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RICHMOND TRANSIT SERVICE ANNOUNCES BUS ROUTE CHANGES EFFECTIVE JANUARY 29TH

(1-25-13) RICHMOND, KY – KY River Foothills will make several adjustments to its Richmond Transit Service (RTS) effective Tuesday, January 29. The changes are intended to improve travel times and match ridership demand.

Notable additions to the route include Kentucky Utilities and the Health Department and the EKU (Wallace Building) stop was moved.

Riders are able to board the bus at any of the stops. Tickets will remain $1 each. Bulk passes are available. For $7, riders can purchase 10 bus passes – making each ride only 70 cents. Tickets can be bought on the bus, at Richmond City Hall, or the Senior Citizens Center located at 1215 W. Main Street.

Foothills’ bus route stops at 28 locations in the Richmond area. Stops include residential, retail and human service stops over the 12-mile/90-minute loop.

RTS is a public deviated-fixed transportation route, which means that riders can request a stop by calling 24 hours in advance and that the requested stop must be within ¾ mile of the existing route. Richmond Green and Save-a-Lot are examples of requested deviated stops. Wheelchair assisted door-to-door service is also be available with a 24-hour notice.

RTS began in April 2007 and averages approximately 1,600 riders per month. Since its inception the route has been a joint partnership between Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc (KRFDC), the City of Richmond and the Kentucky Department of Transportation.

“KFRDC has been pleased to work with the City of Richmond to provide public transportation services,” said KRFDC David Sowder, Transportation Director. “We appreciate the ongoing support of our riders and pledge to continue to provide reliable, affordable transportation services to the citizens of Richmond.”

“Our services are for everyone who needs a ride,” said Sowder. “For 26 years Foothills has been working to increase the availability and use of accessible transportation by our citizens. We will continue to work diligently to ensure our updated Richmond route is successful.”

KRFDC also operates bus routes in Winchester and Berea (also a one bus route).

The new RTS schedule is below. The full bus schedule, including stop times, can be found at www.foothillscap.org. For more info call the KRFDC Transportation Department at 624-3236 or 1-800-819-7083.

Bus Stops Include:
Spangler Drive at Porter Drive
Big Lots
Baptist Health
EKU - Wallace Building
Kentucky Utilities
Big Hill at East Main
Saddlebrook Apartments
Health Department
Wal-Mart (grocery side)
Kroger
White House Clinic
Lake Street at East Main
YMCA
Oakland at Linden
Smith Village (office)
Evansdale at Cottonwood
Cimarron at Powderhorn
1st Street at Main Street
Richmond Green (request only)
Save-a-Lot (request only)
Madison Towers
Richmond Manor
Robinson Terrace
Senior Center
Library
Willis Manor
Mahaffey Drive at Dollar General
Hasting’s
Meijer
National College/DCBS

KRFDC will continue to provide a Richmond to Berea Connector Route. The cost of this route is $2 per trip (roundtrip). To schedule a rider must call 24 hours in advance to ride the next day. After arriving in Berea or Richmond, rider will be able to catch a ride on the City Transits and have access to other points along the city transit bus routes. Pickup/drop off points in Berea includes Berea Health Ministry, Wal-Mart, and City Hall. Pickup/drop off points in Richmond includes the Courthouse on Main Street and Wal-Mart. The Richmond/Berea Connector Route is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and is passed through the Commonwealth of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (Office of Transportation Delivery) and the Madison County Fiscal Court.



ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM TO HELP LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS IN A HEATING CRISIS BEGINS JANUARY 7

(1-3-13) RICHMOND, KY - The deepening of cold winter weather combined with rising utility costs leaves many households unable to fully meet heating bills or purchase sufficient bulk fuel to keep their families safe and warm. Kentucky River Foothills Development Council (KRFDC) will begin the “Crisis” portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) that assists households in a heating crisis on Monday, January 7.

A household shall be considered to be in a home heating crisis situation when the household meets the basic LIHEAP eligibility criteria and (1) the household is within four days of running out of fuel if bulk fuel (coal, fuel oil, propane, kerosene, or wood) is the heat source; (2) the household has received a disconnect notice if natural gas or electric is the heat source; or (3) the household’s home heating costs are included as an undesignated portion of the rent, and the household has received an eviction notice for non-payment from the landlord.

Qualifying participants will receive an energy assistance voucher. Energy services include electric, gas, kerosene, fuel oil, propane, coal, or wood. Eligible participants do not need to have an unpaid energy bill or be out of fuel to receive energy assistance in the subsidy portion of this program. The benefit amount that each household receives will be based on its level of poverty and the type of fuel used for heating. All eligible households will receive a benefit until LIHEAP funds are fully depleted. Benefits will be made payable to the household’s primary or secondary heating fuel vendor.

Applications will be taken Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at these locations:
Madison County: 123 Pine Street, Richmond, 623-6514. The office will be closed from noon – 1 p.m.
Estill County: 209 River Drive, Irvine, 723-4492. The office will be closed from noon – 1 p.m.
Powell County: 176 12th Street, Clay City, 663-2659. The office will be closed from noon – 1 p.m.
In Clark County applications will be taken from 8 a.m. – noon at 32 Meadow Lane, Winchester, 744-3235

Both homeowners and renters who are responsible for their heating bills and have low or fixed incomes are eligible.

LIHEAP has established income guidelines to determine eligibility. For the 2012-2013 program year, the income guidelines are:

Household Size and Gross Monthly Income
1 - $1,211
2 - $1,640
3 - $2,069
4 - $2,498
5 - $2,927
6 - $3,356
7 - $3,785
8 - $4,214

* Add $429 for each additional family member

The basic eligibility criteria includes:
1. completion of an application;
2. is responsible for home energy costs, directly or as an undesignated portion of their rent;
3. have a combined household income, for the calendar month prior to the month of application, not in excess of 130% of the federal poverty level as listed in the Income Eligibility Guidelines;
4. live in Kentucky when the application is made and apply in the county of residence; and
5. not have liquid resources in excess of $2,000, or $3,000 if at least one person in the household is 60 or older: and/or disabled except for households where a member has a catastrophic illness. The amount may be $4,000 when the resources are being accessed for medical and living expenses. In addition to the above eligibility requirements, crisis applicants must be within four days of running out of fuel if wood, coal, propane, fuel oil or kerosene is the heat source or a disconnect/past due notice has been received from the vendor (example: past due notice, termination notice, final notice).

