SCCAP to add 150 households to Section 8 wait list in Morgan County in 2009

February 25, 2010

The South Central Community Action Program is opening its wait list for Section 8 housing vouchers for rental subsidies in Morgan County. 

This is the first time since 2006 that SCCAP has taken new applications for its Section 8 wait list in Morgan County. The agency will add up to 150 households to its wait list on a first-come, first-served basis.

Staff will take up to 75 pre-applications at the Mooresville Public Library, 220 W. Harrison St., on Wednesday 3/3/09  from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will take the rest of the pre-applications to get up to 150 at the Morgan County Administration Building, 180 S. Main St. in Martinsville on Tuesday 3/9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Section 8 is a program in which approved low-income households are given a voucher to find housing on their own. They pay 30 percent of their adjusted gross income toward their rent and utilities, and the federal government pays the rest.

To submit a complete application, each applicant must bring: picture ID, social security card, birth certificate, proof of income (i.e. paystubs, letters from employers, TANF/SSI/Social Security award letters), transcript for adult students, and checking and savings account information. For questions, please call the Morgan County SCCAP office at 765-342-1518.

All Section 8 applicants must meet income guidelines, for instance, no more than $23,850 for an individual, $27,250 for a household of two, $30,050 for a household of three and $34,050 for a family of four.

Lola Debro honored as Unsung Hero

February 24, 2010

Long-time SCCAP Board Member Lola Debro has been named an Unsung Hero for 2009-10 in the fourth annual effort by Bill C. Brown Associates and AM 1370 WGCL to recognize unsung heroes in our community.

Lola will be honored daily for 10 days in a one-minute profile on WGCL. She will be part of a 20-week series in which Bill C. Brown and WGCL will be telling listeners about unsung heroes who have made our community a better place by giving unselfishly for the benefit of others without seeking recognition or reward.

As part of being honored, Lola was given the opportunity to select a charity or organization to receive a $100 donation on her behalf. She chose the South Central Community Action Program.

Thank you, Lola, for this donation and congratulations for this richly deserved honor you have received. 

We appreciate Bill C. Brown Associates and AM 1370 WGCL for honoring the Unsung Heroes in our community.

SCCAP seeking front desk receptionist

February 22, 2010

The South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP) is seeking a Receptionist (RC) who has a strong understanding of poverty with a willing desire to help families and to manage the front desk. 

The RC is responsible for entering and processing client data, receiving and processing all incoming calls, scheduling appointments, and projecting a positive image while maintaining a professional and efficient waiting area.  The RC will be responsible for the water program, and trash sticker/bag program.  SCCAP is a non-profit agency administering programs to low-income families in a four county area.

Minimum Requirements:  High School Diploma or GED; 1 to 2 years relevant work experience; or combination of education, training, and experience.  Strong skills computer.  Bilingual helpful.

We offer competitive salaries that are commensurate with education and experience with an excellent benefits package.  Please submit an application, cover letter and resume to: SCCAP, 1500 W. 15th Street, Bloomington, IN 47404 by March 5, 2010 at 4:30p.m.  For a more detailed job description, click here:  ADM-Receptionist Job Description 07-2007

For an SCCAP job application, click here: SCCAP Employment Application Jan 2009

SCCAP, Inc. is an EOE agency.

Ballard leads Early Head Start in start-up

February 22, 2010

Janet Ballard had only been at SCCAP for about 6 weeks, and her time has already become a whirlwind of training and planning.

Ballard was named the new Early Head Start Education Coordinator in January, and most of the start-up of the new program has fallen to her.

Luckily, she has a strong background in both working directly with and managing the 0-3 age group. A long time Bloomington resident, she worked with the First Steps Early Intervention Program for 17 years before taking this new position. In that role, she said she often worked with Head Start director Shirley Stumpner and knew of her strong managing abilities.

She said her current duties in the start-up involve finding a space, hiring a staff and working out times for the new staff to do 6 weeks of training.

“Shirley’s there to help and guide along the way, as well as other people,” she said. “But it’s me.”

Ballard has also spent about two weeks in training, including a mandatory week-long training in Washington, D.C. for recipients of Early Head Start grants to make sure they meet the high standards of health and performance.

Once the program gets started, Ballard said her primary duties will be overseeing teachers and home visitors and making sure everything runs smoothly.

The program will have 54 slots altogether, with 24 at a center and 33 home based. Like Head Start, the program will provide child care with a curriculum for low-income children, but the age group will be from 0-3.

Ballard said one difference is that the age group requires a little more contact and care. They will also be able to visit and provide care to pregnant mothers.

Even so, Ballard said, the mission remains the same. The program will strive to help foster bonds and education, creating a partnership with families.

Early Head Start is starting up soon, with new teachers starting training March 22.

Ballard said her goal once the program is up and running is to get grants and become a great program that can serve as a model for others.

For now, though, the goal is to find a space.

“I feel like once we find a space, everything will fall into place,” Ballard said.

Check out the new issue of Safety-Net

February 16, 2010

Hard copies of the new edition of the local Safety-Net newspaper will soon be available at social service agencies and other locations in Bloomington, but until then you can get an early look at it by clicking here: SafNet_2010feb_web

Many thanks to Safety-Net Editor David White for all of his many hours of work in putting this newspaper together.

SCCAP on a one-hour delay

February 15, 2010

The South Central Community Action Program will open an hour later than usual today because of snow.

Head Start is closed today in Monroe County.

SCCAP Receptionist Shelba Melton dies

February 12, 2010

UPDATE 2/15: We have heard from Shelba’s family that the visitation has been postponed until tomorrow, Tuesday, February 16, 2010 from 1:00 pm to 3:00pm.  This is due to the weather and that the roads in the area of the church are closed.  The address for the church is RR 4 Box 386 Bloomfield and the directions are listed as: on the triangle of 54/45/445.  The church is on the 54 Segment near the 45 intersection, past County Road 50N heading south on Highway 54.   

The agency will be closed to the public in the afternoon on Tuesday so that any staff member who would like to attend the visitation services may do so.  All Head Start classrooms will run as normal.

UPDATE 2/13: The public visitation for Shelba Melton will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday at Little Cincinnati Church in Bloomfield. SCCAP will be closed to the public during the visitation, as well as immediately before and after the visitation, to allow employees to attend. We’ll have more details here about that on Monday morning. Funeral services will be private with only the family attending.

Also, look for a story about Shelba in Sunday’s newspaper. Laura Lane of the H-T has written a story about Shelba that is expected to run on Sunday.


It is with great sadness that the South Central Community Action Program announces the death of Shelba Melton, our receptionist. Shelba was, in many ways, the face of SCCAP, where for 34 years she was the first point of contact with tens of thousands of low-income people seeking assistance.

Shelba treated her coworkers and clients like family. She earned their respect and will be sadly missed by all.

Once we are made aware of the details for Shelba’s service, we will share them here.

Click on the following links for some photos of Shelba that were taken over the years she worked at SCCAP: DOC001 DOC002 DOC003 DOC004 DOC005 DOC006 DOC007 DOC008 

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