The Cherokee County Housing Council of East Texas Human Needs Network (ETHNN) has organized a community work day for Saturday, March 21, 2020. The group has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Smith County to complete repairs on three homes that have been selected as part of the ReHabitat Program in Cherokee County. The Neighbors Helping Neighbors Community Work Day event will include painting, landscaping and other repairs to the selected homes.

Habitat for Humanity of Smith County’s ReHabitat Program enables seniors, veterans, and other low-income families to remain in their homes by completing critical health and/or safety repairs. The program has expanded to Cherokee County thanks in part to grants from USDA and the Veterans Administration.

The Housing Council is asking individuals or groups in the community to volunteer for the work day on March 21st. Those interested in volunteering can call the First United Methodist Church Jacksonville (FUMC Jacksonville) at 903-586-2494. Registration will begin at 8:00 am at FUMC Jacksonville; with volunteers dispersed to work sites by 9:00 am. The day will end with a wrap up celebration at FUMC Jacksonville. Work tools will be supplied thanks to FUMC Jacksonville Youth Ministries or volunteers can bring their own. Bringing a pair of work gloves is recommended.

A lite breakfast and lunch will be provided to all volunteers. According to Letitia Horace, an event organizer “All volunteers are welcome and there will be something for everyone to do who is interested in helping.” Ms. Horace further states “according to a 2016 and a 2019 community needs assessment completed by ETHNN in Cherokee county, one of the top housing needs identified is home repair particularly for our low-income seniors and families.” The workday is the first for the group but hope to plan future work days throughout the year.

ETHNN’s mission is individuals and organizations working together for strengthened programs, connection, and improved awareness of services that meet essential human needs. The Cherokee County participants of ETHNN meet the second Friday of each month, noon, at Trinity Episcopal Church, Jacksonville Texas. Information about ETHNN and the Housing Council of Cherokee County can be found at www.ethnn.org.

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