Applicants must bring the following information:
 most recent disconnect notice for electric or natural gas, an eviction notice if heating expenses are included in rent;
 metered utility bill (natural gas, electric, or water) as proof of address;
 Social Security cards, or Permanent Residence card (Green Card) for each member of household;
 proof of all household income from previous month.

Individuals who are unable to apply for themselves may send an authorized individual to apply for them. If this is the case, please contact the KRFDC office in advance. If you are sick or have the flu, please call the Outreach Office first to make other arrangements.

LIHEAP is a statewide initiative sponsored by Community Action Kentucky in partnership with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). The U.S. Department for Health and Human Services appropriates funding to Kentucky through the CHFS, which contracts with Community Action Agencies across the state to receive LIHEAP applications and provide recipient benefits.


FREE HEALTHY MARRIAGE AND RELATIONSHIP CLASSES TO BEGIN SOON IN MADISON COUNTY

(1-3-13) Richmond, KY - Foothills will begin eight new Financial & Relationship Peace: Foundational Skills classes, in January/February in Madison County. These free classes will meet for 6 weeks.

These classes, offered by Foothills’ Healthy Marriage and Relationship Project are for all married couples, engaged couples, and single men and women who want to learn more about money, credit, budgeting, and relationship skills.

Financial & Relationship Peace: Foundational Skills, including all training materials, is provided at no cost to participants. Classes are taught by qualified instructors in a one-on-one setting and/or in a group setting. Classes include videos, workbooks and group discussions.

There are two main components to this class: Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace and PREP’s Within Our Reach Relationship Strategies. Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace will cover savings, relating with money, budgeting, collections, consumer awareness, and dangers of debt. Within Our Reach will cover keys to good communication, commitment, dealing with stress, the importance of fun, and handling money together.

CLASS DETAILS

First United Methodist Church - There are two classes scheduled at the church. One class will meet Wednesdays, January 9 through February 20 from 6:15-7:45 pm and another on Wednesdays, February 27 through April 10 during the same time. First United Methodist Church is located at 401 W. Main St., in Richmond and classes will be held in the Multi-Ministry Building. Before each class a free meal will be served at 5:15 pm. Also, free childcare is available for children 12 months and older.

Madison Hills Christian Church – this class will meet on Sunday’s, January 13 through February 17 from 6-8 pm at the church located at 960 Red House Road in Richmond.

Berea Library - this class will meet Mondays, January 14 through February 25 (not meeting on Martin Luther King Jr. Day) from 6-8 pm at the Library located at 319 Chestnut Street in Berea (Library Theater).

Richmond Library - this class will meet Tuesday’s, January 15 through February 19 from 6-8 pm at the Library located at 507 W. Main Street in Richmond (Small Conference Room).

Eastside Community Church - this class will meet Wednesday’s, January 23 through February 27 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the church located at 2010 Catalpa Loop in Richmond (Room 121).

Madison County Cooperative Extension Service – this class will meet on Tuesday’s, February 12 through March 26 at 230 Duncannon Lane in Richmond. There are two time options for this class: 9-11 am or 6-8 pm.

For more information or to sign up call Robert Lair at 859/624-2046, ext. 350 or email at [email protected]

The Healthy Marriage & Relationship Project is funded by the United States Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance. This unique program is a service of Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. and Gateway Community Services Organization, Inc.


FREE RESPONSIBLE FATHERHOOD CLASSES TO BEGIN JANUARY 3

(12-17-12) STANTON, KY – Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. will begin a new Financial & Relationship Peace: Foundational Skills class, beginning on Thursday, January 3. This free class will meet every Thursday for six weeks January 3 through February 7 from 6-8 p.m. at Stanton Baptist Church, 42 College Ave, in Stanton.

This class, offered by Foothills’ Responsible Fatherhood Program is for all parents and expectant parents (either male or female) who want to learn more about money, budgeting, and relationship skills.

Financial & Relationship Peace: Foundational Skills, including all training materials, is provided at no cost to participants. Classes are taught by qualified instructors in a one-on-one setting and/or in a group setting. Classes include videos, workbooks and group discussions.

There are two main components to this class: Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace and PREP’s Within Our Reach Relationship Strategies.

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace will cover savings, relating with money, budgeting, collections, consumer awareness, and dangers of debt. Within Our Reach will cover keys to good communication, commitment, dealing with stress, the importance of fun, and handling money together.
This 6-week, life-changing program will empower and teach participants how to make the right money decisions and how to achieve financial goals. This program does not encourage a get rich quick scenario. It teaches responsible spending, giving and saving. It is for everyone trying to improve their financial and relationship situations.

For more information or to sign up please call Bill Arrowood at 859/624-2046 ext. 306 or email Bill Arrowood.


 

ENERGY ASSISTANCE BEGINS NOVEMBER 5TH KENTUCKY RIVER FOOTHILLS PROGRAM TO HELP MANAGE ENERGY COSTS

(11-1-12) RICHMOND, KY - Kentucky River Foothills Development Council (KRFDC) will begin the “Subsidy” portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) on November 5. LIHEAP provides financial assistance to income-eligible households with home heating costs through two programs: LIHEAP Subsidy (typically in November and December) and LIHEAP Crisis (typically January until the middle of March, or until all funds are expended).

Applications will be taken Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at these locations:
• Madison County: 123 Pine Street, Richmond, 623-6514. The office will be closed from noon – 1 p.m.
• Estill County: 209 Driver Drive, Irvine, 723-4492. The office will be closed from noon – 1 p.m.
• Powell County: 176 12th Street, Clay City, 663-2659. The office will be closed from noon – 1 p.m.

In Clark County applications will be taken from 8 a.m. – noon at 32 Meadow Lane, Winchester, 744-3235

Both homeowners and renters who are responsible for their heating bills and have low or fixed incomes are eligible.

