26 April 2016
A recent study of social services in Fluvanna County yielded some pleasing results about which the people of the county should be proud, and also concerned. The study looked at the needs of people in the county and the mechanisms by which these needs are met. Dozens of needs were identified, such as food and adequate nutrition, housing adequacy, water, heat and plumbing issues, health access and child and elder neglect.
The study found that almost 20 percent of the county’s people rely on some type of assistance with some issue during each year, and importantly, that help is provided by a very large number of interacting organizations working together quite seamlessly and selflessly on the part of hundreds of individuals and organizations – churches, non-governmental organizations such as Meals on Wheels; county agencies such as the Department of Social Services and county officials at all levels; state and federal agencies and extension services, to come to the aid of people in need. As a community we all can be proud of the interwoven mosaic these folks and groups create to help our fellow citizens. And as a very rich country, we ought to be doing these things. Hunger and cold are unthinkable in such a prosperous land.