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November 19th Newsletter – MCAP

Maryland Community Action Partnership

MCAP News – November 19, 2021
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November is Native American Heritage Month

Community Action Impact Story

Delmarva Community Services Ribbon Cutting for the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Intergenerational Center
The center will provide child care to about 60 children ages birth to 5, operate as a senior center, and offer a program for individuals with disabilities. The center brings several services under one roof, including Delmarva Community Services and Delmarva Works, and will be open to the community.  Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford was the keynote speaker, and State Sen. Addie Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore, current DCS Board President Bill Batson, DCS’s Mary Handley and others joined Grande and Rutherford in making remarks.

Rutherford said the center had received $5 million in state funding and he hoped the center would help area residents access services, like transportation and physical therapy for older residents.  “When you can get these services all in one location you are then able to break down those barriers and provide support to a community that is in need of those multiple areas of support,” Rutherford said – read the full story in the Dorchester Star.

Agency Spotlight: Garrett County Community Action Committee

Ribbon Cutting Held at Chautauqua Park West in Oakland
Garrett County Community Action Committee is the developer and owner of more than 400 rental housing units - the Chautauqua Park West project is a rural, scattered-site mixed-income family development located in Oakland, Mountain Lake Park and Loch Lynn Heights.  GCCAC is Chautauqua Park West’s developer, sponsor and guarantor and Garrett Cooperative Ministry Inc. is a general partner with GCCAC. These nonprofits will deliver tenant services designed to promote the economic stability and growth of those residing at Chautauqua Park West – read the full story in the Garrett County Republican  – video with an aerial view of a portion of GCCAC's affordable housing project

Community Action Council of Howard County Announces Retirement of President, Bita Dayhoff

The Community Action Council of Howard County (CAC), Howard County’s designated anti-poverty organization, announced today that the nonprofit’s President, Bita Dayhoff, is retiring after 32 years with the organization. Under Dayhoff’s leadership, CAC has transformed significantly, creating a culture and organizational systems that have sparked innovative thinking, promoted equity and delivered excellent service.  Among her myriad of accomplishments during her tenure, Dayhoff dramatically increased the total number of individuals CAC served from 3,000 a year to 53,000 per year, enabling CAC to reach a significant portion of Howard County’s citizens in need. In addition, Dayhoff increased the total number of service points by 2,700% – read the full CAC press release.

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