Programs include a Senior Center serving 45 seniors four days a week with a hot meal and activities. CAPUP operates a neighborhood center, which provides emergency food, rent/utility assistance and outreach. During the past fiscal year over 10,000 persons received food from these centers and nearly 1,000 families were aided with rent or utilities. These services are provided five days a week primarily at the agency’s offices at 1021 Oliver Hill Way by an experienced staff of para-professionals. The Child Care Food Program provides nearly 700,000 meals annually to children inhome-based childcare as well as training for new and existing providers infood, health and nutrition. CAPUP’s Food Buyers Club provides food units to over 225 families each month. In Powhatan, Goochland and Hanover counties van transportation is provided to elderly and disabled residents for medical and social service needs as well as for Friendship Cafés for seniors in partnership with CAAA (Senior Connections). In Petersburg the agency provides employment services and financial assistance to aid persons with rent and utilities in the Pecan Acres neighborhood in office space provided by the Petersburg Housing Authority. Also in Petersburg CAPUP's Virginia CARES project provides reentry support and services to ex-offenders from Petersburg, Hopewell, Colonial Heights, Prince George County and Dinwiddie County. This is a new service for this part of the Commonwealth. In Hopewell core emergency services are provided, summer youth employment and Project Discovery, the college access program. CAPUP is renovating a building in Hopewell to provide for a coffee house to provide employment in area where high unemployment exists.
At a time when the demand for the agency’s core services isincreasing, CAPUP has faced reduced governmental, corporate, foundation andindividual funding. The agency’s ability to purchase food-stuffs in excess ofUSDA commodities is limited and demand up. Thus the agency is in the process ofconsolidating some of these services to the fullest extent possible includingcommunity centers and senior centers. At the same time the agency has made a commitment to extend services to Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Dinwiddie County and Prince George County ,by becoming their Community Action Agency (CAP) with the utilization of additional governmental funding support. In the future there will be the need to recruitand train 20-30additional volunteers to help in the delivery of services such as food assistance in the next several years. CAPUP needs to improve its fundraising capacity to enable reduced public funds to be replaced when possiblewith private funding sources. The agency would like to restore or expand some services previously publicly funded such as employment assistance and and after-school tutoring in Richmond City middle schools. The agency is seeking financial support to expand Project Discovery services to the growing Hispanic population in South Richmond and Chesterfield County.
Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People (CAPUP), formerly known asRichmond Community Action Program, was started in Richmond as an integral part of the War on Poverty in 1965. CAPUP’s mission is to act as a bridge between poverty areas and surrounding cities, counties, and social service agencies and to develop and institute new and innovative projects to meet the needs of the impoverished. Additionally emphasis is placed on providing community residents with resources to help themselves.
This agency has been very effective in the past in starting a number ofvaluable community services which have been spun off as independent entities such as the following: Central Virginia Food Bank, Head Start, Richmond Community Senior Center, CHIP, Central Virginia Legal Aid, Elder Homes, Rubicon and the Shepherd Center of Chesterfield.
CAPUP is unique from nearly all other non-profits in its authority to operate and board composition. As a community action agency, CAPUP must be authorized by the local government of the locality the agency is to serve, they the Governor of the Commonwealth officially appoints CAPUP as that locality’s community action agency. The board of CAPUP is unique in that its basic composition is defined in both federal and state statues. As a community agency there is a tripartite board with 1/3 of the members who are representatives of local government, 1/3 from business and civic organizations and 1/3 who are representatives of the low-income community. Thus, at least 1/3 of CAPUP’s board is clients who participate in the agency’s programs.
CAPUP for more than 46 years has been a safety net for those in Richmond who need food, utility and rental assistance. During the 2010-11 fiscal year CAPUP assisted more than 17,000 individuals with one or more of these critical services. Thus families had food to eat, were able to been the utilities on and kept them in their home for another month. CAPUP in partnership with Senior Connections operates one of the largest senior centers located within the City limits.
While CAPUP serves as the CAP for the Cities of Richmond, Petersburg and Hopewell, the agency does contract services in 14 other localities in central Virginia. These services range from ex-offender programs, to middle and high school dropout prevention/college access program. CAPUP serves as a USDA Child Care Food reimbursement agency and provides training to those wishing to enter the child care profession or start a home based child care business. Additionally, the agency provides transportation under contract in Powhatan, Goochland and Hanover Counties.
Primary services are provided in the Cities of Richmond, Petersburg and Hopewell. Transportation services are provided in Powhatan, Goochland and Hanover Counties for Senior Connection Friendship Cafes. Project Discovery operates in Cities of Richmond, Petersburg, Hopewell and Colonial Heights aswell as Powhatan and Goochland, Dinwiddie Counties and in limited schools in Henrico and Chesterfield.
