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Agencies Integrate Service Delivery to Poor and Elderly in Cudahy and St. Francis

July 31, 2011

 

 

Agencies Integrate Service Delivery to the Poor and Elderly living in Cudahy and St. Francis

 

Cudahy/ St. Francis Interfaith Program for the Elderly (CSFI) has provided information/ referral and direct services to the seniors of each community since 1977. Hundreds of rides are provided monthly to assist our seniors with shopping and keeping medical appointments as well as providing companionship and help with chores if needed. Project Concern has provided a food pantry, clothing bank, as well as information and referral to public benefits since 1968 and currently serves over 1,000 low-income individuals monthly.

 

In 2008 both organizations participated in a joint strategic planning process that resulted in having a Board of Directors and mission in common. The combined mission statement is “to strengthen the Cudahy/St. Francis community by ministering to the needs of older adults, and low income persons and families.”

 

Effective August 1, 2011 the agencies take their next step together by integrating service delivery and staffing at the lower level of Nativity of the Lord Church at the Intersection of Plankinton and Kirkwood Aves. in Cudahy.

 

Being affiliated with the County-wide Interfaith Older Adult Programs for over 30 years has provided the foundational administrative structure and support by employing and supervising the staff of Cudahy/St. Francis Interfaith. However, recent reduction in government funding has necessitated staffing changes to reduce administrative costs and reliance upon that organization. Cudahy/St. Francis Interfaith will continue to collaborate to the fullest extent possible with the County- wide Interfaith Older Adult Programs.

 

Integration of service delivery and staffing with reduce the staffing costs by over $30,000 annually, which is a more than a 20% saving to the combined 2011 budgets of $137,000. Debby Pizur will become the Director, PC- CSFI. Rebecca Roepke, Cudahy Family Librarian and community board member said, “Debby is a respected and proven leader in our community and has the skills necessary to grow both organizations.”

 

Former Cudahy Mayor Ray Glowacki, who chaired the Strategic Planning process, said, “ This is the right time and place to merge service delivery to ensure continuation of quality services to a growing number of our elderly and low income neighbors.”

 

The combined Board of Directors of Project Concern and Cudahy/St Francis Interfaith and its staff and volunteers remain deeply committed to helping those in need in our communities. Pat Rozek, Board Chair reinforced that “nothing will change in our service to the elderly of the community.”

 

The telephone numbers for both organizations will remain the same.

Cudahy/ St. Francis Interfaith: 414-483-4474 and Project Concern: 414-744- 0645.

 

However Cudahy- St Francis Interfaith will have a new mailing address:

P.O. Box 100095, Cudahy, WI 53110

 

 

 

 

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