By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal
SALTILLO – Saltillo residents will soon have a new resource center in their city, but in order to make that happen, volunteers are needed to clean up and paint the building.
The building on Mobile Street in downtown Saltillo was formerly Dr. R.B. Robison’s North Mississippi Medical Center clinic. The hospital donated it to the city this past summer, and the city is now ready to transform it into a resource center.
Alderwoman Jewell Webb said anyone interested in helping with building clean up and painting is invited to participate from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today.
“Back in July, we knew the clinic was moving to their new location,” said Webb. “My husband (W.K. Webb) and I got to talking about how wonderful it would be to have this building as a resource center. As a nonprofit, we could organize through volunteers and grants and make it something that would benefit everybody in our city and bring the town together.”
Webb has been working with her husband and Dianne and Steve Ludt to plan for the building. Webb and Dianne Ludt have been the driving force behind the center and their vision is close to reality.
Webb said they have to clean and paint the building before implementing some of the different resource rooms they have envisioned.
The first rooms will be the career and education resource room, community health room and family resource room, Webb said.
“We can get grants for these rooms and we’re working with Three Rivers to do that but the hold-up is that we have to actually have something in place before the city can apply for grants,” Webb said.
The career and education resource room will have computers available for students to use outside of school and for community members to use in seeking employment. Webb said they also envision having workshops for writing resumes, job fairs, GED information and tutoring services.
They hope to host community health seminars and screenings and also family workshops like financial planning.
Anyone interested in donating items like computers or appliances to the center can contact Jewell Webb at (662) 321-5578.