ICAA Annual Report 2019

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ICAA Opening Doors • Creating Opportunities

2019 Annual Report


2019 Program Highlights ICAA Programs served 9,502 individuals from 3,878 families in 15 counties Family Health Center of Marshfield continued to provide services to individuals affected by substance use

Programs referred 715 individuals to more than 240 community partners and organizations

10 Business Developmen started their business cre FTE jobs in 4

806 volunteers donated 33,873 hours to support program activities

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The housing program provided safe, low-income rental housing to 124 families in 4 counties

119 children received gifts, coats, and hats from ICAA’s Miracle Tree in collaboration with Ladysmith Family Restaurant, Rockwell Automation, Marshfield Medical Center - Ladysmith, Fresh Market, and Walmart

The Connections Stores provided over $1,200 worth of emergency clothing, furniture, and household items to 60 individuals

ICAA Food P and Partne Pantries distr 530,792 pou food to 6,611 in 6 co


22 veteran families received rental assistance to help them maintain or procure safe, stable housing

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From 2018 to 2019, our Youth Development and Prevention program saw a 14% decrease in substance abuse among minors in Rusk County

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397 children improved school readiness through Head Start services and supports including education, nutrition, and health screenings & assessments

177 children and their families recieved education and parenting supports from ICAA’s 9 EHS-CCP partners 144 domestic abuse and sexual assault survivors in 9 counties received support, advocacy, and legal assistance

167 children and their caregivers recieved education, mentoring, parenting, and nutrition supports through weekly Home Visits


From Our CEO “Community Action Works” is the premise that sparked the mobilization of the first community action agencies in 1964. ICAA was founded just a couple of years later in 1966 and has embodied this statement throughout the years. As you look through our 2019 annual report, you’ll see how individuals’ and families’ lives are changed, not by an individual program or organization, but by collaboration among many people, organizations, and community partners. ICAA is really just a catalyst to effect change in our communities, and we couldn’t do it alone!

Serving Burnett, Clark, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, and Washburn Counties

From our Head Start program to Legal Assistance for Victims to Supportive Services for Veteran Families, we depend on each other to fight poverty and create a path to self-sufficiency for those living in northwestern Wisconsin’s rural counties. While ICAA serves six primary counties, in 2019, we had the opportunity to provide program services in 15 different counties! This ability to extend our services is due in part to partnerships, collaborations, and referrals to services from many other wonderful organizations. Community Action Works. It’s not just a phrase or an idea, but what we do. ICAA has a strong foundation of dedicated, quality staff and volunteers who are the “boots on the ground” every day. They are on the front lines working for positive change in the lives of those we serve. Our communities know their needs. ICAA is simply here to offer the support and resources necessary to help the individuals in those communities build self-sufficient, successful lives. Check out Sarah’s* story inside to learn about her path to self-sufficiency.

Board of Directors Chair: Dave Willingham Al Campos Emmett Byrne Mary Fleming Karl Huber Peter Kaz

Rachael Loucks Phil Lindeman Dan Makovsky Christine Newkirk Dorothy Richard Dale Schleeter

Patti Smith Clint Stariha Bill Stewart Joe Waichulis Sherrie Wiegand Jennifer Vobornik

ICAA’s Mission To assist individuals in achieving self-sufficiency by providing the resources, education, and services necessary to develop healthy families, sustainable communities, and strong local businesses.

Leadership Team

CEO: Jennifer Shearer CFO: Kerrie Zimmermann Director of HR: Sharyl Rodina Director of Prevention Services: Julie Bever Director of Community Services: Alan Christianson Director of Head Start: Michelle Stout Director of EHS-CCP: Connie Graf


Sarah’s* Path to Self-Sufficiency

ICAA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) promotes housing stability for very low-income Veteran families through outreach, case management, and temporary financial assistance. In July of 2019, Sarah* contacted the SSVF program in search of safe, stable housing and was able to gain independence, health, and security. Within a short time after she contacted our SSVF Coordinator, Sarah was able to use SSVF financial assistance to move into a comfortable apartment in her community. In addition, ICAA was able to help provide wrap-around services and external referrals to additional resources to assist her in other areas of need. Sarah was referred to ICAA’s Legal Assistance for Victims program to escape an unsafe domestic situation as well as to an external financial counselor. Through these additional resources and referrals, Sarah was able to become financially independent and purchase a “new to her” vehicle. With her immediate physical needs met, she was able to focus on building a stable future for herself and start making healthier choices. In April of 2020, we caught up with Sarah to see how she is doing today. She told us that she not only has maintained a safe, stable housing and financial situation, but she has also been able to improve her physical health now that she can afford to purchase healthier foods. She told her case worker, “Thank you! I couldn’t have done it without your help!” Successes like these is what ICAA is all about. Every day, we see individuals and families in our communities overcoming barriers to move along the path to self-sufficiency. Community action works, and through internal and external collaboration and community partnerships, we are able to help provide holistic services to our clients and connect them with the resources they need. *Name changed to protect privacy

