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With HIV testing day coming, it’s better to be aware

By WYATT STAYNER
wstayner@dcherald.com

There aren’t many cases of HIV in Dubois County, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get tested.

According to the latest statistics available, as of December 2015, there were 17 total cases of HIV/AIDS in Dubois County. But an outbreak in Scott County north of Louisville that has seen about 200 people diagnosed with HIV since February 2015 has Tri-Cap Health Services Director Deb Capps touting the importance of getting tested.

“I think Scott County really proved the point,” Capps said. “(People weren’t) being tested (and) they didn’t know and they were spreading it to their partners and people they were sharing needles with and it just blew up on them.”

Spencer County has nine HIV/AIDS cases and Pike County has four. The numbers vary in other local counties — Warrick County (28), Orange County (18), Daviess (17), Martin County (8), Crawford County (fewer than five). Vanderburgh County has the most HIV/AIDS cases in southwest Indiana with 322 and Marion County leads the state with 4,816.

On Monday, Tri-Cap, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will observe National HIV Testing Day. Tri-Cap tests for HIV year round, but is focusing on promoting awareness for national testing day.

Tri-Cap, which has offices in Dubois, Pike, Warrick and Vanderburgh counties, has, over the last 50 years, operated on a mission to provide health, housing and educational services and empower local residents to achieve personal and economic comfort. Tri-Cap has been testing for HIV for about the last 10 years, Capps noted. She added that, in that time, they’ve had only one confirmed positive test. Appointments for HIV testing are available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The tests can be taken year round. Tri-Cap also recommends obtaining tests for gonorrhea and chlamydia, sexually transmitted diseases. For an appointment or to learn more, call 812-482-2233, ext. 131. Appointments are required for testing. An STD test costs $10 and an HIV test costs $25. However, Tri-Cap accepts all forms of insurance and has assistance for low-income individuals that can make the tests available for a discounted price or for free.

Capps said an HIV test involves a finger prick and the drawing of blood. That blood takes about 15 minutes to test and if one line displays on the testing instrument’s screen, you’re negative. Two lines is a preliminary positive and would require further testing at another site to get a confirmed positive. Nationally, one in eight people with HIV don’t know they have the virus, according to the CDC.

“Imagine how many people they could potentially be spreading it to,” Capps said.

There are more than 1.2 million cases of HIV in the U.S. and about 45,000 people are diagnosed nationally each year with the human immunodeficiency virus. HIV can lead to AIDS and the human body can’t rid itself of HIV, meaning it’s an infection that lasts a lifetime. HIV comes in three stages. During the first stage, the acute infection stage, which occurs two to six weeks after contraction, the body fights back against the virus and experiences flu-like symptoms for a week or two. The second stage, the asymptomatic (or latent) period, last longest and occurs after the immune system has lost the battle against HIV. During this stage, the person infected experiences no symptoms from HIV, but the virus is destroying the immune system and CD4 T-cells, white blood cells that protect against infection. During the second stage, the person becomes more susceptible to infections. The third stage of HIV, the advanced stage, is AIDS. That happens when the CD4 T-cell number drops below 200.

There are cocktail medications for HIV, which can rebuild the immune system. However, it takes many people 10 years before they start showing symptoms of HIV, which is why testing is so important.

“Everybody is a little worried about being tested for medical things, even if you suspect that you a lump or something,” Capps said. “It’s scary to go in and get it tested because then you’re risking that you’re going to hear ‘positive.’ But if you just ignore it, then that problem is going to grow far worse so we need to test early.”

What’s the cost of staying alive?

article by Candy Neal via The Dubois County Herald

Thousands of fast-food workers in 50 cities across the country went on strike Thursday in an effort to get their wages increased to $15 per hour. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25.  Proponents have discussed the need for the increase, stating that the cost of living necessitates it. Opponents call the request extreme.  Is it extreme? How much does it cost a person to take care of a household?
The Indiana Institute for Working Families has on its website a self-sufficiency standard calculator that can be used to tally how much an Indiana household needs to earn to be self-sufficient, without public or private assistance. The calculator is adjusted by county, the number of adults in the house (one or two), the number of children (up to three) and their ages.

Read the full article http://duboiscountyherald.com/b/whats-the-cost-of-staying-alive

 

Sequester forcing adjustments for Head Start

July 31, 2013 article by: Alexandra Sondeen via: The Dubois County Herald

Tri-Cap, the local community action agency based in Jasper, is having to make some adjustments to its Head Start program following federal funding cuts related to the sequester.
According to Cheryl Miller, the executive director of the Indiana Head Start Association, hundreds of slots across the Hoosier State are being cut from the preschool program. Locally, Tri-Cap is eliminating five slots in its three-county service area.
“Our goal has always been to serve the maximum number of children we can,” Executive Director Joyce Fleck said. “We don’t want to cut slots, and we’ve done everything we can not to.”
This year, the program will serve 188 children in Dubois, Pike and Warrick counties, with 51 of them in Dubois County.
Fleck said Tri-Cap already has trimmed back everything else to avoid eliminating slots for a program that has a waiting list.
“You just can’t cut certain things out because of the regulations with this program,” she said. “I don’t know what else we could cut.”Aside from decreasing the number of slots, another change is being instituted for the first time. To help offset the effects of the sequester, Tri-Cap is charging fees for those families that use the full-day program.
“I hate that we have to charge,” Fleck said. “Everybody is making tough decisions and we’re no different. We weren’t ever intending to do that until the sequester hit.”
Donna Sturgeon, the local Head Start director, said the preschool program in Tri-Cap’s three full-day classrooms is being trimmed from nine or 10 hours a day to six. The fees families will pay this year will not go toward the preschool portion of the day, but toward the times before and after that are day care hours.

Read the full article here.

Historic home’s renovation underway

July 24, 2013 article by: Alexandra Sondeen via: The Dubois County Herald

Bob Zink of Ferdinand, foreground, taped off an area around the Dr. Alois Wollenmann House in Ferdinand on Tuesday morning as he and Brian Beckman of Jasper prepared to remove the second-story balcony, which contains lead paint. The two men work for Tri-Cap, which was subcontracted to perform the lead abatement on the house. The house was built in 1903 and is being restored by the Ferdinand Historical Society.

FERDINAND — After years of sporting a rotting facade, the historic Dr. Alois Wollenmann House in Ferdinand is undergoing a major renovation.

Restoration work on the exterior of the Swiss-chalet house began earlier this month through a $400,000 federal historic preservation grant awarded last year. The house, built in 1903 at 1150 Main St. and now owned by the Ferdinand Historical Society, is also undergoing interior changes.

“We’re very excited,” said Alvin Hoppenjans, a society member overseeing the work for the group. “We’re finally seeing things get done rather than just seeing everything on paper. It’s not that it just might happen, it is happening.”

Read the full article here.

Without funding, Teen Wellness program ends

July 23, 2013 article by: Claire Moorman via: The Dubois County Herald

The Teen Wellness Center program will end at all four Dubois County high schools because of a lack of grant funding.
Joyce Fleck, director of Tri-Cap, which operated the centers, sent a letter to each of the superintendents explaining that the organization would no longer be able to provide the two counselors and nurse to staff each school several days per week. The three employees rotated among the high schools, assessing 879 different students and performing 2,594 follow-up visits during the 2012-13 school year.
The program was formed in 1994 to provide free access to health services for teens and was completely funded by a federal grant that was funneled through the state for many years. During the 2011-12 school year, the state began requiring Tri-Cap to match the $100,000 grant with $30,000 locally.
High school students talked to the counselors about a range of issues — including peer relationships, drug and alcohol use, family conflicts and teen pregnancy.
Fleck said she was shocked that the state pulled funding for the program. Earlier this month, she addressed the Dubois County Commissioners to ask them to allocate $10,000 of their budget to Tri-Cap to help meet the match requirement. She has since withdrawn her request.
“We’re all very sad and very concerned,” Fleck said this morning, adding that she wants to keep the Teen Wellness counselors on staff, but without the federal money, the schools would have to pitch in thousands of dollars. Currently, Fleck is waiting for the school corporations to decide whether to hire a new counselor on their own, give money to Tri-Cap to maintain the positions or go without counselors.
“We’re still willing to help support with any direction of program (the schools) take,” she said. “It’s going to be a wake-up call for the schools. I think they’re going to need more staff. It’s a lot of staff time to be absorbed.”

