2017 ANNUAL REPORT Hocking Athens Perry Community Action will mobilize resources to empower individuals and communities through advocacy and quality services that promote self-sufficiency and improved quality of life.
HAPCAP is one of over 1,000 Community Action Agencies in the United States. Founded in the 1960’s as part of President Johnson’s War on Poverty, Community Action was a locally driven initiative aimed at meeting the needs of low-income communities. Johnson’s signature anti-poverty legislation, the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 stated, “It is the policy of the United States to eliminate the paradox of poverty in the midst of plenty in this nation by opening, to everyone, the opportunity for education and training, the opportunity to work, and the opportunity to live in decency and dignity.” HAPCAP’s work still embodies the spirit and intent of this law by promoting Opportunity in Action. We offer programming in each of our five primary service divisions: Transportation; Food & Nutrition; Housing & Community Development; Child Development; and Community Services to help meet the needs in our area. The pages that follow highlight our efforts in 2017. We would not have been able to do this work alone. We are so fortunate to have a strong network of community partners, public officials, volunteers, donors, board members, and other stakeholders that help us meet our mission. Thank you for caring about all people in Southeast Ohio. I would like to close by sharing with you the Community Action Promise, which speaks to who we are and what we stand for. I ask that each of you stand with us and continue to fight poverty and to advocate for those who may be struggling. Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.
FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Mary Anne Kieliszewski, Director
Thanks to the hard work and dedication of our finance & administration staff, as well as the collaboration from our agency partners, we are able to present our audited financials for 2017. These funds - including your gifts and contributions - are making a tremendous impact in Southeast Ohio. We thank you for your continued support.
Funding By Activity
Housing & Community Development Child Development Food & Nutrition Corporate Community Service Programs Transit Subtotal Fundraising Corporate Subtotal
$1,752.548 $4,478,244 $4,728,287 $438,171 $3,986,407 $5,772,941 $21,543,001 $413,201 $438,171 $851,372
$1,805,267 $4,736,025 $4,890,881 $417,307 $3,986,335 $5,417,122 $21,286,777 $93,817 $417,307 $511,124
($52,719) ($257,781) ($162,594) $20,864 $72 $355,819 $256,224 $319,384 $20,864 $340,248
Space & Utilities
Federal & State Funding
Ending Net Assets (as of 12/31/17) $8,771,544* The Net Asset number includes property, plant and equipment as well as a related entity which is Kimberly Meadows.
HAPCAP Board of Directors Charlie Adkins Keith Andrews – President Nathan Blatchley Maureen Boggs – Treasurer Ben Carpenter Chris Chmiel Jaclyn Dalton Jeff Dickerson Norman Gary Jim Hart Kelley McGhee – Vice-President Mary Nally Jim O’Brien Anne Rubin C. Nicholas Tepe John Ulmer Gary Waugh Sydney Webber
TRANSPORTATION Carolyn Conley, Director
Though I am new to the director role in our Transportation Division, I am familiar with the course we are charting: to provide safe, reliable, accessible, and affordable transportation to Southeast Ohio and beyond. Thanks to our outstanding partnerships, the hard work and dedication of our staff, and Jessica Stroh’s previous leadership, we are continuing to accomplish our mission. Lack of transportation, esecially in rural, isolated areas, can cause tremendous barriers to employment and overall wellness. However, our programs take people to doctor’s appointments, to their place of employment, or even to leisure activities such as the library or a restaurant, improving the quality of life for each passenger. In 2017... • Athens On Demand drove 151,908 miles. This is the same as flying from Cleveland to Seoul, South Korea 23 times, all driven within Athens County lines! • Logan Public Transit has 17,811 trips. • GoBus traveled over 1,000,000 miles. On a personal note, I am excited to start this journey as Director of HAPCAP’s Transportation Division. I look forward to serving Southeast Ohio and working with such passionate community partners and staff.
Mariah, Athens On Demand Rider Athens On Demand Transit provides safe, reliable, curb-to-curb transportation in Athens County. This program is particularly beneficial to senior citizens and people with disabilities, as each van is handicap accessible. We transport riders to medical and social services appointments, but when our schedule permits, we can also transport people to places like the bank and the grocery store, further improving the quality of life for our passengers. Lack of access to reliable transportation can create a large barrier to gainful employment. HAPCAP’s transportation programs have a mission of bridging this gap to help improve the livelihood of Southeast Ohio. Mariah is 22 years old and lives in Jacksonville. Every day, one of our Athens On Demand drivers takes her to her job at the Athens County Board of Developmental Disabilities. For five years, she has trusted our drivers to take her to work safely and ontime. “I love taking Athens On Demand. There’s no hustle and bustle. My rides are usually calm and stress free,” she says. Mariah’s funny and friendly demeanor fits right in with our Athens On Demand staff. Riders often chat with drivers about their lives and current events. These short conversations help create a strong sense of community within Athens County. From Trimble to Troy, Athens On Demand is proud to make transportation accessible and affordable.
