Randal Johnson, Executive Director
COMMUNITY SERVICES BLOCK GRANT
The Council of the Southern Mountains, a non-profit organization, chartered by the State, had its origin in 1964 as a result of concerted efforts of State and Federal agencies declaring an all out war on poverty, its causes and effects.
The overall purpose of the Council, through CSBG especially, is to provide quality programs, products and services that:
CSBG is continuing networking, collaborating, and cultivating relationships with business and corporate communities as a service of funds, programs, and services- the key components in this united effort.
The overall goal of CSBG remains as outlined in the Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) goals as stated in the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA).
During the year, CSBG served a total of 585 families (1,202 individuals) in the areas of:
These services have been performed by the CSBG staff which includes:
Heather Eldridge, CSBG Director
Regina Sanders, Community Services Advocate
Latonia Foster, Career Development Specialist
Miranda Adams, Community Services Advocate
Ida Simms Monroe, Family Day Care Food Program Coordinator
Mountaineer Food Bank started a new program in which donated frozen foods are given to agencies to distribute to needy families at a cost of $250 per truck. During this time period, funds were donated for 3 trucks. With these trucks a total of 969 families have received food which ranges from wieners and lunch meat to steaks and hams.
The Food Pantry has assisted 292 families with emergency food services. Items from the Food Pantry include, but not limited to, donated goods from Huntington Area Food Bank and Mountaineer Food Bank.
Emergency Utility Assistance Program has served 10 families. The Utility Assistance Program assists needy families with electric bills, coal, and oil.
The Youth Exposure Series started in July and continued through August. A total of 34 youth participated. There were a total of 8 events which included trips to the movies, bowling alley, , pool, semiprofessional baseball games, and the WV State Fair.
The Family Day Care Food Program was established to ensure that children in Day Care homes receive adequate nutrition. Providers are reimbursed eligible meals that are served to children in their care. There were a total of 28 providers participating this past period. Regulations state that providers must receive annual training.
The West Virginia’s FAC’s system (Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) software) is still in operation. The CSBG Work plans were submitted through FACSPRO to our funding source (WV Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity). The agency annual Information Survey was submitted via the FACSPRO system. Using the FACSPRO system, the agency is now submitting quarterly reports to the State Office. The CSBG Director and Community Services Advocate are attending ROMA Task Force meetings which are primarily held as webinar sessions.
The McDowell County Federal Credit Union was established to allow McDowell County citizens to save money. As of 2011, a total of 57 active participants are enrolled in the Credit Union. The current balances are as follows:
Christmas Club $ 4,275
CSBG is proud of our accomplishments and look forward to the challenges of the future as we continue “Rebuilding for the next generation.”