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9Monday, March 9, 2015

A Home With a Puppy

Mary and Robert moved to Twin Oaks Shelter for the Homeless this winter with their four grandchildren. The couple had just gained custody of the children, who are all under the age of six.

Mary is in her mid-forties and was injured while working at her full-time factory job in Fond du Lac. She suffered significant […]

24Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Overcoming Obstacles to Climb the Career Ladder

Jenny entered Community Action’s Transitional Living Program (TLP) in Walworth County after staying at Twin Oaks Shelter for the Homeless in Darien. While a typical stay at the shelter is 90 days, Jenny and her six-year-old daughter had only been at Twin Oaks for a month before an opening was available in TLP.

Jenny experienced significant […]

17Tuesday, February 17, 2015

From Part-Time to Provider

Tammy is a woman in her late 30s with three young children under the age of five. She provides for her children and her husband, who is on disability and unable to work.

Tammy entered Community Action’s Skills Enhancement program to improve her job prospects. She had been working 25 hours a week at $7.25 an […]

17Tuesday, February 17, 2015

An Unexpected Valentine’s Day at Twin Oaks

One February 14th, residents and staff were faced with an unexpected emergency situation at Twin Oaks Shelter for the Homeless. As they sat down for a Valentine’s Day dinner prepared by one of the residents, the group heard a faint beeping sound. Dan, the staff member on duty, immediately searched the building, and soon discovered […]

16Monday, February 16, 2015

Community Sharing Garden

From a Community Action employee:

One warm afternoon, I was driving past our community sharing garden in Beloit’s Merrill neighborhood when I spotted a two-year-old child dressed only in a diaper standing in the garden. His chest was covered in a red this liquid.

I pulled over because I was worried about the situation. As I approached […]

16Monday, February 16, 2015

Beloit Native Leads Community Action

Cecilia Dever started as executive director Community Action of Rock and Walworth Counties in January 2015, after serving as deputy director for roughly one year. She describes how she identifies with the agency’s mission of providing access and opportunities:

It is a privilege and an honor for me to step into my new role as Executive […]

14Saturday, February 14, 2015

From Shy Student to Confident Employee

Carlos D. enrolled in the Workforce Investment Act’s (WIA) In-School Youth Program while earning his high school diploma through the Beloit Fresh Start Program. Carlos was a quiet and shy young man who was determined to finish school and find a job to help support his mother, father and siblings.

Carlos wasn’t sure he was ready […]

16Monday, February 16, 2015

Driver’s Education Scholarships Available in Evansville

AWARE in Evansville, in partnership with A Safe and Defensive Driving School and Evansville High School, is offering ten $250 scholarships for driver’s education classes. Evansville High School students aged 15-17 years old whose household income qualifies for the free and reduced lunch program (whether or not you have applied), are encouraged to submit an […]

21Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Emergency Food Assistance Available in Rock and Walworth County

Community Action, Inc. announces food assistance services available in both Rock and Walworth counties.

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is a federal program that provides food assistance to low-income households through the distribution of food commodities from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Services (FNS). TEFAP is a supplemental food assistance […]

21Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Community Action Announces New Development Manager

Community Action, Inc. of Rock & Walworth Counties is pleased to announce Lynn Vollbrecht as its new development manager. She joined the local nonprofit organization in December.

In her role, Vollbrecht will be responsible for creating systems and procedures to support a donorcentric environment through education and training. She will develop and nurture relationships with volunteers […]