Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Meeting Family Needs in Rural Areas

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Meeting Family Needs in Rural Areas

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Community Collaboration

In small communities, rural areas, and in low population areas, collaboration allows community leaders and agencies to focus on an issue, identify volunteers and resources, solve a problem, then move on to the next challenge. When many of the businesses are "mom and pop" operations, when the library and the county extension office are recognized sources of information, and when the governing bodies of the city and county meet only twice a month, time is a valuable resource.

When the Mississippi Department of Human Services had a grant available to fund a Families First Center, community leaders interested in providing services to families in need of parenting, budgeting, and nutrition skills, came together to identify the "touch points" in the community that would enable them to secure the grant. Even though the state had budget constraints, the center was funded for the year. The successes during the year allowed time for the worth of the project to become known in the community and for building a base of support for continued resources and political support. …

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