Community Action Association of Pennsylvania
Agency Spotlights – September 2021
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Spotlight On Community Progress Council (CPC)
Anayancy's Dream to Become Independent
Anayancy Gutierrez came to York County from Mexico with a dream to become independent and give her family a more secure future. Anayancy believes that education is the key to her family’s success in America. She has been enrolling in as many classes and workshops as she can through the Community Progress Council (CPC) to help her family achieve financial self-sufficiency.
Among the many courses she’s taken since being introduced to CPC include GED classes, ESL (English as a Second Language) classes, financial literacy classes, nutrition workshops and parenting classes. Anayancy is absorbing everything she can to see her dreams come to a reality.
One of Anayancy’s most recent accomplishments was the completion of CPC’s “Getting Ahead in a Just-Getting-By World,” course, where participants are empowered to share their struggles, stories and goals with each other as a way to begin building resources and a foundation for financial stability...
Anayancy was part of CPC’s new Spanish-language “Getting Ahead” classes and is now working with a bilingual self-sufficiency coach – both important services that are now available to Spanish-speaking residents of York County...Anayancy’s story is inspiring, and it all began through the connections she made through CPC’s Head Start program in Hanover, where her three children were enrolled...Add to that her goals of going to college and perhaps becoming an early childhood education teacher with Community Progress Council, a goal that would bring her dream full circle to where it all began.
Anayancy is now working, has learned to drive, and has been able to pay off her credit cards. She is a co-facilitator in CPC's "Getting Ahead" classes to help others in her community make progress in their lives. She is taking money that she is earning from her job and depositing it into a savings account. We congratulate you, Anayancy, on the successes from all your hard work!
Spotlight On Central Susquehanna Opportunities, Inc. (CSO)
Undergoing cancer treatment while choosing between paying bills and expenses like school photos is a reality for some people during COVID-19
Kim is a single mother employed at a local preschool center. In the spring of 2020 she was on medical leave undergoing cancer treatment. Right before Kim’s scheduled return, the center closed to meet COVID-19 guidelines. Kim applied for unemployment compensation, but it took an unusually long time for her to receive any benefits.
Although the preschool center reopened, Kim faced another challenge. She worked fewer hours because the center experienced a drop in enrollment. With a reduced income, Kim found herself trying to decide which bills to pay. She fell behind on her rent while trying to keep up with utility bills. Kim struggled to make ends meet; at one point she found herself choosing between buying her son’s school pictures and paying a bill.
Kim contacted CSO for help paying the back rent she owed. Working with her CSO Case Manager, Kim applied for the CARES Rent Relief PHFA Program. She qualified for six months of rental assistance. This allowed her to get off to a fresh start with her landlord, and she could stay up to date with her other bills.
Kim says, “I am astounded and so grateful for this. Having a clean slate with my landlord means the world to me.” Today, we are happy to report that Kim went back to working full-time. We wish you all the best in everything, Kim!