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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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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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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.

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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."

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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.