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December 30, 2013

Our Neighbors: Helping families here at home

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

“I love being able to advocate for people who feel they don’t have a voice,” said Smith. “Regardless of where people are in their life, they can achieve their dreams. Some people don’t ever hear that growing up and stop believing.”

Now, Smith – along with just two other employees at the Health Department – serves approximately 50 families in Laurel County. While her role mainly comprises of managing the program, assigning families to visitors and supervising staff, she still visits every family in the county at least once a quarter.

“For me, it’s not about the budget or funding,” Smith said. “It’s about seeing local families accomplish things. It’s not even really that stressful. It’s all about families – we know what’s expected and what we can do.”

 

sbelzer@sentinel-echo.com

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