Newsletter                                       Fall 2015
Knoxville-Knox County CAC Board Members and staff with CAP's 2015 Jayne Thomas Grassroots Volunteer Award Winner, Thomas "Tank" Strickland and CAC Executive Director Barbara Kelly.

Over 100 agency board members, executive directors, agency staff and others connected in Knoxville at the Crowne Plaza, November 2nd - 
4th, for TACA's Annual Training Conference to learn, collaborate, and " Break Through to Excellence During the Next 50 Years".

The conference opened with a welcome by Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero.  Local officials, including a representative from the office of Congressman John Duncan, joined the full house to pay special tribute to Knoxville-Knox County CAC board member, Thomas "Tank" Strickland, recipient of the Community Action Partnership's 2015 Jayne Thomas Grassroots Volunteer Award.  Barbara Kelly, CAC Executive Director, when speaking of Tank says , "Tank is true blue. He has a heart and backbone for Community Action and lives the Promise of Community Action every day!"

NCAF's David Bradley comes each year to give a legislative update, so he didn't let the fact that he was "grounded" stop him from having a presence at the TACA Conference; he joined via Skype.

Visit TACA's website and see more on the conference.


Pictured l to r:  Tracy Annis and Amber Gilmer with Northwest Tennesssee Economic Development Council

Thank you Latoya Strayhom-Rich for allowing us to share your letter and to Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council and their community partners.

My name is Latoya Strayhom-Rich.  I am a single mother of 3 children.  I graduated high school at the age of 17 years old and began working immediately.  I got married at the age of 18 and had my first child at 20.  My husband and I separated and divorced in 2008.  I met my ex-boyfriend 2 years later and 2 years later had my second child.  After only being with my ex-boyfriend for 2 months, he started physically and emotionally abusing me.  He didn't allow me to work nor be around family and friends.  I thought I would never get out of that relationship alive or ever be able to work again.  After leaving my ex in 2014, I became a single parent with no help nor money.  I got on family assistance, also know as welfare and started receiving food stamps.
With 3 kids I was only getting $185 a month, which was hardly enough to survive.  Human Services put me on a work program where I had to start doing community service in order to keep getting my $185 a month.  They placed me at Northwest.  

When I first started at Northwest I had hardly any work experience, communication skills, or any skills at all.  Mrs. Amber Gilmer and staff took me under their wings and started teaching me skills and showed me numerous things that I had no clue would change my life forever.  Mrs. Amber Gilmer and staff not only taught me skills but they also got me to open up and gave me hope again.  

With Northwest resources I was able to attend a CNA program, which I passed. I found a job, and I'm proud and glad to say I'm full-time with benefits. My kids and I are so happy and thankful!  

I thought I was always going to be a statistic.  I thought I would always be a struggling single parent with just a dream, but with the hope, the vision, and skills Northwest gave me, I was able to turn my nightmare into a success story.  I will forever be thankful for all the help and services I received, and for that I will continue to be a dedicated and proud Northwest volunteer.

Let's all join in to congratulate Latoya in her success! 


Tennessee's Nationally Certified ROMA Trainers held In-service this fall, lead by Master Trainer John Edwards. ROMA incorporates the use of outcomes/ results into the administration, management, operation and evaluation of human services.  In addition to providing ROMA Training, NCRTs work alongside agencies in their application of the ROMA Cycle (assessment, planning, implementation, achievement of results, and evaluation).  Tennessee currently has 12 Nationally Certified ROMA Trainers.

In Memory
Quincy Barlow
Executive Director
Delta Human Resource Agency

thank you for the contributions 
you made to the 
Community Action Network
1999 - 2015


February 22 - 23, 2016
TACA Board
Quarterly Meeting

February 23 - 24, 2016
Outcome Advisors'
Quarterly Meeting

February 1 - 4, 2016
2016 RIVHSA Annual Training Conference

March 15 - 18, 2016
NCAF Annual Legislative Conference