Randal Johnson, Executive Director
Council of the Southern Mountains
A new Policy aimed at allowing CSM to generate additional funds to support our services has been submitted to the Board of Directors for approval. This service would be “for-profit” weatherization jobs for the entire community, regardless of their income. The agency would continue to provide weatherization according to WV Office of Economic Opportunity (DHHR) (DOE) guidelines but additional time would be spent in insulating people’s homes when production was on schedule. The agency must change in this difficult funding period in order to provide our traditional services and help our communities.
Weatherization is on target with the number of completions. A full monitoring from the WV OEO is scheduled for February 25-26, 2013. We have met and the crew will be ready for the inspection.
Community Services Block Grant
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program has, at this writing, completed over 448x returns with over $1,000,000 in refunds. All returns are completed at no cost to eligible individuals and electronically files. The program is staying busy with this activity at this critical time.
As stated at the last Board meeting, we have one very good prospect to being approved for the USDA Rural Development loan. I am working daily to get this finalized in addition to trying to get the other home sold. We are contracting with a Loan Originator in Parkersburg that is very proficient and charges one-third what the previous provider charged.
Family Day Care Feeding Program
This program continues to strive to attain new providers that feed children in their care in order for them to have nutritious meals. The program is not at capacity and CSBG is supplementing the expenditures for this important service. We meet regularly trying to increase enrollment but with the loss of population, it is a struggle.
Retired and Senior Volunteer Program
Ms. Caceres continues to expand and improve this program. There are presently over 700 volunteers in this multi-county initiative. Ms. Caceres is working long hours in Raleigh County where there is a crime spree and getting ready to expand into Mercer County. She has contacted the Mercer County Sheriff and he is ready to assist her efforts with the Neighborhood Watch Groups. No news regarding funding at the point but we just submitted her updated grant as she is in the second year of the three year grant cycle.
Foster Grandparent Program
This program is operating with a case load of volunteers at 58 but is funded for 63. Staff continues dedicating their efforts in recruiting new volunteers. If you know anyone interested, contact Marcia Mullins at 304-436-6800, ext. 232.
This large program continues to strive to improve programming, regulation compliance and billing procedures. Our surplus remains constant and we are continually monitoring to ensure cost effectiveness.
Aged and Disabled Waiver Program
This program is small and referrals are needed for continued expansion.
Right From The Start
We have added a new Registered Nurse and a Licensed Social Worker for this program this last month. That now makes for three R.N.s and one Social Worker. We are expecting services and revenues to increase significantly in this program.
A State Monitoring is scheduled for May 8 and 9, 2013.
Financially we continue, at this writing, to be in very good condition.