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March 2013 Issue 8 Saline County

TANF TIMES

Missouri Valley Community Action Agency Missouri Work Assistance

Misuse of FUNDS!

Contents Misuse of Funds

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Dates to Remember

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Gas Assistance Changes

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Quote of the Month

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Employee Spotlight

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Spring into Action

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MWA Monthly Calendar

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Head Start News

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Quote of the Month

In February 2012, Congress passed a law that forbids people who receive Temporary Assistance from accessing their TA benefits at casinos, liquor stores, and certain adult stores. Misuse of TA cash benefits can result in a change to who receives the payment of benefits. If caught using TA cash assistance inappropriately your benefits could be paid directly to a provider or another person (protective payee). Having a protective payee means the payment of cash grant goes to a relative or friend who will spend the TA on the needs of the child. You would not be able to use the TA cash benefits anymore. Misuse of TA funds means spending the benefit on things that do not meet the needs of the child and include:  Purchasing alcohol  Purchasing tobacco  Purchasing illegal drugs  Using benefits at an adult store, adult video store, or strip club  Using benefits to gamble (i.e. casinos, bingo) State rules require that Temporary Assistance be used for the benefit of the child or children. Items that you may use your TA benefits on include:

“Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they are worthless rather because they are priceless” -Sherry Anderson

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Food Medicine Utilities (electric, gas, water, etc) Personal care products (shampoo, soap, etc) Clothing Rent Household cleaning supplies School supplies Activities for the children

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March 10, 2013—Daylight Saving Time Begins March 17, 2013—St. Patrick’s Day March 19, 2013—New Directions Meetings @ Covenant Presbyterian Church. Dinner served at 5:30, program follows March 31, 2013—Easter

Gas Assistance Changes! Starting in April, Transportation Related Expenses (TRE) funds paid to participants meeting participation hours will change to monthly distribution. This is a change from the weekly checks that were written and mailed. If you have questions about any of the upcoming TRE changes please contact Michael Robbins at 660-886-7476 ext 856.


MVCAA 1415 S Odell Ave. Marshall MO 65340

Michael Robbins Outreach Coordinator Michael Robbins has worked with the agency for just over 2 years. Before that, Michael completed an internship with MVCAA to complete his B.A. in Human Service Agency Management from Missouri Valley College. When Michael is not working he enjoys playing with his dogs and spending as much time as possible outside.

Spring into Action and Activate your Individual Employment Plan!! Needing help with new shoes for the kids? Taking the family out to Dinner? Getting family movie passes? Contact your Case Manger, Debbie at 660-831-0498, from now until April 19 to update your IEP and get a chance to win a $50 gift certificate of your choice. Choice of Gift Card is at MWA Director approval.

Head Start & Early Head Start NEWS! Marshall Head Start is taking applications for 3 to 5 year olds for the 2013 – 2014 school year! Services include: Educational activities, Special services for children with disabilities, Family needs referrals Early Head Start is taking applications for pregnant women and families with infants and toddlers. Services include: Home visits to learn how your baby/child is developing, Assistance with child’s health requirements, Transportation for prenatal doctor visits and well baby checks.

To Apply Call: Head Start @ 660-886-9980 or Family Resource Center @ 660-831-0498

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