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July 2016 Newsletter – Indiana Community Action Association

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IN-CAA Newsletter – July 2016

Events

Clients Say Thank You at Combined Community Services "Give Back" Event
On Saturday, May 21, associates of the Self-Sufficiency Department of Combined Community Services hosted their annual "Give Back" event at their location in Kosciusko County.  This event is an opportunity for clients to say thank you for the services they have received from the agency's Family Development Program, called Project Independence – read full article.

CAPTech Consulting Presents at 2016 CAPLAW Annual Training Conference
Two representatives from CAPTech Consulting, the consulting arm of Pace Community Action Agency, presented at the 2016 CAPLAW Annual Training Conference on Thursday, June 23, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.  The presentation, led by Dr. Bertha Proctor, CEO of Pace and Tai Blythe, associate director of Pace, shared tips for planning a successful on-site strategic planning session – read full article.

Community Impact

NWICA Offers Mobile Farmers' Market to Senior Community
Each year, Northwest Indiana Community Action participates in the national Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program, providing $20 in checks for seniors, age 60 years and older, to purchase fresh produce from local Farmers’ Market locations.  On Thursday, June 23, NWICA staff members kicked off the 2016 program season by taking the program a step further.  In addition to distributing checks, they hosted a mobile fruit and vegetable stand for those seniors who may have had difficulty reaching other markets in order to utilize their checks – read full article.

SWEET THINGS: Area IV Agency's BEED Program Helps Small Business Succeed
Richelle Peterson is on a mission to give to others, by providing custom gifts, chocolate confectionery and gift baskets with a unique but affordable flare.  She had been doing this as a hobby for family and friends for more than 20 years, when a series of circumstances enabled Richelle to start her own business — Richelle in a Handbasket – read full article.

News

Community Action Case Managers Earn Certification
The Indiana Community Action Network has 24 newly certified Family Development Specialists.  The Family Development Specialist acts as a coach, advocate and partner in assisting families and individuals in achieving self-sufficiency. They assess the needs of families, identify goals and barriers and apply intervention strategies as indicated.

A certified Family Development Specialist is a case manager who has proven competency in applying the Family Development case management model by attending three days of training and successfully completing an exam.  The Indiana Community Action Association (IN-CAA), with funding from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA), provides three opportunities each year for case managers to participate in the Family Development certification process – read full article.

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