Indiana Community Action Network E-newsletter
May 2016 issue

 

NEWS

Bev Henry Celebration of Service Award Presented to SIEOC CCR&R Staff Member

IIWF Helps Create New Opportunities for Adult Learners in Indiana

EVENTS

CAPWI Celebrates 50 Years of Excellence & a Surprise $10,000 Donation

TRI-CAP Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Inspiring Message from Sister Simone Campbell

REAL Services, Inc. Celebrates 50th Anniversary at Annual Age of Excellence Awards Luncheon

COMMUNITY IMPACT

Breakfast Ministry Shines at New NCCAA Location

Area IV Development’s New Housing Complex Revitalizes Downtown Delphi

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State-wide Bev Henry Celebration of Service Award
Presented to SIEOC CCR&R Staff Member

On April 19, 2016, the Indiana Association of Child Care Resource & Referral (IACCRR) community gathered for the “Celebrating the Past - Building the Future” conference at the Indiana Government Center. During the conference, Heidi Stewart, SIEOC’s CCR&R Professional Development Coordinator, was presented with the Bev Henry Celebration of Service Award.
 
This award was created by the IACCRR following the 2006 passing of Bev Henry, the Executive Director of the Southeastern Indiana Economic Opportunity Corporation (SIEOC), and the award has been presented to a CCR&R staff member in the state of Indiana annually since 2007. 

Bev was instrumental in bringing the CCR&R program into the SIEOC Agency in 1995, and the program has grown by leaps and bounds since that time. SIEOC currently covers a 14-county area of Southeastern Indiana.
 
Each CCR&R (there are 10 in the state of Indiana) has the opportunity to nominate one of its peers who shows Bev’s many special characteristics, such as a love for life-long learning, humor, compassion and kindness. 

This year is the first year that one of SIEOC’s staff members has won the award.

SIEOC and Beverly’s family are very proud that Heidi Stewart was the recipient of this award and that Bev’s memory and legacy continues to this day.

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IIWF Helps Create New Opportunities
for Adult Learners in Indiana

While projections show that more than two-thirds of future jobs will require some kind of post-secondary training, new data finds that Indiana is behind all of its neighboring states, with only 40.9 percent of working-age adults having a post-secondary degree or credential.

However, IN-CAA’s Indiana Institute for Working Families has been working closely with legislators and the state’s Commission for Higher Education to help create new opportunities for Hoosier adults to get back to school, where they can learn employable skills that lead to family-sustaining wages.

Adult Student Grant
Last year, the Institute successfully partnered with the Commission on SB 509 to create the Adult Student Grant, the state’s first financial aid exclusively for part-time adult students. This grant is also the main financial incentive behind the Commission’s new You Can Go Back initiative to encourage adult students to return to school, and it provides up to $1,000 for Hoosiers to complete their degrees and credentials. Prospective students can now visit YouCanGoBack.org and take a short quiz to see what schools and programs provide the best match for their experience and interests, as well as what incentives are available for them.

Community Action case managers should reference the You Can Go Back campaign overview for in-depth information and campus contacts in their region.

EARN Indiana
In the recently completed 2016 legislative session, the Institute worked with the Commission to expand the Employment Aid Readiness Network (EARN) Indiana work-study program to make part-time adult students eligible. Previously only available to full-time students, with the successful passage of HB 1248, both full-time and part-time adults with financial need can apply for this work-based learning program starting July 1.

EARN Indiana is designed to provide students with a paid internship that allows them to apply academic coursework to the professional world, develop transferable skills and build their professional network. Participating employers are also eligible to receive state matching funds for 50 percent of students’ hourly rates.

Research shows that students who find work in their field of study find a significant earnings boost, and those with work experience are more likely to be hired and satisfied with their work. Check out EARN Indiana’s website for application details, as well as fact sheets for interested students and employers.

With the Adult Student Grant and EARN Indiana, Indiana’s Community Action Agencies have two new ways to encourage adults that “You Can Go Back!”

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CAPWI Celebrates 50 Years of Excellence
& a Surprise $10,000 Donation

The Community Action Program, Inc. of Western Indiana (CAPWI) celebrated its 50th anniversary on Friday, April 8, at the Beef House Banquet Center in Covington with approximately 160 leaders and friends. The event was an opportunity to celebrate the organization’s rich history, recognize valued contributors and even enjoy some surprises.

