UCHRA serves 2,644 individuals in Pickett County
by: COLBY WHEELER, Community Outreach / Resource Development Technician
‚ÄúDuring the past year, Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency‚Äôs Pickett County Office has provided services to 2,644 individuals with $1,227,696 being spent in the County. The UCHRA programs addresses the needs of all ages and has a positive impact on the residents in Pickett County,‚ÄĚ stated County Executive/Mayor Johnie Neal.
The UCHRA provides services to the residents in the fourteen county Upper Cumberland Area through more than 68 programs supported by federal, state, and local dollars. The mission of the Agency is to assist individuals in moving from ‚Äėdependence to independence‚Äô.
‚ÄúThe Agency ‚Äėdelivers hope‚Äô to approximately 166,000 individuals, annually, and continuously strives to make each of the Upper Cumberland Counties the best place possible to work, live, and retire,‚ÄĚ said Phyllis Bennett, Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency Executive Director.
In Pickett County, approximately 27% of the dollars expended last year supported the following services: 12,169 nutritional meals were provided through the nutrition program for older persons and other adults with disabilities; and the commodities food program distributed food to 735 eligible individuals to be used to prepare meals at home. Three UCHRA transportation vehicles provided 8,597 trips to over 247 households enabling these individuals to go to the doctor, medical facilities, grocery and drug stores, and other business locations in the County. The 14 county UCHRA transportation program runs approximately 2,818,617 miles in a given program year and the miles traveled transporting Pickett County residents to and from locations in the County accounts for approximately 6% of those miles.
‚ÄúFrom the local volunteers to the dedicated staff, UCHRA has been an important part of our community for a long time, and I am certain they will be for years to come,‚ÄĚ said Chris Thompson, Byrdstown City Mayor.
‚ÄúThe Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency appreciates the work of the City and County officials in Pickett County, the Pickett County Advisory Committee for the UCHRA, and the UCHRA Pickett County Office Staff. This team of local leaders, interested businesses and citizens makes it possible to provide quality services to the residents of Pickett County,‚ÄĚ said Bennett.
For further information about services available through the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency please contact UCHRA‚Äôs Pickett County Office at (931) 864-6540 located at 105 South Main Street, Room 6, Byrdstown, TN 38549.