Read the full article here.

New child care laws will cost local providers

July 22, 2013 article by: Claire Moorman via: The Dubois County Herald

New child care laws that went into effect statewide July 1 spells change for local child care centers.
The Indiana General Assembly voted in April to require national background checks and fingerprinting of all employees and volunteers at licensed and unlicensed day care centers. By July 1, 2014, all existing and new employees must have completed the checks.
Prior to the law, day care providers needed only to perform the more limited state background checks, but according to the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, national checks will provide more security as they are more likely to catch any job applicant’s criminal past in other states.
The new law may present a challenge to local providers because the cost of these checks, including fees paid to the FBI and Indiana State Police, will not be covered by the state.
Donna Sturgeon, education and volunteer services director for Tri-Cap out of the Jasper office, said she fears that the background check requirement will have a deep financial impact on the organization’s five Head Start child care programs, one of which is in Jasper.
“It is going to be a burden. We have approximately 45 staff. As far as volunteers, if they volunteer for us at least eight hours per month, we’re supposed to have background checks done on them too, which could really hurt us,” Sturgeon said, adding that Head Start uses up to 50 volunteers for certain events. “Our Head Start program relies on volunteers. We have interns that come in from different colleges.”

Read the full article here.

Teen Wellness seeks county funds to keep pace

June 10, 2013 article by: Claire Moorman via: The Dubois County Herald

JASPER — Tri-Cap Executive Director Joyce Fleck has asked to be included in the Dubois County commissioners’ 2014 budget to help fund the organization’s program for adolescents.
Fleck appeared before the commissioners earlier this month to request up to $10,000 from the county. That money would go toward maintaining the Teen Wellness centers in each of the four Dubois County high schools. This is the first year Fleck has requested county assistance.
The Teen Wellness program was formed in 1994 and is intended to provide free access to health services for teens. According to statistics Fleck provided to the commissioners, the centers assessed 879 students and completed 2,594 follow-up visits during the 2012-13 school year.
Adolescent services were completely funded by a federal grant for many years, but during the 2010-11 school year, the government began requiring Tri-Cap to match 30 percent of the funding.
Fleck said that with a new funding cycle approaching this fall, she wants to ensure the financial health of the program by seeking the county’s help.
“Any funding received from the county would give us a head start on our match requirement that starts over again at the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1,” she said. “Each grant is competitive, but this one is under extreme pressure right now. The more varied forms of community support we can show, the better our odds.”
She added that money from the county could free up time for Teen Wellness staff who often spend many hours organizing fundraisers throughout the year. Last year, for instance, the group hosted a basketball game with the Harlem Ambassadors at Huntingburg Memorial Gym.
Fleck is concerned that state officials will decide not to administer much funding to programs that have shown fundraising capabilities in the past.

Read the full article here.

 

Teen center calls, visits number in thousands

May 9, 2013 article by: Claire Moorman via: The Dubois County Herald

Teen Wellness Center staff in all four Dubois County high schools are able to connect with students about important personal issues that occur in and outside of school.

An annual report that Joyce Fleck — executive director of Tri-Cap, which operates the adolescent program — presented to the county commissioners this week shows that the four centers assessed 880 students and completed 2,453 follow-up visits with them during the 2011-12 school year. Of those students, 129 reported current family conflicts, 98 reported parental alcohol abuse and 312 reported that smoking occurred in their households.

Tri-Cap adolescent program coordinator Christine Vinson, who runs the Teen Wellness Centers at Jasper and Southridge high schools, said students who come into the centers for the first time are given a basic health assessment that asks about risk factors, including exposure to tobacco and alcohol or other drugs. The teen wellness counselors use that information to give advice about coping techniques.

Read the full article here.

Dubois County Community Foundation, Inc. Grants

May 6, 2013 via: Dubois County Free Press

The Dubois County Community Foundation announces the 2013 grant recipients from donor-designated endowment funds.  Fund founders have chosen the beneficiaries of these grants funded in perpetuity from the endowment funds they established.  The Foundation awarded    136 grants to ninety-one local non-profits totaling $168,000 which is part of the anticipated $430,000 total grant dollars that will be distributed throughout 2013.

See the full list of grant recipients here.

Komen Evansville Tri-State Affiliate awards over $516,800 for local programs

April 27, 2013 via: Dubois County Free Press

EVANSVILLE, IN – The Evansville Tri-State Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® awarded nineteen grants today totaling $516,810. The nineteen grants were made possible by net proceeds raised primarily from the 2012 Komen Evansville Tri-State Race for the Cure®, Bowl for the Cure® events in Evansville, Owensboro and Henderson and other supporting fundraisers, individual and corporate donations.

The grant recipient programs include breast health education, screening mammograms, diagnostic services and treatment initiatives. (A complete list of grant recipients is attached.) Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, and the Evansville Tri-State Affiliate is one of 120 Affiliates on the front lines dedicated to ending breast cancer in their communities. Komen Affiliates fund innovative programs that help women and men overcome the cultural, social, educational and financial barriers to breast cancer screening and treatment.

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Dubois REC awards over $10,000 in grants

April 24, 2013 via: Dubois County Free Press

With the help of its members, and through a program called Operation Round Up® Dubois REC recently awarded $10,000 in grants to local organizations in its sixth grant cycle. Since the program began last year, more than $93,500 has been awarded.

Grants are funded by members who participate in the Operation Round Up program, and allow Dubois Rural Electric Cooperative to automatically round up their electric bills to the next highest dollar amount. For example, if a member’s bill is $68.51, the bill will be rounded up to $69, meaning that month’s contribution is 49 cents. If the bill is $68.90, it will be rounded up to $69, contributing 10 cents.

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Winslow raises water rates and talks annexation

April 10, 2013 article by: Andy Heuring via: The Press-Dispatch

Winslow finalized water and sewer rate increases, talked about annexation and announced key personnel changes at their Monday night meeting.

Water rates increased across the board by 88 percent, while the sewer rates are increasing by 36 percent.

The increases had been announced at a previous meeting, after a rate study and a public hearing on the recommended increases. The ordinances making the raises effective immediately were approved by 3-0 votes….

Annexation discussed

Councilman David Tisdale recommended Winslow look at annexing in three different directions. The annexation topic came up when Neil Elkins of Tri-Cap told them Winslow was eligible for two “forgivable loans.” One was $5,000 that can be used to help secure the former Winslow Medical Clinic that is now vacant. Elkins last year, told the council Tri-Cap is trying to secure funding to convert the medical clinic into senior housing apartments.

Read the full article here.

 

New Ordinance clarifies Petersburg responsibilities for water line repairs

April 17, 2013 article by: Mike Johansen via: The Press-Dispatch

The Petersburg City Council passed an ordinance that more clearly states the city and home owner responsibilities for water lines at the city meters, and approved a resolution supporting the application by Tri-Cap for a $500,000 low income home improvement; for homes within the city at its meeting Monday night.

The ordinance was titled the Ordinance to Codify Maintenance Responsibilities for Water Works Connections. Ordinance 2013-4. It was passed on all three readings at Monday’s Council meeting.

Read the rest of the article here.

Dubois County Leadership Academy announces 2013 class members

April 1, 2013 via: Dubois County Free Press

The Dubois County Leadership Academy has selected the members of its 2013 class and is set to begin on Friday, April 5, at the Tri-County YMCA in Ferdinand.