Qualifying participants will receive an energy assistance voucher. Energy services include electric, gas, kerosene, propane or wood. Eligible participants do not need to have an unpaid energy bill or be out of fuel to receive energy assistance in the subsidy portion of this program. The benefit amount that each household receives will be based on its level of poverty and the type of fuel used for heating. All eligible households will receive a benefit until LIHEAP funds are fully depleted. Benefits will be made payable to the household’s primary or secondary heating fuel vendor.

LIHEAP is a statewide initiative sponsored by Community Action Kentucky in partnership with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). The U.S. Department for Health and Human Services appropriates funding to Kentucky through the CHFS, which contracts with Community Action Agencies across the state to receive LIHEAP applications and provide recipient benefits.

A household is considered to be eligible for energy assistance when the household meets the basic eligibility criteria. This criteria includes:
1. completion of an application;
2. is responsible for home energy costs, directly or as an undesignated portion of their rent;
3. have a combined household income, for the calendar month prior to the month of application, not in excess of 130% of the federal poverty level as listed in the Income Eligibility Guidelines;
4. live in Kentucky when the application is made and apply in the county of residence; and
5. not have liquid resources in excess of $2,000, or $3,000 if at least one person in the household is 60 or older: and/or disabled except for households where a member has a catastrophic illness. The amount may be $4,000 when the resources are being accessed for medical and living expenses. In addition to the above eligibility requirements, crisis applicants must be within four days of running out of fuel if wood, coal, propane, fuel oil or kerosene is the heat source or a disconnect/past due notice has been received from the vendor (example: past due notice, termination notice, final notice).

Applicants must bring the following information:
 most recent heating bill, or verification that heating expenses are included in rent;
 metered utility bill (natural gas, electric, or water) as proof of address;
 Social Security cards, or Permanent Residence card (Green Card) for each member of household;
 proof of all household income from preceding month.

Applications will be taken in alphabetical order based on the first letter of the head of household's last name using the following schedule:
November 5 A
November 6 Staff Day
November 7 B
November 8 B
November 9 C
November 12 C
November 13 D, E
November 14 F
November 15 G
November 16 H
November 19 H
November 20 I, J
November 21 Staff Day
November 22 Closed
November 23 Closed
November 26 K
November 27 L
November 28 M
November 29 M
November 30 N
December 3 O, P
December 4 Q, R
December 5 S
December 6 S
December 7 T
December 10 T
December 11 U, V, W
December 12 X, Y, Z
December 13 Open
December 14 Open

Applications will be taken through December 14, 2012.

LIHEAP has established income guidelines to determine eligibility. For the 2012-2013 program year, the income guidelines are:
Household Size Gross Monthly Income
1 $1,211
2 $1,640
3 $2,069
4 $2,498
5 $2,927
6 $3,356
7 $3,785
8 $4,214

* Add $429 for each additional family member

Individuals who are unable to apply for themselves may send an authorized individual to apply for them. If this is the case, please contact the KRFDC office in advance. If you are sick or have the flu, please call the Outreach Office first to make other arrangements.

When the crisis component begins in January, a household shall be considered to be in a home heating crisis situation when the household meets the basic LIHEAP eligibility criteria and (1) the household is within four days of running out of fuel if bulk fuel (coal, fuel oil, propane, kerosene, or wood) is the heat source; (2) the household has received a past due/disconnect notice if natural gas or electric is the heat source; or (3) the household’s home heating costs are included as an undesignated portion of the rent, and the household has received an eviction notice for non-payment of rent from the landlord.


ANNUAL HOLIDAY TEA PARTY BENEFITING LIBERTY PLACE RECOVERY CENTER FOR WOMEN SCHEDLUED FOR NOV. 10

(11-1-12) RICHMOND, KY - Liberty Place Recovery Center for Women will host its annual Holiday Tea on Saturday, November 10 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the center, located at 218 Lake Street in Richmond. Tickets are $20 per person. Groups can reserve a table together by purchasing a whole table for $160. A table for eight is $160. This unique event will feature a traditional afternoon tea, decorated table auction, silent auction and vintage tea shoppe.

Proceeds will benefit Liberty Place Recovery Center for Women, a program of Kentucky River Foothills. Liberty Place is a long-term substance abuse recovery program for women. This program provides support and hope for women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. This program works to restore opportunities to women by preparing them to lead sober, stable and productive lives. Services provided are free of charge to clients.

“A portion of the proceeds will go into the residents’ events budget, which will allow them to attend special activities and training, such as AA conferences,” said Karen Bailey, Foothills’ public information & projects director. “The rest of the money raised will allow us to purchase program supplies.”

During the tea a Peer Mentor/Program Graduate will speak to the group about her experience at Liberty Place. Peer Mentors work to help other clients in the program. Peer mentors are still in recovery themselves, but are further along in the healing process.

“This is an exciting time of the year,” said Bailey. “During this time people are lending a hand and reaching out to those less fortunate. Our residents don’t get to go home for the holidays. This is a very tough time for them. We want the community to show them that they are supported and that they are being encouraged to get well. We also hope to raise awareness of substance abuse. This event will serve as an excellent way for someone who has wanted to support or visit Liberty Place that hasn’t yet.”

This year’s tea will offer two ways for people who do not attend the tea to participate. They will open their silent auction and vintage tea shoppe to the public. Both the silent auction and vintage tea shoppe will be open from noon-2 p.m. “Some of our silent auction items include a Digital Camera, Apple iPod, gift baskets, and various other items,” said Bailey.

For more information about purchasing tickets, donating a silent auction or vintage tea shop item, or donating money for the center you please call Jeri Allison, Liberty Place Director at 625-0104 or Karen Bailey, Foothills’ Public Information Director at 624-2046, extension 217.


KRFDC YOUTH PROGRAM OFFERS CASH INCENTIVES TO HELP PARTICIPANTS START THEIR CAREERS AND EDUCATIONAL DIRECTION

(9-10-12) RICHMOND, KY – Youth drop out of high school for a variety of reasons. Some are teen parents and have family responsibilities. Some suffer from drug and alcohol addiction, homelessness or abuse. Some are just not interested in what high school has to offer or see it as irrelevant to their lives. No matter the reason, navigating through life without a high school diploma or GED is not easy.

