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Resource Center committee works to finalize plans

SHERIDAN — The planners behind an effort to aggregate community resources such as food banks and employment agencies took another step toward finalizing their vision during a meeting at First Christian Church Thursday.

An offshoot of last fall’s Study Circles on Poverty initiative — a program sponsored by the Center for a Vital Community at Sheridan College — the informal group meets monthly to work toward creating a community resource center that makes it easier for struggling Sheridan residents to find the help they need.

Following several conversations with managers at community resource centers in Denver and Jackson, the group this week began assigning tasks that included outreach to Wyoming 211 — a statewide telephone network of community resources — in an effort to expand their database of Sheridan organizations.

While a formal vision of a potential resource center has yet to be finalized, the group is considering options that include a physical location where residents can go to be informed of their options.

Organizers say that for those mired in extreme poverty, time spent struggling to meet basic needs can often prevent them from become more fully engaged in the workforce and their communities. The group is scheduled to meet again in July.

 

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Paolo Cisneros joined The Sheridan Press staff in August 2012. He covers business, energy and public safety. A Chicago native, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011.

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