By Karen Werts
On May 10, 2011, Joann and Russ Harris and Karen Werts met a bus load of other Horizon members from Iowa at the Chariton Carpenter's Hall for a day long trip to several towns in Southern Iowa. The purpose of the trip was to learn what other communities had done in the Horizon's Program.
When everyone gathered at Carpenter's Hall, we had refreshments. We then learned about Chariton's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program and Russ Harris spoke about the Russell Horizon's group. We then all boarded the bus for Corydon and there found out about the Housing Trust Fund and visited the Welcome We Help and Iowa Career Access Point.
We boarded the bus once again and left for Leon where we had lunch at From The Ground. Then we visited the Leon Clothing Consignment Store that was established as a result of Horizons. Leaving Leon we headed to Humeston. Our tour began at the Public Library to learn about Humeston's projects and their community owned grocery store, and the Front Street market and other specialty shops. We enjoyed dessert at the Grassroots Café and then started for home. While we were on the bus we viewed videos from several Horizon's Groups. It was a fun filled day and we thought it was very interesting learning about other communities and what Horizons doing.