To combat this problem, Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. has a free program to help youth who have dropped out of school obtain their GED and begin the path to a working career. This initiative, the Teamwork, Readiness, Experience & Knowledge Academy (or TREK Academy) provides services to out-of-school youth, ages 16-18, in Clark, Estill, Madison and Powell counties.

The Trek Academy helps participants who want to work on their GED at the Adult Education Office at EKU or in Berea. TREK helps participants with cash, clothing, and supplies. The program also helps by paying the GED exam fee.

TREK Academy students can also earn up to $1,050.00 in cash incentives for achieving personal goals as they progress toward graduation. Plus, during the TREK Games, students can win lap-top computers, scholarships, and other prizes.

“The TREK Academy is designed to help youth obtain their GEDs and to address the issues that arise during the course of GED studies, as well as obtaining employment or continuing their education,” said Tony Crachiolo, TREK Academy coordinator. ”Ultimately through this project young people will gain exposure to opportunities that will optimize their potential for success in the workforce. With local volunteer mentors, other established partnerships and the efforts of experienced program staff; youth receive the highest level of service available.”

TREK staff arrange workshops that help participants succeed in a career or in school—or both.

TREK staff lead hands-on workshops for filling out winning job applications, and preparing a resume. They help participants gain job interview skills, become a confident communicator, and dress for success. TREK partners with local employers to provide job shadowing opportunities, mentors, guest speakers, and paid work experience. “The whole idea is to gain the skills you need to stand out from the crowd and get the job,” said Crachiolo.

TREK staff assist interested students in selecting a Kentucky University/College or training program that is right for them. Staff arrange campus/training center visits, connect participants with the right people to help them get available financial aid and get accepted at the school or training program of their choice.

TREK Academy students prepare work or educational portfolios that includes resumes that reflect credentials obtained in the project. Students also help design and participate in community service projects and leadership activities.

“We want to engage youth who are disengaged, taking them at whatever point they left off with their educations,” said Crachiolo. “This unique program works with the whole family unit. We strive to help students address whatever barriers they face. We also assist youth with referrals to other supportive services including those provided by Foothills.”

To find out more or to apply for the TREK Academy please contact Tony Crachiolo at 859/200-6050 or 606/723-6629 Monday through Friday between the hours of 10 am-6 pm.

The TREK Academy is funded through a grant provided by the U.S. Dept of Labor’s Workforce Investment Act administered by the Bluegrass Workforce Investment Board.


CONSIGNMENT SALE TO BENEFIT FOOTHILLS’ BEREA AND RICHMOND SENIOR CITIZEN CENTERS &LIBERTY PLACE RECOVERY CENTER FOR WOMEN

(8-1-12) Richmond, KY - Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. (KRFDC) will hold its first annual Classy Closet Consignment Sale September 21-22 at the Richmond Mall in the former Deb store. To launch this special event, a Preview Party will be held on Thursday, September 20 from 6-9 pm at the same location. All proceeds will benefit the Berea and Richmond Senior Citizens Centers and Liberty Place Recovery Center for Women.

The Preview Party will feature Spa fun, refreshments and hors d'oeuvres, door prizes, a live auction of clothing and accessories from well-known women, and the chance to be the first to see and buy the upscale clothing and accessories that will be a part of this event. Tickets to the Preview Party are $25 and go on sale on Wednesday, August 15th at 9 a.m. There are only 200 tickets available.

Sponsored by Bechtel Parson Blue Grass, the consignment sale is free and open to the public. The Public Sale will be held Friday, September 21 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, September 22 (1/2 price day) from 8 a.m. – noon.

Consignment registrations will be accepted through Wednesday, September 12. To register as a consignor, please visit KRFDC’s website at www.foothillscap.org or contact Karen Bailey at [email protected] or call 624-2046, extension 217.

"Consignors will keep 70 percent of the sale price and receive a check a few weeks after the sale,” said Karen Bailey, KRFDC Public Information and Projects Director. “It’s a great way to make money and clean out your closets and storage space.” Anyone is welcome to become a consignor and to shop at the sale.

Items that individuals may buy or sell include: upscale women’s clothing (denim, skirts, dresses, pants, shorts, suits, blouses, knits and tees, and sweaters), light and heavy coats, dress hats, gently used shoes, jewelry, scarves, handbags, wallets, and belts.

If an item is not listed, contact Foothills at 624-2046, extension 217 to make sure it is acceptable to sell. “This sale is not a garage sale,” said Bailey. “All items will be inspected upon check-in to be sure that they are clean, without stains and in working order. All items will be organized into a store-format so that it is easy to shop and find the sizes and types of products you are looking for.”

Items that are not accepted include clothing styles more than 10 years old and items with stains, missing buttons, rips, holes or other damages.

"We will offer clean, quality items at reasonable prices," said Bailey. “If you’re looking to find some great deals on gently-used clothing or accessories, this will be the place to shop.”

Cash, local checks, and credit cards (Visa and MasterCard only) will be accepted on the days of the sale.

Ms. Bailey also stressed that a sale of this size could not happen without the support and hard work of many volunteers. If anyone is interested in volunteering, or has any other general questions, they can call Karen Bailey at 624-2046, extension 217 or visit www.foothillscap.org.


FREE HEALTHY MARRIAGE AND RELATIONSHIP CLASSES TO BEGIN APRIL 12

(3-26-12) IRVINE, KY – Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. will begin a new Financial & Relationship Peace: Foundational Skills class, beginning on Thursday, April 12. This free class will meet Thursday for six weeks – April 12 through May 17 from 5-7 p.m. at Estill Springs Elementary in the Library Room.

This class, offered by Foothills’ new Healthy Marriage and Relationship Project is for all married couples, engaged couples, and single men and women who want to learn more about money, budgeting, and relationship skills.
Financial & Relationship Peace: Foundational Skills, including all training materials, is provided at no cost to participants. Classes are taught by qualified instructors in a one-on-one setting and/or in a group setting. Classes include videos, workbooks and group discussions.