The Leadership Academy is a collaborative effort between government leaders in Ferdinand, Huntingburg, and Jasper, as well as with Ferdinand and Jasper’s HomeTown Competitiveness initiatives, VUJC, and the Dubois County Community Foundation.

Class members will meet a total of six to seven times (four hour sessions) with leadership essentials, problem solving, government and public service, business/entrepreneurship, communications, and religious and civic leadership being the primary class topics.

The academy will culminate with the presentation of group capstone projects and a graduation ceremony in early August.

See the list of class members here.

Program aims to aid single-parent families

February 20, 2013 article by: Claire Moorman via: The Dubois County Herald

A new program to break the cycle of poverty in single-parent families is taking shape as community partnerships are solidified.

Sister Barbara Catherine Schmitz of the Sisters of St. Benedict in Ferdinand spoke to the Northeast Dubois School Board on Tuesday evening as a way to begin spreading news of the program’s message and needs to local school corporations.

Family Scholar House, which started in Louisville in 1995, supports single parents who are working to earn a college degree and attain an independent lifestyle. The Sisters of St. Benedict are working with the Louisville program to provide the same services to families in southern Indiana.

Read the rest of the article here.

Smokefree pregnancies workshop slated for Feb. 19

Local health care providers, social service professionals and other health advocates are invited to attend a free workshop. “Champions for Smokefree Pregnancies” in Vincennes, on Tuesday, Feb. 19 from 7:30 to 9am at the Eva Hill Auditorium at Good Samaritan Hospital.

The event is hosted by the Daviess County Tobacco Prevention Coalition in partnership with Promoting Smokefree Pregnancies in Indiana (PSPI). The PSPI coalition, a statewide partner of the Indiana State Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission. is comprised of agencies and individuals across Indiana dedicated to reducing the prevalence of smoking among women of childbearing age, particularly during pregnancy.

Read the rest of the article here.

Four local organizations received grants from the Huntingburg Assistance Fund

January 2, 2013 via: Dubois County Free Press

Huntingburg – The Dubois County Community Foundation and the office of Huntingburg Mayor Denny Spinner announced the award of four grants to local nonprofit organizations.

The season of giving continues for the following local charities: Generations received $2,200; Huntingburg Housing Authority received $1,500; Shared Abundance received$2,500; and Tri-Cap received $2,400.

Read the rest of the article here.

TRI-CAP RSVP Helps the Indiana State Police with “Take Back” Initiatives

On Saturday, September 29, 2012 the Indiana State Police participated in the Fifth nationwide “Prescription Drug Take Back” initiative sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA.) The “Take Back” initiative seeks to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft.

Collection sites were set up nationwide for expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs to be turned in for destruction.  This program is intended for liquid and pill medications.

The Indiana State Police set up collections sites at every post (except the Toll Road.)  Here at the Jasper Post with the help of Tri-Cap RSVP, the Dubois County Sheriff’s Office, and the Birdseye and Huntingburg Fire Departments, 507 pounds of medications were collected locally between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.

Statewide the Indiana State Police collected a total of 2,319.5 pounds of unused or expired medication. During the previous Drug Take Back held on April 28, 2012, 1,512.5 pounds of medications were collected at State Police Posts.

Read the rest of the official Press Release here.

Best gifts are long remembered

December 24, 2012 article by: Martha Rasche via: The Dubois County Herald

One of the best Christmas presents Leona (Heldman) Kluemper ever gave was the three-piece living room suite she bought for her parents in 1938.

“I paid $45 for a big couch and two chairs, in blue,” says Leona, who grew up on a farm near Celestine and now lives at Northwood Retirement Community in Jasper.

Now 93, Leona started doing domestic work at age 14 for $12 a week and saved her money for the special purchase. She cooked and cleaned for families in Louisville, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Indianapolis until she got married, and was in Louisville in 1938. She had the furniture shipped to her parents’ home.

“I was pretty proud of myself,” she says.

Read the rest of the article here.

Photo: Curves

December 21, 2013 via: TRI-State Media/Warrick Publishing

Members of Curves in Newburgh donated 108 toys to the Warrick County Tri-Cap HeadStart for its annual Christmas party. This is the fourth year to make the contribution. Pictured are (l to r): Stacy Kalebjian, lead teacher; Bridget Hasler, Curves owner, and Kathy Hurford, site supervisor.

View the photo here.

Area nonprofits keep eyes on fiscal cliff

December 18, 2012 article by: Alexandra Sondeen via: The Dubois County Herald

Politicians and residents aren’t the only ones concerned about impending spending cuts and tax increases if the federal government can’t avert the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

The moniker is the shorthand term for the dilemma the government faces at the end of the year when provisions of Budget Control Act of 2011 that ended the debt-ceiling crisis are slated to go into effect. Among the laws that will change are the end of temporary payroll tax cuts that would result in a 2 percent tax increase for workers, the end of some tax breaks for businesses, changes in the alternative minimum tax that limits tax benefits from a variety of deductions, the end of Bush-era tax cuts and the beginning of taxes related to President Barrack Obama’s health care law. Spending cuts agreed upon as part of last year’s debt ceiling deal also will go into effect.

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United Way of Pike County grants $37,000

December 19, 2012 via: The Press-Dispatch

Once a year, United Way of Pike County awards funding from our undesignated monies through an application process to agencies serving our community to serval area agencies and last week was the designated time.

This year the award totaled $37,000 and the following 16 agencies were funded: Attic, Inc. for clients with special needs; Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Department for toxic gas detector; Junior Achievement for school programs; Pike County Christian Assistance (Somebody Place) for food; American Red Cross for emergency food, clothing, and shelter, blood drives, military communications and disaster education; Visiting Nurse Association of Southwest Indiana for home care and hospice; Senior and Family Services for food and their seminar series; TRI-CAP for utility assistance and budget and finance education programs; Bread of Life Ministries for food; Boy Scouts for programs; Generations for Meals of Wheels program and the Angelworx Color for a Cause program; Otwell Elementary School for iPads; Jefferson Township Community Center for open gym equipment; and Precious Rewards for booster seats.

United Way of Pike County is pleased to serve our community. Together, united we can inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow.

Read the article and see a photo from the event here.

Photos: How do I look?

December 13, 2012 Photographs by: Dave Weatherwax via: The Dubois County Herald

Patrol officer Donna Abrams of the Ferdinand Police Department helped Rocio, 3, try on a jacket Wednesday morning during the annual Shop with a Cop event at Walmart Supercenter in Jasper. The shopping spree, which benefited 61 children, was sponsored by the local Fraternal Order of Police and funded through donations from local businesses and individuals. The children are all members of Tri-CAP Head Start, a comprehensive preschool program for low-income families.

View the photos here.

Pike County anticipates to receive federal funds

December 12, 2012 via: The Press-Dispatch

Pike County anticipates to receive an estimated amount for $2,800 under Phase 30 funding to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

In anticipation of receiving this award, the Local Board will be accepting applications for funding. The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; The Jewish Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide.

The local board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the county. A local board made up of representatives from the Pike Co. Commissioners office, American Red Cross, Ministerial Association, Salvation Army, United Way, Catholic Organizations, TRI-CAP and the homeless will determine how the funds awarded to Pike Co. are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.

Read the rest of the article here.

Gaming, music getaway

November 17, 2012 via: TRI-State Media/Warrick Publishing

Tri-Cap RSVP is sponsoring an early spring Tunica — Casino Capitol of the South and Memphis — Home of the Blues Trip through Diamond Tours the week of March 18 through 22. The spacious, video and restroom equipped motor coach will leave Jasper for a five day, four night trip to this perfect getaway combination that goes together like barbeque and coleslaw. The cost is $379 per person and is based on double occupancy. The single occupancy cost is $504.

