For 50 years the Community Action Agency (CAA) has provided many opportunities for low-income residents to gain greater economic security. That’s our purpose. The positive impact of programs run by the CAA have been shown in the lives of thousands of people. The elderly are able to stay in their homes longer and at lower cost than institutionalization due to the improvements achieved by the CAA. Families can provide healthy food to their children that helps them to do better at school due to food provided by the CAA. Individuals and families can get needed tax refunds to take care of critical expenses or to begin saving for a rainy day due to VITA services coordinated by CAA. Homeless families learn to take responsibility for the changes needed to keep them or their children from repeating homelessness at the Esplanade House Program, owned and operated by the CAA since 1991.
CAA Helps Families Thrive
The CAA is glad for readers to know that there has been no reduction in services to children and families. Three case managers continue to provide needed support to children and families. A fourth is in the works. The on-site licensed child care center has provided valuable physical development support to children of families living on-site. Because we live in a caring community the CAA has had many new partners, services and supporters who share our commitment to helping homeless families to escape their homelessness join us. We’re excited that we’ve been able to expand services to families and their children at minimal cost.
Accountability and Transparency
At CAA we are dedicated to quality and maintain high levels of accountability. We complete annual audits of the most stringent requirements and multiple monitoring reports to funders. To continue and to increase the services that CAA provides new financial supporters for our efforts are always welcome. We work together in ways that maximize the donor experience by providing information on the results that their support bring about. Keeping roles clear between funders and the CAA as the program operator helps ensure success. It is our commitment that these funding relationships will be maintained as we do those with our program participants; with respect and dignity.
Helping People and Changing Lives
Our 50th year of service in 2017 was spent in doing what we do best; helping people and changing lives. We are committed to continuous improvement and invite you to learn more about the efforts of the CAA and the successes of the people with whom we work. The many volunteers, families, Board members and staff of the CAA appreciate your interest and welcome you to join us.
In service to others,
Thomas P. Tenorio, CCAP Doug Benander, Chair
Chief Executive Officer Board of Directors