There are two main components to this class: Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace and PREP’s Within Our Reach Relationship Strategies.

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace will cover savings, relating with money, budgeting, collections, consumer awareness, and dangers of debt. Within Our Reach will cover keys to good communication, commitment, dealing with stress, the importance of fun, and handling money together.
This 6-week, life-changing program will empower and teach married couples and singles how to make the right money decisions and how to achieve financial goals. This program does not encourage a get rich quick scenario. It teaches responsible spending, giving and saving. It is for everyone trying to improve their financial and relationship situations.

For more information or to sign up please call Robert Lair at 859/624-2046, ext. 350 or email at [email protected] You can also contact Kathy Bradley with Estill County Schools at 606/723-7703 or [email protected] to enroll in this new class. Childcare will be provided.

The Healthy Marriage & Relationship Project is funded by the United States Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance This unique program is a service of Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. and Gateway Community Services Organization, Inc.


GATEWAY COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY AND KENTUCKY RIVER FOOTHILLS ANNOUNCE RECEIPT OF GRANT AWARDS TOTALING $1,599,998

(10-31-11) West Liberty, KY and Richmond, KY - Gateway Community Action Agency (Gateway) and Kentucky River Foothills Development Council (KRFDC) announced today that the two agencies have been awarded grants of $1,599,998 from the United States Department of Health & Human Services Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance to promote healthy marriage and responsible fatherhood by the Claims Resolution Act of 2010.

Gateway and KRFDC, two community action agencies, serve individuals and families in Bath, Clark, Estill, Madison, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan, Powell and Rowan counties. Community Action Agencies (CAAs) are private non-profit or public organizations that were created by the federal government in 1964 to combat poverty in geographically designated areas. Gateway and KRFDC are two of 23 CAAs across the State.

Earlier this year, Gateway and KRFDC applied to the Office of Family Assistance for the two grants. Gateway, with KRFDC as a partner, was chosen as only one of 55 agencies in the nation to receive Pathways to Responsible Fatherhood grant funds; and KRFDC, with Gateway as its partner, received one of 60 Community-Centered Healthy Marriage grants.

The marriage and fatherhood grants were awarded through a competitive process and aim to test promising strategies for supporting healthy relationships and marriages and for helping fathers meet their parenting and financial obligations to their children.

Organizations receiving healthy marriage grants may provide a range of services including marriage education, divorce reduction, and marriage and relationship skills programs that may include parenting skills, financial management, conflict resolution, and job and career advancement. Fatherhood program funding must be used to promote responsible fatherhood through activities that promote or sustain marriage and responsible parenting, and that foster economic stability.

Applicants were encouraged to develop programs that emphasized comprehensive service delivery, including employment and economic stability.

“These grants will allow our two agencies to build upon a long established partnership to promote responsible parenting, encourage healthy relationships and marriage, and help families move toward self-sufficiency and economic stability,” said Dennis Gulley, Gateway Executive Director . “In addition, these grants will allow us to offer jobs that otherwise would not exist in our communities by hiring program staff who will work for the programs for their three year duration. More importantly, these grants will allow our agencies to expand services that we already offer to improve the stability and functioning of families in the projects’ nine county service area.”

“By working together, we were able to propose projects that relied on the abilities, histories, and resources of two organizations, said KRFDC Executive Director, Vicki Jozefowicz. “We believe that the ‘Power of Partnership’ made our applications much stronger than if either of us had applied independently.”

These two programs will begin next month. In Clark, Estill, Madison and Powell counties call Melissa Gross, Project Coordinator, at (859) 624-2046. In Bath, Menifee, Montgomery, Morgan and Rowan counties call Debbie VanNorman, Project Director, at (606) 743-3133. Gateway Community Action Agency can be found at http://www.gcscap.org and KRFDC can be found at www.foothillscap.org.


KRFDC TO OPEN NEW HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER IN CLAY CITY
(9-7-11) Powell County residents will soon have more options for affordable health care. Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. (KRFDC) will open its new Health and Wellness Center in late-September/early October.

Since 2005, KRFDC has been providing a wide array of health care and related services to Powell County and surrounding areas from a 40-foot mobile health clinic that travels between Powell and Estill counties. This program, called Healthcare for the Homeless, or HCH, has outgrown its capacity in Powell County and is currently constructing a permanent building that will be built on the corner of Ninth Street and Eleventh Avenue in Clay City.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the HCH program takes medical care out of the traditional hospital-based setting and brings it to a population in need of health services. This new facility is being built with Construction Improvement Project funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), commonly referred to as the “stimulus plan.” KRFDC received $309,000 to build this new facility and will continue to receive yearly operational funding to provide program services.

“Although the Healthcare for the Homeless program serves both counties, the majority of the program's patients are from Powell County,” said Jodie Brandenburg, Chief Program Officer, who added that “we have just outgrown the mobile clinic that we used to start this program.”
When the new clinic in Powell County opens the mobile clinic will be moved to Estill County where outreach and primary care services will continue to be provided on a part-time basis.

The new, 3,000 square foot, facility will contribute to the improved efficiency and quality of care of the clinic by increasing its number of exam rooms from two to four which will reduce the wait for scheduled appointments.

Among the services that will be provided at the new clinic, as well as in Estill County, are health exams, immunizations, medications, and referrals. The program also offers through on-site services or via referrals, mental health services, limited oral health screening and treatment, outreach, and other support services.
Persons or families must be homeless to receive care through the HCH program. An individual is considered homeless if they are without permanent housing (living on streets, in cars, temporarily staying with friends or other family members, or living in substandard housing). Families may also qualify if they are spending more half of their income toward housing expenses (rent and utilities).

The program utilizes a sliding fee scale and assists patients with payment plans. The clinic also accepts Medicare and Medicaid and most private insurances. The program will see patients without regard to ability to pay. Dental services may be provided to patients in need depending upon funding availability.

The new clinic will be open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with later hours available on Thursdays. The clinic will also be open on Friday from 8 a.m.-noon and will serve eligible patients from Powell and surrounding counties.

