It can be a really cool thing when a business lives up to its name and even better when it’s a place dedicated to improving people’s lives.
Help Center Inc. Food Pantry & Thrift Store, 409 Fairground, Mexico does just that.
The Help Center recently released an “agency help” list for those who might need help getting back on their feet.
Jennifer Butcher, administrative assistant at the Help Center, said the movement aims to help “everyone and anyone”, while reaching out to the homeless, veterans and people 60 and older, but the program is open to everyone.
“It was a thought that came out of a conversation over dinner about how we can help the community and what we need to do to do that,” Butcher said. “Then it came down to which agencies we ask, what specifically can they help us with, who can they help and where do people need to go.
“If they can’t get it here, then where else can they go for help.”
That conversation led to this initial list of suggested agencies that the Help Center hopes to refer people to for various needs:
• The CMCA will be at the Help Center on Monday mornings to help with Medicare and Medicare documents
• Aging Best will be at the Help Center two Tuesday mornings a month to help seniors over 60 with the Affordable Care Act, Medicare and Food Stamps
• On Wednesday mornings, someone from the help center will be there to help you with SSI/SSDI, food stamps, housing and phone calls.
• Vocational rehabilitation will be at the help center on Thursdays, helping people find jobs. This is by appointment only and a person requesting such assistance must be referred.
• Missouri Job Center will be at the Help Center on Fridays to help with the job process, interview techniques, resume writing, and more.
• The Missouri Veterans Commission of the VA home in Mexico offers free assistance to help veterans and their dependents with benefits owed to them.
Contact Lindsey Ward at Veterans Home, 573-581-1088, for more information.
“(People should ask for this help) when they get to the point where they need help and they realize they can’t do it on their own anymore and they have to move in the right direction” , Butcher said. “I don’t know how many people will apply, but I think we have to start thinking that there are people out there who are in it, need help and don’t know how to get it.
“Now we don’t need to refer them anymore and they can come here to get that help and it will help them more in the long run.”
Butcher also added that the help center hopes to help VA Health Care on the agency’s help list and if people have children in tow they can take them as the facility has a “corner for children” to help during a visit.
“Nobody knows what’s going on,” Butcher said. “It’s them and the agency in the room.”
The Help Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information on when someone will be on site or just for general feedback, contact Butcher at 573-581-3238 ext 10.