Grant money helps give some residents a fresh start

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"Without this money, the program would not be able to continue,"said Sheila Reddig, Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinator at Jonesboro Urban Renewal and Housing Authority.

Thanks to more than 50 thousand dollars in grant money, the Family Self-Sufficiency program and the opportunities it brings, can continue.

"This is a program that is designed to help families develop a five year plan, sign a contract, and map out a path to become self sufficient in the five year period," said Reddig.

Reddig says they rely on grant money for a lot of their programs--programs that offer many people a fresh start.

"A lot of people just need a little direction, and resources," said Reddig.

"We do have monthly workshops and we have monthly contacts with them to always keep their goals ever present in their mind,"said Reddig.

Reddig says goals for those participating range from reaching financial stability, education, employment, and home ownership.

"If they haven't met that goal, if they haven't done what they said they were going to do, we want to know why, and do we need to adjust--are we still on the same track," said Reddig.

Reddig says she's hopeful the grant money they got to continue the program will help others get on a path to success.

"The key is connecting the people with the need with the resources.  This is a very important part of our program," said Reddig.

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