Several local agencies are working together to address a need and provide individuals in the probation system with hygiene products.
RuAnn Root, executive director of Court Appointed Special Advocates, shared this need with members of the Adams County Board of Supervisors at the board’s meeting Tuesday.
Root said adults within the probation system are in need of hygiene products. She has worked with Sue Kissinger, chief deputy of the District 10 Probation Office, on the issue.
Root said members of the Hastings Community Foundation expressed interest in providing a $1,000 emergency grant to buy a variety of hygiene products. Root hasn’t yet written the grant application.
“We’re just making sure we can do this before we write the grant,” she said.
Because the Hastings Community Foundation wanted to be able to track the grant funds, the supervisors voted 6-0 at their meeting to accept the funds on the county’s behalf.
Should the Community Foundation approve the grant application, the funds would go into the county’s general fund. The products would be purchased using the County Attorney’s Office credit card, with the products stored at the probation office at the Adams County Office Building, 300 N. St. Joseph Ave., and given to those in need.
“The county’s not going to be out any money. This is not something my office would generally purchase. I don’t want the auditor coming back later saying, ‘You bought $1,000 worth of what?’ ” County Attorney Donna Fegler-Daiss said of why the issue was brought to the supervisors.
Kissinger said individuals on probation sometimes are in a precarious financial situation where they must pick between buying hygiene items or buying food.
“If we can give them some positive reinforcement and help them remain clean, they have a better chance of having a good self-image and getting a job and all those other things,” Root said. “It’s a good thing to do.”