KRFDC will continue to offer a walk-in option for medical care without an appointment for new and established clinic patients. The Walk-In Clinic will continue to be open every Tuesday from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Designed to treat the same types of acute health concerns that are seen at the health care clinic during regular business hours, the Walk-In Clinic provides care for urgent medical needs that do not require emergency treatment.

The location in Estill County is a also licensed Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment where a part-time CADC (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor) conducts assessments and substance abuse counseling. The HCH also employs a LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) who is available to provide behavioral health counseling to HCH patients who require these services. Transportation is provided for patients in Powell County who need help making an appointment in Estill County.

A community open house for the new clinic is under development. More details on the open house and the opening date will be announced soon.

For more information call 606-663-9011 or toll free 1-866-774-5615.


SCHEDULE SET FOR NEW MADISON COUNTY TO LEXINGTON COMMUTER ROUTE OFFERED BY KENTUCKY RIVER FOOTHILLS
(8-18-11) Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. (KRFDC) is pleased to announce the schedule for its new Madison County to Lexington Commuter Route. This new route, which will provide commuter service to different employment locations in the Lexington area, will begin on September 15. This preset route will cost riders only $50/month. September services will only cost $25.

The Madison County to Lexington schedule is as follows:
6:30 am Leave Meijer Parking Lot (fuel side)
7:05 am Drop off at Euclid/Rose
7:10 am Drop off at UK Hospital – Employee Entrance
7:15 am Drop off at VA Hospital - Rear Entrance
7:30 am Drop off at Downtown – Main Street/Esplanade

4:40 pm Pick up at Downtown – Main Street/Esplanade
4:55 pm Pick up at VA Hospital - Rear Entrance
5:05 pm Pick up at UK Hospital – Employee Entrance
5:10 pm Pick up at Euclid/Rose

"Prior to setting the route, KRFDC held two community forums for interested riders to receive their input on this new service,” said David Sowder, Transportation Director. “These meetings allowed the agency to identify which Lexington stops were to be included.” If interested riders could not attend a meeting they were asked to fill out a survey of interest. Through these meetings and surveys KRFDC was able to plan a route that best met the majority of the riders needs. After the route begins, KRFDC will be required to provide a 30 day notice of any changes it makes to the route.

This route, a Job Access/Reverse Commute (JARC) Service, is a partnership between KRFDC and the Kentucky Office of Transportation Delivery. KRFDC's participation is contingent upon funding from KY Office of Transportation Delivery.

“The goal of this JARC program is to improve access to transportation services to employment and employment related activities,” said Sowder. “We hope to provide transportation alternatives to those who would otherwise have no options or would like more affordable transportation. This new service has the potential to positively impact the lives and well-being of numerous citizens in Madison County. Riders will be continually encouraged to let KRFDC know how the routes are working and if there are suggestions for improving the routes.”

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE ROUTE
The $50 monthly fee will be due by the fifth working day of each month. If a rider does not make that payment on time, they will need to contact KRFDC staff to confirm that a seat will be available for them. This will require a 48 hour notice (two working days). The $50 monthly fee will be expected the day they return to the bus and only cover the rest of the month. There will not be a refund for unused days. Also, there will not be an extra charge for months with more than 20 working days included. Riders can cease to ride at anytime.

Riders are being asked to complete a registration/ agreement form by September 2. Riders will be asked to update their registration/agreement form each July. Registration/ agreement form can be found on the KRFDC website at www.foothillscap.org. If a rider misses the bus in the mornings, they must contact the dispatch office if they plan to ride back in the evening. If a rider has a large item they need to transport they are asked to notify staff prior to bringing it on board. The deciding factor will be how the item can be secured without affecting other riders. The buses are not currently fit for bicycles.

During inclement weather, mostly winter months, the decision to run the route will follow the decision of the Madison County School System. The decision is made each day by 5:30 am. The information is broadcast on TV and radio stations. When severe weather develops during the middle of the day, all riders will be contacted by dispatch or they can contact dispatch if their employer is going to dismiss early. Every attempt will be made to bring riders back to Richmond as planned.

This route will observe the following holiday schedule for 2011: November 24, November 25, December 23, December 26, December 30, and January 2, 2012. The holiday schedule for 2012 will be released before the end of the calendar year.

The complete schedule and all necessary forms can be found at www.foothillscap.org. For more information contact the KRFDC Transportation Department at 859-624-3236 or email David Sowder at [email protected] or Sandra McFerron at [email protected]

Madison County Commuter Registration Agreement


KENTUCKY RIVER FOOTHILLS TO IMPLEMENT A MADISON COUNTY TO LEXINGTON COMMUTER ROUTE, PUBLIC INPUT NEEDED
(7-21-11) Just as gas prices are on the rise again, Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. (KRFDC) is pleased to announce that it will expand its service to accommodate more riders. On September 15th KRFDC will begin providing a new route to provide commuter service to different employment locations in the Lexington area. This route, a Job Access/Reverse Commute (JARC) Service, is a partnership between KRFDC and the Kentucky Office of Transportation Delivery.

“KRFDC is in the beginning stages of planning this service,” said David Sowder, Transportation Director. “A route is under development to assist employees in getting to their workplace.”

The route, once established, will be preset and operated by KRFDC. The route will begin at Richmond Centre in a prearranged parking area and will cost riders only $50/month. September services will only cost $25.

Interested riders are encouraged to attend one of two Community Forums that KRFDC will host to receive the public’s input on this new JARC Service. These forums will help KRFDC select which Lexington stops will be included. These forums are open to the public and will be held on:

Tuesday, July 26, 6-7 p.m. at the Richmond Library, Community Room, 507 W Main St., Richmond
Monday, August 1, 6-7 p.m. at the Madison County Courthouse, 101 W Main St., Richmond

Interested riders who are unable to attend one of the forums are encouraged to download a survey on the agency’s website at www.foothillscap.org. Directions for submitting the survey back to the agency is included on the website and survey.

The route times and stops will be released on Thursday, August 18th.

