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Straight Talk June 2013 Final Web

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June 2013

Community Action

450 Syndicate Street N Saint Paul, MN 55104

Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties

STRAIGHT TALK
A quarterly update to close friends of Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties

Dear Friends,

, Community Action is as busy as we’ve ever been working on national standards development, new participating in pilot programs, writing for we grants, and starting new programs. Above all, – are keeping our eye on what’s most important e. reducing the impact of poverty on those we serv n Inside, you’ll read about how the sequestratio has affected us, a pilot program with MAP for Board Nonprofits in which we’re participating, new ant. members, and the story of a volunteer particip e If you’d like to know more about all that we’r doing, call me at 651.603.5950 or email me at chightower@caprw.org. Sincerely,

Clarence Hightower Executive Director

STRAIGHT TALK
June 2013

IMPACTFUL DECISIONS
Community Action has recently felt the impact of sequestration in three departments. The biggest impact is to our Head Start program which was required to take a 5% reduction as of April 1. This amounts to almost $470,000. Head Start leadership prepared a plan focusing on the most appropriate strategies available to us, while using the maximum flexibility provided by our Regional Head Start office. Our Energy Assistance and Community Engagement programs were also reduced by 5%. However, this was easier to manage since we took the decrease from funds that had not yet been released or planned for. We are taking a prudent approach to these budget cuts and assuming they will be permanent. Your support for Community Action’s work becomes even more important in this time.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS NEWS
Welcome new Board members: Robin Madsen
Former AFSCME Local 1842 President

Heather Meyers

Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services

AGENCY NEWS
Technology pilot: We are excited and proud to announce that we have been selected to participate in a unique pilot program with MAP for Nonprofits to identify, study, and implement innovations designed to better support the people we serve and our staff. We have been paired with four other nonprofit organizations to collaborate on how technology is used toward meeting our strategic goals. Participating in this pilot gives us the opportunity to review the tools we currently use, discover how other organizations use technology to serve their participants, and invest in the most appropriate and efficient technologies to move us forward. Housing grant: We are also happy to announce we are developing a housing program. The State of Minnesota awarded us a grant to start a pilot housing program that we hope to grow in the years to come. Our focus will be on single women living in Ramsey and Washington counties. The Department of Human Services has identified this group as an underserved population in the rehousing continuum. Not only will we work to house these women, but we will provide wrap-around services to them as well, including help with employment, benefit sign-up, career training, financial literacy training, and reduction of other barriers. We know that simply providing a roof for someone is not the same as helping them become stable, employed, and independent.

PARTICIPANT STORY
Referred by the court to Community Action, Crystel sought a volunteer position to complete her Community Service and Employment Action Center hours. Crystel has two sons, ages 3 and 4. She was looking to develop skills to become more employable. Over three months, Crystel volunteered 195 hours with the Food Support program as an administrative assistant. She conducted follow-up telephone calls, scheduled appointments, and did data entry. She also received mentoring and counseling from Community Engagement employees. Crystel enrolled her children in the Head Start summer program. She recently became employed at Travel Tag in production and says her volunteer work definitely helped her in getting her current job. “The volunteer work filled out my resume and helped me present myself in a more professional fashion.”

Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties • 450 Syndicate Street N, Saint Paul, MN 55104 • 651-645-6445 • caprw.org This document can be made available in alternative formats, such as large print, Braille or audio tape, by calling 651-603-5923 (voice) or via TTY through the Relay Service at 711 or 1-800-627-3529.

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