“One of the really cool things about working in Alamance County is how well everyone really does work together. We really do like each other. We all sit together. We have meetings. We talk about ‘Okay, this is what’s going on right now. Our family shelter situation isn’t great. We need more assistance. We need to figure out a way to better serve our community.’ It’s such a great experience and I just want to give my support to  the other agencies that are asking for funding as well.”
~Lynn Russo, Executive Director of Family Abuse Services, during the public comment period regarding the use of funds*, City Council Meeting February 16.
And, it was true. They all were sitting together and clearly got along well together. It was quite heart-warming to see the various non-profit/community organizations supporting each other’s requests for a share of limited funding.
Continuing in that vein, Frank Hope was recognized for his service as interim city manager with a standing ovation by the entire room, the new city manager Hardin Watkins being the first to stand. Mr. Hope spoke about his love for Burlington, for the people in the room who were his “home” during tragedy, and his dad who led him to this type of work.
It was an enjoyable and motivating meeting to attend.
“Burlington’s a special place.”
*Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and funds from the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program.