Local agencies "Kick Off Better Things to Come"

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A local organization held a community event in Jonesboro Thursday evening to "Kick Off to Better Things to Come."

Fisher Street Community in Action hosted the event from 6 to 8 p.m. in the parking lot of Fisher Street United Methodist Church.

A dozen booths were set up by volunteers representing local agencies. Event volunteer Connie Roebuck was there with Northeast Arkansas Regional AIDS Network to share her story of how she contracted AIDS, and to encourage people to get tested. "I was dating (a man), and he was (secretly) dating a man and I got AIDS from him."

"I've been dealing with it for 17 years," she said. "Know your status."

Reverend Dr. Charles Coleman is the president of Fisher Street Community in Action. He says the event was a launch party for future efforts. "We're trying to tackle a 2-year plan. This is the first event for the two-year plan."

"We have resources that people still on this particular side of town still don't know about."

Vicki Tyler with Valley View Adult Education was there to encourage people to take advantage of the last year of free GED testing.

"We want anyone in the community to know that we are available for them to come. We offer several different services," she said. "A law was passed and it's the last year that it will be free to the public and the test will also change to a computer-based test where now it's a standardized test."

Call (870) 931-3187 for more information about Fisher Street Community in Action or any of the organizations represented  at the event.

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