Executive Director Muff Rennick started the evening off with a welcome message and introductions, followed by the installation of some new officers to the board. Guest speaker Charles McCann, CCAP Emeritus, spoke about the history of the Community Action movement across the country. He reminded present staff members that they are “builders” of the next generation, and they will need to fight and protect the ideals and values of Community Action into the future. McCann also recognized all Certified Community Action Professionals (CCAP) in attendance, as well as those currently pursuing the credential and/or considered a future candidate.
 
The biggest surprise of the evening was a $10,000 donation to CAPWI, presented by Dale White from the Western Indiana Community Foundation. CAPWI also received a special recognition award, presented by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA).

The Joan Cline Memorial Scholarship was also awarded during the celebration. CAPWI offers two annual scholarships to graduating seniors in the amount of $1,000 for each year they attend higher education up to a maximum of four years. Scholarships are awarded in CAPWI’s six-county service area; awards rotate between all six counties until all counties have had a recipient. This year, scholarships were awarded to Parke and Vermillion counties. The scholarship is in memory of Joan Cline who was the Executive Director for 35 years until her death in 2004.
 
The evening concluded with recognitions of staff members who have dedicated their lives to serving CAPWI. The awards were based on longevity, recognizing staff members who have been with the agency five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 40 years. Special recognition was given to Robert (Bob) Taylor for his 40 years with the agency — almost since the beginning. Muff Rennick provided a brief history of his contributions to the agency, followed by a standing ovation.
 
We look forward to the next 50 years with anticipation and commitment to changing people’s lives.

   

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TRI-CAP Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Inspiring Message from Sister Simone Campbell

Exactly 50 years after the agency’s official incorporation, TRI-CAP celebrated its 50th Anniversary on Monday, April 25, with a luncheon for more than 250 attendees.

The event included a keynote address by Sister Simone Campbell (pictured below, center), a nationally recognized religious leader, attorney and public policy expert, as well as the Executive Director of the Washington, D.C. Catholic lobbying group, NETWORK. She delivered a presentation on wage disparities and shared the four virtues that would help people gain an understanding of those dealing with poverty and economic struggles:

1. Have joy, knowing you can make a difference.
2. Practice “holy curiosity” and listen to people’s struggles.
3. Share “sacred gossip” and talk to others about the stories of poverty you hear.
4. Do your part in your community by volunteering your time to help.

In addition to the keynote address, three TRI-CAP clients — a cancer patient, a recent graduate of the Fatherhood Coalition and a client who was once homeless and is now on her way to becoming a homeowner — shared their stories of how TRI-CAP has helped them through some very tough times.

TRI-CAP has offices in Dubois, Pike, Warrick and Vanderburgh counties. Its mission is to empower the people in the communities it serves to achieve personal and economic well-being by providing health, housing and educational services. Last year alone, TRI-CAP served 5,964 total clients.

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REAL Services, Inc. Celebrates 50th Anniversary at Annual Age of Excellence Awards Luncheon

CBS News Anchor Jane Pauley Serves as Keynote Speaker


In April of 1966, REAL Services Inc., proudly began serving the North Central Indiana community. On April 26, 2016, REAL Services, Inc., celebrated its 50th Anniversary at its Age of Excellence Awards Luncheon with more than 800 people in attendance.

Several high-profile guests attended the event, including Les Fox, the founder of REAL Services, Inc.; Wyatt Mick, a 50-year Board of Directors member; John Broden, Indiana State Senator; team members from the Indiana Housing Community Development Agency and Jane Pauley (pictured at right), CBS News Anchor and New York Times bestselling author who served as the event’s keynote speaker. During her address, Jane shared a beautiful story of how her father was a full-time, loving caregiver for her mother.

The day's event was also a celebration, as it was the 20th anniversary of the Age of Excellence Awards Luncheon. To add an extra-special touch, a new nomination category was added to honor those that serve low-income families in North Central Indiana.

"We wanted to find a way to recognize people that go above and beyond,” said Becky Zaseck, president and CEO of REAL Services, Inc. “They may be people, volunteers or agencies that choose to do special things for elderly people and low-income families."

