HOUSTON – They are new to the community but they hope to improve the quality of life in Houston and Chickasaw County for years to come.
Regional Global Network held an open house recently to showcase the people who staff the organization and get the word out on what their plans are in Houston.
“RGN is committed to the improvement and quality of life for our families and communities,” said Carol Rogers, executive director of Regional Global Network. “Our mission is to empower families and individuals to enjoy good, healthy, home environments and to help people thrive regardless of age or social-economic standing.”
Rogers said that will be done through education programs offered by RGN, and entrepreneurial and business enterprise development training. She added another component will be the fostering of social and cultural enrichment programs based on the arts.
RGN has opened offices at 485 Parish Street and is urging the community to drop by and see what they offer.
“Our executive staff is a team of professionals recognized in their fields for presenting top-quality workshops,” said Rogers “We will offer full training programs from caring for the aged to household economics and business development strategies.”
Rogers said RGN has partnered with Warren Stamps and North Mississippi Center for Higher Educational Advancement to provide academic counseling, career counseling, information on educational opportunities and assistance in completing applications for college admissions, testing and financial aid.
She said Benton Harris will work out of the Parish Street office and will assist socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers through the use of technology. Harris will also help businesses with management tools, financial analysis, production data and marketing.
Rogers said Shelia Evans Lacy will focus on childhood development and helping parents and guardians with programs for children to improve education and social development skills. Single parents will also be helped to find business and job opportunities.
Dr. Lynn Hamilton, a Houston native, said his goal will be to come alongside youth needing help with school. Hamilton pointed out only 47 percent of the African-American men in Chickasaw County have graduated high school.
Hamilton, who has a military background, said RGN will show youth in the community the options available to them ranging from college, military and technical training. RGN will also help them as they walk through that process.
RGN has also partnered with Charles Smith, an artist from Madison, to expose children to art.
“If you can help a child find their art, you open a whole new world to them,” said Smith. “They excel and become better students. They gain confidence and they are less likely to engage in destructive behavior.”
Rogers said RGN is all about restoring communities one family at a time.
“We have a lot of enthusiasm and we realize it will take time to make these things happen in Houston and Chickasaw County,” said Rogers. “I am from this area and I can think of no better place to make this all happen. We are excited to be in Houston and ready to get to work.”