Indiana Community Action Network E-newsletter
November 2018 issue



IIWF policy analyst bids farewell to start new
national role

Pace Community Action Agency snapshots


Training class registration continues!


REAL Services’ Individual Development Account Program helps client buy home, grow nonprofit

Hoosier Uplands awards $5K grant to Bedford Boys Home for at-risk youth


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IIWF policy analyst bids farewell to start new
national role

Bring tissues the next time you see staff members of the Indiana Institute for Working Families (IIWF). They’re mourning the loss of Senior Policy Analyst Andrew Bradley who recently left to start a new position at the National Skills Coalition in Washington, D.C.

Andrew will be helping other states – not just Indiana – build their capacity to do policy work related to skills issues as director of the new State Skills Policy Network.
Indiana Community Action Association (IN-CAA) held a farewell lunch for Andrew on Oct. 22, and he left offering glowing praise for IN-CAA and IIWF.

“The six years I’ve had here have been the most inspiring and productive of my career,” Andrew said. “I hope to be able to build on the progress we’ve made for working families in Indiana and increase skills and economic opportunities for underrepresented and low-income adults and families across the country.”

While his colleagues are sad to see him go, they want to recognize Andrew for his successes, his talents as the team “maximizer” and historian, and his humble, we’re-all-in-this-together spirit. The IN-CAA team said Andrew left huge shoes to fill, publishing the much-discussed 2018 Status of Working Families Report right before his departure and leaving a void in the state conversations about work and family that will be difficult to replace.

Please join IIWF and IN-CAA staff in wishing Andrew well in his new role.

If you’d like to send your well-wishes to Andrew, he can be reached at


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Pace Community Action Agency snapshots

Pace’s WiseCAP Training and Consulting shares team-building expertise

Dr. Bertha Proctor and Lori Williams (standing in front of screen), of WiseCAP Training & Consulting, lead an Oct. 23 team-building training seminar at Area IV Agency on Aging and Community Action Programs. Staff members from Northwest Indiana Community Action and REAL Services, Inc. also attended the training session, which is the first of four team-building programs that will be offered throughout the state by the Indiana Community Action Association. WiseCAP is a social enterprise of Pace Community Action Agency

Sen. Todd Young pays a visit to Pace's Head Start classroom

“You are awesome!” said Sen. Todd Young after visiting Pace Community Action Agency’s Carlisle Head Start classroom on Monday, Oct. 29. During Young’s visit, he heard data proving the importance of the Head Start program, the Early Head Start Expansion classrooms and Health Connection services, as well as the benefits of weatherization. He also learned more about Pace’s social enterprises, including Ventures Cleaning and WiseCAP Training & Consulting.


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Training class registration continues!

Indiana Community Action Association continues to make training a main priority for its network.

View the full 2018-2019 training schedule. (TIP: Bookmark the page and check back on a regular basis to see what classes have been added.)

In-person training classes:
Civics Training on State Government Legislative Process (Indianapolis) – This interactive class allows you to be a state lawmaker for the day! Please bring stories about your work and how you think policy can fix the issue.

• Team-Building Classes (Madison and Fort Wayne) – Bring a group of three to five people from your agency to strengthen their team-building skills.

Entrepreneurial Initiatives (Indianapolis) – Learn from national trainers at Community Action Program Legal Services, Inc. (CAPLAW) and WiseCAP about the legal issues related to new ventures. Join us for this afternoon seminar, and start planning how your organization can meet community needs and generate income.

Motivational Interviewing Class (Jasper) – Case managers, Head Start service workers or anyone else who has conversations with family members will benefit from this class.

Virtual training classes:
Introduction to Procurement webinar – This class is for directors, managers and staff members who want to create or improve procurement policies. Complete the class at your own pace and gather virtually for discussion.

Customer Service and Communication Skills and Working with Difficult Clients are two Zoom trainings by Kristin Trainor, a network favorite!

Need help registering or have a question?

Contact Amy Carter at or (317) 638-4232.


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Pictured above: REAL Services' client, Chris, recently completed the four-year Individual Development Account (IDA) Program, which enabled her to achieve self-sufficiency, buy a home and grow her nonprofit.

REAL Services’ Individual Development Account Program helps client buy home, grow nonprofit

When Chris, a wife, mother and grandmother, found herself getting divorced after 25 years, she knew she had to find a way to make it on her own. She was able to do so through the help of REAL Services in South Bend, Ind., and its Individual Development Account (IDA) Program.

Chris’ Story in Her Own Words

I started a nonprofit to help the homeless and low-income community while getting my bachelor’s at Indiana University South Bend. After my divorce, I went back to school to get my master’s, and this is when I reached out to Marce at REAL Services to learn more about the IDA Program.

It was a God-send in many ways. I was not very self-confident, and I wasn’t sure how the business was going to grow and move forward. I wasn’t even sure how I was going to move forward! I had no experience; I just knew I needed to do it.

During the four-year program, I was able to take the Money Smart classes that taught me about finances in a new way I had not been exposed to my entire adult life. From there, I took additional steps that were offered to help me build my credit. My credit score improved, and, since I had taken out a micro loan and had followed the saving steps I learned in class, I was able to buy a car when I truly needed one.

I then found myself without a home. My income was small, but, with my improved credit score, I was approved for a loan. Marce helped me apply for the funds from the IDA, and it was enough for the down payment and closing costs. I’m in love with my new home, and it is all mine! Believe it or not, the mortgage payments are cheaper than rent, and the money goes toward an investment.

Fortunately, there was enough left for me to buy a computer for my nonprofit and pay for a state test to get my social-work license. Thanks to the seminars on starting a business, I was able to write a business plan. Today, I’m writing and applying for grants that allow me to help others living in poverty.


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Hoosier Uplands awards $5K grant to Bedford Boys Home for at-risk youth

Pictured on right: Chance Nail, the youth director from Bedford Boys Home, accepts a $5,000 grant check from Addie Datish, the assistant director of Housing and Family Services at Hoosier Uplands.

The Bedford Boys Home (BBH) now has reliable transportation for its residents, thanks to a $5,000 grant from Hoosier Uplands and an additional gift from Bloomington’s Pourhouse Café.

The funding from Hoosier Uplands came from the agency’s Community Development and Improvement Program, which targets community enhancement projects.

The BBH provides a positive living environment to meet the emotional, academic, physical and spiritual needs of at-risk youth. 

BBH residents volunteer in the community in multiple ways, including:
• Visiting nursing homes
• Helping with community cleanup
• Serving in homeless shelters
• Reading to younger children
• And more

Hoosier Uplands was honored to assist the BBH in obtaining reliable transportation for the boys they serve.


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