Among the many changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, a few positive ones occurred. For one, the Heard County Food Pantry underwent a significant transformation: it moved to a new location. The new location, on the back corner of the Heard County Health Department building, allowed for drive-through service of patrons and provided ample space for growth. Leaders at the Heard County Community Partnership (HCCP), the administrative agency for the Heard County Food Pantry, saw this available space as an opportunity to turn an idea into a reality.
The formation of a community resource center has been part of conversations among HCCP partners for several years, but the right location had never been identified. But adjacent to the new food pantry lies an expansive hall with office space perfectly suited to house community partners. With the support of the HCCP Executive Board and the Hospital Authority Board (owners of the building), HCCP leased this additional space for the purpose of placing service providers that will serve Heard County residents from a new community resource center.
Agreements have been signed with Carroll County-based Pregnancy Resource Center (PRC) and Community Action for Improvement (CAFI) to provide services weekly at the Heard County Resource Center. PRC will provide baby care supplies to pregnant women and new moms in need during food pantry distribution hours on Fridays from 8:30 to noon. They will serve their patrons in the same drive-through line as the food pantry, and patrons can receive goods from both organizations (some restrictions apply for food pantry distributions). PRC, which already serves Heard County residents at its Carrollton office, is excited to expand to serve women locally and familiarize them with the many services they provide.
Troup County-based Community Action for Improvement (CAFI) will begin holding energy assistance appointments for eligible Heard County residents ages 65 and older beginning in November, and all eligible residents beginning in December. Appointments will be held in person one day a week during the program period, but the appointment must be scheduled online at https://cafi.timetap.com/
For more information on these programs, please visit their respective websites:
Pregnancy Resource Center: pregnancyrc.com
Community Action for Improvement: cafi-ga.org
There is one open office available in the Community Resource Center. If your non-profit or service organization serves clients in Heard County and would like a local space on a part-time basis, HCCP would love to discuss a partnership with you. Reach out via email to email@example.com or call 706-302-9776.