LTR committee begins organizing

Members of the Long Term Recovery committee met last Thursday, May 19 to continue organizing themselves.

Training for the 15-member committee will be provided at its next meeting June 2. Much of the meeting focused around the hiring of case managers who will work with people needing assistance and attempt to get them the funds.

Case managers will present the individual cases to the unmet needs sub committee which will then determine the need and how much money can be given based on what the organization has.

City and county officials have discussed funding paying two case managers until a grant from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is received.

Jeremy Basset with UMCOR said it could be two months before the grant is received but the need for case managers is immediate to get people back to some form of normalcy.

Basset said by the time managers are trained, which will begin in June with work starting immediately after, and dispatch out to see those affected by the storms, it could be two to three months before the committee sees its first case.

Salary for the workers, including benefits, will be between $53,000 to $59,000, Basset explained.

“This will be up to a two-year process,” Basset said. “We’ll start off with two case managers, but will likely drop one along the way as the case load get smaller for the workers.”

Skills needed for the case worker position include good communication and people skills; ability to collect, organize and present data; and the ability to arrive on-site to make observations and evaluations.

Bilingual is preferred but not required.

Resumes will be accepted until the end of the business day Monday, May 30. Email submissions can be sent to hoodjw@jacksboroisd. net, or physical copies can be submitted to the City of Jacksboro office, at 112 W. Belknap.

The next meeting, at noon Thursday, June 2, will be a training meeting for the committee.

The Small Business Committee office, on the fourth floor of the Courthouse, will remain open for the foreseeable future.

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