Jackson Neighbors in Need would like to thank all the sponsors, volunteers and community members who helped to make our 2017 Charlie’s Challenge such a huge success. With over 200 people in attendance, JNIN was able to raise approximately $12,500 that night. Because Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort provides the wonderful dinner, all proceeds raised go to funding our mission. Traditionally the monies raised at the January dinner are held in reserve for the following cold weather season. Jackson Neighbors in Need will be focusing on providing weatherization and heating assistance in the 2017-2018 season.
The shelter part of our services has experienced exponential growth over the past several years. As of February 16, 2017 we have served 67 people in the shelter since November 1, 2016. Twenty-two of the people served were children. This represents a 14% increase in the number of shelter residents and a 35% increase in the amount of monies spent over the 2015-2016 season. We have spent $51,576 to date and as of Friday, Feb. 24, 2017 we will have expended the total Jackson Neighbors In Need shelter budget of $60,875.
At this time we will transition the management of the cold weather shelter service to Southwestern Child Development Commission. We would like to thank the Jackson County Board of Commissioners and Don Adams, County Manager, and the town of Sylva for their past and current support.
JNIN Board will work cooperatively with Southwestern Child Development Commission to support the transition in any way that is needed in order for SWCDC to continue providing the cold weather shelter service for the remainder of the season.
At this point JNIN will be refocusing our efforts on providing the other two parts of our mission: home weatherization and heating assistance. In partnership with Habitat for Humanity and Mountain Projects, we would like to continue and expand our efforts to weatherize homes, do minor home repairs, and assist those in the community who need help with heating/electric bills. Our major mission has always been to help our neighbors stay warm and safe during the cold winter months. We have always had the goal of providing these services without duplicating those of existing programs.