Charles L. Farris Award provided donations to local food providers

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Barbara Suber (second from left), recipient of the Charles L. Farris Award, presents $500 checks to Kima Stewart, BIC West Elementary principal, and Don Settles, Marsha and Robert Chambers with the Current Gaines Baptist Association Disaster Feeding Unit. Mrs. Suber received a $1000 donation to a charity of her choice as part of the award and chose the local B.I.B.L.E. program and the Baptist disaster team to share the donation.
Yvonne Hernandez

Barbara Suber, executive director of Monette Housing Authority, was recently selected for the highest and most prestigious award in the entire Southwest Region's National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, the Charles L. Farris Award. The region includes the seven states of Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

In addition to the large plaque placed in her office of all past winners' names and her individual plaque, she also received a $1000 donation to the charity of her choice. Because of her love and work the the local B.I.B.L.E. (Buffalo Island Better Life Experience) program, which provides weekly backpacks for Buffalo Island Central West Elementary and food for needy families in the area, and also the work of the local Baptist disaster teams, she has chosen both deserving programs to share in the $1000 donation.

Don Settles, associational missionary for Current Gaines Baptist Association, along with Robert and Marsha Chambers of Monette, are members of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention Disaster Relief Feeding Team located in Corning. The Disaster Relief feeding unit, consisting entirely of trained volunteers, extends the love of Christ to disaster survivors by preparing hot meals that are delivered by the Red Cross for survivors of disasters. The Disaster Relief volunteers also remove damaging trees and debris, tarp roofs, provide emergency communications and coordinate the response through Incident Command leadership, as well as providing hot showers and clean laundry for hard working Disaster Relief volunteers.

Disaster relief is a ministry of the heart -- caring people rushing to people in crisis to offer the help, healing, and hope of Jesus Christ.

A $500 check was presented to Dr. Kima Stewart, West Elementary principal, for the backpack snack program, and another $500 check was presented to Bob and Marsha Chambers for the Current Gaines Association Disaster Feeding Unit.

Charles L. Farris was a housing official from St. Louis, Mo., and was known for the work he did in cleaning the downtown area of St. Louis from the blight and for redeveloping safe, clean and affordable housing for low-income residents. He was more notably recognized for the work and role he played in building the Cardinals, Busch Stadium.

Suber said she was very humbled by this award presented by her friends and peers in the seven state region and would never have put her 37 years of work in housing and redevelopment on the same level with Farris. "It's such an honor for me to share this award and donation with such deserving programs, and I sincerely hope it will be used to help feed many needy children and families," Suber said.

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