Notes from this week’s staff meeting

The SCCAP book sale will be today (Thursday) from 11:30-2 and 4-5. There will be several hundred books for sale. Prices are just 25 cents to a dollar per book.

SCCAP will hold a Thanksgiving meal for employees at lunchtime on Nov. 16. The agency will provide turkey and employees will provide side dishes. There will be a contest for the best side dish.

Head Start is looking for two new sites to serve children in Monroe County, so if you know of any possibilities, please get in touch with Director of Head Start Shirley Stumper.

Shirley also reported that we expect to get the official word in mid- to late-December on whether our application to start an Early Head Start program was approved.

SCCAP Section 8 Coordinator Kathleen Edwards has been meeting with people at the top of our Section 8 wait list with the expectation that up to 70 additional households will receive vouchers to subsidize their rental costs to live in private housing.

The Energy Assistance Program staff continues to be exceptionally busy in the offices in all four SCCAP counties. So far, 1,643 households have been approved for heating assistance since the winter program began on Oct. 5.

The Weatherization Program has finished four homes with Recovery Act funds and has another 47 in process. The weatherization staff is also exceptionally busy in working to meet a goal of 45 homes completed by the end of November.

The Circles Initiative has been able to recruit all of the Allies it needs for now, which is very good news. In addition, Circles will be adding new Circles Leaders in January as a new Getting Ahead class begins.

Circles will hold a Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, Nov. 19. Turkeys for that meal have been donated by the Clear Creek Christian Church and food baskets have been donated by a group at IU. Look for a story about Circles in the December issue of Bloom Magazine.

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