The Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area (CAP) recently held its Annual Meeting and Luncheon at Sinclair Community College. The Honorable Walter H. Rice, Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio was the guest speaker. He noted that 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty and the establishment of Community Action Agencies.
While many believe the War on Poverty has failed to achieve its objectives, Judge Rice said “The War on Poverty has been a success. Poverty has not been eliminated but I submit that it is on the run. The battle continued and it achieved some incredible successes.”
Judge Rice noted that the War on Poverty did as much as it could under a society that has rapidly changed in the last 50 years. A safety net of many programs was created that lifted many people out of poverty.
“Poverty hasn’t been vanquished,” Judge Rice said. “It exists in a form harder than ever to eradicate” due to such issues as homelessness, incarceration, drug abuse, the decline of the family unit and others.
“Each of us needs equal opportunity to rise and fall on our own merits rather than an accident of birth,” Judge Rice said. “We must renew our dedication to the War on Poverty by a community-wide coalition to combat the lack of equality of opportunity.”
The agency presented the Dr. Charles W. Peckham Award for Humanitarian Leadership to Donald Nguyen, M.D. The award is for an individual or organization that uses his or her position to advocate for the low-income community.
Dr. Nguyen is a pediatric urologist at Dayton Children’s Hospital and Ohio co-director of Doctors for America, a national movement of physicians and medical students working together to improve the health of the nation and to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, high-quality health care. Doctors for America represent 15,000 physicians and medical students in all 50 states.
The Marian K. Stockham Award for Dedicated Service recognized approximately 30 volunteers of the Affordable Care Act and Earned Income Tax Credit Programs. Normally given to recognize a single outstanding volunteer, the award this year honored all the volunteers of both programs. Accepting the award was Deborah Ferguson, the CAP Director of Outreach & Social Services. Both programs were under her supervision and demonstrated excellent results, according to Joyce E. Price, CAP Vice President & COO.
The Award for Exemplary Service is presented to a CAP employee who carries out his/her responsibilities professionally and collaboratively, and provides outstanding service to all those with whom he/she works with and serves. Housing Counselor Wendy Carter received this award.
Jacqueline Robinson, Director of Planning and Housing Operations for CAP, received the Award for Commitment to Programmatic Excellence. This award is presented the CAP employee who takes the initiative in his/her work, and continuously goes above and beyond what is required to achieve successful outcomes for the agency and the overall community.
Highlights of agency programs and activities during 2013 were presented in the Agency’s Annual Report. String students from the Stivers School for the Arts–Nia Dewberry, Gregory Pacleb, Michael Miranda and Baxter Foskuhl–provided entertainment.