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Winter 2018 Newsletter – Tennessee Association of Community Action

Tennessee Association of Community Action

TACA Newsletter – Winter 2018
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New Shelby County CSA Administrator Not New to Community Change

Cherry Whitehead-Thompson has been appointed by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell to the position of Deputy Administrator for Shelby County Community Services Agency...

Cherry was one of three TACA Agency Executive Directors to attend the Community Action Partnership 2017 New Executive Director's Boot Camp in New Orleans... Training topics included Community Action from Past to Present, Balancing Governance and Management, Board Development, Financial Management, Human Resources, Strategic Planning, Resource Development and Performance Management.

Delta Human Resource Agency: A Trusted Community Resource

When it came to choosing safe reliable transportation to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville for a life-changing heart transplant, the decision was easy for Kenny Theus.  After all Kenny, a heart patient, had been riding with Delta Human Resource Agency to and from Vanderbilt since 2015.   In September 2017 he was moved to the top of the transplant list. Right away Kenny enlisted Delta HRA to be on standby to transport him when he received his call.  He received the call on October 3, 2017, around 2:30 pm. Delta HRA driver Corey Mann immediately left to transport him there and arrived within the four-hour time span given to him.

Kenny is up and doing well! Delta HRA is thankful to have been able to be a part of this medical blessing...

Knoxville CAC's Model Home Shows Contractors, Community How to Save Money by Weatherizing

It could qualify as a "tiny house": four rooms, plus an attic and crawl space, equipped with sinks, a gas range, washer and dryer, water heater and a flat-screen television.   But Jason Estes hopes the building will have a big effect on Knoxville's affordable housing market.

"The Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee Training House, built in a garage bay on the lower level of Knoxville CAC's L.T. Ross Building on Western Avenue, is designed to instruct contractors and others in  weatherization  techniques, which can dramatically lower utility bills," said Jason, Director for Housing Rehabilitation and Construction Services at the Knoxville-Knox County CAC...

New Grant Will Aid Agency In Two-Generation Work

Mid-East Community Action Agency was one of eleven nonprofit organizations recently awarded a grant from the Trinity Health Foundation of East Tennessee... The Mid-East CAA project is entitled Healthy Smiles for Adults.  The mission is to provide affordable dental care for Roane and Loudon County residents who do not have dental insurance.  A collaboration with local organizations and private dental practices is planned to ensure dental health for residents in these communities.  Parents and guardians of Head Start children will be educated on good oral hygiene and preventive care in the agency's two-generation approach to dental care...

Longtime Agency Program Director Retires

Valarie Bond retired at the end of 2017 from Delta Human Resource Agency after 42 years of dedicated service as the agency's Administrative Assistant/Program Director...


2018 TACA Annual Conference
April 30 – May 2 in Chattanooga, TN


TACA recently hosted a National ROMA Train-the-Trainer (Phase Two) Classroom Session, held  December 5-7...During this phase of the ROMA Peer-to-Peer Training Program Candidates examined the issues and concerns that trainers must face as they prepare to deliver the introduction to ROMA training curriculum... four Tennessee agency candidates...[and] seven other individuals from various states also participated in the training.

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