Haywood Helps schedules next community meeting

Apr 15, 2014
Nick Honerkamp, senior pastor at New Covenant Church, will discuss progress with the housing subcommittee of the anti-poverty effort in Haywood. The group is working on a way to use the former state prison in Hazelwood for both emergency and transitional housing.

The anti-poverty effort under way in the county now has a name, a website and the date for the next communitywide meeting.

The technology committee under the leadership of Michael Rich is working on the final details of a website, haywoodhelps.org, that will connect all the entities in the county involved in fighting poverty, whether it is a church, a nonprofit organization or a government agency.

The site will be a way for helping agencies to stay abreast of what resources are available where to better help those with a specific problem.

“There are a lot of resources in this county,” said Patsy Dowling, executive director of Mountain Projects, Inc. “This will help provide a way to connect all the pieces.”

At the next community meeting of Haywood Helps, to be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at the Haywood Senior Resources Center, all subcommittees will present progress updates.

This will include Rich’s technology subcommittee, Perry Hines, executive director of the Open Door, who chairs the emergency services subcommittee; Nick Honerkamp, senior pastor at New Covenant Church, who head of the housing committee and Vicki Hyatt, editor of The Mountaineer, who chairs the social enterprise committee.

Any individual or organization interested in becoming part of the effort that targets the root causes of poverty and finds ways to provide a hand up, not a handout, is urged to attend the next meeting.

“Hopefully at the May 15 meeting, we can share what’s been put together so far, hear from the community where the missing pieces are and then put energy into filling the gaps,” said Honerkamp.

“If we define the problems, I think we can find the resources,” said Dowling.

To get more information on the effort, contact Honerkamp at nhonerkamp@gmail.com or Dowling at pdowling@mountainprojects.org.


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