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City, Atmos & Pennyroyal Mental Health Celebrate Veteran's Work Program

Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks and officials with Atmos Energy, Pennyroyal Mental Health, Pennyroyal Veterans Center, and Hopkinsville Public Works gathered this morning to celebrate an exciting new collaboration dubbed Hoptown Heroes.  This much needed veterans work program would not have been possible without the generous contribution of Atmos Energy, which donated $5,000 to the start-up veterans support venture.

Robert Flick, Hopkinsville Operations Supervisor with Atmos Energy, remarked, "We are thrilled to be the first partner to bring our resources to bear on this important local initiative.  We invite other potential sponsors to join this effort to encourage and empower those who have contributed so much to our community and country."

Designed to utilize a number of our area’s veterans as contract labor through the City of Hopkinsville, Hoptown Heroes will focus on a variety of beautification projects from tackling graffiti to litter abatement.  In this way, these local professionals will bolster their work experience and regain the confidence needed to tackle productive civilian lifestyles.  Hoptown Heroes is expected to redeploy participants beginning the summer of 2016; assignments will continue as long as funds allow.

Mayor Hendricks added, "We couldn't be more privileged to be a part of this project to honor and support our nation's finest.  We appreciate the foresight and leadership of teams at Atmos Energy, Pennyroyal Center, and Hopkinsville Public Works Department in bringing this vision to a reality."  Pennyroyal Veterans Center Program Coordinator, Jeff Broadbent echoed those sentiments adding, "On behalf of the many veterans to be assisted through this program, we extend a heartfelt thank you to all the partners associated."

During today’s announcement, the following organization representatives made remarks about the exciting new endeavor:

City of Hopkinsville - Mayor Carter Hendricks

Atmos Energy - Robert Flick, Hopkinsville Operations Supervisor

Pennyroyal Veterans Center - Jeff Broadbent, Program Coordinator

Hoptown Heroes Check Presentation