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Bert Cooper, the executive director of Community Seeds -- the non-profit, faith-based charitable organization in Lone Oak -- says the organization is now able to offer limited cash assistance to those needing helping in making their rent or utility payments, and he says the organization has an abundance of vegetables to give away from its community garden.

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The director of Community Seeds in Lone Oak, Bert Cooper, says the charitable organization should be ready to open its incubator kitchen and "country store" in downtown Lone Oak by the end of August.  The incubator kitchen will allow individuals to legally prepare food products for sale.  The kitchen and store will be in one of the oldest buildings in East Texas, built in 1849. 

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Bert Cooper, director of Community Seeds in Lone Oak, says the organization benefits from the Branded Ranch Rodeo Saturday (May 19) at the Hopkins County Civic Center in Sulphur Springs.  A day full of family-oriented, Western activities begins at 10 a.m.

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Bert Cooper of Community Seeds, a faith-based organization in Lone Oak, says numerous area industries are supporting the organization's $500,000 self-sufficiency grant from the Texas Workforce Commission.  The industries have agreed to employ people trained by Community Seeds using the funds from the grant.  Community Seeds will train people as medical assistants, medical-billing encoders, pharmaceutical technicians, welders, and electricians, along with other occupations.

Bert Cooper, the executive director of Community Seeds of Lone Oak, a faith-based social services program, will start a new training class for welders in mid-June.  Also, Community Seeds is in need of instructors for GED and Certified Nurses Assistant training programs.

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Community Seeds

Bert Cooper with Community Seeds of Lone Oak, a faith-based organization, has received a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission to provide job training.  Companies in any industry may ask Community Seeds to provide training for specific jobs that need to be filled, at no cost to the company.  For example, Community Seeds is working with the A-Trinity Home Health Care company of Arlington to train people for up to 28 jobs.

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Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the United Way is providing assistance this year to the Lone Oak faith-based organization Community Seeds and the Salvation Army.  The United Way assisted the organization in the past, and has renewed its support of them again this year.  Frances says in March the United Way will begin taking applications for assistance from service organizations in 2017.

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Communiity Seeds

Bert Cooper of Community Seeds, a faith-based service organization in Lone Oak, says the organization's annual Christmas Dinner is at 6 p.m. Thursday in the National Guard Armory on Jack Finney Boulevard in Greenville.  And Bert discusses progress on Community Seeds' incubator kitchen, which will help people become entrepreneurial food producers.

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Bert Cooper with Community Seeds in Lone Oak says his organization is working with Texas Workforce Solutions on a program whereby if employers agree to hire workers trained by Community Seeds for 90 days, Workforce Solutions will provide funding for additional training of the workers that would allow them to become regular employees of the company.  More employers are needed to participate in the program, Bert says.

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Bert Cooper, the director of Community Seeds of Lone Oak, a faith-based organization, has a new welding class underway.  Bert says students can join the class until May 11, as long as openings remain.  He says a previously homeless person who received training from an earlier welding class is now earning $350 per hour.  There is a shortage of three million welders in the U.S., Bert says.

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Community Seeds

Bert Cooper, the director of Community Seeds of Lone Oak, a faith-based organization, says the recent Greenville Follies stage show raised $49,500 for his organization.  The money will help Community Seeds complete its planned incubator kitchen, which will help train people in food preparation skills, and help others prepare "homemade" food for sale.

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Community Seeds director Bert Cooper says the Lone Oak-faith-based organization is waiting for USDA approval of the drawings for the incubator commercial kitchen so that construction can begin.  The kitchen will allow people to develop food products for sale, and provide training in food preparation.  Also, Bert says this year's Greenville Follies stage show will benefit Community Seeds.  The Follies are scheduled for April 24-25.

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Bert Cooper, the director of the faith-based program Community Seeds based in Lone Oak, says the organization has received some grant funding that will allow it soon to begin training people in the skills of medical billing and coding, a well-paying occupation.  Also, Bert says an anonymous company has agreed to build new homes for Community Seeds' transitional housing program.

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Community Seeds

Bert Cooper of Community Seeds in Lone Oak says the faith-based organization hopes to find someone to provide training in medical billing and coding for its clients.  Medical coding is a well-paying, much-in-demand profession, Bert says.  Community Seeds will start a class for certified nurses aids in April.

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Bert Cooper, the executive director of Community Seeds in Lone Oak, says the faith-based organization will hold its annual fund-raising dinner, featuring prime rib, at 6 p.m. Thursday at the National Guard armory in Greenville.  Community Seeds recently opened a transitional housing facility for people who are receiving job training with Community Seeds or other programs.

Bert Cooper, the executive director of Community Seeds, says the faith-based organization has received the necessary architectural and design approval for its incubator kitchen, which will allow people to prepare and market food.  Community Seeds also has started its fall welders training class.  Bert says people trained in welding are in great demand.

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The executive director of Lone Oak-based Community Seeds, Bert Cooper, says two recent graduates of its programs exemplify what the faith-based organization is trying to accomplish.

Community Seeds

The executive director of Lone Oak-based Community Seeds, Bert Cooper, says his faith-based organization is training people to become welders.  Welding is a much-sought-after skill in the economy.

Community Seeds

Bert Cooper, the executive director of Community Seeds, based in Lone Oak, says the faith-based organization is offering a nurses' aides training program, certified by the state Division of Aging and Disability Services. 

Community Seeds of Lone Oak director Bert Cooper discusses the organization's community garden.  Community Seeds defines its mission as to "to operate as a clearing house for area churches, to serve the economically disadvantaged and under served people of our area, with emergency assistance and programs to empower and encourage them to become self-sufficient."

Community Seeds

Bert Cooper, the director of Community Seeds, says his organization is developing a community, or incubator, kitchen in Lone Oak, where citizens will learn to cook food for sale to the public, and where the food can be prepared.  Community Seeds is an "outreach organization, providing care for the less fortunate."

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Community Seeds of Lone Oak director Bert Cooper says his organization provides people in need with resources, but also helps them learn to be resourceful.

How can Commerce Reduce Poverty?

Apr 30, 2012
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COMMERCE - The battle against poverty moves on following a recent meeting in Commerce among concerned citizens and organizational leaders like Bert Cooper, executive director of Community SEEDS.