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SEICAA Community Action News Summer 2009

Inside this issue:

Insight from the Executive Director


Grants, Fundraisers, & Donations


Smile Week Donation from A & J Floral & Volunteer Opportunities


Preston Mutual Self-Help Housing Groundbreaking


Upcoming Events


SEICAA Services Contacts


Homebuyer Essentials Training Dates & Donation Information


♦ Executive Director: Debra R. Hemmert

♦ Chairman of the Board: Elmer Martinez

“SEICAA is dedicated to providing opportunity and for individuals and communities to thrive and reach their fullest potential, promoting self-sufficiency and greater economic independence through services, education, affordable housing, and training.”

SEICAA finished the first unit in completed. SEICAA hosted an the Acquisition/Infill Open House in Housing Program in cooperation with the August 2009. SEICAA buyer October 1, started the Acquisition 2009. Housing Program in The success of November 2008 when SEICAA’s approached by the City Acquisition Housing of Pocatello to expand Program within the homeownership City of Pocatello has opportunities to lead to the expansion Completed home 2009 households whose of the program into income is at or below 50% rural areas, such as Inkom, Malad, Pocatello Area Median Income and Montpelier. While participants (AMI. Family of four making in SEICAA’s Acquisition Housing $27,200 annually). The City Program within Pocatello must be deeded five lots to SEICAA for at or below 50% AMI, the utilization by households meeting qualification for rural areas is 80% identified criteria, including AMI (varies depending on county). income guidelines, credit SEICAA’s Acquisition Housing worthiness, and other criteria. Program is made possible by In November 2008, SEICAA prepartnerships with qualified a potential buyer who the City of Bare lot Nov. 2008 signed a program contract Pocatello, committing to purchase the home Federal Home upon completion and Loan Bank of acknowledgment of financial Seattle, Idaho literacy requirements. The Housing and homebuyer provided limited sweat Finance equity towards down-payment at Association, HUD, local banks, closing. Seven months after initial and Community Frameworks. groundbreaking, the home was

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Executive Director Insight

Debra R. Hemmert, SEICAA Executive Director

As a recipient of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, SEICAA is dedicated to providing transparency in regards to the use of these funds. In order to make tracking the utilization of ARRA funds more accessible, SEICAA will launch a new and improved website by the first of the year. SEICAA is committed to showing how the Agency utilizes ARRA funds from everything from the Weatherization Program to Homeless Prevention. The new website will be more user friendly and will demonstrate the breadth of programs SEICAA offers. SEICAA will also use the website for job announcements and as an advocacy tool for participants.

In August, SEICAA launched a page on Facebook. Search “Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency” and our page will pop up. SEICAA has utilized the page on Facebook to market Agency programs, provide program updates, and announce upcoming events and training courses. SEICAA staff regularly update the page and hope the presence on Facebook will enable the Agency to reach out to a new generation of individuals who rely on web based applicants to gather information. SEICAA is currently developing a blog for program updates and fundraiser wrap-ups.

Grants, Fundraisers and Donations: A Summer in review

SEICAA Executive Director, Debra Hemmert; ronda finuf from fred meyer; Sr. services director, Helen mayberry

Meals on Wheels: In July, SEICAA’s Meals on Wheels Program received $3,095 grant funds from the Fred Meyer Foundation. The funds will be used by the program for new tires on two vehicles, oil changes, regular maintenance, one new windshield, a much needed major transmission flush, and tune-up for a MOW vehicle. SEICAA appreciates the Fred Meyer for their recognition of the hard work the MOW Program provides, especially in light of the tough economic times and program funding cuts.

program services.

Caribou County: SEICAA’s Caribou County Extension Office hosted the 26th Annual Project Warmth Golf Tournament July 25. This successful event raised over $21,000 for emergency services in Caribou County. Thanks to all the sponsors and loyal golfers! Donation:

SEICAA would like to say “Thank You” to Red Lion Hotel in Pocatello for the donation. SEICAA Meals on Wheels “Driving for Dough” Golf received $60 from the charity car wash held by Tournament was scheduled for June 27th, and in what has become typical MOW fashion, was Red Lion in August. Thank you for your support! postponed due to torrential downpour, and finally held on July 25th. Thanks to wonderful sponsors and dedicated golfers, MOW raised $4,058 in 2009 for The residual water on the first hole, riverside golf course June 27, 2009.

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Ongoing: ♦

Youth Mentoring: - Looking for individuals to give one hour a week to mentor a school-aged child. - Minimum one year commitment required. - Criminal Background check will be conducted (paid by SEICAA).

Tax Preparation: - Volunteers needed to prepare basic tax returns for low-income individuals. - Training provided. - Flexible hours.

Senior Services: - Volunteers over 55 years. - Placement will be in various non-profit Settings, ranging from helping children

SEICAA Meals on Wheels and senior rental housing complex, St. Anthony Place, received a cheery donation in July 2009. A & J Floral donated dozens of beautiful floral arrangements for Smile Week to brighten up people’s day. SEICAA Meals on Wheels participants and St.

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read to providing information to tourists/visitors to Pocatello and southeast Idaho. - Hours vary depending on placement. Contact Helen Mayberry at 208-232-1114 x 139.

