Letter to the editor

Over the past few weeks I’ve read many articles from various news sources on the new Bay Area Resource Center. None of these stories matches up to what the new community resource center proposes on its website.  According to the website, this is NOT the current homeless mission in Panama City, but a group of private charities and religious organizations of many diverse faiths wanting to help their community. Add to that the facts that the center with its now multiple organizations  working in a way that no one single organization carries the sole responsibility of supplying our communities needs. This structure allows for  checks and balances prohibiting any one organization from losing their way in their mandate and mission.

The new Resource Center’s policies and procedures seem quite effective, as it starts with an intake process where staff assesses their immediate needs, such as food, shelter and clothing. They are given an ID card that allows them to access further services, such as a triage program that evaluates the physical and mental health of the participant via a health care clinic which would provide medication as well as a detox program.

Helping the individual find a job is possibly the most rewarding aspect. The Rescue Mission’s check-in rules for placement cut off at 3 p.m., which discourages the individual from seeking employment. Who honestly has a job that lets out at 3 p.m.? I certainly don’t!

Also, some have argued that the location of the Resource Center is too far away from the city, but there is a proposed trolley stop which would give the residents access to transportation. And the center will provide its own transportation but the key is the resources are there  on campus preventing the need for those participating in programs to be shuttled from location to location to find all the needed resources.

I feel this new Resource Center is a much better option than the current Rescue Mission because there are a variety of services offered with the goal of helping them get back on their feet instead of sustaining the problem. Well said

Ask yourself this: Would you rather cover up a problem, or try to fix it?

I hope you take the time to read the website for the new Bay Area Resource Center at www.bayarearesourcecenter.com and see all of the service and true compassion it will provide.

SCOTT BAKER Lynn Haven

http://www.newsherald.com/opinions/letters-to-the-editor/center-is-a-solution-1.55823

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