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Where human needs and government intersect. The Division of Community Services promotes ongoing economic security and independence for the people of Shelby County. We do this by promoting, coordinating and delivering services that address the underlying conditions for well-being and justice. We strive to be a highly organized team and partner, dedicated to promoting a strong community where all people are able to reach their full potential.

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Dec 23

Staff News - December 2019

Posted on December 23, 2019 at 11:26 AM by Janet Lo

Working Towards Wellness - A Lifelong Season of Self-Care

The Division of Community Services cares.  It cares about the community it serves and its dedicated employees who provide those services.  Just as the airlines say “put on your mask before you help others,” we recognize the need to care for ourselves to be effective in caring for our community.  We want to support all employees as we continue to provide the best service possible to better the lives of residents in our community. Accordingly, please take part in the new self-care program for Division Staff:

The goal of our self-care program is to reduce stress and enhance our short and long term health and well-being. It is a preventative measure. Such a goal not only benefits our work lives, making us better and more productive and engaged employees, but it will boost our personal lives too.  While it may be challenging to add self-care to the already long list of things we have to do, we will find that engaging in self-care makes us better able to accomplish the tasks and face our challenges both at work and at home.

  Our self-care program rests on four cornerstones:


Activities and advice to help you make balanced and nourishing food choices to fuel your body, increase your well-being and ability to function at high levels. 

•   Nutritional Coaching

•   Recipe Shares

•   Cooking Classes


Activities and advice to help you stay fit and healthy, with the energy and strength to get through your daily activities at peak performance.  Aerobic exercises also help you to relieve stress and you might just get a little weight loss too!

•  Yoga

•   Self-Care At Your Chair activities

•   Ambassador Directed Workout Activities

•   Healthy Shelby Activities

•   Active and Fit benefits

Mindset/Motivation/Emotional Well-Being

Activities and advice to help you manage stress, promote resiliency, build new attitudes and see beyond the day to day. 

•   Meditation

•   EAP - Lunch and Learn

•   Volunteer Opportunities

•   Motivational Moments


Activities and advice to provide a mental break from your day to day routine so that you can return refreshed and renewed. 

•   Massage Services

•   Tea Party

There are other components of self-care, like spiritual well-bring, emotional support and healthy relationships. You will be encouraged to consider all of the components to create a self-care that works best for you.  

Throughout the year, we will encourage you to care for yourself and we will provide tools to help you do so, whether it be an organized activity, a motivational moment, or a reminder of services that are available to you.  You are encouraged to take from the program what works in your life and add to it where you see fit.  They key is to find what works for you and to be consistent.  Our program is designed to keep you on the path to wellness, giving you gentle nudges and reminders to care for yourself, BECAUSE WE CARE ABOUT YOU!!!!

EAP CURRENT WELLNESS SEMINARS: “Thriving through the Holidays” and “Work Life Balance” 

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2019-12 STAFF Rolanda EatmonRolanda Eatmon
is the new Finance Administrator for the Division of Community Services. She holds an MBA with Honors from Webster University. She is also a proud alumni from our local HBCU LeMoyne-Owen College. Along with 15 years of working experience, Rolanda’s previous experience includes Fiscal & Contracts Manager with Workforce Investment Network and Senior Investment Analyst with the City of Memphis Finance Department. Rolanda is a believer of having a strong work ethic and enjoying time with her family. Rolanda is married to James Eatmon, owner of King of King’s Bar-b-que. She is also the proud mother of Jonah, Vivian, and James.

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