Indiana Community Action Network E-newsletter

June 2019
 

 

 

 

 

COMMUNITY IMPACT

In partnership with local utility, CAPE has awarded $100,000 in water-bill assistance since 2017

Brightpoint awarded grant for Our HEALing Kitchen classes

Coordinating agency resources brings one man more than in-home health care

EVENTS

NCCAA honors staff and volunteers, awards Hazel Thomas Community Action Award

SIEOC hosts inaugural fundraiser dinner

RESOURCES

Gateway to Work reporting requirement for HIP members begins in July

 

In partnership with local utility, CAPE has awarded $100,000 in water-bill assistance since 2017

Community Action Program of Evansville (CAPE) — in partnership with Evansville Water and Sewer Utility (EWSU) and HomeServe USA — have reached a milestone. Together, they have been able to provide more than $100,000 in water and sewer utility-bill assistance to Evansville residents since June 2017.

EWSU receives 10% of HomeServe (a low-cost, optional plan to help homeowners cover emergency repairs) purchases by the utility’s customers. That money funds a Water Bill Assistance Program administered by CAPE.

Since June 2017, CAPE has processed more than 500 applications for assistance from low-income households and has awarded a total of $100,885 in utility bill assistance through the end of May 2019.

     

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Brightpoint awarded grant for Our HEALing Kitchen classes

Brightpoint received a $4,500 grant to conduct Our HEALing Kitchen classes for the fourth year in a row. Our HEALing Kitchen is a garden-to-kitchen curriculum that builds skills that help participants select, prepare and consume fruits and vegetables. The curriculum places emphasis on locally grown food and the benefits of eating a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables and low in saturated fats, sugars and processed foods.

Brightpoint is offering the classes as six locations throughout Fort Wayne. The courses are eight weeks long. Most began June 24, but one, to be held at Hopewell Point (8033 Community Lane in Fort Wayne), begins July 16. It will be held Tuesday nights from 5 to 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public. All are invited.

The program is partially supported by a grant from the Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) initiative, which is cosponsored by Parkview Health (Fort Wayne) and St. Joseph Community Health Foundation.

For more information about or to register for the program, call Monica Woods at 260-423-3546 ext. 269 or email monicawoods@mybrightpoint.org.

     

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Coordinating agency resources brings one man more than in-home health care

Many times, the end results make all of the steps in between really pay off for those we serve.

Daniel Brickler is a homeowner who is living alone and trying to make his own way each day. He contacted Area IV Agency on Aging and Community Action Programs, Inc. to receive assistance with in-home health care services that would allow him to stay in his own home, rather than requiring full-time care in a facility.

Area IV Care Manager Laura Hale completed the initial evaluation and connected him with in-home health services funded through the Social Services Block Grant. She also evaluated his financial needs and helped him sign up for the Energy Assistance Program. The program helped offset the cost of his utility bills and included an assessment of his residence to determine whether he qualified for weatherization services.

Mr. Brickler’s roof was in such deteriorated condition that the weatherization evaluation could not be completed. Area IV was able to connect him to special funding through Healthy Homes, which paid for a new roof and guttering on his home.

After those improvements, the weatherization evaluation was completed. It showed that his furnace was heavily damaged and too large for his residence. The water heater was not functioning properly and needed to be replaced. Area IV used Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) weatherization grant funds to replace his furnace and water heater. The total heating system was then tested to ensure maximum function.

Area IV then used United States Department of Energy weatherization grant funds to add necessary insulation to Mr. Brickler’s attic, add a constant-duty (ASHRAE) fan to assist with ventilation and air flow, and install LED light bulbs through the residence. All improvements result in lower energy consumption.

This is one success story that demonstrates how Area IV and other community action agencies can coordinate agency resources. Mr. Brickler was able to remain safely in his (now energy-efficient) home and has the quality, in-home health care he needed from the start.

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NCCAA Executive Director Cyndi Davis (right) presents Cyndi Licciardoni of Michigan City Area Schools’ Food Services program with the 2019 Hazel Thomas Community Action Award.

NCCAA honors staff and volunteers, awards Hazel Thomas Community Action Award

To celebrate Community Action Month (May), North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc. hosted its annual meeting and volunteer luncheon May 29 at the NCAA Westside Community Center.

At the event, NCCAA Executive Director Cyndi Davis presented the 2019 Hazel Thomas Community Action Award to Michigan City Area Schools’ Food Services program in recognition of its many years of being a partner with NCAA. The Food Services program provides services to the same individuals the agency serves.

The award is named after Hazel Thomas, a member of the NCCAA board for 44 years who died in 2014.

NCAA also honored and recognized its staff and volunteers at the event.

(Above, right) Some of the luncheon guests enjoy the program.

     

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SIEOC Executive Director Tammy Cunningham poses for a photo with South Ripley Community Schools Superintendent Rob Moorhead, keynote speaker.

SIEOC hosts inaugural fundraiser dinner

In recognition of Community Action Month, Southeastern Indiana Economic Opportunity Corporation (SIEOC) hosted its inaugural Fundraiser Dinner on May 10. The event will be held annually.

South Ripley Community Schools Superintendent Rob Moorhead was the featured keynote speaker for the event and spoke on the event’s theme, Better Together. He shared anecdotes and colorful commentary while promoting SIEOC’s mission to improve the conditions under which people live, learn and work. 

Approximately 185 guests enjoyed dinner and a silent auction at the event.  SIEOC’s goal for the evening was not only to raise funds to support and expand its programs but to also raise awareness of the work they do in their Southeastern Indiana communities. 

(Above, at right) SIEOC Executive Director Tammy Cunningham begins the event.

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Gateway to Work reporting requirement for HIP members begins in July

Indiana’s Medicaid recipients — Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) members — are required to work at least 20 hours a week (or 80 hours a month) or participate in the Gateway to Work program, unless they meet a specific exemption requirement defined by Gateway to Work legislation.

The Gateway to Work Program requires participants to engage and report hours completed on qualifying activities for what will gradually increase to 80 hours per month for eight of 12 months in a calendar year. About 85,000 HIP members statewide will be required to report.

The reporting requirement rolls out in July, and there have been reports of confusion among HIP members. Indiana Legal Services, Inc., is one resource for your community members. It is a nonprofit law firm that provides free civil legal assistance to low-income Hoosiers.

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