SCHRA News

SCHRA Announces the New 17th Judicial District Felony Court

A life being saved isn’t the typical thought that comes to mind when you think of court. However, in recovery courts, life being saved is a common occurrence. A recovery court is one component of a treatment court network throughout the state and nation. Still under judicial docket supervision, individuals are provided treatment for substance use disorders. Close supervision and clinical guidance help promote individualized approaches for each case. There are over 4,000 treatment courts across the nation today. This includes a mixture of adult treatment courts, veteran treatment courts, mental health courts, and more. There has been more research conducted on recovery courts than all other courts combined.

Read more: SCHRA Announces the New 17th Judicial District Felony Court

Energy Assistance

OPEN ENROLLMENT BEGINS OCTOBER 1, 2021!

SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT TODAY!

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

LIHEAP is designed to provide financial assistance to elderly, handicapped, and low-income persons to help offset a portion of the cost of energy used to heat their homes. Priority assistance is given to those with the lowest income.

The following services are available under this program:

  • Heating Assistance is provided to eligible households through payment to a utility company or through the purchase of coal or wood.
  • Crisis Heating Assistance is provided to households having an official shut off notice or who are out of fuel and meet the other criteria listed for assistance.

In addition to general eligibility requirements applicants must be responsible for their own energy costs and meet certain criteria for emergency assistance as set forth by the State of Tennessee.

Applying for Energy Assistance

We are happy to announce that regular assistance clients can now apply for our Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program on-line!  Crisis (cut-off) clients must still contact their local office to apply.

Apply at this link https://thosolutions.com/tnonlineapplication 

If your meets eligibility criteria, you may receive assistance if funds are available.

To apply, contact the NSC Office in your county of residence and provide the following documentation:

  • Name
  • Phone Number
  • Photo ID
  • Social Security Cards for all Household Members (required by Federal Law)
  • Proof of current Household Income for all members 18yrs or older (Previous 4 Weeks)
  • Current Utility Bill(s) (Electric, Gas, Propane) - Please bring report of last 12 Month Usage

Contact Information

Sara Brown
Program Director/Deputy Executive Director
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931.433.7182 Ext 1150

Federal Poverty Income Guidelines
Printable Application

Apply Online

Required Documentation

  • Proof of Income for all 18+ Household Members
  • Photo ID for Head of Household
  • Social Security Card for all Household Members
  • Current Utility Bill
  • 12 Month History from Utility Company

Apply

Senior Nutrition changes with COVID-19

The South Central Human Resource Agency Senior Nutrition program is a huge daily undertaking during normal times.  We have 20 sites across the 13 county region that serve or deliver a hot meal five days a week; typically feeding on average 6100 meals a month through the congregant program and 9000 meals delivered each month.   In addition to the amazing kitchen staffs in both Fayetteville and Hohenwald who prepare the food we also have great site managers that take that food and get it ready for the seniors that come and eat at the site as well as the meals that are to be delivered.  Finally, we have our dedicated, irreplaceable volunteers, many who are seniors themselves, who give their time to deliver those meals to our home bound clients.  Now, add COVID-19 and our world, as well as our clients has been turned upside down.   Specifically for our volunteers, the new socialization rules were going to have the possibility of being an issue during this time.  We have a number who are considered at risk themselves and their health and keeping them safe was a top concern.  The importance of this program cannot be understated.  There have been many studies done showing the importance of regular human contact and connections, as well as having access to at least one nutritional meal a day.  Each of our 20 sites normally offers both of these 5 days a week.  For those that come to the congregant sites, being able to see friends daily is an important part of staying healthy.  For our home bounds clients, sometimes our meal delivery is the only contact they have with someone else daily. 

Needless to say, when the state went into shutdown mode, making sure that our senior clients continued to get their meals was at the top of our priority list.  We have a number of our home bound clients who are reliant on the SCHRA food program for their daily meals so not continuing was not going to be an option.  Number two on the priority list was the safety of our staff and volunteers in continuing to fulfill this important job.  Our last site shut its doors on March 20th  for congregant meals. Those who had previously been coming to the sites to eat were given the option of being added to the delivery list or coming to the sites to pick up their meals each day.  While it was not our first choice, in order to keep everyone safe, we began delivering frozen meals to those who normally received hot meals that were to be reheated at home; with the plan to figure out how to resume safe delivery of a hot meal as quickly as possible.  During the month of April we tried to deliver hot meals but did not always have the volunteers available to get those meals where they needed to be in a timely manner and had to return to the frozen meals.  With the help of our staff as well as site managers and the numerous volunteers who stepped in from the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability (TCAD), on May 4th we were able to return to the normal hot meals for our clients.  This would not have been possible without the cooperation from TCAD and we are incredibly grateful for their help.

In the month of March, we served and delivered approximately 16,000 meals.  In April we delivered 11,052 meals and in May we delivered 14,477 meals.  Right now we do not have a date for being able to resume congregant meals on site however any senior that would qualify to have a meal at a site can sign up to have a meal delivered or come to the site to pick up a meal each day.  We have a drive through congregant program active at each site. 

We are still looking for additional volunteers to deliver meals so if you or anyone you know might be interested in helping out the seniors in their community, please contact Sara Brown at 931-433-7182, ext. 1150.

 

        

Ruby, site manager for the Lincoln County Meal site, readies the lunches that are to go out.

SCHRA
1437 Winchester Hwy
P.O. Box 638
Fayetteville, TN 37334
931.433.7182

South Central Human Resource Agency’s mission is to provide low income individuals and communities access to educational, economic, nutritional, and social services that promote and encourage self-reliance through our partnerships with local, state and federal resources.