August 22, 2008

State of Alabama
Press Release: Human Resources, Department of

Family Coaches Program Donates Vehicle in Selma

The Family Coaches Program (FCP) of Alabama recently held a car donation ceremony at the Dallas County DHR office in Selma. The car was donated to Ms. Quiennce Young of Dallas County, who will be attending Faulkner University this fall. The FCP is an adult mentoring program designed to assist low-income families and welfare recipients in successfully transitioning to greater self-reliance.

The FCP has observed that transportation is the one consistent barrier that participants in the program identify on their initial needs assessment. For most of these individuals, this means trying to obtain a reliable vehicle without many resources available to them.

Those attending the celebration included the Mayor of Selma, Dallas County DHR Board Members, Family Guidance Center Staff, and Dallas County JOBS Task Force Members. Others attending the event were Dallas County DHR staff, including Ms. Young’s Coach, Ms. Kathleen R. Jones, Dallas County JOBS Case Manager, and staff from State DHR.

Mr. James Ware, Dallas County DHR Director, and Mr. Johnnie Leashore, Dallas County JOBS Supervisor, served as hosts for the event. This was the 49th vehicle awarded by the program statewide and the 8th vehicle for Dallas County participants. In addition to the vehicle donation, the event also highlighted the new Family Coaches Program video.

The Family Coaches Program is a collaborative effort among the Alabama Department of Human Resources, Alabama media partners, and Family Guidance Center of Alabama (FGC). It is offered in 34 counties across the State of Alabama.

If you would like more information about Family Coaches Program, please contact your local DHR Office or Family Guidance Center at (800) 499-6597 or (334) 270-4100.

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