Tri-County Action Program Newsletter Summer 2016
The Promise of Community Action
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A Letter from the Executive Director

Welcome to Tri-CAP's newsletter for summer 2016. Tri-CAP has been a busy place this spring with expanded office hours, program extensions, and a volunteer recognition event, all in addition to the usual pace of advocacy, outreach, education, and assistance, which make up the daily work of Tri-CAP employees. 

One highlight you'll see in this issue is the extension of Tri-CAP’s administrative office hours.  Earlier this year we conducted a survey of our clients, asking about their needs with respect to the delivery of our programs. Many clients responded and some told us that our office hours, being 8:00 - 4:30, made it more difficult for them to connect with Tri-CAP in person. In some cases our office hours coincided with their own working hours, making it difficult for them to stop by our office or make appointments with Tri-CAP staff.

As a result of hearing about this need, Tri-CAP made arrangements to extend our administrative office hours two days each week. The purpose of this extension of office hours is to accommodate common working schedules. Beginning in May, every Monday and Thursday, Tri-CAP's administrative office is open from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm.  While this extended schedule is very new, we’ve already received positive feedback from clients who have been able to come in for assistance after their work day ends.

It is a core value of all Community Action Agencies to meet the local needs of the communities we serve. Meeting the needs of Central Minnesota residents, through expanded office hours, demonstrates our commitment to this core value.

If you have a suggestion about how Tri-CAP can improve service delivery to better meet our local needs, I invite you to call us, write us, email us, or visit our office. And remember, if you choose to stop in, know that we'll be open from 7:30 am - 6:00 pm on Monday and Thursday every week and we look forward to seeing you.

Lori Schultz, LSW

Energy Assistance Program Extended to July 1st

The Energy Assistance Program, which normally ends in May, has been extended to July 1st this year.

The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) provides assistance to income eligible households living in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, and Stearns Counties by paying a portion of their home heating costs.  This program is funded through the Minnesota Department of Commerce;  households who are eligible are at or below 50% of the state median income guideline.  Funds are available to renters and homeowners and the size of the grant is based on the household size, income, fuel type, and energy usage.

If you or someone you know is in need of energy assistance, please contact Tri-CAP at 320-251-1612 or at for an application.

Jason Anderson* recently attended a Tri-CAP Financial Fitness class. During Financial Fitness, he learned about Tri-CAP and the many programs available to help people with their goal of becoming financially self-sufficient. An immediate need that Jason was facing was his car, which was in need of repair to run properly. Jason learned about some limited funding that Tri-CAP secured for use on emergency car repairs for eligible individuals.
After hearing about the program, Jason came to the Tri-CAP office on Friday and filled out the Emergency Vehicle Repair program application. Jason provided all of the required information and documents needed to complete his application. With all the necessary information in place, Tri-CAP processed his application and on the next Tuesday, Jason was notified that his application had been approved.  On Wednesday, Jason got his car repaired. 
With a monthly income of less than $100, Jason had been unable to make the necessary repairs to keep his car functioning safely and properly. Now, he is able to travel between appointments without worry.
 “I am very happy and grateful to have learned about all the programs available at Tri-CAP” Jason said. He has continued through the Financial Fitness program, meeting one-on-one for financial coaching.

Please consider making a tax-free donation to Tri-CAP today. Your gift is an investment in the programs that help low-income residents of Central Minnesota as they work toward financial self-sufficiency.
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P.O. Box 683
Waite Park, MN 56387
(320) 251-1612
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