On November 19, 2008, 39 Johnston County residents gathered to discuss their common concerns regarding the unmet needs of many of their fellow residents. Of specific concern were the needs of lower income, disabled and veteran residents who were perhaps limited in knowledge of available resources and how to access them. Concerns about “gaps” in services, possible discrimination or a lack of advocacy in seeking services were also discussed.
Believing that all individuals deserve the basic needs to sustain life and an equal opportunity to enrich their lives, it was unanimously decided to form an organization committed to that purpose. Under the leadership of Dr. Norwood Williams, Serve the Need In Johnston County, Inc. was founded and in February 2009, incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Through partnerships with churches, schools, corporations, civic and veterans organizations, Serve the Need In Johnston County, Inc. has proven to be a valuable resource for the residents of Johnston County and has truly made a difference in the lives of many.