JTEC Welcomes New Affiliate
Hyannis: Louis Preziosi, President of the Cape Cod Literacy Council (CCLC), has announced that its Board of Directors recently voted to affiliate with the Job Training & Employment Corpora
Mr. Preziosi said the nonprofit agency engaged in discussions with JTEC to affiliate because it is becoming increasingly more difficult to provide their current level of literacy services and expand to meet the increased demand. "The Cape Cod Literacy Council provides an invaluable service to the Cape Cod community and we provide this service free of charge", Preziosi emphasized. "We are a volunteer agency with one staff person, Executive Director, Kathryn Carpenter, who does an outstanding job, and two independent contractors who work with the volunteers and support our IT needs. We have limited financial resources, but we are rich in volunteers and these volunteers change lives every day!"
“We teach the mother who wants to read school notices that are sent home or wants to help her child with homework. We teach the person who is studying to pass the HiSet exam; the foreign national who is learning to read and write English to become a citizen or practice his or her profession on the Cape; the person who is seeking employment or a promotion at work; and retirees yearning to explore the world of books now that they have the time”, Preziosi concluded.
Preziosi stressed that the CCLC depends on a longstanding contract providing some financial support and invaluable in-kind services but also requires fundraising and donations to achieve its goals. With so many deserving nonprofits on the Cape, there is a lot of competition for financial resources. He said JTEC has an incredible reputation for turning things around and has resources about which the CCLC can only dream.
“To stay focused on our mission to assure that every adult on Cape Cod will be literate, the Board decided now is the time to grasp the opportunity to affiliate and become part of the JTEC family.”, he added. He reinforced the fact that JTEC and its affiliates do complement each other. “JTEC operates Career Opportunities, the Cape's One Stop Career Center that helps people find jobs; we teach people to read, and accomplish their educational goals so they can get better jobs and have a better life. Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands, another affiliate, operates an Immigration Resource Center which helps foreign nationals become U.S. citizens; we provide ESOL tutoring. We each do great things; I am confident that together we will achieve many more”.
Lisa Meade, JTEC Chairperson, said "the JTEC Board was delighted to affiliate with the Cape Cod Literacy Council. They have an incredibly important mission in our community and we want to help them to grow their service levels to assist them in meeting the increased demand for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and Adult Basic Education".
Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands Opens Immigration Resource Center on Cape Cod
* We wish to thank photographer Spencer Kennard for the photos appearing in below, and to CapeCod.com for allowing us to use them.
Collin Mickle, Attorney-at-Law, Coordinator for the Center; Kristina Dower, Executive Director of CACCI and David Willard of Cape Cod Five, Chairman of the Board of CACCI.
On Wednesday, September 28th, 2016, David Willard, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Community Action Committee of Cape Cod & Islands, Inc. (CACCI) welcomed supporters and guests at a gathering at the Brazilian Grill in Hyannis to celebrate the opening of its Immigration Resource Center.
"It is with great pride that CACCI is now offering free immigration legal services on a full time basis, along with other important services, to immigrants looking to become citizens of this great country of ours", Willard said.
Willard introduced Collin Mickle, the Coordinator of the Immigration Resource Center, to say a few words. Mickle is a licensed attorney and member of the Massachusetts Bar. Prior to joining CACCI, Collin worked in private practice and for the US Government.
"I am honored to be a part of such an ambitious and worthwhile program”, Mickle added proudly. I wish I could take credit for creating this center, but I can’t. This has been the work of a very dedicated staff at CACCI, an executive director and board of directors who are visionaries, and one exceptional volunteer, Rich Vengroff our BIA accredited representative, who made it happen!"
“Since its inception in January of this year, the Immigration Resource Center has served over 146 immigrants”, Mickle expounded. "For the first 6 months, Rich provided the bulk of the services. We began offering free legal services when I joined CACCI in July of this year", Collin added.
The highlight of the evening was awarding Paul Niedzwiecki, former Vice Chairman of the Board the CACCI Hero Award for this devoted and distinguished service to CACCI during his years as Vice Chairman of the Board; and Recognition Awards to Rich Vengroff for his service initiating the effort to establish the Immigration Resource Center and to Lee Hamilton for her outstanding grant writing which has brought in over $60,000 to CACCI within the past year.
The Center plans to offer services in Falmouth, Orleans and the Islands in the future. For more information on CACCI’s Immigration Resource Center call 508-771-1727, ext. 140.
Some highlights of the evening:
Immigration Resource Center staff, left to right: Maggie Sennott, Case Manager; Caronanne Procaccini, Director of Client Self-Sufficiency & Compliance; Richard Vengroff, BIA Certified Representative, Volunteer; Kristian Dower, Executive Director of CACCI; Marilee Crocker, Case Manager
David Willard, Chairman of the Board of CACCI, presents Paul Niedzwiecki, left, former Vice-Chairman of CACCI’s Board of Directors with CACCI’s first Hero Award for his dedicated service to the goals of CACCI.
Richard Vengroff, a Volunteer at the Immigration Resource Center and its BIA Certified Representtive, shares a few words after receiving a Recognition Award for his role in making the Immigration Resource Center become a reality.
Lee Hamilton says a few words after receiving a Recognition Award for securing over $60,000 in grant money for CACCI’s programs.