From the Desk of the ED

Greetings Community Members!

It is an exciting time at the John O. Wilson Hamilton Neighborhood Center, and we are looking forward to all that is new in 2022.  Last year, we had an amazing opportunity to engage in a strategic planning process that has set the course for our direction for years to come.

During this time, we were able to adopt new mission, vision and commitment statements, and onboard three new board members: Nina Melker, a Mercer County Commissioner and a senior banker; Lia Campbell, a human resources executive; and Dr. Michael D. Fox, a practicing chiropractor with an office here in Hamilton.  We spent time focusing our energies toward identifying programs and services that support the development and strengthening of individuals and families.  I encourage you to call our office if you are in need support or emergency financial assistance and make an appointment to see us.

As the rate of infections continue to decrease, we invite you back to participate in our programs and services.  The Center has re-opened for activities and hot lunches for seniors. However, for everyone’s safety, our masking protocol is still in place.  We ask that you complete a COVID-19 questionnaire upon entering and, to maintain social distancing, we have placed limits on enrollment and gathering in our meeting areas.  Please continue to check the calendar page on our website for information regarding our events.

Currently, our food pantry is still operating by appointment only on Thursdays from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm. You are required to provide identification and proof of income to enroll in our food distribution program. However, stay tuned for our FREE “Produce Box Giveaways”, that occur throughout the year.  To be eligible to receive this FREE produce, just call the phone number listed on the announcement and sign up! When you sign up, you will receive 25 lbs. of fresh produce: items such as potatoes, onions, carrots, lettuce, tomatoes, and more!

And, as always, we will continue to survey and ask for your feedback on how we are doing and what services would be of help to you and your family.  So when you receive a survey online or in the mail, please take a few minutes to complete and return it.  It makes a difference, as we are here for you!

Finally, I am excited to announce that we are planning a FREE community resource fair – our first ever!  So, mark your calendar for Saturday, June 11th. Plan to join us from 10 am – 2 pm in the Center’s parking lot for FREE resources and information, health exhibitors, screenings and face painting for the kids.

We look forward to seeing you back in the Center and we hope to see you on June 11th!

Laurethea L. Kidd, MPA