A plan to help families in need, going from crisis to career, will be launched in Greene County, an official said Friday.
Shauna Hitt, who began working with the project March 1, said the 100 Families Initiative is part of a statewide group called Restore Hope Arkansas.
The group began work in 2016 and was established by former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson. The goal of 100 Families is to help reduce recidivism rates and the need for foster care in the state, using a community-based approach.
The initiative has been implemented in other counties around the state, including Sebastian and White counties.
Locally, Hitt said the initiative will help people who may be in crisis whether it be housing, food insecurity or another issue. She said the initiative will also create a “one-stop” place for people to get the help they may need.
The initiative will also use community resources to help people, Hitt said.
“100 Families is a community led initiative to help families move from crisis to career using existing community resources by engaging community partners in an alliance. 100 Families is an initiative under Restore Hope, which aims to reduce the rate of incarceration and the need for foster care through a community approach,” Hitt said. “At 100 Families, we want to bridge the gap from community resources and families seeking help. The family is served by the community not just one agency.”
The Greene County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Coalition has been working on the 100 Families Initiative project for some time.
Coalition officials said in early March that they are working to get a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax status to help with funding projects like the 100 Families initiative. The coalition is also working with Restore Hope Arkansas to get grants in the county.
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