Head Start Centers Closed. Central Office to Open at Noon.

The weather forecast shows winter storms on Friday, December 8, 2017.  To insure the safety of our students, clients and staff, all Hinds County Human Resource Agency Head Start Centers, Neighborhood Service Centers and satellite offices will be closed today.  Central Office, located at 258 Maddox Road, will open at noon, unless it is determined unsafe to do so.  If there are any changes, updates will be posted here on our website.

Parents, volunteers and staff participating in Phase III Training should report to Central Office as scheduled.  If there is any change in plans, we will be sure to post announcements here on our website.  Continue to check back for further updates.

Join the Global #GivingTuesday Movement Today, November 28, 2017. Support HCHRA, Help Families in Hinds County.

Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) is a part of the #GivingTuesday movement, and we ask you to join us in our commitment to helping families, especially this holiday season.

Occurring this year on November 28, #GivingTuesday is held each year on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.).  We have two days for getting deals – Black Friday and Cyber Monday.  On #GivingTuesday, we have a day for giving back to a charity or cause in which we believe.  We hope that you will choose HCHRA.

For forty years, HCHRA’s mission has been to empower disadvantaged Hinds County citizens to become self-reliant and realize their full potential.  For each and every family it serves, HCHRA takes a comprehensive approach to identify the causes and effects of poverty in the home.  The agency then works in partnership with the family to develop a plan and opportunities to overcome the barriers they face.  “Our mission is grand, it’s large in scope,” explains HCHRA President & CEO Kenn Cockrell.  “But before we can place someone on the path to attaining higher education or improving work skills to attain a better way of life, we often have to address the most basic human needs, such as food, lights and running water,” he said.

HCHRA offers a range of programs and services year-round to help move families out of poverty to self-sufficiency.  The holiday season, however, seems to come with an increased need for safe housing, food and utility payment assistance.  Participating in #GivingTuesday provides HCHRA with a platform to encourage giving, especially at such a critical time.  HCHRA uses the funds it receives from private donors to secure additional funds to expand its reach and help provide more home-delivered meals to seniors and persons with disabilities, greater access to transportation services and increased routes in rural communities where no transportation services exists, and the best education and development program available to low-income children.

Please consider giving to HCHRA on today, #GivingTuesday.  Your gift will help HCHRA provide families who live in poverty in Hinds County with greater opportunities to succeed in life.

Information about HCHRA’s programs and services can be found here on our website.  You can also call 601-923-1838.  Those interested in joining HCHRA’s #GivingTuesday initiative can visit hchra.org/community-partners/giving-opportunities.

About HCHRA
HCHRA is a public, non-profit community action agency dedicated to helping families and strengthening communities.  For 40 years, HCHRA has built its solid reputation in eradicating poverty by empowering disadvantaged Hinds County citizens to become self-reliant and realize their full potential.  Through Head Start, Early Head Start, congregate and home-delivered meals, home energy assistance, rural transportation, case management, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and Earned Income Tax Credit Programs, HCHRA continues to improve the conditions of children, families, single adults, the elderly and citizens with disabilities throughout Hinds County.

About #GivingTuesday
#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. This year, #GivingTuesday falls on November 28. #GivingTuesday harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners
to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. It inspires people to take collective action to improve their communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they believe in, and help create a better world. #GivingTuesday demonstrates how every act of generosity counts, and that they mean even more when we give together.

Website: www.givingtuesday.org
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday
Twitter: twitter.com/GivingTues

It’s Cyber Monday! Get Amazing Deals on AmazonSmile and Support HCHRA Just by Shopping


It’s Cyber Monday!  It’s one of the busiest shopping days of the year offering some of the best holiday deals.

This is a reminder that you can shop on AmazonSmile at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/64-0577821 and enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com, while making a contribution to Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA).

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon.  The difference is when you and your family and friends shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to HCHRA.

To get started, just visit smile.amazon.com/ch/64-0577821 and begin shopping.  If you’ve shopped on Amazon before, log in with your usual sign-in info.  If you’re new to Amazon, create an account and begin shopping thousands of items at low prices, while making a contribution to HCHRA.

When first visiting AmazonSmile, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, you must first select a charitable organization.  The easiest way to select HCHRA is to copy and paste https://smile.amazon.com/ch/64-0577821 in your web browser, and you should see our organization’s name on the screen.

Anytime you shop on Amazon throughout the year, be sure to log on to AmazonSmile and select HCHRA as your charitable organization of choice.  Every donation we receive helps us to do more for the families and communities we serve.

Happy shopping!

For more information about AmazonSmile, visit smile.amazon.com.

HCHRA Will Close at Noon on Tuesday, November 21st

All Hinds County Human Resource Agency offices will close at noon on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, for staff development activities, and will be closed through Friday, November 24th in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

All offices and Head Start centers will reopen on Monday, November 27th at their usual and normal time of operations.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Hinds County Human Resource Agency.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Are Almost Here! Shop on AmazonSmile, Benefit HCHRA

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two of the busiest shopping days of the year. Visit AmazonSmile at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/64-0577821 and enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com, while making a contribution to Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA).

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon.  The difference is when you and your family and friends shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to HCHRA.

To get started, just visit smile.amazon.com/ch/64-0577821 and begin shopping.  If you’ve shopped on Amazon before, log in with your usual sign-in info.  If you’re new to Amazon, create an account and begin shopping thousands of items at low prices, while making a contribution to HCHRA.

When first visiting AmazonSmile, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization. In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, you must first select a charitable organization.  The easiest way to select HCHRA is to copy and paste https://smile.amazon.com/ch/64-0577821 in your web browser, and you should see our organization’s name on the screen.