This trip will include four nights of lodging, eight meals — four breakfasts and four dinners — and admission to Graceland, Home of Elvis Presley, the Tunica Museum, a guided tour of Memphis and free time on Beale Street.

A $75 deposit is due upon sign-up to Tri-Cap RSVP, P.O. Box 729, Jasper, Ind. 47547-0729. The final payment is due Jan. 10. Full refund is guaranteed if cancellation is made by March 1. Anyone 21 or older is welcome to book this early spring trip.

Please call Becky Beckman at 482-2233, ext. 112 for detailed trip and travel insurance information.

Students’ alcohol, tobacco use high

October 26, 2012 article by: Claire Moorman via: The Dubois County Herald

High school students in southwestern Indiana have a higher rate of cigarette, smokeless tobacco and alcohol use than the state average, according to an annual survey conducted by the Indiana Prevention Resource Center at Indiana University.

Officials at 418 schools in Indiana administered surveys to students in grades six through 12 this past spring. A total of 138,519 Hoosier students completed the survey that asked about their use of various drugs, how old they were when they first used the products, and risk and protective factors.

The resource center breaks the results down into regions. Dubois, Spencer and Pike counties are included in the southwest region.

The report states that of students in southwestern Indiana, “seventh- through 12th-grade students were more likely to report lifetime use of cigarettes and alcohol.” The resource center defines “lifetime” usage as having occurred at least once in a student’s life.

Read the rest of the article here.

Water treatment plant maintenance tops Winslow Town Council meeting

October 24,2012 article by: Andy Heuring via: The Press-Dispatch

Winslow Town Councilmen were told they are looking at several expensive maintenance items at the water treatment plant and they announced they are in the process of a rate study during their Monday night meeting.

Utilities Superintendent, Bill Arvin, said both the water filters inside the water plant and the filter at the riverbank water intake need work. “Our biggest concern is the filter inside the plant,” said Arvin….

In the previous meeting, the council voted to support Tri-Cap converting the former medical building on the north edge of town into six senior housing apartments. They signed a letter of support for the project. Monday they agreed to place petitions around town to gather signatures supporting the project as well.

Read the entire article here.

Tri-Cap aims to buy main Jasper office space

October 23, 2012 article by: John Seasly via: The Dubois County Herald

After years of renting office locations in Dubois County, Tri-Cap is looking to buy the space on Third Avenue in Jasper that it rents for its main office. It plans to do this through a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development agency, which offers longer repayment options and lower interest rates for nonprofits and units of government.

“It’s very important to keep a stable identity,” said Joyce Fleck, Tri-Cap’s executive director. “Our clientele is very mobile, for lack of a better word, and we have to be stable for them to find us.”

Tri-Cap is a nonprofit community action agency serving Dubois, Pike and Warrick counties. It offers services and assistance in areas including housing, education and health to individuals and families, many of whom have a low income.

Read the rest of the article here.

Photo: Dance party

October 19, 2012 Photograph by: Olivia Corya via: The Dubois County Herald

Allan Foy of Jasper and his sons Jace, 5, left, and Riley, 3, motioned for family friend Makynzie Hoffman, 2, of Jasper to join them on the court for a dance break during the Harlem Ambassadors game at Huntingburg Memorial Gym on Thursday night. The event was a fundraiser for the Tri-Cap Adolescent Program, which among other services, offers counseling and aims to prevent suicide. Foy is Jasper police officer and played for the Tri-Cap Troopers team. 

View the photos here.

Adolescent program a safe haven for students

October 16, 2012 article by: Claire Moorman via: The Dubois County Herald

High School students in Dubois County have been bringing their personal problems — including difficulty connecting with their peers, issues related to transitioning from middle school to high school, poor communication skills and teen pregnancy — to high school Teen Wellness Centers for the past 18 years.

Though the teen programs, run by Tri-Cap, were completely funded by the federal government for many years, last school year, the government began requiring Tri-Cap to match 30 percent of the funding received through the grant.

Adolescent program coordinator Christine Vinson said that Tri-Cap decided to host one large fundraising event this year to raise money and awareness of the program, which served 880 different students last school year.

Tri-Cap will host a basketball game with the Harlem Ambassadors on Thursday to help it reach most of its 30 percent match, which is $30,000.

Read the rest of the article here.

Over 500 pounds of unused drugs collected at Jasper post

October 2, 2012 via: The Dubois County Herald

Residents of Dubois County who participated in the fifth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday turned in 507 pounds of expired, unwanted and otherwise unused drugs.

Drop-off sites were the Indiana State Police post in Jasper and fire stations in Birdseye and Huntingburg. Joining them in sponsoring the collections were the Drug Enforcement Administration; Tri-Cap Retired and Senior Volunteer Program; Dubois County’s sheriff’s department, solid waste management district and substance abuse council; Arnold F. Habig Community Center; and Older Americans.

Statewide, a total of 2,319.5 pounds of unused or expired medication was turned in for destruction.

Forum spotlights poverty, social services

September 28, 2012 article by: John Seasly via: The Dubois County Herald

Despite declining unemployment rates, the poverty rates in Dubois, Pike and Warrick counties are still a cause for concern, according to Joyce Fleck, executive director of Tri-Cap. To better understand the social services offered in these counties, which Tri-Cap serves, she helped to organize a forum Thursday for service providers, government officials and the public.

Statewide, the poverty rate increased to 16 percent in 2011, up from 15.3 percent in 2010, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released last Friday. The most recent county-specific data, for 2006 to 2010, shows Dubois County to have a poverty rate of 9.6 percent. Warrick County has a rate of 6.1 percent, and Pike County has a rate of 12.9 percent.

The forum, held at the Huntingburg Event Center, was an extension of the informal monthly meetings first organized by Fleck and other service providers about a year ago. They started meeting to coordinate their efforts and learn about each others’ programs.

Read the rest of the article here.

Collecting coupons

September 15, 2012 via: TRI-State Media/Warrick Publishing

TRI-CAP Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is collecting currently dated Manufacturer’s Coupons for military families stationed at the Army Base in Schweinfurt, Germany.

As a part of a national coupon project to help military families “make ends meet,” donated coupons will be sorted into food and non-food categories and will be mailed to the base at regular intervals to be used by families in the PX and commissary.

Chappell wins first Athena award

August 24, 2011 via: The Dubois County Herald

HUNTINGBURG — Jane Chappell was awarded the first Athena International Leadership Award given by the Rotary Club of Jasper.

She received the honor Thursday evening during a dinner at the Huntingburg Event Center to recognize her and the other 11 finalists for the award.

Chappell, 65, served as executive director of Tri-Cap for more than 30 years before retiring in 2007. She volunteers with several organizations, including Soar, a program focused on emerging high-potential women within area companies, and the Dubois County Public Health Partnership, of which she is vice chairwoman and head of its Kindergarten Connections program.

She and her husband, John, live in Jasper; they have two adult daughters.

Athena International is a nonprofit organization that seeks to support, develop and honor women leaders. About 250 people attended Thursday’s dinner.

Tri-Cap help available

August 15, 2013 via: TRI-State Media/Warrick Publishing

Assistance funds are still available for help with summer cooling bills. Thousands of dollars in benefits still remain. Up to $150 per household is available to eligible families. Benefits end on Aug. 17 and will not be made available again until Nov. 1. Please contact the Warrick County Tri-Cap Office at 897-0364 to apply.

New award to recognize area’s women leaders

August 7, 2012 article by: Candy Neal via: The Dubois County Herald

A new award debuting in Dubois County will recognize female leaders for their contributions to the community, to their organizations and to others, especially women, who follow them in leadership roles.

The Athena International Leadership Award will be bestowed upon one of 12 finalists on Aug. 23. The Rotary Club of Jasper is sponsoring the award.

