The upcoming Community Supervision Resource Fair aims to connect people that need help with agencies and organizations that provide different kinds of assistance.
Hosted by Surry County Community Corrections, the event addresses a spectrum of challenges for those on probation and others in the community.
“Many of our county residents are not aware of the resources available to them to educate and assist with daily living,” a flyer for the event states.
The event will be held on Oct. 11 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Surry Community College gym.
“Our purpose is to educate our probationers and residents about all the resources available in the county to help,” organizers wrote.
The 30 or more vendors at the fair will include representatives and information from a variety of agencies poised to help those in need.
They include housing, food banks, employment, substance abuse, mental and physical health, medical, education, domestic violence, transportation and legal issues.
“It breaks down to how we address life areas,” said Whitney Bennett, community corrections officer, explaining that while one probationer might be struggling with finances and need a job, another’s primary need might be housing.
While the concept of the resource fair was developed as a way to help those on probation improve their life’s course, the free event is open to the public.
“It’s for anybody,” said Sunday Joyce, community corrections officer.
The event is free for vendors and those who attend.
“We just want you to come,” said Sheila Myers, community corrections officer.
The local officers host the first resource fair in January and considered it highly successful.
The event, which was held in the Surry County Health and Human Services building, was attended by about 60 people.
“We learned a lot ourselves,” added Bennett.
Vendors at the event were drawn from all the community corrections contacts in the county, which for many of the officers, meant becoming acquainted with some previously unfamiliar resources.
For example, Stone’s Throw Christian Ministry, which operates out of Elkin, attended the event.
“That was a resource I had never heard of,” Bennett said.
After the fair, Myers said she was trying to find housing for an individual under supervision.
The Shepherd’s House, another resource fair vendor, had space in the shelter but no beds.
Myers said Stone’s Throw drummed up three mattresses for the Mount Airy shelter, “which was kind of a double good,” Bennett said.
Stone’s Throw and The Shepherd’s House will be present at the October fair.
“Most vendors are coming back that came last time,” Joyce said, noting that the networking opportunity benefits the agencies.
“We have a lot of things in our community that’s out there to help people,” said Joyce.
“Anyone that needs help with something, maybe they can come and get it.”
Reach Terri Flagg at 415-4734.