As announced last week, Janet Johnson, the lead community service worker for New River Community Action (NRCA) is retiring after 43 years.
Johnson began her career with the Head Start section of the organization. Throughout her 43-year career she has worked with a variety of organizations through her mission to help improve the community.
“Janet’s strength is working with the community,” said coworker Glenda Vest. “She knows everyone in Pulaski, and they know her.”
One of Johnson’s best known achievements was creating the Pulaski Emergency Needs Task Force, which helps raise funds for NRCA’s functions. She started the Task Force with Social Service attorneys Phil Sadler and Jim Wallace, and has served as the liaison between NRCA and the Task Force.
As the lead community service worker, Johnson’s main function was to help low income citizens when they were facing an emergency financial crisis. She also worked with the S.H.A.R.E. Program, which she helped organize and generated a heavy amount of community support.
Johnson and the rest of NRCA celebrated her retirement at the Pulaski Historic Train Station on Monday night. Although her retirement will start at the end of the month, Johnson will continue to step in when needed by NRCA, and will still stay involved with the community.
Her successor will be Jeanny Curtis, who has a background as a housing counselor. Once she starts, her previous position will be added in with her new position.
According to Vest, she got to know Johnson very well through their work together in the S.H.A.R.E. Program, and throughout all her work, she was very well respected.
“Her community organizing skills are just top notch,” said Vest. “You can’t find anybody else any better than that. She’s just fabulous, and a wonderful friend.”