“We want to not only recognize women leaders,” club President Tonya Heim said, “we want to encourage women to develop leadership skills and get into leadership positions.”

Heim, incidentally, is the club’s first female president.

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Tri-Cap Poverty Simulation provides local community dose of reality

May 14, 2012 by Matthew Crane  via: Dubois County Free Press

On Friday, Representative Sue Ellspermann attempted to sell some stolen transportation passes to Huntingburg Mayor Denny Spinner. Spinner wasn’t interested, he was attempting to sell some drugs to support his pregnant girlfriend. Meanwhile, Democratic Chair and Business Owner Gary Eck was busy causing mayhem among the impoverished residents of Realville by selling guns, reporting competition to the police and stealing from local businesses.

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Komen distributes more than $500,000 to local agencies

April 19, 2012 article by: Max Roll via: Evansville Courier & Press

Local agencies tasked with fighting breast cancer have received grant money from the Evansville Tri-State affiliate of the Susan G. Komen For the Cure foundation.

In all, 20 agencies received $508,968 Wednesday in a ceremony inside Casino Aztar. Grant money comes from proceeds from the Komen Evansville Tri-State Race for the Cure, Bowl for the Cure in Evansville, Owensboro, Ky., and Henderson Ky., along with fundraisers and individual and corporate donations.

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Older Americans Month spotlights role of older adults

May 9, 2012 via: The Dubois County Herald

To the editor:

May is Older Americans Month and the week of May 7 is designated as a time of national recognition for the Corporation for National and Community Service Senior Corps volunteers under the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, Foster Grandparents and Senior Companions. These national recognitions commemorate the contributions and achievements of older Americans.

The older Americans’ theme for 2012 — “Never Too Old To Play” — puts a spotlight on the important role older adults play in sharing the history of our communities through their experience, wisdom and understanding and passing on that knowledge to other generations through service activities and in a variety of other significant ways.

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Poverty Simulation and Bridges Out of Poverty Training today

May 10, 2013 article by: Matthew Crane via: The Dubois County Free Press

Tri-Cap is holding a poverty simulation at the Alvin C. Ruxer Student Center at Vincennes University Jasper Campus on Friday. The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. and last until 4:00 p.m.

The event is designed to demonstrate how much time and energy many families expend just to survive day by day in poverty.

The participants will role-play the lives of low income families. Some will receive TANF, some are disabled, and some are senior citizens on Social Security. They will have the stressful task of providing for basic necessities and shelter on a limited budget during the course of four 15 minute “weeks”.

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Dubois REC awards more than $16,000 in grants

May 8, 2012 via: The Dubois County Free Press

With the help of its members, and through a program called Operation Round Up® Dubois REC has awarded $16,384 in grants to local organizations in its third grant cycle. This cycle featured the largest total disbursement of funds to date.

“We can’t express our gratitude enough to the members who have participated in this program,” Dubois REC General Manager Don Book said. “It only costs each member about $6 a year to participate, but when you add that up, over time and with 75% of our 13,000 members participating, it creates a substantial fund that can assist numerous organizations in our local community.”

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Unused drugs collected

April 30, 2012 via: The Dubois County Herald

JASPER — Residents of Dubois County who participated in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday turned in in 393 pounds of expired, unwanted and otherwise unused drugs.

Drop-off sites were the Jasper State Police post and the fire stations at Dubois and Ferdinand.

Agencies sponsoring the collections included the state police, the Dubois County Sheriff’s Department, the Jasper Police Department and Tri-Cap Retired and Senior Volunteer Program.

Winslow Town Council: 

April 25, 2012 article by: Andy Heuring via: The Press-Dispatch

…Ashby siad he has been talking with Tri-Cap about locating a senior housing project in the area behind the Winslow Community Center. He said Tri-Cap is interested in the project and the landowner was at least interested in talking about selling the property.

“That would be a great thing if we could get it put together. We have talked about that for years,” said Tinsdale….

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TRI-CAP here to help people facing foreclosure

April 3, 2013 article by: Matthew Cane via: The Dubois County Free Press

Recent employment numbers show that Dubois County’s unemployment rates have risen from 6% to 6.6% in February. Gas prices, slower economic growth, and other factors have been pointed out but the harsh reality is there are people in this county that do not have jobs.

These individuals are facing the uncertainty of being without an income and this may lead to foreclosure. Although the rates of foreclosure in Dubois County are lower than much of Indiana (currently approximately 20 homes are in foreclosure in Dubois County), the thought of foreclosure is terrifying and equally terrifying is the thought that you may fall victim to a scam.

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Dubois County among state’s healthiest

April 3, 2012 via: The Dubois County Herald

Dubois County continues to rank among the top five healthiest counties in Indiana in 2012, according to a report released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

This marks the third year for the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps list, which rates counties throughout the nation based on “health outcomes” and “health factors.” Outcomes are a measurement of mortality, or the rate of death in residents younger than 75, and morbidity, or physical and mental health-related quality of life. Factors are health-related behaviors including smoking, diet, exercise, alcohol use, frequency and quality of clinical care, education, income, air pollution and community safety.

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Benefits mutual for mentors, buddies

February 8, 2012 article by: Claire Moorman via: The Dubois County Herald

DUBOIS — Dubois Middle School students were buzzing with excitement as they searched through the crowd gathered in the lunchroom Friday for their new, high school friends. Throughout the room, the younger students munched pizza with new teenage friends, chatting about shared interests and experiences.

At the beginning of the school year, middle school guidance counselor Camille Berg began working with the Northeast Dubois High School Natural Helpers club to bring older student mentors to the middle school once a month. Berg and her fellow teachers selected about 20 middle-schoolers to participate who would benefit most — based on social and academic criteria — from a friendship with the high school volunteers.

A middle school student pairs with the same high school student each month, and the pairs eat lunch together before heading outside or to the gymnasium to play games at recess.

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11 month old poisoned by lead in Jasper home; no remediation yet 

December 29, 2011 article by: Matthew Crane via: The Dubois County Free Press

An 11 month-old child was found to have elevated blood levels of lead in July of this year.

The investigation began when Tri-Cap was called to assist with a broken air conditioner at 312 Third Ave. in Jasper. The representative from Tri-Cap took a portable air conditioning unit to the house and attempted to diagnose the problem with the home’s air conditioner.

A contractor was also called to the residence to check the air conditioner and while in the home the contractor informed the Tri-Cap representative that he had noticed a large amount of paint chips around the air conditioner during a previous repair.

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Photos: Merry little shoppers

December 15, 2011 Photographs by: Jake May via: The Dubois County Herald

Jasper Police Department patrolman Allan Foy, left, smiled as he watched 3-year-old Logan use a popcorn tin as a drum as they finished their shopping spree Wednesday during the annual Shop with a Cop event at Walmart Supercenter in Jasper. The shopping spree, which benefited 61 children, was sponsored by the local Fraternal Order of Police and funded through donations from local individuals and businesses. Each child was given a $100 budget, with $60 of it to be spent on clothes. The 61 children are all members of Tri-Cap Head Start, a preschool program for low-come families.

Indiana State Police Master Trooper Ken Miller of Shoals held the hand of Leyla, 4, as he guided her through the toy section Wednesday during the annual Shop with a Cop event at Walmart Supercenter in Jasper.

View the photographs here.

Bikers spread cheer with holiday donations

December 5, 2011 article by: Alexandra Sondeen via: The Dubois County Herald

The low, loud rumble of 11 motorcycle engines announced the arrival of much-needed donations to three area nonprofit organizations Saturday as the Dubois County chapter of American Bikers Aimed Toward Education headed out on the annual Toys for Tikes ride.

ABATE is a national group that focuses on motorcycle safety. In Indiana, it runs the motorcycle safety and education program for the state. The local chapter collects and distributes money and toys each year at Christmastime.

