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Human Services

Staff attended Volunteer Fl workshop, AmeriCorps Prog grant opportunity -grant allows for ability to recruit & place AmeriCorps members in service roles in County to promote volunteerism and build our organization’s capacity for engaging and mobilizing volunteers to respond to community needs; staff leads in planning/developing a proposal for grant opportunity. Community Assistance Block Grant-American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Prog staff received thank you letter from client that received assistance pursing nursing career, earning 4.0 in her studies. Department received donation for 2010 Paint Your Heart Out Prog from client applying for FL KidCare Insurance Prog application assistance project at Family Services Ctr. James Barrett, County’s V.S. Officer, resigned with County effective 3/26/10 to accept a position with the FBI in Quantico, VA. He started 12/9/98 as Assistant V.S. Officer -promoted to V.S. Officer -7/27/05. He provided hours of assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining VA benefits, he coordinated community VA events: Homeless Veterans StandDown, WWII Honor Flight, moving Vietnam Memorial Wall. David Donohue, Assistant V.S. Officer from Englewood Office will serve as Interim Officer. Staff spoke to Regional ARRA Council on use of federal stimulus funding in HS Dept. Prog’s included: Community Services ARRA self-sufficiency initiatives; Neighborhood Accountability Bd & Juvenile Re-Entry Prog. 2nd CSBG Financial Literacy Progcourse began 3/8th with 8 residents; 6 month prog teaches eligible low-income residents how to create/manage a budget, understand finances, encourages asset development through savings. Staff completed and submitted annual National Cap survey for all self-sufficiency CSBG & related prog’s per contract with DCA. Housing staff met with Rep. Gary Aubuchon & Habitat for Humanity in Tallahassee on Neighborhood Stabilization Prog (NSP). DCA changed their position for non-entitlement communities on Prog Income and documentation submission, files, and requirements prior to property acquisition. These are positive changes which will improve NSP process for County. Staff provided KidCare application assistance to 10 families at the three day Early Head Start/Head Start enrollment events. Paint Your Heart Out review team completed their review and selection process for spring event; 2 homes selected for painting in Neighborhood Revitalization Area near Family Services Ctr. Prep teams will begin assembling and working to prepare the homes for the 4/17th paint day. V. S. Office received donation from Disabled Veterans Foundation in the amount of $1,250 in support of the 2010, annual Veteran Stand Down event scheduled for later this year.

Neighborhood diverted from through 3/10.

Accountability Board (NAB) prog currently seeking volunteers to work with youth court system. NAB staff conducted a review of case completions from 3/08 Of 60 youth that successfully completed program during that period, only 4 youth

committed subsequent offenses. This represents a long term recidivism. Bench mark for successful programs is 80% within Family Services Ctr, partnered with Keep Charlotte Beautiful

success rate of 93% in preventing a 6 month period. & Boys & Girls Club, working on

installation of butterfly garden utilized as teaching tool Project planned by Alex Harvey, an 8th grade student

for at

youth attending Boys Port Charlotte Middle

& Girls



who is

currently working on attaining MobilityCoordinator in Transit

his Eagle Scout badge through the Boy Scouts of America. Div, has implemented customer referral promotion announcements
















of Department’s marketing effort to increase Dial-a-Ride ridership and target of services provided by County’s Transit Div. Met IT staff to discuss options for reducing costs associated with phone & FSC and increasing staff efficiency. Staff working on plan and developing a

the public unaware

internet services at cost analysis which

may include pursuit of fiber optic cable to the building. 30 foreclosed properties for consideration by Neighborhood Stabilization properties have been purchased with several others in closing or pending offer Shared monitoring of regional subcontracted senior in-home vendors begun; 2 with reports pending.

Prog reviewed. 4 status. on-site visits made

Monthly Report, March 2010

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