2010-2011 Head Start Annual Report Available

“While this report provides statistical information reflecting the dedication and loyalty to the children and families served in Hinds County Mississippi, comments from parents are included to better reflect the lives that the statistics represent and the impact that this Head Start program has on these lives,” reflects Kenn Cockrell, President and CEO of Hinds County Human Resource Agency.

Please click here for a downloadable copy of the 2010-2011 HCHRA Head Start Annual Report. (34mb PDF)

Program Overview

After more than 30 years, Hinds County Human Resource Agency’s (HCHRA) Project Head Start and Early Head Start continue to offer comprehensive, quality programs for income-eligible families and their children ages 0-5 years. Our highly qualified staff is equipped to foster partnerships with parents while appropriately and professionally addressing the educational physical, emotional, and social needs of their children.


Local Community Action Agency Honors Staff

HCHRA Honors Staff at 2010 Annual Appreciation Luncheon

The Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) 7th Annual Employee Appreciation Event. Pictured are HCHRA employees who received 20-year service pins. Front row from left to right: Josie McDonald, Jennice Washington, Francine McGowan, Johnnie Mitchell and Ettress Robinson. Top row from left to right: Addie Hooks, Carl Davis, Mary Marshall and Deloris Jones.

The Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) recently held its 7th Annual Employee Appreciation Event at the downtown Jackson Marriott Hotel. Of the Agency’s 395 employees, 375 were on hand as fellow coworkers received special recognition for years of service, leadership, educational advancement, perfect attendance, and public service. Other awards included the Board of Directors and Staff of the Year.

“The employee appreciation is a great event to let those that labor with the agency know they are appreciated and recognized for their tireless service. We are fortunate to work for an agency that changes lives every day, and we are even more fortunate that our troubled economy has not negatively impacted our efforts,” said Carolyn Upkins, HCHRA Personnel Specialist.

HCHRA has been able to hire 83 new employees since January 2010. Businesses have been downsizing and cutting spending. Yet, HCHRA has found ways to show its employees how much they are valued.

“The agency can never fully repay employees for all they give, but through this event a level of gratitude was shown. There is a sense of pride associated with individuals employed by our agency, and they show it each day through dedication and loyalty. This Employee Appreciation Event awarded their commitment,” said Kenn Cockrell, HCHRA President and CEO.

For more information about HCHRA and employment opportunities contact Central Office at 601.923.3930.

HCHRA Awards Clients and Community Partners at 2010 Annual Gala

Hinds County Human Resource Agency hosts 16th Annual Awards and Recognition Banquet

Bootstrap Awardees Left to right: Willie Mae Dennis, Shameka Grace, Carolyn Ranson, and Marcey Jones - Not Pictured: Stephanie Green and Justin Ficklin

Jackson, MS – With more than 500 people in attendance, community and business leaders and area citizens gathered for the Hinds County Human Resource Agency’s (HCHRA) 16th Annual Awards & Recognition Gala, held at the Hilton Jackson Hotel on September 17, 2010.

Shameka Grace, Marcey Jones, Carolyn Ranson, Willie Mae Dennis, Stephanie Green, and Justin Ficklin have all overcome significant life obstacles and were each presented the HCHRA Bootstrap Award. Each year, this award is given to individuals who have beat the odds and pulled themselves up by their own proverbial bootstraps.

The following awards were also given in recognition of community service and agency support: Medgar Evers Humanitarian Award (Dr. Bill Cooley); J.B. Carr Community Service Award (Robert Langford, Willie Martin and Shirley Tucker); Volunteers of the Year Award (Dr. Tony Webster, Nicole Martin, Gloria Green and Cedric Morgan); Agency Support Award (Peggy Calhoun); Bill Cooley Agency Development Award (Lolita Ross); Board of Directors Award (Tamara Young); and Betsy Morgan Smith Award (John Lunardini).

Gary Anderson, President and CEO of The Anderson Company, LLC, moderated the program and Dr. Bill Cooley, Chairman of Systems Companies, was the keynote speaker. Dr. Cooley’s message entitled “How to be a Social Entrepreneur” captivated the audience. He encouraged attendees to “support local businesses” and “mentor local youths to be effective leaders in Jackson communities.” Entertainment was by Christa Bennett, local contemporary gospel artist and HCHRA employee, and the JSU Jazz Trio.