“We turn it all over to organizations that get it to the right people,” Sylvester Voegerl of St. Anthony, chairman of the ride, said. “We’re a collecting organization that funnels donations to the people who can distribute them. In the 13 years we’ve been doing it, we’ve probably collected over $120,000 worth of money, food, clothing and toys.”

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Unused drugs collected

November 2, 2011 via: The Dubois County Herald

Residents of Dubois County participated in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday by turning in 449 pounds of expired and otherwise unused drugs.

Drop-off sites were the Celestine Fire Station, where 54 participants dropped off 58 pounds of medicines; the Holland Fire Station, where 33 participants dropped off 59 pounds; and the Jasper State Police Post, where 290 participants turned in 332 pounds.

Countywide medication collections started in Dubois County in the fall of 2002, and generally there is one each fall and one each spring. All told, 5,301 pounds of unused drugs have been collected from residents and disposed of in an environmentally correct manner, according to the Tri-Cap Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, one of the agencies that sponsors the collections.

Saturday’s event yielded the most poundage and greatest participation of all the collections.

After hiatus, volunteer center on track

October 19, 2011 article by: Alexandra Sondeen via: The Dubois County Herald

An organization that encourages volunteerism in the county is getting back in full gear after a yearlong hiatus.

Volunteer Dubois County strives to connect people who want to volunteer with organizations that need them. The Huntingburg Foundation has provided grant funds to help pay for the group’s continued efforts and Volunteer Dubois County partnered with Vincennes University Jasper Campus this past June as the administrator for the money.

“We see it as a chance to bring community agencies together with volunteers,” VUJC Dean Alan Johnson said. “It’s a way we can get more engaged with community affairs. I’ve been very impressed with the whole operation.”

The organization operated within Tri-Cap for nine months last year. When stimulus funding expired last fall, it had to make major changes.

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Community garden showing signs of growth

September 30, 2011 article by: Alexandra Sondeen via: The Dubois County Herald

The Dubois County Community Garden has shown signs of growth as the second season begins to wind down.

Though just one more 10-by-15 plot was rented this year than last year, 20 compared to 19, gardeners seemed more active overall, according to Becky Beckman of Tri-Cap, the leading organization behind the garden.

“I feel good that this project is going to keep growing,” she said.

Kimball International donated the use of an acre of land off Power Drive in Jasper adjacent to the Kimball Education Center for the organic garden. A major change this year was the installation of a nearby yard hydrant to provide a water source. Gardeners previously had to haul water from home or catch rainwater.

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Suicide a rising trend nationally and locally

September 13, 2011 article by: Gary Freymiller via: The Dubois County Free Press

Suicide is a topic most of us would prefer to avoid, but for two local organizations, the Dubois County Survivors of Suicide (SOS) and the Tri-Cap Teen Wellness program, raising awareness about suicide is a large part of their missions.

Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States according to the Center for Disease Control, accounting for more than 30,000 deaths each year, more than twice the number of homicides. The elderly and men are the groups most likely to die from suicide.

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Ind. food pantries struggle without federal grant

August 30, 2011 article by: the Associated Press via: The Dubois County Herald

EVANSVILLE — Some of southwestern Indiana’s food banks are facing tough times following the loss of federal grant money they had received for years.

Emily Baxter, the United Way of Southwestern Indiana’s community impact manager, said the National Emergency Food and Shelter Program Board changed the threshold of poverty and unemployment to make sure the counties needing it most received the funding.

Only counties with 300 or more unemployed people, 11.5 percent unemployment rates and 14.5 percent poverty rates received grants this year.

Jasper-based Tri-Cap, which serves Dubois, Pike and Warrick counties, receives some of the grant funding to help struggling families pay rent and utilities.

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Seniors don’t mind service-work sweat

May 24, 2011 article by: Candy Neal via: The Dubois County Herald

HUNTINGBURG — Zach Barrett stood on top of a rock pile next to League Stadium on Monday, pushing the gravel down the sides of the small hill and closer to his three classmates.

Country and rock music blared from a nearby SUV, and a couple of the quad sang along as they shoveled rock into waiting wheelbarrows, using their shovels as air guitars once in a while.

The wheelbarrows were picked up by other sweat-glistened classmates, who rolled them underneath the grandstand and dumped the gravel on the soft brown ground. As they rolled the wheelbarrows away, more Southridge boys spread the rock on the ground with rakes.

It was tiresome work in the sun. A light breeze blew through, but it didn’t keep the guys from sweating. Still, no one complained.

“I’d rather do this than sit in class,” said Zach, 18 and a Southridge High School graduate as of Friday.

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Photo: Sleep safely

May 20, 2011 Photograph by: Dave Weatherwax via: The Dubois County Herald

Marge Beckman of Jasper worked with fellow Tri-Cap RSVP volunteers Dorothy Hautsch and Lucille Doty, both of Jasper, on Wednesday morning to cut patterns out of fabric to be used to sew sleep sacks. A grant from the Dubois County Community Foundation will pay for the materials for senior volunteers to make 110 of the sacks, which are believed to help lessen the risk of sudden infant death syndrome in infants. The sleep sacks will be handed out by case managers of Tri-Cap’s Healthy Families program to their clients.

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Partnership turns recyclables into Tri-Cap funds

May 11, 2011 article by: Alexandra Sondeen via: The Dubois County Herald

Jasper Salvage has partnered with Tri-Cap to raise funds for the nonprofit organization with the help of local residents and their recyclable goods.

Residents may bring their items to Jasper Salvage at 610 S. Clay St. and donate the cash they would have received for them to Tri-Cap.

“People do want to help and there are clients who would like to give back and don’t have any other means to do it,” Joyce Fleck, executive director of Tri-Cap, said. “If you have any of these recyclable things on hand, you can turn that into cash for Tri-Cap. Take it to Jasper Salvage and turn it into something good for somebody else instead of letting it sit.”

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Tri-Cap renovates five foreclosed homes

May 11, 2011 article by: Candy Neal via: The Dubois County Herald

HUNTINGBURG — Five unoccupied homes in Huntingburg that easily could have become neighborhood eyesores are being remodeled by Tri-Cap.

Two of the homes have been completed and will go on the market for rent. A tenant already has been lined up for a third home, and a family is occupying a fourth one while remodeling work is being done. The fifth one is being scheduled for remodeling.

Each of the single-family rental homes has or will have at least three bedrooms and two bathrooms. All are within eight blocks of Stork Place, a former nursing home building that Tri-Cap renovated to create apartments for senior citizens.

“We wanted the homes to add to the value of the neighborhood,” said Scott Burgess, project manager for Tri-Cap.

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Medicine drop-off held Saturday

May 3, 2011 via: The Dubois County Herald

The national Prescription Drug Take Back initiative Saturday yielded 324 pounds of pharmaceuticals in Dubois County. Collection sites in Jasper, Huntingburg and Ferdinand were visited by 275 individuals.

Tri-Cap RSVP has spearheaded the periodic collection of unused, expired and unwanted medications in Dubois County since 2002. In that time and with the collaboration of other groups, 4,852 pounds of drugs have been collected and disposed of in an environmentally acceptable way.

Dubois County ranks No. 2 on state health list

March 30, 2011 via: The Dubois County Herald

A new report says Dubois County is the second-healthiest county in Indiana, while neighboring Pike and Martin counties are among the least healthiest.

The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the 2011 County Health Rankings report today, ranking the overall health of counties in every state in the country.

For the second year in a row, counties are receiving a snapshot of how healthy their residents are by comparing their overall health and the factors that influence their health with that of residents of other counties.

“This report is important because it helps us identify factors that are affecting our residents and understand how we compare to other counties in the state,” Donna Oeding, Dubois County Health Department administrative director, said in a news release. “Our high ranking in this report helps us identify areas where we have succeeded in our county and where we still need to do more. With this knowledge, we can take steps to improve health in Dubois County.”

