125 people get energy assistance,dozens turned away
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -
Columbus Enrichment Services provided financial help for energy assistance to 125 people Saturday morning, but more than 50 people went home disappointed after they were turned away.
Still some people at Rosemont were pleased about this year's new setup.
"It was fast it went better this time because we came at 4 a.m. and we got in and we had some crowd came up and they straighten the line up and it improved better," Betty Brundidge said.
Others thought things could have been handled better.
"A lot of folks that were standing here that were older a lot of the young folks came and cut so it should stay at the Liberty cause they have a disadvantage and at the Liberty its better because they can't cut," one woman told News Leader 9. "It would have been better if they would have told people in advance to be here at a certain time given us a time to cut off instead of just letting people stand out here."
Just before 10 a.m. the last 50 or more people waiting in this line were told to go home because the quota of 125 people had been reached for the day. News Leader 9 caught up with Cynthia Little who had been waiting since 5 a.m., she didn't get her assistance because of a mismatch on paper documents.
Little says Enrichment Services asked her to call them later and they will address the problem. She says the folks in the office never pickup when she calls.
Despite minor setbacks the majority of those who came out are thankful for the help.
"When we got in there they waited on us right away and we got out of there and I Thank God for the blessing that they gave us," Betty Brundidge said.
If you were not able to make it out to Enrichment Services this weekend, you can call their offices and schedule an appointment by calling 706-649-1600.
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