“The goal of this JARC program is to improve access to transportation services to employment and employment related activities,” said Sowder. “We hope to provide transportation alternatives to those who would otherwise have no options or would like more affordable transportation. This new service has the potential to positively impact the lives and well-being of numerous citizens in Madison County. Riders will be continually encouraged to let KRFDC know how the routes are working and if there are suggestions for improving the routes.”

Interested riders that intend to utilize this new service will be asked to sign a contract with KRFDC and complete a registration form to be kept on hand. KRFDC's participation is contingent upon funding from KY Office of Transportation Delivery. Currently, KRFDC operates a similar service from Clark County to Lexington.

For more information contact the KRFDC transportation department at 859-624-3236 or email David Sowder at [email protected] or Sandra McFerron at [email protected]

Community Forum Flier

Survey of Needs


RICHMOND TRANSIT SERVICE ANNOUNCES BUS ROUTE CHANGES EFFECTIVE JULY 15TH
(7-7-11) Beginning Friday, July 15, the Richmond Transit Service (RTS) will transition from a two bus route to a one bus route. Also, the hours of service will change from 9 am - 6 p.m. to 8 am - 5 p.m.

The one bus route will consist of stopping at 28 locations in the Richmond area. Stops will include residential, retail and human service stops over the 23-mile/90-minute loop.

The new bus route will include many of the stops of the previous route, as well as some additions. Notable additions to the route include the Department for Community Based Services and three residential areas. These residential areas include Saddle Brook Apartments, Cimmaron area (near Smith Village) and Killarney Drive.

RTS began in April 2007 and averages approximately 1,600 riders per month. Since its inception the route has been a joint partnership between Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc (KRFDC), the City of Richmond and the Kentucky Department of Transportation.

“KFRDC is pleased to continue to work with the City of Richmond to provide public transportation services,” said KRFDC David Sowder, Transportation Director. “With funding assistance from the City, we will continue to operate the Richmond Transit Service but beginning July 15, will only be running one bus. As a result our schedule has changed. We are hoping to return to two buses and an expanded schedule when economic conditions improve. In the meanwhile, we appreciate the ongoing support of our riders and pledge to continue to provide reliable, affordable transportation services to the citizens of Richmond.”

KRFDC will continue to provide a Richmond to Berea Connector Route. The cost of this route is $2 per trip (roundtrip). To schedule a rider must call 24 hours in advance to ride the next day. After arriving in Berea or Richmond, rider will be able to catch a ride on the City Transits and have access to other points along the city transit bus routes. Pickup/drop off points in Berea includes Berea Health Ministry, Wal-Mart, and City Hall. Pickup/drop off points in Richmond includes the Courthouse on Main Street and Wal-Mart. The Richmond/Berea Connector Route is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation and is passed through the Commonwealth of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (Office of Transportation Delivery) and the Madison County Fiscal Court.

Riders are able to board the bus at any of the stops. Tickets will remain $1 each. Bulk passes are available. For $7.00, riders can purchase 10 bus passes – making each ride only 70 cents. Tickets can be bought on the bus, at Richmond City Hall, or the Senior Citizens Center located at 1215 W. Main Street.

RTS is a public deviated-fixed transportation route, which means that riders can request a stop by calling 24 hours in advance and that the requested stop must be within ¾ mile of the existing route. Wheelchair assisted door-to-door service is also be available with a 24-hour notice.

KRFDC also operates bus routes in Winchester and Berea. There will be no changes to the Winchester or Berea route (also a one bus route).

“Our services are for everyone who needs a ride,” said Sowder. “For 24 years KRFDC has been working to increase the availability and use of accessible transportation by our citizens. We will continue to work diligently to ensure our new RTS route is successful.”

The new RTS schedule/flier is below. For more info call the KRFDC Transportation Department at 624-3236 or 1-800-819-7083.

Richmond Transit Service Flier


FOOTHILLS IS ACCEPTING WEATHERIZATION APPLICATIONS
(3/11/11) Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. is offering free weatherization services to eligible applicants in Clark, Estill, Madison, and Powell counties. Weatherization increases the comfort of your home, as well as lowers your home’s heating and cooling costs.

Weatherization services may include insulation of ductwork, attics, walls, and floors; repair or replacement of inefficient appliances (furnaces, refrigerators, light bulbs); sealing of air infiltration, weather-stripping, replacement of leaky doors and windows; and the installation of bath vent fans and smoke alarms.

"Homes that receive free weatherization services often see a reduction in heating and cooling costs,” said Clint Johnson, Weatherization Program Manager. “On average, weatherization reduces energy bills by 32%.”

A wide range of people, from retirees living on fixed incomes, to grocery store clerks, and those working in the retail sector, are eligible for this service.

The application process takes about twenty minutes. Applicants will need to provide proof of income for all occupants of their home for the past year, and proof of ownership of their home (copy of the deed or certificate of title for a mobile home). Also, participants will be asked to answer questions about their home such as what is the main source of heat for the home (natural gas, propane gas, electric, or wood), how many people live in the home, the ages of the people that live in the home and some other general questions.

Kentucky’s Weatherization Assistance Program operated locally by Kentucky River Foothills weatherized 170 homes last fiscal year, and 135 homes since July 1, 2010.

“If you are eligible for weatherization services, an energy auditor from the Kentucky River Foothills weatherization staff will meet with you to do provide a free energy audit of your home,” said Myron Smyth, Foothills Weatherization and Housing Specialist. “The health and safety of your home is a high priority during the weatherization process. Upon completion of the evaluation of your home, a list of work will be determined that is specifically designed based on the needs of your home. Following the weatherization work that is done on your home a final inspection will be done to make certain that the weatherization work was properly done according to the Kentucky Weatherization Specifications.”

Persons may be eligible if their total household income is at or below 200% of the poverty level. Income limits vary depending on household size.

The income guidelines are:

Household Size Eligible Household Income
1 $21,780
2 $29,420
3 $37,060
4 $44,700
5 $52,340
6 $59,980
7 $67,620
8 $75,260

* Add $7,640 for each additional family member

Applicants must not have received weatherization services since October 1, 1994. Priority for weatherization activities is given to households with children, the elderly and persons with disabilities. Funds are also used to weatherize the homes of homeowners and renters with high fuel costs in relation to their household income. Some of these households are identified by a local office for the aging or local department of social service. Funds are targeted to the most cost-effective conservation measures, determined from an on-site energy audit of the building.

