Message from the Executive Director

A Message From the Executive Director

Dear Friends,

While the need for services provided through our agency continues to grow, our commitments to serve those in need never waivers. This past year would be a great example of how faced with challenges our staff and our board have worked together with patient deliberation to successfully continue to provide vital services to the Southwest Tennessee communities.  How to do more with less would best describe our efforts in many of the programs we operate.

Faced with the challenges of the Sequestration and the loss of approximately $600,000 our staff and board worked together to identify ways to stretch service dollars and find new and expanded programs for our communities. I am happy to report that our efforts have resulted in replacing that $600,000 loss with $2,500,000 in new dollars and expanded services.

Our Nutrition program has offset losses with a new expanded service area into Fayette, Tipton and Lauderdale Counties which has lowered our overall cost per meal.

In June of this year, our partnership with the City of Jackson and Madison County allowed for a very successful Group Work Camp.  Four hundred and fifty (450) youth from all across our nation came and worked on homes in and around Jackson.

Our Summer Food Service Program completed our most successful year with almost 300 feeding sites.

Our agency has been awarded a Disaster Relief grant to build thirteen (13) rental units in Madison, Hardin and McNairy Counties.

Our Senior Employment Program has doubled in size adding services in Decatur, Henderson, Haywood, and Madison Counties.

In September of this year our agency began administering the Social Services Block Grant in eleven (11) counties.

Once again our Workforce Investment Act Program has operated with improved performance. We had the pleasure of hosting a Congressional Jobs Development Conference which focused on job development and the return on investment of those tax dollars which proves the real economic impact these services have.

Our Public Transportation program continues to grow and improve while providing a valuable service to those who need reliable transportation.

I want to personally thank our County and City Mayors and members of our many advisory boards for being involved and making the voices of those who are less fortunate heard.

Mike Smith, Executive Director
Southwest Human Resource Agency

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The Tennessee General Assembly established Southwest Human Resource Agency (SWHRA) in 1973 as one of nine Human Resource Agencies deemed to be the delivery system for human services throughout the state of Tennessee. SWHRA is a public non-profit agency that serves an eight county region including Chester, Decatur, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, McNairy and Madison counties...

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