FOOD & NUTRITION Asti Payne, Director
Hunger is a hard bite to swallow, but it can’t be ignored. If you aren’t directly impacted with hunger, statistically speaking, you know someone who is: a friend, a co-worker, or a neighbor. It could be the working family living paycheck to paycheck. It could be the grandparent, relying on social security to feed herself and the grandchildren she is raising due to the opioid crisis. Or the college student, working and going to school, but unable to keep up with the rising cost of tuition, books, and housing. Every person we serve has a story to tell. Our goal is to ensure their most basic need is met, food, so they can focus on learning, working, and thriving. We do this through a variety of programs from bulk food distributions to preparing and delivering individual meals. We pride ourselves on being innovative to overcome geographic barriers of our rural region. The need is great, but the support we receive is greater. Thanks to our donors, volunteers, and community partners, our impact continues to grow and we promise to keep working to make sure no one is going hungry. In 2017, we... • Distributed over 6.4 million pounds of food • Prepared nearly 140,000 individual meals for seniors and children • Purchased around 1.4 million pounds of fresh produce from Ohio farmers to distribute to families in need • Rescued over one million pounds of food from local retail stores
MEALS ON WHEELS Virgil, Nelsonville OH
For over 15 years, our Meals on Wheels program has delivered hot, nutritious meals to seniors in Southeast Ohio. Our Regional Kitchen understands the link between nutrition and wellness, so our staff works closely with a registered dietician to ensure the nutritional value of each meal we serve. Measures include low-sodium and diabetic-friendly dishes, as well as diligently following allergens and other dietary restrictions. Virgil lives in Athens County and is enrolled in our Meals on Wheels program. He supported his family by installing the telephone lines in Southeast Ohio, a revolutionary technology for both American and Appalachian life. For medical reasons, Virgil must eat at a specific time every day. Our Kitchen staff takes steps to ensure that his meals are delivered on time, just as they would for an allergen or a faith practice. Meals on Wheels also serves as a safety check and a social connection for seniors, which is especially important in the rural, isolated areas of Southeast Ohio. Our drivers might be the only regular face a senior sees during the week, and they can alert the proper authorities in the event of an injury or medical emergency. Virgil dedicated his life to connecting Southeast Ohio to the rest of the country. We are proud to ensure that he is connected to all our Meals on Wheels program has to offer.
HOUSING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Glen Crippen, Director
In many ways, Southeast Ohio is a beautiful place to live. Photos of our landscape with the rolling hills and foliage can show one side of the story, but for some of our neighbors, their story might be completely different. That’s where we come in. Our home repair & rehabilitation programs improve the health & safety of our neighbors. Our Weatherization programs help to improve self-sufficiency for each household. Less money is spent on energy costs, decreasing the need for public assistance. For over 30 years, Community Development Block Grants have improved our streets, sidewalks, parks, water systems, and more. The power behind these funds is seen whenever a family can walk down a sidewalk, drink their own tap water, or play in a park. Quality of life increases not just for current residents, but for their children and their grandchildren. In 2017... • 88 Houses were weatherized • 34 Community Development projects were administered and completed • 812 Energy Audits were performed on eligible households These improvements would not be possible without the support of our community and government partners, as well as contributions from our donors. Our staff and technicians are hard at work, but it is humbling to stop, look up, and see the difference we are making, brick by brick.
HOME REHABILITATION PROGRAM Ruth and Ronald, York Township
We believe strong communities start at home. Our home repair and rehabilitation programs work to assist residents with the health and safety concerns of their homes, improving our neighborhoods one house at a time. Ron and Ruth Six raised their family in this home. The side of the house is decorated with dozens of clay fixtures from Ron’s 43 years at Logan Clay. The two of them raised their family in this home and now have great-grandchildren who come to visit. Thanks to funding from the Community Housing Improvement Program, the Sixes can make sure their home is as safe and comfortable as possible, both for themselves and for their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. “Last Christmas, we probably had about 20 people in our living room and kitchen,” said Ron. Funding allowed for a much needed new roof and electrical system. Collaboration with the Athens County Health Department helped with the installation of a new septic tank. “They were just as nice as could be,” said Ruth of the technicians and construction workers who spent time on their home. Ruth and Ron are both extremely satisfied with the work that was done, and look forward to many more family holidays at their home as their family grows. Every family has a legacy. We are proud to be welcomed into their lives. Programs like home repair and home rehabilitation allow for their legacies to continue to thrive.