The Winners
There were more than 170 nominations submitted by staff and community members throughout six counties, and the 2016 Age of Excellence Award winners were:
• Agency/Program of the Year Serving Low-Income FamiliesSt. Margaret’s House. This organization serves women in poverty. Community Services Block Grant funds have been sub-granted to St. Margaret’s House, and we are very proud of the work they do!
• Change Agent of the Year – Michelle Lau
• Professional of the Year – Ann Marie Papczynski
• Sgt. Shriver Lifetime Achievement Award – Marilyn Waumans
• Volunteer of the Year – John Guyse
• Caregiver of the Year – Paula Abraham
• Business of the YearStanz Foodservice, Inc.
• Hoosier Lifetime Achievement Award – Bettye Green

Congratulations, everyone!

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Breakfast Ministry Shines at New NCCAA Location

At 8 am, on Saturday, May 7, Rise and Shine Breakfast Ministry volunteers gathered at the North Central Community Action Agencies' (NCCAA) Madeline & George Smrt Community Center to open chafing dishes full of eggs, hashbrowns, turkey patties and other early-morning food items. They were serving free food and ministry to community members.

It was their third week at the new location. With a rising number of participants in its free breakfast program, Rise and Shine Breakfast Ministry has moved to a new location with more space and more opportunities to grow. 

Alisa Simmons, who started the ministry in 2013 with her husband, Anthony, said the program keeps growing. On May 7, the ministry served 82 people from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Their goal now is to partner with more organizations and have breakfast served at least five days a week by 2017. The ministry originally started at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, moved to Advancing Christ's Kingdom and moved again to NCCAA's Smrt Community Center, located on the west side of the city. Even with the location changes, both the clients and volunteers followed them.

"We're not just an organization. We're a family," Alisa said.

The Simmonses say they started the ministry because they had a desire to serve. Alisa was a longtime member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, where she says she learned the real meaning of serving.

"We made the sacrifice to serve the best breakfast we could to the community, because they deserve it," she said.

Alisa estimates that a breakfast like they serve would cost at least $10 at a restaurant. Although she and her husband still carry a large portion of the cost, they are now sponsored by Pleasant Hills Missionary Baptist Church and other organizations, including North Central Community Action Agencies and Iron Legacy Motorcycle Club.

Lillian Sherrod-Young, manager of the NCCAA Madeline & George Smrt Center (westside) and Emmet D. Wise Center (eastside), said NCCAA gave the breakfast ministry a larger space because the center's purpose is to partner with others to help the community. She is delighted NCCAA added a breakfast program, as it couples nicely with NCCAA’s existing senior congregate lunch program, available Mondays through Fridays.

"We pray that this new program continues to serve the community," she said.

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Area IV Development’s New Housing Complex Revitalizes Downtown Delphi

When a market analysis revealed the need for housing in Carroll County, Indiana, Area IV Development, Inc. partnered with Keller Development to bring 44 units of affordable housing to Delphi, Indiana. The new housing project, called Canal Commons (pictured at right), features 1- and 2-bedroom units in two downtown locations. Area IV hosted a grand opening in October 2015 and has remained on schedule for lease-up occupancy since that time.

Area IV’s plan took a comprehensive look at the redevelopment and revitalization of the area in terms of affordable housing needs, as well as the needs for transportation, education, recreation facilities and improved walkability. With a blend of 1- and 2-bedroom units at each location and no resident age restrictions, this project meets a community need for affordable rental housing for seniors, individuals, couples and small families. New construction added to the total number of available units, enabling Area IV to meet market demand and provide a viable, long-term project. By revitalizing first-floor retail spaces of the downtown buildings, three to four store spaces were created for economic development. Additionally, the project fulfilled a goal within Delphi’s Stellar grant application to provide downtown housing within the upper floors of downtown buildings.

 

 

Left: Area IV Development Leaders celebrate the Grand Opening of Canal Commons in October 2015.

 

 

Area IV partners providing construction and financing resources included:
The Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD)
The State of Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (formerly Indiana Housing Finance Authority)
The State of Indiana Department of Commerce (IDOC)
The Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis (FHLBI)
• The Tippecanoe County Housing Consortium
• Various local banks

It is the corporate mission of Area IV Development, Inc. to provide affordable housing and community economic development projects that benefit low-income people, seniors, physically & mentally disabled people and other special-needs populations who reside in mid-northwestern Indiana. Area IV is committed to seeking out and using all available federal, state and local government resources, as well as private resources, to develop projects that improve the quality of life for its clients.

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