Local program helping low-income adults become self-sufficient


Pictured above: Students take part in an I-CARE healthy cooking class ahead of Thanksgiving – Submitted photo


Iredell County Agricultural Extension and I-CARE Statesville tag teamed the presentation of “A Healthy Thanksgiving.” Andrea Sherrill, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent and Case Managers for I-CARE April Donalds and Cindi Bacon encouraged participants in the Community Service Block Grant Program to lunch and learn about eating healthy on a budget.

Arthaniel Pinson, a participant in the I-CARE Block Grant program and a Mitchell College student studying Heating/Ventilating and Air Conditioning enjoyed the meal as well as the tips for a healthy lifestyle. “Ms. April has helped me so much. I didn’t see myself studying HVAC, but here I am. I got my GED from Johnston Community College and then hit some rough patches. Those are behind me now and I’m ready for my new life!”

The Community Service Block Grant Program offers intensive case management, guidance and referrals. Through this program, low-income adult individuals and families are aided in becoming self-sufficient. Training includes financial management, job readiness, educational, employment and housing assistance.

For more information on this program, contact Shelton Moore, Family Support Services Director, at (704) 872-8141.