New e-mail addresses at SCCAP

December 29, 2009

Email addresses at SCCAP were changed today. The old domain names, and were both changed to

This means, for instance, that my email address, which used to be, is now

These changes coincide with an upcoming new website for SCCAP that will have the address You may have noticed that the old SCCAP website is available at that new address now.

For any questions about the new e-mail addresses, contact Beth Pankoski at 339-3447, ext. 233. Beth has distributed a memo to SCCAP staff that gives further explanation of this change.

CASI turns eatery into Head Start site

December 29, 2009

Here’s a story from the News-Tribune about how one of our fellow Indiana CAP agencies, Community Action of Southern Indiana, is spending close to $1.95 million in stimulus funds. One of the programs and projects these funds are being used to support is a new Head Start site in Sellersburg that used to be a restaurant.

Not everyone enjoys peaceful winter day in Bloomington

December 29, 2009

As some of us are back in the office this week for another holiday-shortened week, it’s a peaceful day in Bloomington. IU students are out of town. Many of our co-workers and friends are still on vacation.

And it’s a cold day with a layer of snow on the ground. In contrast to the hoards of pre-Christmas shoppers, there aren’t many people on the roads today. It just doesn’t seem like much is happening in B-town.

But in our lobby at SCCAP, it’s a different story. We’ve had quite a crowd of people here seeking various types of assistance since early this morning. There was a story in the Herald-Times this morning about local agency leaders expecting to see greater needs for help in 2010.

It feels that way here today. While many people across the country are hoping for an economic recovery that will allow them to go back to leading their secure middle-class lives, what we see at SCCAP are people who likely were already struggling and have seen their lives become only more difficult with the recession. Job opportunities are scarce and the cost of living in Bloomington is still expensive. We see people every day having to make hard choices between such necessities as paying their rent and utilities, feeding themselves and buying medicine they need. We’re also seeing some formerly self-sufficient people who’ve never had to seek assistance from SCCAP before. And it doesn’t look like it’s getting any better at this point.

At SCCAP, we’re fortunate to be here to help those in need, and particularly to try to help them get back on a path where they can support themselves financially. We’re appreciative that the Obama Administration has provided us with more resources to do this job. But we still wish our lobby wasn’t so full and that there weren’t so many people struggling just to get by. They don’t get a holiday from worrying about being without power, without food or medicine, or without a place to live. There is no peace in their lives.

Being poor could be the greatest health burden

December 23, 2009

From the LA Times:

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December 23, 2009

We’ve got a new “Email subscription” button that I’d like to bring to your attention. It’s at the top right corner of your screen.

Just click on it and provide your email address and you’ll be notified of each new post on Inside SCCAP.

SCCAP seeking website development contractor

December 21, 2009

Website Development RFP

South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP)  is currently soliciting proposals for the design, CMS development, custom application development, site maintenance, and hosting for Read the rest of this entry »

Stimulus funds to help area food programs

December 21, 2009

With the increase in people needing help in feeding themselves and their families in these difficult times, the South Central Community Action Program has allocated a portion of its federal stimulus funds to food programs in our area.

In all, SCCAP is providing $20,000 in federal Community Services Block Grants funds to the following organizations:

Hoosier Hills Food Bank – $10,000 to serve Brown, Owen & Monroe Counties
First Church of the Nazarene – $2,500 to serve Morgan County
Churches in Mission – $2,500 to serve Morgan County
Lighthouse Tabernacle – $1,000 to serve Owen County
Spencer Presbyterian Church – $1,000 to serve Owen County
St. Vincent DePaul – $1,000 to serve Brown County
Cunot Community Center Food Pantry – $1,000 to serve Owen County
Salvation Army – $1,000 to serve Brown County

SCCAP has received an extra $696,000 in Community Services Block Grant funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In addition to helping area food programs, SCCAP will also create a jobs program with this funding. The details of the jobs program are still being worked out.

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