U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly visited the Jefferson County Clearinghouse Wednesday (8/30/17) on a trip through southeastern Indiana.
A small group including Margo Olson, River Valley Resources executive director, and Clearinghouse director, Molly Dodge, led Donnelly and his team on a brief tour of the facility.
Donnelly met with volunteers in the House of Hope food pantry as well as representatives from a number of organizations located in the Clearinghouse.
The senator, who said he’d last visited Jefferson County late last year, said he was interested in visiting the Clearinghouse to learn more about the operation and how it might be replicated in other rural cities and towns. The ability for families to receive food assistance and work counseling – among other services – in a “one-stop shop” was especially appealing, he said. The Clearinghouse offers families a chance to “lift themselves up,” he said.
In addition to his Clearinghouse visit, Donnelly said his trip to Jefferson County was part of his continuing efforts to visit all 92 counties in his state.
“For me it’s a good day when I’m here in the county,” Donnelly said. “It’s an area of our state that’s so critical, so important, not only in higher education but in manufacturing and jobs and being a leading community that people can use as a model – particularly for this kind of thing.”