Child Care Foods operates in all the central Virginia area.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University and a Master of Public Administration from VCU. He is a Certified Community Action Professional and a peer reviewer for the two highest awards that can be given a community action agency by the National Community Action Partnership. He has twenty three years’experience with CAPUP as finance manager, Director of Finance and Administration and CFO. He is an active member and officer of Capital District of Kiwanis International and two local Kiwanis Clubs. He is active in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church as a lay delegate and in his home church in Richmond. Has served on several Richmond City commissions/boards and currently serves on Mayor Jones' Anti-Poverty Commission and on the transportation sub-committee. He is a member of the disabled/elderly transportation committee of the Richmond Planning Organization. He has served on numerous local non-profit boards, including 7 terms as Chairman of New Generations Federal Credit Union Board. Volunteers as a facilitator for a weekly training for high school students from the Richmond area and Bosnia.
Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People (CAPUP ) sponsors three Project Discovery Programs which are college pipeline programs serving primarily African American youth from low income families. The Richmond and Petersburg Project Discovery Program has had 30 years of operations and a proven record of success with over 1,000 students going on to higher education opportunities. The other program serves Powhatan and Goochland County youth and has been under the CAPUP umbrella for the past four years. In the 2010 schoolyear CAPUP was awarded a pilot expansion contract to serve two addition areas, Dinwiddie County and City of Colonial Heights, both having low college attendance records. Additionally, CAPUP expanded its Petersburg service area to include City of Hopewell and Matoaca in southern Chesterfield and the Richmond contract into two eastern Henrico schools.
Food is distributed from one strategic location in Richmond which distributes food daily through CAPUP's community center utilizing the services of paid and volunteer staff. Qualified persons or families are only helped once each month with USDA commodities, but are eligible to receive non –USDA food weekly as needed. It should be noted that there has been a reduction in the food commodities which we receive monthly from USDA, so that the need food to purchase food on a per pound basis through the Foodbank has become even more critical.
Emergency rent and utility assistance is provided in our three primary locations. We utilize support from MetroShare, EnergyShare, and FEMA and CSBG resources to meet some of theseneeds. These resources have generally remained at the same level. Any support we might receive from the Community Foundation would be used exclusively to pay for food and pay rental agencies for emergency utilities or rental assistance.
CAPUP provides transportation daily to 75 seniors for the CAPUP Senior Center in Richmond for 4 days each week. CAPUP also provides four days a week transportation to about 100 seniors to and from three Friendship Cafes in partnership with Senior Connections in Powhatan, Goochland and Hanover Counties. Senior Connections provides the meals, health information, activities and other services. There is also on call (demand) transportation for seniors in Powhatan and Gaoochland for medical and social service purposes.
CAPUP staff assists licensed home-based child care food providers to participate in a USDA funded Child and Adult Care Feeding Program in which the providers are reimbursed on a formula basis for the breakfast, lunch and snacks served to children from low income and middle income families in the Central Virginia area. In June 2011, there were 998 children enrolled in 95 home based locations. CAPUP staff provides training, nutrition education, and other necessary training to be able to maintain the providers state licensing. In 2009 CAPUP stated a training program totrain those interested in a career in child care profession and additional training and support for those interested in becoming a home based child care provider. Currently the state office refers individuals living in central Virginia to CAPUP when they receive an inquiry about becoming a licensed child care provider. Over 90% of the fundsfor this program are passed through directly to the day care providers of these meals.
A food buyer's club is provided once each month for about 220 members who receive basic bulk foods including meat, bread products,vegetables, fruit and desserts. Food is bought in bulk from local suppliers (SuperValuand a local produce company) and the savings are passed on to the members. The program is designed to work with local churches, civic groups and other community partners to collect the money, turn in the orders and pick up and distribute the food. These groups and organizations are encouraged to require that participants provide volunteer service within their communities as part of the non-monetary cost of participation.
Low income youth in the 6 to 11 year old range will perfect their hand bell and recorder skills and will begin instruction on band instruments and piano in a program lasting four weeks inthe summer. The youth will be primarily from the east end of Richmond due to constraints of transportation. Instruction is also included in voice and drums. Participants are provided breakfast and lunch from the USDA Summer feeding program in cooperation with the Richmond Parks and Recreation feeding program. The parents of the participants attend a least two meetings where their child’s progress and recommendations for participation in school based music programs are discussed and sessions on the other available services of CAPUP. The program ends with a concert by the participants in both voice and instrument selections.
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