January 21, 2011
Joel Sheridan, United Way of Moffat County board president, discusses the community’s needs Wednesday with members of city and county government. The United Way is hosting several meetings as part of its Community Conversations initiative. The meetings are meant to identify community issues that need to be addressed.
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At each meeting, the invited guests broke into small groups to discuss their thoughts with a United Way representative. Pearce said a broad range of issues were raised, including a lack of transitional housing and public transportation, an overall unstable economy, the need to teach parenting skills, and a shortage of programs for substance abuse treatment and prevention. “We also talked about the assets of the community,” Pearce said. “A lot of that was the people of the community, the caring nature and generosity of the community, the college, the outdoor lifestyle that we have.”