Community care: The Link of Cullman County hosts resource fair at Cullman Housing Authority

Good Samaritan Health Clinic was on hand to give free health screenings to those who attended The Link of Cullman County’s resource fair for Cullman Housing Authority residents Tuesday evening. (Maggie Darnell for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Link of Cullman County Tuesday evening hosted a community resource fair at the Cullman County Housing Authority Community Center. The event was educational and also a time for fellowship, with attendees enjoying a meal and raffle prizes while learning about different community resources. Representatives from Good Samaritan Health Clinic were also on hand to provide free health screenings.

“We want residents to know that they have an organization who can help them maybe deal with difficult relationship situations, employment situations, maybe they have some family things going on and maybe we could help sort that out. We just want to be helpful to them,” said The Link’s Director of Neighbor Relations Julie Hall. “Tonight we did a resource fair for the folks here that live in the housing authority in case they need information about the things we do and offer at our facility and also to establish relationships so that maybe, if they would like to participate in classes we offer, they could come to this facility and do it here.”

She continued, “This is to develop a relationship with the residents. We offer resume help, parenting classes, budgeting classes. This is the first time we’ve done it here. We’ve had resource fairs in the past, and we’ve participated in other resource fairs. The next one for that will be at Temple Baptist Church on March 28 and we’re going to participate in theirs.”

Hall said The Link felt bringing the Good Samaritan Health Clinic on board for Tuesday night’s event was a great opportunity.

“We’re grateful being able to partner with The Link of Cullman County,” said Good Samaritan Health Clinic Executive Director Jolanda Hutson. “We always welcome any opportunity to partner with other agencies in order better meet the needs of people in our community. We’re happy to be here today to provide glucose, blood pressure and BMI (Body Mass Index) checks. It really helps us increase awareness of what we do in the community and also identify people who may be at risk and not be aware. If they don’t have health insurance, we try to encourage them to come by the clinic, and if they do, we encourage if they don’t have a doctor to go to Cullman Regional and get a doctor. We’re just grateful to be part of this wonderful event.”

For those who missed Tuesday evening’s fair, Hall said there will be future resource fairs in the area.

She also shared, “We’re going to leave plenty of information here in the Housing Authority’s Community Center and they can call us and talk to any of us so we can connect them to our services.”

Learn more about The Link of Cullman County at or or call 256-775-0028.

For more about the Good Samaritan Health Clinic, visit or or call 256-775-1389.

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Maggie Darnell