Pat’s CARSTAR Forges Strategic Alliance with Other Local Companies to Donate Vehicle

November 13, 2012 – Plover, WI – For the fifth year Pat’s CARSTAR in Plover will be donating a vehicle via a gifting program called Recycled Rides through CAP services. The Recycled Rides Program originated after Hurricane Katrina. It is now a nation wide program through the National Auto Body Council (NABC).

CAP Services takes applications from families that are in need of reliable transportation for their job and/or education. CAP staff accept applications from families enrolled in programs in Portage County and then an ad hoc committee of CAP’s Board of Directors select the family they decide is in most need.

This year, repairs are in process at Pat’s CARSTAR on a 2005 Chrysler Pacifica. Once all repairs are completed, new tires and an alignment are donated along with a complete mechanical check.  To check progress on the vehicle (http://www.facebook.com/pats.carstar?fref=ts).

The date the vehicle will be donated is Monday, November 19th, 10:00AM at Pat’s CARSTAR. In attendance will be the parties that have donated to the repair, Plover Village officials, CAP Services, and the family receiving the vehicle.

For more information about CAP Services, please visit www.capservices.org.

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Pat’s CARSTAR Auto Body
3021 MacArthur Way
Plover, WI 54467
715-343-0933
parnold@carstarcc.com
www.patscarstar.com

CAP Services Contact
Cheryl Breit
Work-n-Wheels Coordinator
715-343-7110
cbreit@capmail.org

New Assistance Available for Veterans in Jefferson County

November 13, 2012 – Madison, WI – Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Inc. (CAC) has a new Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program for local veterans. The program, funded by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, will provide temporary financial assistance and case management for veteran households that are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. CAC plans to serve at least 20 low-income veteran households in Jefferson County each year. Eligible households will include single veterans and families in which the head of the household or the spouse of the head of the household is a veteran.

Greta C. Hansen, CAC’s Executive Director states, “CAC is honored to have this opportunity to serve veterans, to whom we all owe a great debt. It is upsetting to know that so many veterans are struggling to make ends meet. We look forward to using CAC’s expertise to help ensure that veterans and their families have stable housing, access to all the benefits for which they are eligible, and the support they need for a brighter future.”

For more information about CAC and its services in Jefferson County, please contact Jeanette Petts, Manager at (920) 262-9667 or jeanettep@cacscw.org.

For more information, about enrolling in the SSVF program at CAC, please contact Barb Kopplin, SSVF Caseworker at (920) 262-9667 or barbk@cacscw.org.

Founded in 1966, CAC’s mission is to develop the economic and social capacities of individuals, families, and communities to reduce poverty in Dane, Jefferson and Waukesha Counties. CAC’s services in Jefferson County include emergency shelter for the homeless; financial assistance, case management and landlord/tenant mediation to help households avoid homelessness; a food bank serving area food pantries and meal sites; and the annual Koats for Kids coat drive.

More information about Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, Inc., visit www.cacscw.org.

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‘Poverty Matters!’ Conference Held in Appleton

WISCAP held its 27th annual ‘Poverty Matters!’ conference on October 17th and 18th at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton, Wisconsin. A total of 189 individuals attended the 1 ½ day event.

This year’s conference featured 29 workshops with a broad range of topics, including a presentation on “The War on Poverty in America,” a poverty simulation workshop, workshops that addressed issues on homelessness, food security, health coverage options for poor Wisconsinites, employment options for SSI recipients, a workshop on “The Economics of Abuse” and building financial capability with low-income households.

Conference participants heard from Eloise Anderson, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, and Tim Smeeding, Director of the Institute for Research on Poverty, who presented an overview of the Wisconsin Poverty Report. Other plenary speakers included Ken Taylor, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families (WCCF); Bruce Speight, Executive Director of the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group (WISPIRG); and Conor Williams, Policy Analyst for the Community Advocates Public Policy Institute, who shared an innovative approach to attacking poverty being researched by the Institute. We were honored to have Senator Herb Kohl drop in briefly to receive recognition for his Senate career working for causes important to low-income households. It was also announced that, beginning in 2013, the conference’s ‘Helping Hand’ award will be called the ‘Herb Kohl Helping Hand Award.’

Adams County’s ‘School Lunch Bunch’ was honored for the collaborative work they do in providing meals between school years to low-income children in the Wisconsin Dells area; as was Ms. Netra Crump of Baraboo for the courage she has exhibited in growing into economic self-sufficiency.