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San Augustine County held an all-day Community Partners Summit yesterday that focused on identifying existing and potential resources for expanding social services to county citizens. Representatives from four federal social service agencies flew all the way from Washington, D.C. for a one day meeting in San Augustine. The basis for the summit all started with a county judge wanting to see change in her rural community. San Augustine County Judge Samye Johnson spoke of a venture to the backwoods of San Augustine County. She met a very poor woman in desperate need of her medicines. Johnson came to her aid but has since learned that it's impossible to individually help all the others. A survey conducted by the SFA Social Work Department of at least 2,000 San Augustine County residents will create a starting point for change. The meeting went well and with the information obtained, there is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of citizens in San Augustine County. While bureaucratic ways are difficult to change, Judge Johnson is willing to try.

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