Human Services Dept., CAA plan 24th Annual Report Dinner

Human Services Dept., CAA plan 24th Annual Report Dinner


The month of May has been designated as National Community Action Month. In keeping with this, the City of Rockford Human Services Department will hold its 24th Annual Report Dinner at 6 p.m., Friday, May 17 at Giovanni’s on Bell School Road, Rockford. Joyce Thomas, administration of Children and Families with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is scheduled to be this year’s keynote speaker.

“Helping People, Changing Lives” is the theme for this year’s dinner, and in keeping with the theme, the Department will celebrate the growth opportunities available to its clients during the past year, via the service offered through its various departments. In addition to its Annual Report on services provided, the Department of Human Services will also recognize three families with its “Family of Distinction” Award. The Primes, the Thomas and the Glass families are being recognized. These families, through hard work, perseverance and a commitment to self-sufficiency, reflect the philosophy of CAA in helping individuals and families achieve greater self-reliance. The Primes family will go on to represent our local community action agency in Springfield.

The Community Action Agency Board, the administering arm to the Department, will also install the new officers on the board for the next fiscal year.

As the local Community Action Agency, the Department operates and maintains programs in Winnebago and Boone counties that are specifically designed to help people of low economic means become more self-reliant. These programs include: Head Start, a pre-school child development program providing services to low-income parents and children ages 3 to 5 years; The Home Weatherization Program, which provides energy conservation-related services to low-income residents in Winnebago and Boone counties; Community Services Block Grant, which covers a broad range of crisis intervention and comprehensive coordinated services that assist income-eligible individuals and families overcome barriers to family self-sufficiency; and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which assists eligible income households in paying the high cost of home energy bills.

For more information on how to attend the event, call Granada Williams, executive director, City of Rockford Human Services Department, at 987-5782.

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