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Proposed grant funding reduction could cut deep

February 25, 2011 article by: Alexandra Sondeen via: The Dubois County Herald

Grant funding on the federal chopping block could have a heavy impact on local organizations.

The U.S. Senate begins voting on the federal budget Monday. Up for consideration is a suggestion to slice half of the $700 million Community Services Block Grant program, a grant Jasper-based Tri-Cap and Lincoln Hills Development Corp. in Tell City receive each year. The remaining amount would then become a competitive grant.

Tri-Cap, which serves Dubois, Pike and Warrick counties, receives about $175,000 in funding from this block grant each year. The money is used to supplement funding for all of the organization’s programs including weatherization, energy assistance and Head Start.

“That small amount of funding goes a long, long way in our agency,” Executive Director Joyce Fleck said. “It’s not used just for administration.”

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Tri-Cap names new executive director

February 21, 2011 via: The Dubois County Herald

JASPER — Joyce Fleck was named the new executive director of Tri-Cap last month.

Fleck, 40, had been the interim executive director since July and was the finance director for the organization for 14 years.

She replaces Scott Burgess, who is now Tri-Cap’s housing project coordinator and reports to the housing services director.

Fleck lives in Huntingburg with her husband, Mark. They have three daughters and a son.

Donations matched through program

December 31, 2010 article via: The Dubois County Herald

HUNTINGBURG — A total of $3,375 was raised for the Huntingburg Assistance Fund through the Huntingburg Foundation’s “Make It Count” program.

The foundation will match the amount, generating $6,750 for the endowment.

Foundation officials initiated the “Make It Count” program in November and designated the Huntingburg fund and four Holland funds — the Lynne Weber-Messmer Memorial, Maurice C. Woods Memorial, Hank & Eloise Henke Stadium & Field and Holland Park Charitable endowments — as recipients. The foundation pledged to match donations to the funds, up to $5,000 for each community.

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Holiday Spirit

December 27, 2010 via: The Dubois County Herald

Throughout the year, Tri- Cap provides for emergency needs of families. Items needed include baby clothes, disposable diapers, infant formula and baby food; new toys, books and games; basic items such as laundry detergent and shampoo; and money to help with other emergency needs such as rent, utilities and groceries.

Monetary donations should be in the form of checks made payable to Tri-Cap Emergency Family Fund. Donations for the program, monetary or otherwise, may be dropped off at Tri-Cap, 607 Third Ave., Jasper. To anonymously sponsor a family this holiday season, e-mailangiem@tri-cap.net or leave a message for Angie at 482-2233, ext. 117.

For more information, call 482-2233 or visit www.tri-cap.net.

Number of low-income families rises sharply

December 20, 2010 article by: Candy Neal via: The Dubois County

The last decade took a toll on Americans’ finances. Dubois County residents were not immune to that hardship.

According to updated estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau last week, 6.2 percent of Dubois County families live below the poverty line.

That may not seem like a lot, but in comparison to 2000’s total — 2.9 percent — the increase is significant.

“We have certainly seen an increase in client numbers and first-time clients with this economic downturn,” said Joyce Fleck, interim executive director and finance director for Tri-Cap. “There are many folks in need right now.”

Tri-Cap is a nonprofit agency that assists low-income families in Dubois, Pike and Warrick counties.

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Huntingburg’s Stork Place nearing completion

December 13, 2010 article by: Candy Neal via: The Dubois County Herald

HUNTINGBURG — Stork Place is just about complete.

The public can get a glimpse of the inside of the senior housing facility during an open house Wednesday evening. The building, at the northwest corner of Fourth and Van Buren streets, will be available for tours from 5 to 7 p.m.

“Several apartments will be open for people to go through,” project manager Scott Burgess of Tri-Cap said. “The public will get a good idea of the scope of the renovations.”

Tri-Cap has been updating the building using money from a $4.5 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.

Once completed, the building will have 17 two-bedroom apartments for seniors on three floors.

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Tri-Cap helps residents keep warm in winter

December 13, 2010 article by: Alexandra Sondeen via: The Dubois County Herald

As winter approaches and the temperature drops, homeowners turn up the heat to stay warm.

But for some residents, cranking up the furnace doesn’t always help.

“In past winters, basically the only really warm place was the living room and the bathroom,” Huntingburg resident Arlene Siddons said. “The kitchen and the bedrooms were ice cold.”

Siddons’ home, built in 1910, was riddled with air leaks that allowed heat to escape and cold air to blow in. Her old furnace ran almost constantly, raising her utility bills to the point where she had trouble affording them.

But that will change this year. Siddons learned in September that she had been accepted by Tri-Cap’s weatherization program. Her home would be weatherized at no cost to her.

“I was very, very happy,” she said. “I’ve never had anything like this done before.”

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Funding dip changes volunteer program

October 26, 2010 article by: Alexandra Sondeen via: The Dubois County Herald

JASPER — A program that encouraged volunteerism in the county has been forced to make some big changes because of a lack of funding.

Volunteer Dubois County, also known as the Dubois County Volunteer Center, was a Tri-Cap initiative that connected area nonprofit groups and other organizations that use volunteers with local residents seeking service opportunities. Tri-Cap began the program early this year using federal stimulus funds that expired at the end of September.

“We had to find other funding, basically relying on community donations until we could find more sustainable, long-term funding options,” Paige Stradtner, volunteer coordinator with Tri-Cap, said.

A program that encouraged volunteerism in the county has been forced to make some big changes because of a lack of funding.

But because money ran out before donations could be accumulated, the program has been discontinued through Tri-Cap.

“It’s unfortunate that the funding wasn’t found to keep it going,” Debbie Schmitt, family development services director at Tri-Cap, said. “What (Paige) has done so far has been great. The program got a very good start.”

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Near ready, Stork Place builds waiting list

October 12, 2010 article by: Candy Neal via: The Dubois County Herald

HUNTINGBURG — People interested in residing at Stork Place may now put their names on Tri-Cap’s waiting list.

Meanwhile, renovations on the senior-living facility, in the former Core of Huntingburg building at Fourth and Van Buren streets, are just about complete. Scott Burgess, executive director of Tri-Cap, expects work to be finished by late November or early December.

“It’s mostly internal work that needs to be finished — appliances, carpeting,” Burgess said Monday afternoon. “We have some work to finish on the parking lot and some landscape work. It’s all gone fairly well and according to plan.”

Tri-Cap has been updating the building using a $4.5 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant. Once completed, the building will have 17 two-bedroom apartments on three floors. A community room, storage space for each renter and a leasing office will be in the basement.

Tri-Cap named the residence Stork Place in honor of the late Dr. Harvey Stork, who started a hospital at the corner in the 1930s.

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Outdated drugs collected

October 11, 2010 Article from The Dubois County Herald

The semiannual Dubois County medication collection that took place Friday netted 234 pounds of outdated medicine contributed by 249 people, according to Tri-Cap’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program, one of the agencies that sponsored the collection.

Participating were 173 individuals in Jasper, 25 in Ferdinand, 16 in Huntingburg, 13 in St. Anthony and 11 each in Haysville and Holland.

RSVP and the participating fire departments where medications where dropped off received help in providing the free service from the Dubois County Substance Abuse Council, Sheriff’s Department and Solid Waste Management District and the Arnold F. Habig Community Center and Older Americans.

Since the program began in 2002, 4,528 pounds of medications have been collected and disposed of in an environmentally safe manner.

A riveting speech

Septmeber 24,2010 Photograph by: Krista Schinagl via The Dubois County Herald

Dressed as Rosie the Riveter, Becky Beckman of Jasper talked to participants in the “Stand Up to Falls” seminar about staying strong at the Arnold F. Habig Center on Tuesday. Beckman, a Tri-Cap employee who is involved with the Dubois County Public Health Partnership that sponsored the seminar, said the event was to encourage people to recognize their risk of falling.

