Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Community Action Helps People Start Over

Following is the story of how the Community Action Commission of Fayette County helped a client struggling with addiction and homelessness in the client’s own words:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Community Action Provides Meals for Seniors

Last summer a lady came to Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Community Action Commission’s Coshocton Senior Center to inquire about their food programs. She had just turned 60 years old, and after working all of her adult life was recently laid off from her job. She had never had to ask or accept any help from anyone, but found herself in a desperate situation. She simply didn’t have enough money to go around and food was one of the things for which she just didn’t have much money.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Community Action Fills in the Gaps

Helen, a 64 year old home health aide, worked hard her whole life providing for her family. She had married soon after graduating high school, but divorced early in her marriage. After that, she moved in with her aging mother and raised her two children; working continuously over the years to support the family. In her fifties, Helen developed a serious heart condition, which required ongoing medical care and medication therapy. While working full time, she had health insurance and was able to manage the costs of her care. However, her mother passed away, her children moved out of the house and her job was eliminated. Now Helen was living alone in the house she grew up in and struggling financially.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Community Action Builds Relationships

Community Action Agencies employ a variety of programs to help low-income people achieve self-sufficiency. At Akron Summit Community Action one successful program that they utilize is Circles. The Circles philosophy believes that responsibility for both poverty and prosperity rests not only in the hands of individuals, but also with societies, institutions and communities. As such, Circles inspires and equips families and communities to resolve poverty by connecting people who are motivated to move out of poverty and become self-sufficient (known as Circle Leaders) with economically-stable volunteers from the community (known as Allies) who are committed to offering assistance to Circle Leaders.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Community Action is With You Every Step of the Way

Amanda was an 18-year-old stay-at-home mom to three young boys when she first turned to the Northwestern Ohio Community Action Commission (NOCAC) for help with her utilities in 2008. At the time, she didn’t know her financial situation or even who her utility companies were because her “husband handled that stuff.” Now she is a single, self-sufficient mom with a degree in criminal justice and a good job with a local police department thanks to the help of NOCAC.