Officials promote elderly livelihood

Published 10:18 am Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A community meeting will give the city’s elderly residents a chance to learn about programs geared toward their demographic. 

The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Living Word Faith Ministries on 791 Ozark Lane.

The event has been organized by Lincoln County District 1 Supervisor Jerry Wilson and Brookhaven Ward 3 Alderwoman Mary Wilson with the help of NAACP President Bernetta Character. The event will feature speakers from Faith and Hope Independent Living, LLC.

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Faith and Hope Independent Living is an organization that provides non-medical homecare service to seniors and those in need, who may require assistance in their home and community. The service helps clients retain independence and well-being without the hardship and stress of changes in daily habits or routines.

“We’re trying to get as much to them that’s available to them as possible,” Mary Wilson said.

She said the meeting is mainly for the elderly and disabled within the Brookhaven community who want to know the resources available for them.

“They need to be enlightened about what’s out there for them at their age,” she said. “A lot don’t know unless someone tells them about it.”

Mary Wilson said she and her husband, Jerry Wilson, had always wanted to do something like this. They are think about it often when they go to conferences and are able to hear stories about other communities.

“It’s our main purpose; it’s our job,” Mary Wilson said.

She said the meeting will cover things like vouchers and grants that would provide money for programs and resources that would help elderly and disabled residents.

Mary Wilson said she and Jerry Wilson plan to provide programs for Brookhaven residents of all ages but right now they are focusing on the elderly and disabled community.

Jerry Wilson said the event is open to everyone, and Mary Wilson encourages all to come out. For those who can’t, she is asking children of those individuals to assist their parents or grandparents to the meeting.