Community Action Staff Convene for 2014 Southern New England Conference in RI

CAFCA | October 02, 2014 |

 Community action leaders and staff from Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island came together to attend the 2014 Southern New England Conference, Community Action: Addressing Challenges, Creating Opportunitiesheld September 18-19 in Providence, RI. 

Connecticut Department of Social Services Commissioner Roderick Bremby discussed the great work our agencies do day in and day out to help our state's low-income individuals and families, as well as the strong partnership between DSS and our network.  Seth Hassett, Director, Division of State Assistance, Office of Community Services (OCS), spoke on behalf of Jeannie Chaffin, Director, OCS.  He talked about the impending organizational standards and ROMA Next Generation, along with the upcoming two-year Regional Performance and Innovation Consortia (RPIC) grant that will carry out these new initiatives.  CAFCA is the lead RPIC grantee for Region I (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT).

It was an inspiring and productive two days filled with a variety of workshops including a panel on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE); Health Impact Assessments; ROMA Next-Generation; Organizational Standards; the new OMB Super Circular, and more.

Keynote speaker Susan Dreyfus, President/CEO of the Alliance for Children and Families, gave an exceptional welcome luncheon speech and presentation to kick off the conference. Other speakers included David Bradley, Executive Director, NCAF, who gave a political update on Washington, D.C., and Professor Gene Nichol, University of North Carolina School of Law, who closed out the conference with an invigorating speech on the history of the War on Poverty, and what our charge is going forward to continue to help low-income individuals and families.

CAFCA and the state associations in Massachusetts and Rhode Island would like to thank all participants, keynote speakers, national partners, workshop presenters, and sponsors for all of their support to make this a successful conference!