Anytime you shop on Amazon throughout the year, be sure to log on to AmazonSmile and select HCHRA as your charitable organization of choice.  Every donation we receive helps us to do more for the families and communities we serve.

Happy shopping!

For more information about AmazonSmile, visit smile.amazon.com.

Shop for Your Holiday Gifts on AmazonSmile and Amazon Will Make a Donation to HCHRA

#StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/64-0577821 for your holiday gifts and Amazon will make a donation to Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA).

November is officially the start of the holiday season. That means a lot of shopping for gifts, decorations, and a whole lot more.

Visit smile.amazon.com/ch/64-0577821 and shop for all of your holiday gifts.  At smile.amazon.com/ch/64-0577821, you’ll enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices and convenient shopping features as on amazon.com, while making a contribution to Hinds County Human Resource Agency.

AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon.  The difference is when you and your family and friends shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to Hinds County Human Resource Agency.

To start shopping, click here on AmazonSmile, or copy and paste the following link in your web browser: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/64-0577821

If you’ve shopped on Amazon before, visit https://smile.amazon.com/ch/64-0577821 and log in with your usual sign-in info.  If you’re new to Amazon, create an account and begin shopping thousands of items at low prices, while making a contribution to Hinds County Human Resource Agency.

When you first visit AmazonSmile, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization.  In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, you must first select a charitable organization.  The easiest way to select HCHRA is to copy and paste https://smile.amazon.com/ch/64-0577821 in your web browser.

Anytime you shop on Amazon throughout the year, be sure to log on to AmazonSmile and select HCHRA as your charitable organization of choice.  Every donation we receive helps us to do more for the families and communities we serve.

Happy shopping!

HCHRA Managers Henderson and Long Complete Spring 2017 PML Program

Tarsha Henderson, Deputy Chief Financial Officer (second from left) and Dr. LaTessa Long, Children’s Services Director (next to Henderson), are pictured with other public and nonprofit managers who participated in the Public Management and Leadership Certificate Program.

Hinds County Human Resource Agency managers Tarsha Henderson and Dr. LaTessa Long completed the Public Management and Leadership (PML) Certificate Program at Jackson State University’s Institute of Government (IOG) in the spring of 2017.

The 16-week-long program provided intensive, comprehensive techniques on management skills.  When asked about the purpose and impact of the PML Program, Dr. Long stated it provided middle management staff with the necessary tools to become more effective leaders within their organizations.  Role playing and conflict resolution provided Dr. Long with beneficial opportunities to see different aspects of management and how she could immediately utilize those practices. Caliber professors such as Hinds County Circuit Clerk Eddie Jean Carr, former Mayor of the City of Jackson Harvey Johnson, Attorney Will Simpson from the Governor’s office, Assistant District Attorney Terry Wallace, and other leaders in government conducted the 16-week-long sessions.

Dr. Long says she has already implemented the direct methods and skills she gained at the PML program to advance her department and also plans to use these skills for team meetings and the new Head Start school year.

Ms. Henderson says the training and interactive course modules certainly help to improve leadership skills that aid in managing day-to-day operations, resolving issues, and promoting efficiency.  She plans to apply the knowledge gained to help her department operate more effectively and efficiently and will encourage her peers to do the same.

For more information about the Center for Public Management and Leadership, contact the Jackson State University Institute of Government at 601-979-2339.

HCHRA Held Community Action Partnership Banquet in Honor of National Community Action Month

Nearly 300 area residents, community and business leaders gathered at the Hilton Jackson Hotel on May 19, 2017, for the Community Action Partnership (CAP) Banquet hosted by Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) in honor of their 40th year of service to the community. The event celebrated individuals who embody the mission of HCHRA, and featured a banquet dinner, entertainment, an awards ceremony, and an inspirational keynote address.

In addition to being a part of HCHRA’s 40th year anniversary celebration, the CAP Banquet was held in recognition of National Community Action Month, which is observed by Community Action Agencies all across America for the entire month of May. HCHRA is a part of a state and a national coalition of Community Action Agencies whose goal is to help low-income families move out of poverty and achieve economic security.

HCHRA honored six individuals who, with the individualized assistance of HCHRA, overcame tremendous odds and significantly challenging life situations.  The Bootstrap Award winners this year were Jennifer Cole, Alicia Darden, Sharleo Griffith, Brittney Knox, Stephanie & Malcolm Thompson, and Shasondria Wise.

Rev. C. Edward Rhodes, II, pastor of Mt. Helm Baptist Church in Jackson, delivered an inspirational message about perseverance and achievement, even when the odds are stacked against you. Ms. Erin Pickens, morning anchor for 16 WAPT News in Jackson, was the Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening, and entertainment was provided by world-renowned saxophonist, Dr. Jessie Primer III.  HCHRA was also honored to have members of the Jim Hill High School JROTC serve as hosts for the event.  Hand-made table centerpieces were provided by HCHRA Head Start students and staff.

Board of Directors Vice Chairman Trent Walker Presents Bootstrap Award to Jennifer Cole

Bootstrap Award Presented to Sharleo Griffith (center) by Director of Children’s Services Dr. LaTessa Long (left) and Vice Chairman Walker

Bootstrap Award Presented to Malcom and Stephanie Thompson

Bootstrap Award Winner Shasondria Wise (center) with Vice Chairman Walker and Asst. Vice President for the Department of Community Programs Cornelius Beasley (right)

Bootstrap Award Presented to Alicia Darden (center)

Chairman of the Board Ann Burton with Keynote Speaker

EVP/COO David Knight Recognizes Guests