Housing: - Volunteers needed for painting, clean-up, planting flowers, and other miscellaneous tasks. ♦ Acquisition/Infill Housing: - Volunteers needed in SEICAA’s Acquisition Housing Program. Tasks may include painting, finishing works, and other light construction tasks. ♦ Contact Shalynn Peirsol at 208-232-1114 x 108.

Anthony Place tenants were randomly selected to receive an arrangement. A & J Floral made two donations over two days. Employees of A & J Floral brought sunshine and smiles to SEICAA participants and tenants. Thanks, A & J Floral!

All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.

Helen mayberry, Sr. Services director; brady from a & j Floral; deb hemmert, seicaa executive director


Preston build group groundbreaking August 15, 2009

Brian Tracy

SEICAA Mutual Self-Help Housing Program (MSHH) held the official groundbreaking for the Preston build group on a very chilly August 15, 2009. Representatives from USDA Rural Development, SEICAA, and participating families gathered for the ceremony. Preston Phase I is located in the Applewood Subdivision and includes five participating families. SEICAA will have a second phase in Preston and has several families on the waiting list. SEICAA continues to accept applications for Preston Phase II. SEICAA is accepting applications for Soda Springs and Bear Lake II. If you are interested in SEICAA MSHH, please contact Ramona Raymond at 208-232-1114 x 157.

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PROGRAMS AND SERVICES Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation incorporated in 1969 to combat poverty in southeastern Idaho. SEICAA provides a network of integrated services where no eligible person is turned away. SEICAA provides and advocates for resources that empower Southeastern Idaho residents to have the skills and resources necessary to improve their quality of life and become self-sufficient. Services are provided for over 158,627 individuals throughout seven counties of southeastern Idaho.


SEICAA will start taking appointments for Energy Assistance October 28, 2009.

(208) 232-1114 Ext 101

Community Services:

Upcoming Events:

(208) 233– 7348

Affordable Housing Programs: (208) 232-1114 Ext 108

Senior Services:

(208) 233-2878


(208) 237-0991

Veteran Services: Financial Literacy:

Community Dinner Table, Blackfoot: The Community Dinner Table is starting free meals for the winter months in Blackfoot on Tuesdays. The Community Dinner Table provided over 5000 meals from October 2008March 2009. The meals start the last Tuesday of October. ♦

Tuesday: October 27, 2009

(208) 234-2466

5:00-6:30 PM

(208) 232-1114 x 109

Jason Lee Memorial Church, Blackfoot

Bannock County:

(208) 232-1114

Free to those needing a meal

Bingham County:

(208) 785-1583

Bear Lake County:

(208) 847-1462

Caribou County:

(208) 547-4257

Franklin County:

(208) 852-1515

Oneida County:

(208) 766-2737

Power County:

(208) 226-7330

Outreach Offices:


Become a Fan at “Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency Inc.” on Facebook to receive Agency updates!

SEICAA “ Agency in Action” televised show informs Pocatello community!! Stay informed: Watch Channel 12 Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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SEICAA Homebuyer Essentials: All classes held in SEICAA’s Conference room located  at 641 N. 8th Avenue, unless otherwise indicated. Reservations recommended. Call  Merriann at 232‐1114 x 109. 

Money Management Schedule:  Bannock County: October 26 & 27:


November 16:


December 14 & 16:


Homebuyer Education:

Bannock County: January 5 : 8AM– 5PM

Post-Purchase Education Schedule: **please note locations**  Montpelier– SEICAA Office

(1 hour lunch break)

680 N. 4th, Ste. 3 December 9— 12:30-3:30PM

Visit for complete schedule.

Find course updates at: “Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency Inc.” on Facebook!

Help Us Make It Happen... The overwhelming number of people in crisis can be assisted with your help. Your generous tax deductible donation is greatly appreciated. All contributions directly benefit those needing assistance in the SEICAA seven county service area. Name Address State Telephone Enclosed is my gift of

“Success is the American Dream we can keep dreaming because most people in most places, including thirty million of ourselves, live wide awake in the terrible reality of poverty.”

Ursula K. Le Guin

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Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency Inc. Board of Directors Elmer Martinez, Chair

Shawna Rodriguez

Private Sector

Low-Income Sector Representative

Cory Phelps, Vice Chair

Judy McClanahan

Private Sector

Low-Income Sector Representative

Suzanna Nelson, Treasurer

Mary Watkins

Private Sector

Low-Income Sector Representative

Paula Miller, Secretary

Janice Lawes

Low-Income Sector Representative

Public Sector

Ron Frasure

Stephanie Foreman

Public Sector

Low-Income Sector Representative

Dave Maguire

Beverly Raymond-Ferro

Private Sector

Private Sector

Marianne Donnelly

Larry Ghan

Public Sector

Public Sector

Community Action News is a publication of the Southeastern Idaho Community Action Agency Executive Director Insight: Debra R. Hemmert Articles by: Lynette Sampson Photos by: Lynette Sampson, Julia Willard Comments and suggestions are welcome. Please address comments to: Marketing and Public Relations 641 N. 8th Avenue Pocatello, Idaho 83201 Or, 232-1114 Ext 113

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Summer 2009