Network Connection
August 2018
Advocacy - A voice for low-income Missourians
Registration Open: Missouri Poverty Summit

Join Missourians to End Poverty and difference-makers from across the state for a day of community-centered dialogue at the 2018 Missouri Poverty Summit on Thursday, September 20! The summit features two engaging keynote speakers, Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis and Dr. Jason Purnell, as well as a panel discussion with elected officials and a panel of experts addressing the five elements of poverty—economic and family security, education, food and nutrition, health, housing and energy. Learn more about the summit here.
Network Capacity - Helping you help others
Calling All Potential FDC Instructors!

The Missouri FDC Instructors Institute will be held at the Missouri CAN office in Jefferson City from Monday, September 17 through Wednesday, September 19. If your agency needs additional instructors, please take advantage of this quality professional opportunity.

Registration is now open for this three-day training. The cost for the FDC Instructors Institute is $425 for Missouri CAN members and $475 for non-members. Missouri CAN offers the training at a cost considerably less than those offered elsewhere to make this important training more attainable. Please take advantage of this opportunity for professional development!
Motivational Interviewing Training Full

With capacity for only 30 participants, our Motivational Interviewing training filled quickly. We plan to offer an additional training in the spring due to interest in this professional development opportunity.
Registration for November's Community Action Poverty Simulation Facilitator Training in Kansas City coming soon.
Stay tuned!
Complete our Training and Technical Assistance survey to help us provide the training you need in Fiscal Year 2019. Contact Brian Valentine if you have not received access to the survey.
Upcoming MIS Administrator Team Training
MIS trainings have been scheduled for all agencies, which begin this week. This three-day, interactive training will cover all aspects of MIS support for agencies. Training will include time for peer discussions about best practices, individual agency set-up, and program changes in preparation for the new federal fiscal year. Topics are:
  • Agency configuration and set-up, including outcomes, referrals, and security manager
  • Year-end tasks and preparation for new fiscal year (contract or program changes)
  • System reports (management report and ad-hoc queries)
  • User training
  • Q&A and peer discussions

Below is the schedule of agency trainings:

  • Session 1: August 7-9
  • Admin Training: Tuesday (1 pm-4 pm) and Wednesday (9 am-12 pm)
  • User Training: Wednesday (1 pm-4 pm) and Thursday (9 am-12pm)

  • Session 2: August 14-16
  • Admin Training: Tuesday (1 pm-4 pm) and Wednesday (9 am-12 pm)
  • User Training: Wednesday (1 pm-4 pm) and Thursday (9 am-12pm)

  • Session 3: August 21-23
  • Admin Training: Tuesday (1 pm-4 pm) and Wednesday (9 am-12 pm)
  • User Training: Wednesday (1 pm-4 pm) and Thursday (9 am-12pm)
SkillUP Funding from Family Support Division

The Family Support Division of the Missouri Department of Social Services has asked Missouri’s Community Action Agencies to implement programming through the SkillUP Program via a special, one-time funding opportunity made available with TANF contingency funds during State Fiscal Year 2019.

The SkillUP Program offers SNAP recipients in Missouri the opportunity to gain skills, training or work experience and is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service. Monies from this program will be distributed to interested and eligible Community Action Agencies throughout Missouri.

Missouri CAN will serve as the funds administrator and monitor for $4.5 million in SkillUP funds during the state’s FY19, assuming the association is approved as a single feasible source by the Missouri Office of Administration. More information about funding amounts and program guidelines will be distributed by Missouri CAN in the coming weeks. For detailed information about the SkillUP Program, including a handbook related to program implementation, check out the Family Support Division website
Missouri CAN Capacity - Helping us help you
Missouri CAN's New Executive Director Coming Soon
Missouri Community Action Network's New Executive will attend the 2018 National Community Action Partnership Convention in Denver during the last week of August as a member of the Missouri CAN team and will officially be in the association office beginning Tuesday, September 4.
Dawn Fogarty comes from Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission where she served as Director of Community Services and Healthcare Enrollment for a number of years, followed by serving as Vice President for Family Services beginning in 2016.
Prior to working with Community Action, Dawn held several positions at Welcome House of Northern Kentucky, an agency that serves homeless women and families. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in Mental Health Counseling and Human Services from Northern Kentucky University and a Masters of Business Administration from Thomas More College. 
We look forward to Dawn joining the Missouri Community Action Network staff and invite you to warmly welcome Dawn to the Network.
Upcoming Events for Missouri Community Action Network
Visit the Missouri CAN website for a full calendar of upcoming events, including the 2018 Missouri Poverty Summit on Thursday, September 20.
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