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Doing More Good with Head Start & The Child Advocacy Center

Faith Boehmer, takes a momentStorytime.jpg to reflect as a volunteer on Action Pathways Head Start’s Policy Council, a committee comprised of parents and community stakeholders charged with making decisions that guide and direct the Head Start program.

“We [Child Advocacy Center] want to bring awareness to teachers and the larger Head Start community,” Faith says. “We all should be advocating for children……serving on Head Start’s Policy Council enables me to give my input in a number ways; from important decisions about hiring new staff to new initiatives and promoting collaborations vital to the safety of our community’s children.”

Doing More Good with Head Start

Alicia5.jpgAction Pathways Head Start volunteer and parent, Alysia Haddox, has been giving her time to the early childhood development program for a little over a year now. Her commitment arose while she was enrolled in Action Pathways Early Head Start program, which allows eligible pregnant women to enter the program to ensure early childhood development efforts can begin as early as possible, even before birth.

Currently, Ms. Haddox gives her time to assist teachers in the classroom and also as a member of Head Start’s Policy Council, a committee comprised of community partners and Head Start parents empowered to help govern Head Start without actually interfering in the day-to-day operations of the program.

Doing More Good with Head Start

B72.jpgThere are so many ways you can give back to your community that doesn’t involve going inside your wallet. Yes, monetary donations are indeed valuable but so is your time – volunteering it. Action Pathways Head Start’s volunteer and parent, BenShuna Quon, explains why she gives her time to Head Start and encourages others to do the same.

Doing More Good with Weatherization

Vicky72.jpgVicky Diaz, Action Pathways Head Start Family Advocate, is also one of the many Americans who have had their home weatherized – and she loves it! Vicky says that along with the tips Action Pathways Weatherization Assistance Program staff shared with her on how to conserve energy and save more money on her utilities, she saw immediate savings on her electric bill after her home was weatherized.

“My whole house was weatherized; they went through everything! With that alone, I saw about maybe a $100 change on my electric bill within the first or second bill!”

Vick Diaz, Action Pathways Weatherization Assistance Program Participant

Action Pathways' Mobile Food Pantry and its Heroes

039.JPGAction Pathways Second Harvest Food Bank's Mobile Food Pantry team (Julia Morales, Drew Daniels and Darryl Monroe) were recently recognized at the Heart of Matthew, a luncheon hosted by the Cumberland Disaster Recovery Coalition (CDRC). The event honored the unsung heroes within our community that went above and beyond the call of duty to help those left reeling from the destruction and devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew.

Energy Action Month

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Action Pathways Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) will be celebrating #EnergyActionMonth alongside the American energy sector to promote how weatherization helps individuals and families become more energy efficient, saving money on their utility bills, as well as, how WAP ensures families and their children are safer after their homes have been weatherized.

Join us! Go green and become more energy efficient!

 

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HOPE4NC Continues to Provide Crisis Counseling and Referrals for People Still Dealing with the Trauma of Hurricane Matthew

Patrick, a local Cumberland County resident, talked with Hope4NC workers about how he has tried to cope with trauma brought on by the storm and how its impact continues to affect him today. Admitted to having struggled with anxiety all his life, DSC_0011.JPGPatrick recognizes it is a challenge he will constantly have to manage, but says his anxiety has worsened since the storm.

Head Start Partners with Childcare Facilities in Fayetteville

Action Pathways took a moment to celebrate Early Head Start - Child Care Partnership staff located in childcare facilities in Cumberland County late last week. As the result of a five-year grant from the Office of Head Start, under the Office for the Administration of DSC_0538.JPGChildren & Families, the Action Pathways Early Head Start program was able to expand its efforts into six different childcare facilities, expanding its reach to more than 200 children to date.

“This is our second year in our partnership” explains Cynthia Walker, Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Assistant Manager. “For a long time Head Start and child care facilities have always been separate yet, we have similar goals. That is, to provide a safe place for children where they are able to grow and thrive in preparation for public school.”   

ASPIRE Self-Sufficiency Location Change in Sampson County

ATTENTION: ASPIRE/SELF-SUFFICIENCY ***New Location in Sampson County***

Sampson County Dept of Social Services
360 County Complex Rd # 100, Clinton, NC 28328
Phone: (910) 592-4200 ext: 3275

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A Self-Sufficiency Highlight: You can do it too!

Kamekia Hart.JPGSeveral years ago, Action Pathways Self-Sufficiency program started to help a young, single woman by the name of Kamekia Hart. At the time, Ms. Hart was working part-time at a fast-food restaurant, could not afford health insurance but still made too much money to qualify for Medicaid. She was struggling to stay afloat and living check to check. She wanted the opportunity to do more with her life, but did not know where or how to begin without the resources to support her determination.

Take a look at how Action Pathways Self-Sufficiency program helped Ms. Hart tackle her legal troubles and get on the path towards realizing her goals; feeding her belief that all things are possible with faith and determination. 

Self-Sufficiency: Reentry Success

Count Reddon, a recent Action Pathways Self-Sufficiency participant, made one bad decision that caused him to lose his employment as a commercial plumber, his place of residence, transportation and, most importantly, his tools for work.  

After finishing his senIRA-Dress for Success 002.JPGtence, Mr. Reddon was released back into the community with nowhere to live and no means of finding employment. His car was impounded, containing all of his tools for work, subsequently making it much harder for him to earn a living; Reddon was forced to move into a shelter and start over. He reached out to Action Pathways Self-Sufficiency Program for assistance to help him, once again, become a productive member of society.

 

Helping Homeless Children to be School-Ready this Year

FullSizeRender (1) (1).jpgArtreese Basnight, Human Resource Assistant at Action Pathways, was recently recognized for her exceptional leadership in helping to ensure Cumberland County’s homeless children are school-ready with the necessary supplies to be successful.

Thanks to Basnight’s decisive leadership as not only the secretary to FASHRM’s board but also as its fundraising chairman, the local chapter was able to provide much-needed supplies to homeless children in preparation for school.

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Second Harvest Food Bank Thankful to Receive Nonprofit Funding

shfb_logo_0.pngSecond Harvest Food Bank is grateful for the nonprofit funding it receives every year to help advance its mission in the community.

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Action Pathways & the American Red Cross: Partnering Together in Disaster Situations

American Red Cross Logo.jpgAction Pathways and the American Red Cross are strong community partners, who know they can count on each other when disaster strikes.

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ASPIRE Suspending Cumberland County Applications

The ASPIRE Self-Sufficiency Program is no longer accepting applications from Cumberland County until further notice.

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