Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Fun Day a Success Story at Dean Park

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The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) and the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc. (NCBA) came to Dean Park in Louisville for a day of Fun and Recruitment on Friday, July 26, 2019.

Mr. Chester Johnson, Program Manager of NCBA spoke elegantly about both SCSEP and NCBA and gave the qualifications for seniors to enter the program as 1) must be 55 years old 2) must meet the income guideline 3) must be unemployed.

Mayor Will Hill of Louisville and Supervisor Ralph Goss welcomed the guest. The city of Louisville and Friends of Dean Park, Inc. had former trainees present who have benefited from the program. Eddie Littleton, 81 years old, was the oldest senior present who was trained by SCSEP and permanently hired by the City of Louisville, after completing the training. There were over 60 people present including NCBA staff, senior trainees, potential trainees and host agencies, from Winston and surrounding counties. Businesses/organizations and non –profits present: CVS, Walmart, City of Louisville, Police and Fire Department, Winston County Medical Center, Economic Development, Hope Mission of Mississippi, C-Med Day Care and East Central Community College.

Prizes for games were donated by Jerry’s Flower Shop, Hope Mission of Mississippi and K & W Appliances. Walmart donated all of the food and drinks and Supervisor Marion Jordan and assistant Rev. Roy Eichelberger grilled the chicken to perfection.

This writer Elmetra Patterson, who is the president of Friends of Dean Park, expressed gratitude to all who were present, “We hope that you are inspired by what we have done and continue to do at Dean Park and in the Center Ridge Community. We love this community and our vision is to do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave this community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it. Our goal is to maintain unity in the community and to make it beautiful for all to enjoy. We appreciate that the Dean Park Commissioners, Carolyn Hampton, John ‘Bone’ Edwards and Annie Pearl Hudson are present.”

Submitted by: Elmetra Patterson