APPROACH: Interagency Network of Hunt County
by Berniece Reeves Brown, Coordinator of Social Services, Community
Health Service Agency, and a DFG Board Member who serves as the Interagency
The Interagency Network
of Hunt County began in 1989 after several resident experts participated
in a DrugFree Greenville kick-off town hall meeting. A dozen agency representatives
got together to help move beyond the “blame game” regarding
helping the people of Hunt County. During the initial introductions folks
were repeatedly heard saying, “I didn’t know you did that!”
Finally the question was asked if the agencies would like to continue
meeting once a month. The resounding answer was yes and the Interagency
Network was born.
DrugFree Greenville agreed to sponsor the Network because of the vital
drug prevention component provided by health and service agencies working
together. Today the Interagency Network has over 200 members representing
some 80 agencies and service providers. Many are nonprofits but not all.
However, we all believe that when a person needs our services not only
is that individual, but also their family, at risk for multiple problems.
By working together, sharing ideas and finding common solutions, we provide
clients with the best possible service and care while building a better
The Inter-Agency Network meets the first Tuesday of each month excluding
July, and meets at DrugFree Greenville located at 4207 Wesley Street.
Approximately thirty to forty agencies gather monthly from 10:00 a.m.
until 11:30 a.m. A typical meeting begins with two pre-scheduled agency
presentations showcasing their organizations and services. This is followed
by introductions of all in attendance and a short description of each
agency. The meetings also allow an opportunity to put a face to a voice,
to gain information on how to access services, learn about upcoming events
and most importantly to learn how we can work together for the betterment
of our community. These informal meetings are open to anyone and unlike
other interagency groups in other counties there is no membership fee.
The meetings are informal is style, but well organized and a treasure
trove of priceless information. If you walked into the middle of a meeting
in progress, you might hear joking and laughing, because the “regulars”
become friends. All the members though different, are in the business
of helping those who often don’t have the financial or emotional
ability to help themselves. Many work long hours for little or no pay;
a few are simply and wonderfully full-time volunteers who go where they
feel they are needed. Business cards are exchanged and some gaps in service
are closed and Hunt County is a better place for it.
The goal is to help each other serve those who need our services. Time
and time again working partnerships are formed during the meetings themselves
when one agency describes a need and another one steps up with a possible
solution. Duplication and identifying gaps in services remains a priority.
Because the Network continues to grow in size and strength, agency representatives
now come from the surrounding counties as well, including Dallas, Collin,
Kaufman, Raines, Fannin, Delta and Grayson. The Interagency Network sponsored
for 23 years by DrugFree Greenville, continues to share the good news
that in Hunt County we are unusually fortunate to have such a large number
and diversity of local services. Meetings will resume August 2. You are
encouraged to come, listen and learn.
Drug Free Greenville
4207 Wesley Street
Greenville, Texas 75401
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