Each year we put out our Annual Report. It covers what we've been up to throughout the last year. This includes new and expanded programs, funding expenditures, and statistics such as households assisted through various programs.
A half of a century…five decades…50 years… no matter how it is said, our non-profit organization has built a legacy serving people in poverty. The agency was incorporated in 1966 shortly following the federal creation of grassroots agencies known as a Community Action Partnership (CAP). To this day, you may hear historians refer to a CAP agency which have now coined the name Community Action Agency (CAA). Although our agency moved its central operations from a family garage, to a rental, and now to a permanent residence in Farwell and 14 satellite locations across the region, the organization has achieved great strides in developing a solid foundation of a highly performing community based establishment.
The “War on Poverty” spearheaded by President Lyndon B. Johnson, began a multitude of programs designed to help economically disadvantaged people work toward self-sufficiency. We continue this journey as we administer federal, state and local contracts that have been developed to respond to needs of local people residing in our regional service district. As you will see throughout this report, our programs range from homeless prevention, emergency heat and utility assistance, food support, home empowerment, and a wealth of early childhood and family programs.
We continue to listen to local guidance through our advisory councils and community needs assessments which allow us to our adapt our services to meet identified needs. We continue to fight the effects of poverty by providing educational support, case management, financial assistance, and more. We remain on the leading edge of our service delivery to ensure the best possible outcomes for our participants—young and old—as we deliver quality programs that meet or surpass monitoring reviews by the funders.
The heritage of Community Action can be found here in our region as we reach out to thousands each year while our peer agencies do the same throughout the state and nation. Although we may not see an end to the war on poverty, as President Johnson had predicted, we will continue to focus on the growth of Community Action impacting successful futures for many. Join us on this voyage and do your part to support children, families and seniors, as they move from surviving to thriving, while navigating the systems of care provided by the public or non-profit social service organizations in your community.
1574 E Washington Road
PO Box 768
Farwell, MI 48622
2300 E Ludington Drive
Clare, MI 48617
337 Lemke Street
Midland, MI 48642