UCHRA provides services to almost 5,000 people in county


CELINA-The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency in Clay County provides help to county residents that totals over $1.2 million in services, officials announced last week. 


“The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency, Clay County office, has provided services to 4,900 individuals with $1.2 million being spent in the county,” said County Mayor Dale Reagan. “The UCHRA programs address the needs of all ages and has a positive impact on the residents in Clay County.” 


The UCHRA provides services to the residents in the 14-county Upper Cumberland area through more than 68 programs supported by federal, state, and local dollars. The mission of the agency is to assist individuals in moving from “dependence to independence.”


“The agency ‘delivers hope’ to approximately 175,000 individuals, annually, and continuously strives to make each of the Upper Cumberland counties the best place possible to work, live, and retire,” said Phyllis Bennett, UCHRA executive director.




UCHRA OFFICIALS-Shown at a recent meeting of the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency are (l-r) Phyllis Bennett, UCHRA Executive Director; Dale Reagan, Clay County Mayor and member of the UCHRA Board of Directors; Willie Kerr, Mayor of Celina and member of the UCHRA Board of Directors; Sandra Grace, UCHRA Clay County Coordinator; and Jane Miller, member of the UCHRA Board of Directors and UCHRA Clay County Advisory Board chairperson. (Photo submitted)


Examples of services provided during the past year to Clay County residents include the following, official said:  


• 13,702 nutritional meals were provided through the nutrition program for older persons and other adults with disabilities,


• The commodities food program distributed food to 877 eligible individuals to be used to prepare meals at home, and 


• Eight UCHRA transportation vehicles provided 14,532 trips to over 908 households enabling these individuals to go to the doctor, medical facilities, grocery and drug stores, and other business locations in the county.  


The 14 county UCHRA transportation program runs approximately 2,907,645 miles in a given program year with numerous miles traveled transporting Clay County residents to and from locations in the county.


“These services are important to the residents of the City of Celina, especially in the difficult economic situation we have faced during the past year. The City is fortunate to have a committed, dependable agency like the UCHRA to provide quality services,” said Celina Mayor Willie Kerr.


“The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency appreciates the work of the City of Celina and County officials in Clay County, the Clay County Advisory Committee for the UCHRA, and the UCHRA Clay County office staff.  This team of local leaders, interested businesses and citizens makes it possible to provide quality services to the residents of Clay County,” Bennett said.


Jane Miller, chairperson of UCHRA Clay County Advisory Board, said, “the services provided in our county by UCHRA have a positive impact on individuals who need a job, depend on a van ride, need help with food, paying heating and cooling bills, as well as numerous other services being available for all ages.” 


For further information about services available through the agency, please contact UCHRA’s Clay County office, located at 500 Dow Avenue in Celina, just off the square.