The regular monthly meeting of the Cambria County Health and Welfare Council was held on January 4, 2017 at 8:30am at the Alleghenies UCP.

Call to Order:  Davina Bixby, President

Attendance:

The following members and guests signed in:

Monica Wiley, Katie Kovack, Megan Eckenrode, Ronna Yablonski, Paula Eppley-Newman, Frank Reidelback, Melody Ray, Bethany Winters, Joyce Bowers, Rich Lobb, Tasha Adams, Beverly Bender, Losi Shultz, Kerry Tomb, Diana Grosik, Laura Peary-thomas, Briana Becquet, Cindy DeBalles, Rachel Leister, Barb Penna, Tony Penna, Jim Redmond, Paula Gomerak, Rich Walkdad, Kathy Russ, Lee Kring, , Josh Yoder, Katelyn Clem, Davina Bixby

Announcements:

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank

There are new incomes guidelines in updated brochures.  To refer individuals and families for SNAP applications assistance go to pittsburghfoodbank.org/snap and complete the online referral form or contact Rachel Leister at 814-889-5831 or rleister@pittsburghfoodbank.org

Goodwill- Life Launch and Youth Build

Both programs offer training and support for Youth 17-24 years old.  The Life Launch program offers x-offender youths a pathway from the participant’s exposure to the Judicial system to transitioning to the work environment and back to society.  The Youth Build program offers training in some of the top careers identified as in-demand.  Youth Build can enroll both x-offenders and youth with no exposure to the Judicial system.  Both programs offer the ability of youth to complete their high school diploma or get their GED.  For additional informationcall 814-536-3536

Chillin for Charity

Check out the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies website for more details.  This year’s plunge will be Feb. 11

Alleghenies Unlimited Care Providers

Putt for Purpose Mini-Golf Fundraiser Jan. 27t to benefit AUCP programs which provide educational and social opportunities for individual with varying disabilities.  (found on website and Facebook page- www.alucp.org.)

Ability Works Activity Program Speakers- are always looking for individuals to speak, present, or lead an activity for our Ability Works Members.  Our members have varying physical and/or mental disabilities and Love learning new things.  Contact Joyce Bowers at 814-262-9600 ext 150

Discussion Items

  • Katelyn Clem provided the monthly Treasurer’s report

  • Davina Bixby reminded everyone about renewing their memberships and that the forms were available at the meeting in hard copy.  Davina also announced that the new website is up and running and that the new email address is active.  Davina did remind everyone that the domain has changed and it is printed on the monthly agenda.

  • Davina also talked about the two vacant spots on the exec board

  • Davina also did a call out for anyone interested in helping with Kids-a-Fair this year.  Riley McDonald from Beginnings Inc will chair the committee.

Program:

Lois Shultz of Home Nursing Agency and the Nurse Family Partnership presented a slide show information attendees about the Nurse Family Partnership program.  She provided information regarding the outcomes of the program, the program success stories, and how new expectant mothers can qualify and be referred to the program.

Next Month’s Meeting-  Wednesday February 1, 2017

February’s Speaker – Annette Comiskey, Program Manager New Visions Chemical Dependency Program

The meeting was adjourned at 9:30 by Davina Bixby, President.

Respectfully Submitted,

Davina Bixby

Health and Welfare Council President