Skyline CAP Receives Grants to Support Emergency Home Repair Program
Skyline Community Action Partnership, Inc., has been awarded grants from VF Jeanswear (Blue Bell Foundation) and the Marietta McNeill Morgan & Samuel Tate Morgan, Jr. Trust, each in the amount of $10,000. The grant funds will support Skyline’s Emergency Home Repair Program which is available to seniors and those living with disabilities, enabling them to live in safe and accessible homes.
The grant from VF Jeanswear was awarded through the Blue Bell Foundation, created in 1944 to honor the contributions of Blue Bell employees to the success of the company and to support the communities where Blue Bell operated, including Madison and Orange counties. The Marietta McNeill Morgan & Samuel Tate Morgan, Jr. Trust was established in 1962 to support and promote quality educational and human services programming in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Skyline CAP Forming Partnership with Greene County Habitat for Humanity
Skyline CAP, Inc. and Greene County Habitat for Humanity are combining forces to provide repairs and improvements to homes of elderly individuals and those living with disabilities in the area.
“This partnership will provide repairs necessary for the health and safety of our neighbors, many of whom are silently struggling to maintain their independence and remain in their homes,” said Rachel Henderson, Skyline CAP Housing Director. “This is the perfect opportunity to help by combining financial resources from Skyline’s Emergency Home Repair Program and Habitat for Humanity’s energy and construction expertise.”
Skyline CAP's First-Time Homebuyer Program Featured in News
Skyline CAP recently launched a new program aimed at providing affordable single-family homes to the area’s workforce families. The program was featured in an article in the Greene County Record.
Skyline CAP Launches First-Time Homebuyer Program
Skyline CAP is pleased to announce the launch of a new program aimed at providing affordable single-family homes to the area’s workforce families. The program, dubbed 1st Time Homebuyer, will initiate in Greene County and will provide potential homebuyers with counseling and assistance with credit repair, if needed, as well as access to land and a builder.
Skyline CAP's Emergency Home Repair Program Helps Local Veteran
Quentin Croxton, a Greene County veteran, went several months without running water in his home. Through Skyline CAP’s Emergency Home Repair Program and the generosity of Paul Davis Restoration, Mr. Croxton now has a fully renovated and operational bathroom in his home.
Skyline CAP Board of Directors Elects New Officers
The Board of Directors for Skyline Community Action Partnership, Inc., selected new officers at its regular monthly meeting held November 28, 2018.
Elected President of the Board is Lorraine Goldberg, who was invited to join the Board in May 2018 and has served as a member of the Skyline CAP Head Start Policy Council. Her daughter, Evelyn, is a graduate of Skyline’s Head Start program. Goldberg most recently worked as an Assistant Professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College in Manassas, Va., and is currently a doctoral candidate at George Mason University studying the methods by which traditional academic institutions can better serve nontraditional students.
“Skyline’s work is crucial to the well-being of our communities,” noted Goldberg. “I am honored and excited to work with my fellow board members to grow our programs and provide increased access to important resources.”
Goldberg succeeds Jonathon Weakley who served as President since June 2017.
Other officers elected were:
Jerry Butler and Delano “Dink” Kreis, co-Vice President
Kerri Banks, Secretary
Frank Berry, Treasurer
Skyline CAP Receives $10,000 Grant
Funds will be earmarked for elderly and disabled emergency home repairs
Skyline Community Action Partnership, Inc., has been awarded a $10,000 grant by the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation from the Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band to support its Emergency Home Repair Program. The grant is one of 75 awards totaling $527,995 made by the Fund and presented to non-profit organizations in Central Virginia.
“Improving the quality of life for our most vulnerable citizens is a priority for our housing program, and this includes helping an increasing senior population who wish to maintain their independence and age in place,” said Rachel Henderson, Housing Director. “We are excited to receive support from the Bama Works Fund again this year and appreciate their confidence in our mission. Their continued support will strengthen our program and allow us to serve even more of those in need of our services.”
Skyline CAP Launches New Program
Addition of Healthy Families program enhances mission to promote self-sufficiency
Skyline CAP, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Healthy Families to the portfolio of programs and services the agency offers in Fauquier, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock counties. An affiliate of Healthy Families AmericaTM (HFA), the program provides first-time parents with an evidence-based home visiting program that focuses on enhancing child welfare, health and development.
Shelley Hensley has been named Healthy Families Supervisor and will oversee daily operations of the program. Hensley is a graduate of Longwood University with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and comes to this role with nearly 20 years of experience working in the Healthy Families Virginia network. Her office is located in Warrenton, Va.
“HFA’s approach provides support that enhances the self-sufficiency of the families we work with, which aligns well with Skyline CAP’s mission to break the cycle of poverty,” said Fran Lavin, Skyline CAP Executive Director. “Shelley’s extensive experience with Healthy Families is invaluable as we work together with our community partners to develop and support our client base.”
Skyline CAP Recognized by Greene County Board of Supervisors
Skyline was honored to be recognized by the Greene County Board of Supervisors last night for “outstanding programs and services designed to empower families and individuals to become self-sufficient…” Fran Lavin, Executive Director, accepted the Certificate on behalf of Skyline, saying “Skyline feels very honored to have received the recognition. We will work hard to live up to and exceed the expectations implied by this acknowledgement.”
Skyline CAP Selects Housing Director
Several new additions have been made to Skyline CAP’s housing team, including Rachel Henderson who has been named Housing Director. With the additions of two housing counselors and a housing quality standards inspector, the team is poised to expand outreach to serve more of those in need.
Skyline CAP announces new director
Francis “Fran” Lavin has joined Skyline Community Action Partnership (CAP), Inc. as its new executive director.
Lavin began his employment at the end of March, filling a spot left vacant by Kim Frye Smith who ended her tenure as the agency’s executive director Sept. 1. He grew up in the Chicago area and enjoyed a 28-year career in business before becoming a fourth and fifth grades teacher at B.F. Yancey in southern Albemarle. It was there that he began to learn about poverty.
“Over half of the students were on free and reduced lunch,” he said. “It was a window into poverty. My greatest take away was that those students have the greatest amount of potential as anyone, but less resources.”
Lavin said he experienced some successes as a teacher, but found he didn’t have the right personality for the rhythm of a classroom. He knew he wanted to stay community focused and work with non-profits. He began working in human service agencys learning the non-profit sector before joining Skyline CAP.