Rolling Plains Management Corporation is like a book unopened. They offer many services to the county besides transportation.
The county commissioners recently entered into an agreement with the corporation to provide public transportation for all citizens of Jack County through its SHARP Lines transportation division. They announced that service to the community with a ribbon cutting Wednesday at Concerned Citizens of Jack County.
However, Rolling Plains is so much more. They were formed in response to the Economic Opportunity Act of 1965, when President Lyndon Johnson committed to help the poor in the United States. He formed Community Action Agencies to help individuals build self-sufficiency and rise out of poverty.
A large crowd gathers for the ribbon cutting.
There are 50 CAAs in Texas serving 248 counties. They are a private non-profit organization with a 33-member board. Debra Thomas is the Rollling Plains executive director.
"We offer many services to Jack County, including budget counseling, energy assistance, weatherization assistance, and child care assistance," Thomas explains.
Their program is structured so that money is not just given to needy families, but they counsel these families to set short and long term goals and help them in locating resources to achieve the goals toward self-sufficiency.
If they are counseling families about saving energy, they evaluate the home and if weatherization is necessary to help the family save money on energy bills, they can provide caulking, insulation, skirting or underpinning exposed floors, window glass repair, patching holes, repairing the equipment and counseling health and safety issues.
Their transportation division operates a rural public transportation system. SHARP Lines has transportation for the general public, school children, senior citizens and disabled citizens. There are wheelchair lifts for the disabled.
Lezlie Carroll, SHARP Lines Transportation Director, said, "We are excited about serving the people of Jack County and expanding the services to include people needing rides in order to maintain their independence or to gain self-sufficiency. Call us, we are happy to help you.
Sharp Lines Transportation will be the bus that provides rides to the residents of Jack County.
In partnership with the Concerned Citizens of Jack County, Rolling Plains SHARP Lines Transportation services will maintain local buses at the Center in Jacksboro. Their main office is in Crowell. For more information or to obtain any of the services, call (800) 633-0852.