One of the goals of the Multi-County Community Service Agency in Meridian is to teach those on a fixed income how to be more self-reliant.
Its annual seminar energy conservation also focuses on financial management, health and safety.
"As a community action agency, we are all about helping people become more self reliant, so that's what we are doing today. We are teaching them things they need to know in order to become self reliant," said REACH coordinator Romande Walker.
One of the primary subjects is the Residential Energy Assistance Program, or REACH for short. REACH teaches people how to be more energy efficient and reduce their overall energy costs.
"We are trying to help them reduce their costs and teach them how to be more conservative in their spending," Walker said.
The REACH Program helps reduce the energy usage of a fixed income household by teaching its occupants to use more efficient lighting, how to adjust hot water heaters, and much more. Even a few dollars can be a huge savings.
"Any time you have only $603 a month income and you have a gas bill or power bill for $300, that's half your money gone. Most of the time they are spending their money on energy bills when they need medicine," said Walker.
To find out more about the REACH Program, contact the Multi-County Community Service Agency at 601-483-3843.