Funding Year 2019 Unaudited Expenses

Energy & Housing $3,346,573

Emergency Services $1,388,992 Inkind $1,045,429 Management & General $1,006,019

Education $5,743,392

2019 Board and Staff Awards

Prevention Services $387,630 Other $200,988

Health Services $42,074

Jobs & Business Development $121,375

5 years: Julie Bever, Margaret Guyette, Wendy Morgan, Wayne Rolstad, Nicole Wilson, Lauren Zach 15 years: Diane Clough, Heather Haremza 20 years: Vicki Bender, Phil Lindeman (Board Member), Jennifer Shearer, Tamara Strenke, and Debbie Zillmer 30 years: Janet Fritz


Donors and Funders

ICAA is grateful to the donors and funders who provide resources which support the services provided to those living in our communities. Thank you for your continued investment into those individuals! AARP - Stone Lake Adler-Clark Electric Community Aina Vilumsons Ascension Episcopal Church Barbara Stellner Bethany Lutheran Church Brent and Juleen Hallgren Burnett Cty VFW post 1256 Chase Lieser Chaudy Family Christine Mayou Concor Tool Dale Bacan Daniel Brown David and Ruth Klaas Dennis and Linda Chartrand Dianne Gravesen Edina Realty - Spooner Elizabeth and Michael Strong Extra Credit, Inc. Give 365 Rusk Grace Lutheran Church - Hayward Grace United Methodist Gwen Kauffman Harvest of Talents-First Church of Christ Hayward Lions Club HCE homemakers group Helen Sheffield Herb Kohl Philanthropies IOOF Lodge - Hayward Jane Wardean Joanne Spooner Karen Klink Kathleen Hnath Kenneth Ormsby

Knights of Columbus-Medford Council No. 1744 Lakeview Methodist Church Larry Gilmer Larsens Family Library Lutheran Women’s Missionary LeagueFaith Lutheran Church Melinda Vail Mixed Sampler Quilt Guild Nicolet National Foundation, Inc. Northwest Passage Northwoods Coalition Our Redeemer Lutheran Church Peterson Concrete Rick Bergstrom Riverside Ladies League Ronald Zuleger Ruth and Kermit Roekel Sam’s Motor Express Security Health (on behalf of Marshfield Clinic - Ladysmith Center) Seeley Lions Club Sentinel Publications, LLC Spooner Extension Spooner Health St John The Baptist Catholic Church St Johns Catholic Church St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Hayward Thomas and Kaye Mehring-Tom and Kaye Mehring Fund Thomas Vanselus Thomas Wilton Time Federal Savings Bank U.S. Deparment of Education

U.S. Deparment of Labor U.S. Department of Agriculture U.S. Department of Health and Human Services U.S. Department of Homeland Security U.S. Department of Justice U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs United Methodist - Hertel Walmart Weather Shield Employee Lite Foundation Webster Grace United Methodist Webster Library Webster Schools Wendie Miller William McAuliff Wisconsin Community Action Program Association, Inc. Wisconsin Department of Children and Familes Wisconsin Department of Commerce Wisconsin Department of Health Services Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation, Inc. Women of ELCA, Dorcas Circle-Zion Lutheran Church

This list is accurate and complete to the best of our knowledge at time of printing. ICAA apologizes for any omissions or errors.

Would you like to partner with us? Call 715-532-4222 to learn more about volunteer opportunities and areas of need. Or, consider a gift to help provide food, shelter, education, and safety to individuals living in your community! Contact ICAA:

1000 West College Avenue • Ladysmith, WI 54848 (715) 532-4222 www.indianheadcaa.org www.facebook.com/IndianheadCAA Indianhead Community Action Agency is an equal opportunity employer and provider operating under an approved Affirmative Action Plan. ©2020 • Indianhead Community Action Agency, Inc. All Rights Reserved.