Head Start School Closures Due to Hurricane Isaac

Hinds County Human Resource Agency is working in partnership with the Hinds County Department of Emergency Management to track our weather and keep you informed of the latest developments.

If the weather should become severe, be sure to check our website for up-to-date information on Hinds County Human Resource Agency office hours, access to our community programs and services, and Head Start Center closings.  You should also tune in to your local news stations for updates.

Make sure you are prepared for the threat of severe weather.  Check out helpful emergency preparedness tips provided by the Hinds County Department of Emergency Management.  The City of Jackson also encourages you to sign up for Code Red severe weather alerts on the City of Jackson’s website, and to call 311 to report and track any problems.

All Hinds County Project Head Start and Early Head Start Centers will be open on Friday, August 31, 2012, except Willowood Developmental Center Satellite Head Start Classroom. 

Preparations Underway For 2012 Annual Gala

HCHRA’s 18th Annual Gala to be Held on Friday, September 21, 2012

Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) will host its 18th Annual Awards & Recognition Gala on Friday, September 21, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at the Jackson Marriott Hotel in downtown Jackson.  This year’s speaker is Dr. Jerry Young, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church.  Entertainment will be provided by “Amos B” – Saxophonist Extraordinaire.

This year marks a signficant milestone for HCHRA as we celebrate 35 years of providing quality education and community programs that have positively impacted the lives of thousands.  The Gala will help provide critical matching funds for several of our programs and gives us an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of individuals who have defied the odds and overcome challenging life circumstances.  We also recognize our community partners that work with us throughout the year to help eradicate poverty and provide a better life for more than 52,000 low-income citizens in Hinds County.  Tickets for this event are $50.00 per person. General donations are also welcome. For information on tickets or advertising, call (601) 923-1838.

At Hinds County Human Resource Agency, our goal is to help families and strengthen communities.  We have built a solid reputation in eradicating poverty by empowering disadvantaged Hinds County citizens to become self-reliant and realize their full potential. 

HCHRA Invites Hinds County Citizens to Attend Public Meetings

hchra_calendar-imageHinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) holds its monthly Board of Directors Meeting on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Central Office located at 258 Maddox Road, Jackson, Mississippi. Board Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of  each month.

The meeting is open and Hinds County citizens are encouraged to attend.


For more than 35 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 and Early Head Start, rural transportation, home-delivered meals, home energy assistance, case management, and RSVP programs, HCHRA continues to improve the conditions of children, families, single adults, the elderly and the disabled in our communities.

List of 2012 Board Meetings

  • August 15
  • September 19
  • October 17
  • November 14
  • December 19

HCHRA Celebrates 35 Years of Community Service

Hinds County Human Resource Agency is preparing for its 18th Annual Awards and Recognition Gala at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Jackson on Friday, September 21, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. This event honors the achievements of individuals who have beaten the odds stacked against them by poverty. Community partners will also be recognized for their support.

Kenn Cockrell, President and CEO of HCHRA, said, “This is an exciting year for us as we celebrate 35 years of serving our community and changes lives. We are humbled to have been able to effectively provide services for so many years. As always, we look forward to honoring our inspirational clients and supportive community partners.”

For additional info, call (601) 923-1838 or email angeliquer@hchra.org.

HCHRA Partners to Provide Energy Assistance to Mississippians in Need

JACKSON, Miss. – As the number of Mississippians struggling to pay bills continues to grow, those who can provide help are coming together to get aid to as many of these low-income and newly-poor people as possible.

The result is the Energy Assistance Fair, a one-stop shop for Mississippians in need. Here, representatives from community action agencies, utilities and non-profit groups will help people sign up for bill payment assistance and credit counseling; teach them how to save money on utilities and give them free weatherization kits, CFL light bulbs, energy efficient power strips and more.

Hinds County Human Resource Agency is one of a number of participating organizations including United Way 2-1-1 Mississippi, Atmos Energy, Centerpoint Energy, Entergy Mississippi, Inc., Mississippi Department of Human Services, Madison County Citizens Services Agency, Rankin County Human Resource Agency, South Central Community Action Agency and The Salvation Army.

“The Energy Assistance Fair came about as we re-designed our annual Low-Income Summit,” said Napoleon Johnson, vice president of customer services for Entergy Mississippi, Inc. “Usually at the Summit we talk about ways to address the problems poverty causes. This year, we are kicking off the conference with an event designed to put those who can offer help in touch with those who need that help.

The event, free and open to the public, is on Wednesday, May 23, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Jackson Convention Complex on Pascagoula Street in downtown Jackson.

The Energy Assistance Fair is a part of Entergy and the Mississippi Association of Community Action Agencies’ (MACAA) revamped Low Income Summit and Partnership Conference, now in its 13th year. Re-titled, “Positioned for Progress,” this joint conference features statewide leaders from Mississippi’s non-profits, government agencies, foundations and volunteer organizations will be held May 23 through May 25.

Hinds County Retirees Making a Difference

Pictured left to right: Dexter Hogan, Retired Senior Volunteer Program Coordinator, Morris Bozeman of Terry, MS, Eula V. Polk of Terry, MS, Kenn Cockrell, President & CEO of HCHRA, Ethel Minnifield, Assistant Vice-President of Community Programs and Services for HCHRA, and Robert Morton, Vice-President of Community Programs and Services for HCHRA

The Hinds County Human Resource Agency (HCHRA) hosted its annual Senior Thanksgiving and Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Awards Luncheon on Thursday, November 11, 2010, in the Thad Cochran Community Room at the Jackson Medical Mall. One hundred seventy nine seniors were honored for their service to community and faith-based organizations.

“As long as you can do something that can help somebody, the Lord will bless you. When God blesses you, He blesses you to bless somebody else. You live to help somebody else,” said honoree Eula V. Polk of Terry.

RSVP helps individuals age 55 and older identify volunteer opportunities where they can serve up to 40 hours a week. Tutoring children in reading and math, building houses, helping get children immunized, modeling parenting skills to teen parents, participating in neighborhood watch programs, planting community gardens, providing counsel to new business owners, offering relief services to victims of natural disasters and helping community organizations operate more efficiently are some of the services the volunteers provide.

“RSVP volunteers within the Jackson Metro area have been and will continue to be champions in solving problems in our community, and for this we will always be thankful,” said RSVP Coordinator Dexter Hogan.

For more than twenty-five years, RSVP has been vital in communities throughout the US. Today, more than 450,000 retirees and seniors participate in this program, making it one of the largest volunteer efforts in the nation.

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.