I'm proud of how WCAC worked hard to maintain our core services and support our community by using resources to increase access to housing, food and vaccines. WCAC's 2021 Annual Report, available by clicking the image to the left, highlights the positive impact we have made. I’d like to offer a special thanks to PENTA Communications for their design assistance.
This year arrived with guarded optimism. As we began making plans to open WCAC's doors again to the public, our building was struck by a major power outage. The timing could not have been worse as it came at the height of our home heating assistance program, the opening of our tax assistance program, and recruitment for youth summer jobs program. The strength and resiliency we so frequently admire in those we serve, became our own agency mantra. At this writing we remain displaced from our main office, but phone lines have been restored and our staff is working remotely. I am grateful for the support of so many within the community who have offered us temporary office space to restore our operations. I am grateful for the public's patience as we continue to navigate these challenging times together. Above all, I am grateful to my staff for their determination and commitment to serve our community in need.
As we enter our 57th year of service, we will continue to put a human face on poverty, advocate alongside our partners and clients to amplify their voice and provide opportunities for all. This month's newsletter spotlights our Job & Education Center and our programs focused on providing positive educational and employment opportunities for young people.
As announced at our Resiliency Awards ceremony in February, we are also kicking off a series of community conversations. Please join us (virtually) for the first of our four planned Community Conversations - Early Education & Care on Friday, March 18th looking at the state of early education and care, and the critical role the industry plays in our collective economic success. Our work is not easy but together, we do better.