non-violent offender giving them the treatment to become positive, responsible members of the community and gaining healthy, sober and productive lives.




LIHEAP Open Enrollment Begins October 1, 2019

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program will begin accepting applications for assistance on October 1st, 2019.  LIHEAP is designed to provide financial assistance to elderly, handicapped and low-income persons to help offset a portion of the cost of energy used to heat their homes.  Priority assistance is given to those with the lowest income.   If you are in need of assistance please contact your local Neighborhood Service Center to make an appointment to determine eligibility as well as required documents to receive assistance.  Information on each Neighborhood Service Center is on the map at the bottom of the website main page.

Ribbon Cutting for the new American Job Center at SCHRA

Even the rain could not dampen the great day today at South Central Human Resource Agency.  Fayetteville/Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce members joined employees at SCHRA and County Mayor Bill Newman for the official ribbon cutting for the newly opened Lincoln County American Job Center site located inside South Central Human Resource Agency.  This long awaited partnership between SCHRA and AJC is progressing through all 13 counties covered by SCHRA with the anticipated final offices opening by the beginning of October 2019.

Employment assistance has been an important aspect in helping those who are in need of other assistance available at SCHRA.  As the Agency’s motto states, “Helping People Help Themselves” this collaboration will do just that.  WIOA Director, Pamela Morris said “ when clients come in for assistance with LIHEAP or other services, we can now assist them in job placement and assistance.  This is not only for those unemployed but also those underemployed.  Gary (Gary Haile,  Lincoln County AJC Career Advisor) has connections with local companies needing to hire and he will be able to help those needing employment.”

The American Job Centers here at SCHRA are designed to provide a full range of assistance to job seekers under one roof.  Assistance includes access to employment, education, training and support services to succeed in the job market.  Job seekers who take advantage of these services receive a similar experience to what you would find with a recruitment agency, resume writer or career coach but without the cost.  Centers focus on placing individuals in quality jobs paying a living wage.  American Job Centers can connect with training programs in nearly every field and depending on circumstances some or all of the costs of training are covered from the Department of Labor.  There are also opportunities for employers as well.  Employers can utilize the centers for recruitment, candidate screening and more also at no cost.  This program is definitely a win-win all around.

For information about the employment assistance offered through SCHRA and the American Job Center in Lincoln County contact Gary Haile, Career Advisor at 931-433-7182, ext. 1195.


SCHRA Supports our County's Veterans Service Offices

SCHRA is proud  to support our Veterans and honored to support each county's Veterans Service Office.  This year we were able to turn that support into $2,000.00 assistance grants for each county's office.  This money, which comes from  Community Service Block Grant funding is able to be used by each county’s director as needed to support their county's veterans.  These directors know better than anyone exactly what their veterans need.  This money is able to be used for items such as transportation assistance to the VA, medical equipment such as walkers or shower chairs, groceries and crisis rental assistance among others.  We are thankful for all of our veterans service to our nation and are honored to be able to give direct assistance to those same veterans.

(Photos left to right: Marshall County VSO Director, Jeremy Moorehead and SCHRA Community Advocate Coordinator, Patricia Keenan, -- Hickman County VSO Director, Rick Humphrey and SCHRA CAC, Patricia Keenan and Coffee County Mayor, Gary Cordell, VSO Director, Gene Stillings and SCHRA CAC, Patricia Keenan)

County VSO Directors with SCHRA Community Advocate Coordinator Patricia Keenan


(Photos from left to right Franklin County Mayor David Alexander, VSO Service Officer Michelle Stovall and SCHRA CAC Patricia Keenan;  Moore County Mayor Bonnie Lewis and SCHRA CAC Patricia Keenan;  Bedford County Mayor Chad Graham, Director of Finance Robert Daniel, VSO Administrator Pamela Roberson and SCHRA CAC Patricia Keenan)


(photos from left to right: SCHRA CAC Patricia Keenan and Giles County Veterans Service Officer Barry Alsup; SCHRA CAC Patricia Keenan and Lincoln County Veterans Service Officer Terry Quick)



Photo below: SCHRA CAC Patricia Keenan, Maury County Veterans Services Director Gabriel Wren, Maury County Veterans Services Officer Jay Ramaswamy and Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles                                                


 Photo below: SCHRA CAC Patricia Keenan, Wayne County Veterans Services Officer John Allen Berry, Wayne County Mayor Jim Mangubat and Tennessee Congressman Dr. Mark Green


Photo below left: SCHRA Community Advocate Patricia Keenan and Perry County Veteran Service Officer Kenny Belew; below right: Lewis County Mayor Jonah Keltner, SCHRA Community Advocate Patricia Keenan, Lewis County Veterans Service Officer Richie Brewer and Lewis County Commissioner Nathan Kelly












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South Central Human Resource Agency’s mission is to provide low income individuals and communities access to educational, economic, nutritional, and social services that promote and encourage self-reliance through our partnerships with local, state and federal resources.