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June 2018 Newsletter – Indiana Community Action Association

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IN-CAA Newsletter – June 2018

News

IIWF and Prosperity Indiana advocates partner with public citizen to bring predatory lending concerns to Capitol Hill on Consumer Lobby Day
On May 9, the second annual Consumer Lobby Day, Erin Macey from Indiana Institute for Working Families joined Kathleen Lara of Prosperity Indiana and Murray Montague, a concerned citizen from Yorktown, on Capitol Hill.  The trio met with Sen. Todd Young at his Wednesday morning "Hoosier Huddle," sharing the details of our state-level efforts to curb payday lending and Murray's concerns about his brother's repeat borrowing from payday lenders, a pattern all too familiar – read full article.

FPI report shares data confirming refugee placements can benefit city cultures and economies
While U.S. federal immigration policy is a common topic of conversation in our country today, refugees seem to be a population within this conversation who get lost among the headlines.

In the midst of this conversation, the Fiscal Policy Institute (FPI) recently released a report on refugee resettlement, trying to answer the question, "What are the experiences of businesses that hire refugees?" The hope is this report will help service providers better connect their refugee clients to opportunities and help policymakers see how important refugees are to A State That Works – read full article.

NCCAA presents Hazel Thomas Community Action Award during annual board meeting
May is National Community Action Month, and North Central Community Action Agencies, Inc. (NCCAA) had plenty to celebrate. After 52 years of community action, NCCAA hosted its annual May 30 Board of Directors and Volunteer Luncheon at the NCCAA Westside Community Center in Michigan City, Ind. During the event, the annual Hazel Thomas Community Action Award was presented to Purdue Extension Service – read full article.

Community Impact

Rummage sale and donated vegetable garden add value to Community Food and Service Co-op
The Community Food and Service Co-op in Benton County, a program of the Community Action Program, Inc. of Western Indiana (CAPWI), serves any eligible family that provides proof of receiving Medicaid, SNAP, WIC or Energy Assistance, along with proof of residing in Benton County or the Benton Community School Corporation district. The co-op provides families the capacity to provide food and resource items for themselves and their families – read full article.

TALKS Leadership Program celebrates with year-end event
Community Action Program, Inc. of Western Indiana's Transferring a Little Knowledge Systematically (TALKS) Leadership Program held its end-of-the-year celebration on May 20 at Twin Lakes Camp and Conference Center in Hillsboro, IN – read full article.

NCCAA gives back to women's shelter
Original article published in The La Porte County Herald-Argus
Written by: Kelley Smith, Staff Writer
In a seemingly serendipitous series of events, the North Central Community Action Agency (NCCAA) and Stepping Stone Shelter for Women partnered this spring to upgrade the accommodations for the families residing at the shelter's transitional housing facility, The Bridge – read the article.

Brightpoint's Supportive Housing Department program helps dad get his family back
About three years ago, Alan Wright was in a bad place in life. He says he was running on the bad side of town and got himself into trouble – read full article.

"When you're down and out, it makes you mean," Alan said. "You hurt so bad-there's just something inside of you that makes you just not care. And I had gotten to that point" – read full article.

NWICA's Family Development Program helps client find home after two years living in car
Rosita Bordelon has been a client of the Family Development Program at Northwest Indiana Community Action (NWICA) since August 2016. She was referred to NWICA's Family Development program in June 2016 from Rep. Pete Visclosky's office. During that time, Rosita faced many barriers, including the loss of her job in March 2016 and homelessness. She had been sleeping in her vehicle for two years, a condition starting to affect her health – read full article.

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