Chris DeLamatre, Director There are only 2,000 days in between when a child is born and when they start kindergarten. During that 2,000 days, a foundation is laid to prepare that child for success in their schooling, and our Child Development staff is committed to start them off on the right foot. Our Early Head Start program serves children from birth until age 3, and works in the home to encourage the family’s involvement in their child’s education. This involvement supports the physical, social, emotional, mental, and language development of each child. Our center-based and home-based Head Start programs continue to focus on kindergarten readiness. Our qualified staff knows that each child is born with their own strengths, including creativity, curiosity, and problem-solving. Our curriculum works to encourage these strenghts, and our free health assessments for children ages 0-5 make sure that they are learning to the best of their physical ability. In 2017... • 212 children and pregnant women were served by Early Head Start • 442 children enrolled in Head Start • 67,966 miles were driven by our buses. Though there is no finish line for learning, a head start can make a lifelong difference. Thanks to the support of our community partners, families, and donors, we can continue our legacy in preparing children for kindergarten and beyond.
EARLY HEAD START
Karen, Jonnie, and DeeDee - Nelsonville, OH One of the many ways we provide accessible education to families is by teaching children in their homes. Once a week, a home visitor visits DeeDee in her quiet neighborhood in Nelsonville. We won’t say that DeeDee’s home is then transformed into a classroom, because her grandmothers encourage her to learn and explore every day. Our Child Development staff strongly believes that families are first and most important educators a child will have. DeeDee is incredibly sweet, polite, and focused for a three-year-old. She enjoys reading magazines, practicing her signature, and has a remarkable memory. Her Grandma and Memaw have made sure that she always says “please” and “thank you,” and have joked that they’re not quite sure what they will do with their time once DeeDee attends center-based Head Start. It’s also clear that Miss Amanda, DeeDee’s home instructor, has become a part of their family. “We just love Miss Amanda,” says Karen. “I know DeeDee is going to miss her next year.” We are proud to see the progress that each child makes as they foster their love for learning. Our families welcome staff into their homes and into their children’s lives. For over 40 years, we’ve celebrated the strengths of each family, ensuring a bright future for Southeast Ohio’s future scholars.
COMMUNITY SERVICES Jessica Stroh, Director
Self sufficiency is at the heart of what we do at HAPCAP. The programs within the Community Services division reinforce our core values of helping people to help themselves. Our utility assistance programs allow families to pay what they can on their gas and electric bills so that they can focus on getting back on their feet. Our employment programs build on the strengths of each participant to help prepare them for the workforce. These are programs that can ultimately break the cycle of poverty, including the generational instances we see every day. Community Action does more than scratch the surface. Ensuring that a family’s heat stays on in the winter can be life-saving, and financial literacy workshops can be life-transforming. In 2017... • 6008 households received emergency program assistance • 367 community members were served through our employment programs • 153 participants were employed by HAPCAP in Summer Employment It takes creativity and collaboration to find solutions to the effects of poverty, and it’s not a quick fix or a one-size-fits-all. These transformations are made possible by the support of our staff and community partners who work tirelessly to meet the needs of our program participants and I look forward to these continued efforts in the road ahead.
Comprehensive Case Management Employment Program Ariz, Hocking County
Our employment programs help Southeast Ohioans overcome barriers to employment, such as job training or education. Yet we recognize that each participant comes to us with their own unique strengths, such as past experience in taking care of an elderly relative or having strong communication skills. Ariz is a single mother of two young children, and we saw her hard work, dedication, and her strong empathy skills firsthand during her time as an intake worker for our Home Energy Assistance Program. She has been participating in the Comprehensive Case Management Program (CCMEP) since June, 2017. “I had the work experience, but wasn’t getting the calls after submitting my resume. But after they helped me rework it, I started getting more calls,” she said. Ariz also worked with staff on a mock interview, helping her to answer questions with confidence. Shortly afterward, she was hired as a staffing agent at Acloché. Thanks to the training and guidance she received from the CCMEP program, she is helping other Southeast Ohioans attain their career goals. Ariz’s ambitions continue to grow, and she is now working towards a career in Human Resources. With a combination of our staff, our community partnerships, and our hardworking participants, we continue to help Southeast Ohioans land gainful employment, and ultimately break the cycle of poverty.
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