Michigan Community Action
MCA Catalyst – June 2018
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Innovative meals program leads GOCAA senior services
Providing meals and a place for seniors to congregate is often the role of some Community Action Agencies, but Gogebic-Ontonagon CAA (GOCAA) has taken the concept a bit further with its Mill Street Garden, housed in GOCAA’s Bessemer headquarters. “We’ve changed the dynamics of what a senior meal program is,” says Chris Trolla, senior programs director for GOCAA. “This is more like eating at a restaurant. We’ve kind of turned the entire concept and setting around. It’s really the centerpiece of our senior citizens services” – see newsletter to read more.
CCAP certification hones agencies’ competitive edge
When competing for grant funds, Community Action leaders with the Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP) designation may have an advantage that extends beyond the agency. The nationally recognized standard of professionalism in Community Action, the CCAP certification helped refine the passion for Community Action for Susan Cervantes, director of Kent County Community Action, a focus that she knows brings improved service for customers.
“For me, it increased the depth of my passion for Community Action. It’s really helped my leadership, and it’s strengthened my team,” says Cervantes. “It’s not just a job. We’ve found our passion, and what I am hopeful about is that I can infuse that passion to our staff and that goes into customer service. With a designation like this, it opens up additional doors,” she says. “It shows you are in good shape” – see newsletter to read more.
New directors spark Community Action Agencies
Over the past few months, there have been quite a few new directors appointed at several Michigan Community Action Agencies – see newsletter for brief write-up on each person:
- Dionne Bowens, Muskegon-Oceana Community Action Partnership
- Ernest Cawvey, Macomb Community Action
- Susan Harding, Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency
- Michelle LaJoie, Community Action Alger-Marquette
- Miguel Rodriguez, Capital Area Community Services
- Kerry Baughman, Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency
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