Additional Statementsby Senator John Boozman
Posted on 2015-12-17
BOOZMAN. Mr. President, it is my honor to congratulate the
Crawford-Sebastian Community Development Council, CSCDC, on its 50th
anniversary of providing critical help for the people of western
Arkansas. Since 1965, this community action agency has administered a
wide range of Federal programs that help with housing, utilities, food
and other basic needs.
This agency does not just process paperwork; it alleviates hunger, provides shelter, and gives hope to more than 50,000 Arkansans annually.
I have always been struck by the great kindness and care that the staff at the CSCDC provides. The team, including 1,600 volunteers, is passionate about helping people and improving the community. They consistently look for new ways to improve their services, and I am grateful for their tireless efforts to support the homeless, families facing difficult times, and those who are seeking to improve their lives.
I have had many opportunities to see their work in person, including helping a family celebrate their new home through the self-help housing program. The CSCDC is a leader in providing counseling for first-time and low-income home buyers and creating homes hand-in-hand with them that will stand the test of time. It also quietly helps those in greatest need each day with services such as utility assistance, emergency food, and a no-cost dental clinic.
This year, the CSCDC has proven that it intends to remain a leader in community support for many years to come. This agency joined efforts to create the new Hope Campus in Fort Smith, AR, that brings together a number of nonprofits and services for the homeless in one place. It is a place of hope, healing, and opportunity.