Cox hints at new programme for needy families, during Christmas walkabout in San Juan

Minister of Social Development and Family Services Senator Donna Cox used Christmas afternoon to share news of her ministry’s new First Responders’ Initiative, during a walkabout in Weekes Trace, San Juan.

The First Responders’ Initiative will be formally launched in 2021 and aims to be more proactive in identifying needy families. A key component of the Initiative, which will be led by the Family Services Division, would be a formal collaborative approach to addressing family issues between the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services and other ministries and relevant NGOs and state agencies.

Photo: Minister of Social Development and Family Services Donna Cox (right) presents a Christmas hamper to San Juan resident Tricia Straker and her family.
(via Ministry of Social Development and Family Services)

Cox’s Christmas walkabout, according to a press release, also served as ‘an instrument for assessment of families and households within the area, so that a customised approach could be developed by the ministry in the promotion and implementation of its programmes, grants and services’. 

Among the beneficiaries today were Tricia Straker, a mother of eight, and Lucien Joseph, a patient of Buerger’s disease, who both received hampers.

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