Grant to help Community Services set up mobile office
Harrison County Community Services Inc. recently received an $80,977 grant from the Harrison County Community Foundation which will provide the needed equipment for a new mobile office.
The mobile office will consist of a truck and a customized enclosed trailer equipped with a refrigerator, freezer, shelving and a complete office set up that will be in operation two days a week and will be in a total of eight locations each month.
“For 45 years, we have been providing services to help the most vulnerable individuals in our community, services such as the food pantry, clothes closet, direct assistance, home delivery and the mobile food pantry,” said Richard (Rick) Cooper, executive director of Harrison County Community Services Inc. “We believe that if we can take the food and other services to residents in their townships — their neighborhoods — people will be more likely to get the help they need.”
The mobile office will be capable of providing all the services that are currently only available at the main office in Corydon.
Cooper said HCCS found throughout the COVID-19 pandemic that when they take services to the community, many more residents are reached. While they saw a decrease in services at the main office, they were able to still provide services at almost 2019 levels by distributing food through the mobile food pantry, home delivery and at school lunch distribution sites.
All of these services were provided by taking food to the people, Cooper said.
Harrison County Community Services is working on securing the locations for the mobile office and ordering the needed equipment. Plans are to be able to launch the mobile office program by early fall, depending on manufacturing timelines. Updates will be announced as the project progresses.