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WHAT IS WABASH AREA DEVELOPMENT, INC (WADI)?
WADI is a private not-for-profit Community Action Agency and is classified as a 501c3 tax exempt charity organization but that doesn't tell our story... Community Action equips low-income citizens with the tools and potential for becoming self-sufficient. The structure is unique – federal dollars are used locally to offer programming that is specifically need in our local communities. It is a coordinated effort to address the root effects of poverty and to, ultimately, move families and individuals to self-sufficiency. Poverty is viewed as a systemic problem and Community Action is a systems approach to resolving those issues. There are now over 1000 Community Action Agencies throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. We are committed to:
Supporting the working poor
Head Start, Early Head Start, literacy programs, Child Care, GED preparation, job training and on-the-job support, rental subsidies, job search assistance, job placement, job creation, small business development loan program, Dislocated Worker Program, budget counseling, public internet access.
Supporting the poor facing crisis
Homeless and homeless prevention programs, emergency food pantries, energy crisis assistance, emergency clothing
Sustaining and honoring the elderly
Senior nutrition centers, home delivered meals, medical transportation, telephone reassurance, circuit breaker and Medicare prescription information
Strengthening the whole family
Comprehensive Family Development, nutrition education, parenting education, assistance completing food stamp and Medicaid applications, weatherization assistance, energy assistance, rental assistance and home ownership programs
Strengthening the whole community
Economic development and support for new business ventures, increase value of local housing stock through housing rehabilitation and weatherization, support for groups working on neighborhood improvements, support for dialogue and planning among all sectors of the community
News & Events
Talk about silence speaking volumes............not a word is spoken and this is so powerful! This is the new "wear your seat belt" ad the UK is doing - started by some dude not hired to do it, but because the cause is important to him, he came up with this idea, and now it's being hailed across the world as a "beautiful" commercial. ...And the video has gone "viral" ... read more
SUMMER ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM WILL START SOON!
Stand Up and Speak Out! To RSVP, please email or call Kathy Waligora firstname.lastname@example.org 312-491-8161x29 A Community Empowerment Workshop October 25 10am-2pm John A. Logan College 700 Logan College Road Carterville, IL Sponsored by: Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition & The H Group ... read more
We received word today from the state that we are to begin making appointments Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at 8:30am for the Summer Energy Assistance Program for the Southeastern Illinois counties of Edwards, Gallatin, Hamilton, Saline, Wabash, Wayne and White. Appointments will be made for households containing any one of the following: 1. Persons 60 years of age or older 2. Persons who are per ... read more
The new online legal information center provides current civil legal information. The site can be accessed at http://white.illinoislegalaid.org twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The legal help center is the 77th such center to open in Illinois since 2007. A local planning committee developed the site.
We are rehabbing approximately 22 homes in the counties of Gallatin, Wayne and White along with the tornado stricken areas of Ridgway and Harrisburg. This program is the Single Family Owner Occupied Rehabilitation program funded by the Illinois Housing Development Authority. Appointments for these applications will be taken at 110 Latham Street in Enfield. Please call 618-963-2387 and ... read more
Every year Community Action Agencies across Illinois select one family per county who exemplify what Community Action is all about, setting goals, overcoming obstacles and achieving self-sufficiency. Their achievements were honored at the local Family of Distinction Ceremony and Dinner that was held May 17th at the McLeansboro WADI Office. Only by empowering those in need can we truly make a long ... read more
The HOPE program is a new service offered by the Anna Bixby Women's Center in Harrisburg. It's designed to empower people of all walks of life to achieve economic and emotional stability and independence within a supportive and secure environment. If you and/or family are homeless: with an income have a medical or mental disability are a victim of domestic violence or you are a vete ... read more
The Wabash County Health Department is asking for your help. Please take the time to fill out the survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/J9W3Q58
Update: 06/16/2012 WADI's Tornado Disaster Relief funds have been exhausted. Thank you to everyone who donated to help those in need. Tornado Disaster Relief is still available. If you were affected by the February 29, 2012, F4 tornado that hit Ridgway and Harrisburg please call your local WADI office to see what assistance is available to you. Americans from all over the country have sent ... read more
On May 7, 2012, at a Springfield Ceremony, Ken Pettijohn of Carmi, was presented with the Martin Luther King Jr Public Service Award by the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies. Pettijohn is the Executive Director of Wabash Area Development, Inc, known locally as WADI. His not-for-profit agency has offices in Albion, Bridgeport, Carmi, Enfield, Fairfield, Harrisburg, McLeansboro, Mt C ... read more
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program ended May 31, 2012. It will not start again until the Fall. You may call to make an appointment starting the dates below for the specified categories. Monday, September 3, 2012 Elderly or disabled households may start calling in for a regular LIHEAP appointment. We will also begin taking furnace applications for elderly or disabled homeowne ... read more
Most of us keep up on the news; whether it's from the newspaper, radio or online. I recently read an article that was in The Evansville Courier that made me have an epiphany. It was written by local writer, Len Wells. I actually said out loud, "I know exactly what you mean". Maybe you will to when you read it. By clicking on the headline above you will go to the page where you can click on th ... read more
A new website has launched, SaveOurState.Illinois.Gov, designed to be a one-stop shop for information regarding pension and Medicaid reforms. The site contains press releases, fact sheets, and newspaper opinion pieces on these issues. It also has a link for constituents to contact their legislators. More resources will likely be added in the future, such as a list of endorsements, FAQs, and videos ... read more
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Very Important Partners (VIPs)
Zion United Methodist Church in Centerville received the Very Important Partner Award in May due to their partnership with WADI. Pictured is Diana Litton (WADI Nurse), Kelly Winter (representing the church), and Angie Rawlinson, WADI County Manager of the Carmi office.