A decade of outreach

Published: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 09:37 AM.

But to rehab 600 houses, to serve those coming to the Resource Center located on Peters Street in Port St. Joe, the organization heavily relies on volunteer labor to do much of the heavy lifting.

“We saw a need in this community to help the elderly and those on fixed incomes,” Burkett said. “Primarily, we wanted to help keep them in their homes. I think we fly under the radar.

“Our organization is not only helping people … but we contribute to the economy. The money is spent locally. We help local residents.”

As the organization has bloomed, its reach has extended, from exclusively Port St. Joe to now serving folks from Wewahitchka to Mexico Beach and places in between.

Between November 2012 and June 2013 the Community Resource Center has assisted 220 families with utility bills, referred 50 people to the First Methodist Church Care Closet for clothes and referred 25 people to the Lions Club for eye care.

The Center has cooperative relationships with the Gulf County Health Department and Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf in identifying medical care for the needy, according to Midge Askew, an emergency assistance coordinator at the Community Resource Center.

“We have been very successful working with the community to find furniture and appliances for those in need,” she added.

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