Skyline CAP Selects Assistant Head Start Director
September 1, 2020 – Skyline Community Action Partnership is happy to announce that Erica Hamilton has joined its Head Start team as Assistant Director. In this new role, Ms. Hamilton will provide oversight of the implementation and administration of Skyline’s Head Start program offered in Greene, Madison, Page, Shenandoah and Warren counties.
Ms. Hamilton has extensive experience working with at-risk youth to provide behavior management strategies through a trauma-informed care approach. Most recently, she worked as a Foster Care Case Manager with Health Connect America (HCA), providing direct therapeutic service to children in foster homes. Prior to that, she served as a Therapeutic Day Treatment Counselor with HCA, providing services in the school setting to children and adolescents, an Intensive In-Home Counselor and a Behavioral Coach.
Ms. Hamilton holds a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is certified as a Qualified Mental Health Professional by the Virginia Board of Counseling and in Trust-Based Relational Intervention.
American Woodmark continues support of Skyline's Emergency Home Repair Program
August 2020 – Skyline CAP is grateful to American Woodmark Foundation Orange Plant for its continued support of our Emergency Home Repair Program through a grant of $2,000. This much-needed funding will support income-eligible homeowners with basic health and safety repairs, allowing them to continue to live in safe and accessible homes. Priority for the Emergency Home Repair Program is given to income-eligible seniors and those living with disabilities. For more information, visit http://skylinecap.org/housing or call 540-948-3916, ext. 350.
Madison County Navy Veteran gets special help for his home
April 2020 – With the help of a local business, Paul Davis Restoration, Skyline CAP was able to assist a Madison County veteran with the home repairs he needed to ensure that he could move safely outside his home.
The deck and ramp attached to Herbert Gardener’s home was in very poor condition, which made for a hazardous situation whenever he needed to leave his home. With the help of Paul Davis Restoration who provided supplies and donated their time to make the repairs, Mr. Gardener can be safely mobile once again.
Skyline CAP Names Executive Director
April 2020 – The Board of Directors for Skyline CAP, Inc. is pleased to announce that Simon Fiscus has been named as the organization’s Executive Director. Fiscus is a long-time employee of Skyline CAP, serving as the organization’s Head Start Director since 2009 as well as its Project Discovery Director. As Executive Director, Fiscus is charged with guiding Skyline CAP’s efforts to support low-income individuals and families with programs and services to help them achieve economic security.
“Simon’s extensive experience with Skyline CAP puts him in the ideal position to lead this organization to greater success in serving our most vulnerable citizens,” said Jim Leffel, Skyline CAP Board President. “The Board will look to Simon to use his talents to develop innovative processes to strengthen the organization and his passion for helping others to expand on our efforts to support people living in poverty.”
This appointment comes at a critical time as Skyline CAP prepares to embark on the development of a new strategic plan intended to bolster the effectiveness of its existing programs and services and form new ways to address the needs in the communities it serves.
“I am honored to be selected to lead Skyline CAP, and I look forward to building on our existing foundation to ensure that we are providing effective solutions that are specific to local needs,” said Fiscus. “I am privileged to work with a team of high-performing employees who are tireless advocates for individuals and families with low incomes, and I anticipate great success in working with them to develop ways to help our clients achieve stability and economic security.”
Skyline CAP Receives Grants for Emergency Home Repairs
December 2019 – Skyline Community Action Partnership, Inc., has been awarded a $10,000 grant by the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation (CACF) from the Bama Works Fund of Dave Matthews Band to support its Emergency Home Repair Program. The grant is one of 85 awards totaling $675,000 made by the Fund and presented to non-profit organizations in Central Virginia. Skyline also received $5,000 as one of more than 20 year-end grant recipients awarded funding by Culpeper Wellness Foundation to address the health and wellness needs of area residents.
“The viability of our Emergency Home Repair Program depends on the generosity of private foundations and individuals who share our interest in strengthening communities with services that help people thrive,” said Rachel Henderson, Skyline CAP’s Housing Director. “We are extremely grateful to CACF, Dave Mathews Band and Culpeper Wellness Foundation for their continued support and confidence in our program.”
Non-Pricing Child and Adult Day Care Centers
Skyline CAP, Inc. Head Start announces the sponsorship of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The same meals will be available at no separate charge to all participants at each CACFP facility without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
Skyline CAP Receives Grants to Support Emergency Home Repair Program
July 2019 – 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
May 2019 – 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
May 2019 – 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
April 2019 – 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 Board of Directors Elects New Officers
December 2018 – 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.