Office of Community Services provided utility assistance to 15 households in August

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Carolyn Roy
In her report to the Parish Council at its Sept 19 meeting, Office of Community Services Executive Director Sharon Harris said that 2022 Crisis Utility Assistance went to 15 households/families for a total of $4,108 during August.
The 2022 Cooling Utility Assistance went to 76 households/families totaling $40,300.
There were 117 households/families that received USDA Commodities distributed Aug 25. Another distribution was scheduled Sept. 22.
Foods for Seniors provided food items to 155 people who were 60 and older. The distribution was Aug. 25 with another distribution scheduled Sept. 22.
The Senior Companion Program (SCP) focuses on providing assistance and friendship to older adults who have difficulty with daily living tasks such as shopping or paying bills. Through this program, AmeriCorps Seniors volunteers keep seniors independent longer and provide respite to family caregivers. The program offers modest stipends to eligible volunteers to help offset the costs of volunteering. Other benefits include training, accident, personal liability, and excess automobile liability insurance as well as community recognition.
The program is administered through the Office of Community Services. During August, there were 37 SCP volunteers in Natchitoches Parish. They volunteered 2,728 hours at $3.15 per hour for a total of $8,593. They traveled 3,687 miles and served 39 clients.