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Agency Spotlights, February 2021 – CAAP

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Agency Spotlights – February 2021
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A Goodwill food drive is relentless against the added weight of the pandemic

Spotlight On Community Partnership, Inc. of Butler County
Heavy burdens and hardship continue to hover over people broken financially by the pandemic
That is why the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, the Butler County Food Bank and the Butler County Community Partnership continue to offer monthly support to people struggling to put food on their tables.

More than 320 vehicles showed up at the Lernerville Speedway on a recent Tuesday, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., to receive boxes of produce, dry food and meat. It's part of the monthly food drive that many people depend on, especially with complications in receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance from the state...

A Life Rebuilt After A Life Of Domestic Violence

Spotlight On Community Action Partnership of Lancaster County (CAPLANC)
A woman's story of the isolation and dependence of domestic violence even before COVID-19, and how the CAPLANC "Safety & Empowerment" program helped
After years of domestic violence and instability, Marisol* got the courage to contact DVS via the 24-Hour Hotline. She spoke with a counselor about the dangerousness of her situation and was brought into the Safe House with her two daughters, ages 10 and 13. She had difficulty working due to a physical disability and was prevented from holding a job by her abusive partner, which kept her financially dependent.

At the [CAPLANC] Safe House, Marisol attended education and support groups, opened up about her experiences and shared many serious obstacles to finding permanent housing. She was excited to hear of an opening at the [CAPLANC] DVS Bridge House (safe, transitional apartment-style living) and applied...

Meet Alanna Wilson

A Black History Month Article, Spotlight on VP of Community Action Partnership of Cambria County's Board
An interview in honor of Black History month and Alanna Wilson's call for community in our actions
Alanna Wilson, who is also a member of the Veterans Community Initiatives board and a member of the NAACP, believes that Black history should be taught as an integral aspect of history as a whole. Read about her views on bringing education on Black history to the forefront - read the full article in the New Castle News.

One In Ten Erie Residents Don't Have A High School Diploma

Spotlight On Greater Erie Community Action Committee
Limited basic skills is a widespread problem among thousands of adults in Erie County

Low reading and math skills impact employability and earnings. Nearly 10% of adults do not have a high school diploma in Erie County. Adults without a high school diploma are more than 2x as likely to live in poverty than high school graduates and more than 3x as likely to be unemployed than adults with college degrees. Low literacy skills are directly linked to inequality, higher rates of unemployment, lower-income and poor health.

GECAC's Adult Education is focused on helping low-skilled adult learners advance along a career path and improve their employment and earnings - see newsletter for GECAC adult ed outcomes.

Also see newsletter for these two GECAC Adult Ed success stories:

Seth Pickens
When Seth Pickens, a GECAC Adult Education Student, passed his GED exam, he was pleased to learn he earned an acceptance to the University of Montana a month later! Seth is 26 years old and this was a life changing accomplishment for him...

Nicolas Walker
While Nicholas was still attending high school he found out that his father had cirrhosis of the liver and could possibly pass any day. This along with rising tension at his home caused him to experience anxiety and depression.  He started missing school, even going to court for truancy once or twice until he officially dropped out...During his isolation, his father passed away. This was a tremendous blow to him and his family. He continued to isolate himself for about four years until he admitted himself to the hospital.  This was one of the hardest things he had to do, but it gave him the chance to get back on his feet. With the support of his family and case manager, he was able to get a new lease on life.  He was able to get his GED and look forward to the future.  He would like to get a job where he can help people, like they have helped him.  Not only did he earn his GED, he also graduated from GECAC's virtual New Choices Career Development class in late 2020...

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