See the photo here.

Survey: Teen alcohol, tobacco use up

September 17, 2010 article by: Alexandra Sondeen via: The Dubois County Herald

A survey of alcohol and drug use among Indiana youths released this month found more teens are smoking marijuana. But in Dubois County, smokeless tobacco and alcohol appear to be bigger issues.

The survey, conducted annually by the Indiana Prevention Resource Center at Indiana University in Bloomington, reported 19.2 percent of high school seniors used marijuana monthly last year, up from 16.2 percent in 2008.

But for Dubois County, marijuana use remained steady among seniors, according to statistics provided by the Dubois County Substance Abuse Council. Though last school year’s numbers are not yet available, monthly marijuana use stood at 11 percent in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 school years.

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Seminar targets elderly, falls

September 13, 2010 article by: Candy Neal via: The Dubois County Herald

Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths for older adults. They are also the common cause of nonfatal injuries and hospital admissions for trauma.

Because about 20 percent of Dubois County’s population is 60 or older, a countywide health consortium decided that the issue of falling should be addressed in its first public seminar.

A “Stand Up to Falls” seminar, sponsored by the Dubois County Health Partnership, will be held Tuesday, Sept. 21, at the Arnold F. Habig Community Center, 1301 St. Charles St., Jasper. Registration opens at 8 a.m. and the seminar runs from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Workshop teaches proper volunteer management

September 16, 2010 article by: Alexandra Sondeen via: The Dubois County Herald

U.S. Department of Labor statistics say 43 percent of people become volunteers simply because someone asked for help. Area nonprofit groups are paying attention to that.

About 25 representatives of 15 area nonprofit groups gathered at Vincennes University Jasper Campus on Wednesday to learn how to effectively manage volunteers.

Managing volunteers means recruiting the right people, getting them doing the right tasks, keeping them happy and constantly evaluating how the system is working. A mismanaged volunteer is an unhappy volunteer who then tells his friends not to contribute to that organization, according to June Miller, the director for the Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network’s southern region.

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Events designed to help people understand suicide

September 8, 2010 article by: Kasey Hawrysz via: The Dubois County Herald

As groups across the country recognize this week as the 36th annual National Suicide Prevention Week, local suicide prevention experts are reflecting on the progress the community has made in the last two decades when it comes to suicide prevention.

Meanwhile, this week’s suicide prevention activities have included the distribution of candles at Trinity United Church of Christ Tuesday in memory of people who have died by suicide, and the fifth annual Suicide Prevention Walk planned for Saturday morning. The roughly one-mile walk, which starts at the back parking lot of the Jasper 8 Theatres, will begin at 9 a.m.; the cost is $15 for people who register before Saturday and $20 for those who sign up on the day of the event.

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Booklet could help volunteers bridge gaps

August 12, 2010 article by: Alexandra Sondeen via: The Dubois County Herald

Volunteer Dubois County, an initiative of Tri-Cap, is distributing 10,000 copies of the newly published Volunteer Opportunities Guide across Dubois County. The guide lists about 50 organizations and events countywide that are searching for extra help.

“The importance being placed on volunteering is really starting to increase,” Tri-Cap volunteer coordinator Paige Stradtner said. “Public services are being cut. We view volunteering as a way to bridge some of those gaps.”

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Gardens’ initial seasons top expectations

August 3, 2010 article by: Alexandra Sondeen via: The Dubois County Herald

With a few months left in the season, organizers of the Dubois County Community Garden are considering its first year a successful one.

The organic garden, spearheaded by Tri-Cap, broke ground in April and hosted its first social gathering for gardeners Sunday evening. The season is expected to end sometime in November. Fourteen individuals and groups are tending 19 plots.

The Dale Community Gardens, meanwhile, has about 14 gardeners working nine plots, and also has been declared a success in its first season.

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Most county departments seek increases in budgets

July 8, 2010 article by: Alexandra Sondeen via The Dubois County Herald

While most departments are looking for increases in their budgets, the county highway department is asking for less in 2011.

The first budget proposals for 2011 were heard by the Dubois County Commissioners on Tuesday as seven county departments and four organizations included in the commissioners budget, like Older Americans and Tri-Cap’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program, presented their estimated needs.

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Summer program teaches healthy habits

June 23, 2010 article by: Amber Coulter via The Dubois County Herald

Little boys slid on flat scooters across the playground concrete on their knees and stomachs at the Tri-Cap office Tuesday.

In total, about 15 children ran, jumped and played, and the only ones idle were a small group guzzling water in the shade.

Tri-Cap is hosting a summer program this month and next for 4- and 5-year-old children, the first summer program of its kind at Tri-Cap.

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Volunteer center set to publish informational guide

June 18, 2010 article by Martha Rasche via The Dubois County Herald

The work of the Dubois County Volunteer Center project is continuing, with the upcoming publication of a guide that will list volunteer opportunities in the area.

The idea for the volunteer center, which connects area nonprofit groups and other organizations that use volunteers with local residents who are seeking opportunities to serve, originated last year among local nonprofit organizations.

Since then, Paige Stradtner has joined Tri-Cap to coordinate the effort and a 12-person, countywide advisory committee has been formed.

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Razing clears path to senior living center

May 21, 2010 article by: Candy Neal via The Dubois County Herald

The chapel of the former Core of Huntingburg building and the nearby Katter Cleaners building were razed Wednesday.

On Thursday morning, rubble covered the area where the former cleaning company and nursing home’s religious center once stood. What remained standing was the main structure at the northwest corner of Fourth and Van Buren streets. A construction worker used an excavator to clear the brick and concrete from the demolition site.

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Popular program promotes healthy aging

May 18, 2010 article by: Kasey Hawrysz via The Dubois County Herald

As members of the baby boomer generation face issues like taking care of elderly parents and their own retirement, one local program is hoping to help.

The goal of Boomerama, a program jointly sponsored by Tri-Cap and the Arnold F. Habig Community Center, is “to help people age in a healthy way,” said Becky Beckman, director of Tri-Cap’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Monthly “Food for Thought” lunch and learn sessions held at the Habig Center have centered on issues including senior eye diseases, reverse mortgages and even when to take the keys away from Mom and Dad.

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Outdated drugs collected

May 10, 2010 via The Dubois County Herald

The semiannual, countywide medication collection that took place Friday netted 288 pounds of outdated medicine contributed by 290 people, according to Tri-Cap’s Retired Senior Volunteer Program, one of the agencies that sponsored the collection.

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Community garden a hit so far

April 23, 2010 article by: Alexandra Sondeen via The Dubois County Herald

For Jasper resident Danny Rayls, the Dubois County Community Garden is a chance to teach his sons Samuel, 8, and Isaac, 6, a lesson.

“We want to teach them where our food comes from,” he said. “They’ll get a little more appreciation of what it takes to grow it.”
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Photo: Ready for the show 

April 16, 2010

A photo of Jadon Welp, 4, of Jasper, put the final touches on his monkey drawing for the annual Tri-Cap Head Start Art Festival with help from his sister, Kaylee, 7, Wednesday. The art show will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Dubois County Museum.

The photo can be viewed here.

Lt. Governor Skillman Awards Huntingburg a $4.5 Mill Neighborhood Stabilization Grant

Grant focused on reducing blight, revitalizing communites

June 10, 2009

Revitalizing Indiana begins at the community level with great ideas from Hoosiers. Twenty-one communities got a boost last week when I announced that these communities would be receiving a share of $50 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Program grants. Huntingburg was one of those communities. I recently joined Mayor Marvin Belcher and local leaders to announce that the town is receiving $4.5 million to revitalize the downtown area. Funding will be used to rehab three units, redevelop seventeen, demolish sixteen, and land bank three for future development.

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