WalMart Foundation awards funds to Adult Drug Court

A $1,000 check was presented to the Jefferson County Adult Drug Court Outreach Foundation during its back to school rally last week.

Randall Nichols and Richard Roberts, managers of the Walmart Supercenter presented the check, which was from the Walmart Foundation.

“Walmart believes in operating globally and giving back locally,” Nichols said. “Creating impact in the neighborhoods where we live and work. It’s Walmart’s mission to create opportunities to live better. We consider it our responsibility to make a positive impact in the communities we serve.”

The funds will be used to purchase school uniforms for the children of drug court participants, drug court coordinator Michelle White said.

“Many of our participants are of low to moderate income, struggling with unemployment and their children are enrolled in free and reduced meal programs,” White said. “It is difficult for students to do well in school when they are faced with the worry of having enough school supplies to get through the school year.

“Our main objective is to raise funds to provide for the needs of our participants,” White said. “Our goal is to promote the awareness of the Jefferson County Drug Court in this community, while soliciting support and volunteers to expand and maintain out program.”

Circuit Judge Berlin C. Jones, who presides over the drug court program, said the donation will have an impact on the children and their families in starting the school year off on the right foot.

“We foster family reunification as the drug court team actively encourages the families of our participants to be actively involved in the entire court process to help unify family units and strengthen bonds,” a spokesman for the program said. “This is critical to our holistic approach to treatment.”