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Cooper Hurley Helps Program to Counter South Norfolk ‘Food Desert’

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Cooper Hurley Helps Program to Counter South Norfolk ‘Food Desert’

The South Norfolk community in Chesapeake is a ‘food desert,” according to Nischelle Buffalow, the community developer at Chesapeake Avenue United Methodist Church.

The church is known for its Food Assistance Ministries, a program it has expanded in recent years. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers is happy to support this initiative. This month, we presented a check to Pastor Jan Prentace-Commander and Nischelle.

Every Wednesday evening, the church feeds 45 to 100 people in its hall.

“We have an after school program where we feed the kids, as well,” said Nischelle. “We are now going to introduce a food pantry for our seniors."

“Here in South Norfolk, we are actually live in a food desert so bringing fresh fruits and vegetables and fresh meats to the community is a plus,” she said.

Nischelle said many local residents make themselves at home at the church.

“Our community really enjoy it. They sit in here on Wednesdays like they are relaxing at home,” she said.

Pastor Jan said the South Norfolk area is a Title 1 school district.  Title 1 is America’s oldest federally funded program, states the U.S. Department of Education. Every year, it provides more than $14 billion to school systems across the country for students at risk of failure and living at or near poverty.

“People in this area live in poverty and beyond poverty level,” she said.

In recent months, Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has supported many good causes. This week, we presented a check for $500 at the end of our winter “Facebook likes” campaign for Blankets For the Homeless.

The non-profit was set up by Mariah Smith from Virginia Beach who was abandoned as a baby one Christmas Eve.

She set up Blankets for the Homeless when, as a teen when she saw a homeless man outside a fast-food restaurant. She gave him a blanket and her food. Now she deals with all facets of homelessness in Hampton Roads including people on the streets and families in transitory hotel accommodations.

Our latest Facebook likes campaign is Heal The Warriors. You can find out more about it here. For every like our Norfolk Injury lawyers’ Facebook page, we will donate $1 to this great organization.

This month, we presented a check to Dr. Earle Williams, who is launching the inaugural Dr. Earle Show on March 11.

The Dr. Earle Show presents a series of seminars by Williams, a clinical psychologist who is a former felon. The event is intended to inform and teach attendees how to avoid jail, how to prepare for release and how to adjust to life outside prison.

The first show will be taped before a live audience in the auditorium of the Attucks Theater at 1010 Church Street in Norfolk on March 11.

On March 5, another Cooper Hurley sponsored event is taking place. Cornhole for the Cure is in its second year. The event raises money for breast cancer research. You can find out more on its Facebook page here.

To contact the team at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers call us at (757) 455-0077.


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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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