Hundreds of Hinds County Head Start parents were assisted during Hinds County Human Resource Agency’s Home Energy Assistance Day hosted at HCHRA’s Mary C. Jones Head Start Center. Parents received assistance through HCHRA’S LIHEAP program, which is the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program that provides low-income families with assistance in paying their household energy bills.
A collaborative effort between HCHRA’s Department of Community Programs (DCP) and Project Head Start Programs made the event successful. Cornelius Beasley, Assistant Vice President for DCP expounded that they are setting the stage for reaching beyond the Head Start students to reaching toward the parents. “HCHRA is doing more than just educating Head Start students, we are also working to meet the needs of Head Start families holistically,” said Beasley. “We intend to broaden their outreach and wrap their services around Head Start parents to help them be aware of all of the opportunities offered by the Agency.”
The October event was specifically designed for those parents whose children attend the Mary C. Jones Head Start center at 2050 Martin Luther King Drive in Jackson. Mr. Beasley stated that multiple LIHEAP events are being planned for parents at each of the Head Start center sites throughout the school year. Parents in need of home energy assistance should contact their family service worker at the center. Center Administrator, Ms. Almeta Roberts added that “while education is our primary focus, promoting health and stability in the homes of our Head Start families is just as important.” More information about the HCHRA community programs and services can be found at www.hchra.org or call 601.923.3950.