It has been a few months since I gave a Noble County update.
The Community Table, which began in late March, continues to serve those who need a good meal and, from what I recently heard from a key Noble County leader, has really made a significant inroad in reducing the request for food. Phase 2, the development of a comprehensive case management system, to provide a one-stop system of resource care and aid, is underway and I am currently a part of those discussions. I am very pleased with the holistic assessment approach that is proposed. The Community Garden in Kendallville, continues to provide healthy food and is rapidly coming to full harvest.
Thr!ve Noble County, the rural development program is moving along and each of the ‘pillars’ are meeting to develop their initial strategies. I serve on the Leadership pillar and we had a very productive meeting this past week.
Unemployment continues to be a serious issue, and statistics released this week indicates that Noble County, at 16.6% unemployment is number two in the state.