November 21st 2013
October 3rd 2013, Thank You!
September 24th 2013, Strengths-Based Family Workers Training
Course Title: Strength-Based Family Worker Training (SFW)
Starting Date: October 22nd 2013
Monticello Community Action Agency,
1025 Park Street’
This course would be relevant for: Head Start Family Advocates, Parent Support Workers, Social Workers, other professionals providing direct support to families
Course Fees: For more details and information in regard to course fees, please call Barbara Miller, Executive Director of MACAA (434) 295-3171.
Other information: Candidates receive a SFW credential on successful completion of the course and can apply for college credits through Excelsior University, NY.
Places are limited. Book now, and receive a free course book.
The Temple University Credentials for Strengths-Based Family Workers (SFW), a National CCRS (College & Career Readiness & Success) member since 2012, consists of ten states: Missouri, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Florida and North Carolina. Each state offering training leading to the Credential for Strengths-Based Family Workers (formerly Family Development Credential) provides the training through local human service and educational agencies under the guidance of a state coordinator. Monticello Area Community Action Agency serves as the lead agency in Virginia, and will be offering the training beginning October 22nd, 2013. The objective of the SFW training is to infuse strengths-based family support principles into the practice of all institutions and agencies striving to improve the lives of children and families. This program, which leads to the awarding of the Credential for Strengths-Based Family Workers (SFW), is an integrated learning experience, involving both a classroom and field service component. This learning experience, leading to the SFW, is intended to help redirect the way health, education, and human services are delivered to families. This redirection is moving systems away from crisis-oriented and fragmented services toward an empowerment and family support-based approach, emphasizing prevention, interagency collaboration, and a greater role for families in determining services. For more information regarding SFW course fees and schedule, please call MACAA 434-295-3171. Space is limited.
August 12th, MACAA's Ladies' Night
MACAA’s Ladies Nite
To be held on September 27, 2013 at Stonefield Commons.
The evening will consist of vendors from local businesses, chair massages, pedicures and refreshments will be served.
Join us for an evening of conversation and relaxation.
Stay tuned for more details.
Feb 7th, 2013 MACAA hires new Executive Director!
Charlottesville, VA, February 7, 2013. The Monticello Area Community Action Agency has hired Barbara R. Miller as its new Executive Director. Ms. Miller is broadly experienced in Community Action and comes to MACAA with a unique public speaking style, a varied background in the social service field, and a passion for serving those people living in poverty. She leaves the position of Training and Communications Coordinator for the West Virginia Community Action Partnership.
MACAA’s President, Garrett Smith, explained that “Barbara brings to MACAA a strong professional focus on Results-Oriented Management and Accountability or ‘ROMA’, which is a performance-based initiative promoting outcome-based management strategies designed to promote greater effectiveness among state and local agencies receiving Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds.” Ms. Miller has been working to implement this management system throughout West Virginia’s 16 Community Action Agencies. As a certified Pathways to Excellence Reviewer, “she has been focused on moving agencies toward excellence using the Self-Study and Comprehensive Feedback Process as diagnostic tools for setting agency improvement priorities,” said Smith. She also has a strong background in program development, expertise in family development counseling, and frequently speaks on issues of poverty.
Ms.Miller succeeds Karen Shepard, who is retiring in March, 2013 after five years as MACAA’s Executive Director.
Dec 6th, 2012 MACAA's Hope House Donation
Lighting of the Lawn is a ceremony at UVA that began in December after the September 11th tradgedy in 2001. Each year a local non-profit is selected to receive donations given during the Holiday season. The MACAA Hope House was the chosen recipient for this year! An interview was done showing the Hope House facility and communicating the story of one family who has benefited from the program. Click here to check out the story at NBC29.com! Also, go here if you would like make a donation to Hope House or any other program MACAA offers.