“While a properly weatherized house provides a safe and healthy environment for the current residents, it also preserves your housing stock, ensuring future residents will have a healthy home,” said Johnson.

Weatherization is funded through a grant provided by the U.S. Department of Energy and is passed through Kentucky Housing Corporation. Foothills also receives ARRA (stimulus) funding to provide this service.

For more information or to apply please contact the Outreach Office in your county.
In Clark County: Beverly Daugherty, 32 Meadow Lane, Winchester, 859-744-3235
In Estill County: Eloise Mullins, 209 River Drive, Irvine, 606-723-4492
In Madison County: Carolyn Chapman, 123 Pine Street, Richmond, 859-623-6514
In Powell County: Cindy Herald, 70 7th Avenue, Clay City, 606-663-2659


CRISIS PORTION OF LIHEAP BEGINS JAN. 4
(12/20/10) Kentucky River Foothills will begin the crisis component of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) that assists households in a heating crisis on Tuesday, January 4th. The program will run through March 31st or until the funds are expended.

LIHEAP is a statewide initiative sponsored by the Kentucky Association of Community Action Inc. in partnership with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) and is directly funded by the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.

Only those with disconnect or eviction notices or who are within 48 hours of being without heat can receive assistance during the crisis component.

A household shall be considered to be in a home heating crisis situation when the household meets the basic LIHEAP eligibility criteria and: (1) the household is within four (4) days of running out of fuel if bulk fuel (coal, fuel oil, propane, kerosene, or wood) is the heat source; (2) the household has received a past due/disconnect notice if natural gas or electric is the heat source; or (3) the household’s home heating costs are included as an undesignated portion of the rent, and the household has received an eviction notice for non-payment of rent from the landlord.

LIHEAP eligible clients will receive a one-time benefit on their utility bill or they can receive a voucher for their primary heating source, such as wood or kerosene.

The benefit amount that each household receives will be based on its level of poverty and the type of fuel used for heating.

To apply, participants must bring their most recent heating bill or verification from their landlord that the heating expenses are included in their rent, a Social Security card or Permanent Residence card (Green Card) for each member of the household, a picture ID (driver’s license or state identification card), and proof of their household’s income for the preceding month. Both homeowners and renters who are responsible for their heating bills and have a low or fixed income are eligible. For more information:

• In Madison County (RICHMOND): 123 Pine Street, Richmond, 623-6514
• In Madison County (BEREA): 214 Jefferson Street, Berea, 986-8350
• In Clark County: 32 Meadow Lane, Winchester, 744-3235
• In Estill County: 209 Driver Drive, Irvine, 723-4492
• In Powell County: 70 7th Avenue, Suites D&E, Clay City, 663-2659


FREE TAX PREP
(12/20/10) Low income families, elderly and handicapped taxpayers can receive free income tax help during the tax season Foothills’ main office in Richmond, located at 311 Spangler Drive. Residents from Clark, Estill, Madison and Powell counties can benefit from this free service. Certifies tax preparers will prepare basic state and federal income tax returns for taxpayers who cannot afford a professional tax service. The service offers electronic filing, meaning taxpayers who qualify for a state or federal refund can receive it in two weeks or less. In addition to tax preparation, tax preparers will determine if taxpayers are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, a refundable federal tax credit for low- and middle-income working individuals and families.

Taxpayers should bring:
* Proof of ID – self and dependents
* All W-2’s and 1099’s
* Bank account info if direct deposit is requested
* Information for deductions and credits

Foothills tax site will be open January 24th - April 15th.
Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3-7 p.m.
311 Spangler Drive, Suite L, Richmond
An appointment is required and can be scheduled by calling 859/624-2046.


ENERGY ASSISTANCE BEGINS NOVEMBER 1ST
FOOTHILLS OFFERS LIHEAP PROGRAM TO HELP MANAGE ENERGY COSTS
(10/18/10) Kentucky River Foothills is encouraging senior citizens on fixed incomes, individuals dealing with short-term financial difficulties, and low-income persons who may need help paying their winter heating bills to apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). LIHEAP is intended to assist low-income families with managing their energy costs.

Foothills will begin taking LIHEAP applications alphabetically based on the first letter of the head of household’s last name on Monday, November 1st at these locations:
• In Madison County (RICHMOND): 123 Pine Street, Richmond, 623-6514
• In Madison County (BEREA): 214 Jefferson Street, Berea, 986-8350
• In Clark County: 32 Meadow Lane, Winchester, 744-3235
• In Estill County: 209 Driver Drive, Irvine, 723-4492
• In Powell County: 70 7th Avenue, Suites D&E, Clay City, 663-2659

Eligible participants can apply for assistance to help with energy cost. Applications will be taken through December 10, 2010. LIHEAP is a statewide initiative sponsored by Community Action Kentucky in partnership with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). The program provides annual grants to states operating home energy assistance programs that serve needy households that are facing significant price increases for heating oil, natural gas and propane.

A household is considered to be eligible for energy assistance when the household meets the basic eligibility criteria. This criteria includes:
• completes an application,
• is responsible for home energy costs, directly or as an undesignated portion of their rent;
• have a combined household income, for the calendar month prior to the month of application, not in excess of 130% of the federal poverty level as listed in the Income Eligibility Guidelines;
• live in Kentucky when the application is made and apply in the county of residence; and
• not have liquid resources in excess of $2,000 or $3,000 if at least one person in the household is 60 years old or disabled, ($4,000 if resources are being used for living expenses due to catastrophic illness).

To apply, participants must bring:
• their most recent heating bill or verification from their landlord that the heating expenses are included in their rent,
• a Social Security card or Permanent Residence card (Green Card) for each member of the household,
• a picture ID (driver’s license or state identification card), and
• proof of their household’s (all members) income for the preceding month.

Individuals who are unable to apply for themselves may send an authorized individual to apply for them. If this is the case you should contact Foothills. Both homeowners and renters who are responsible for their heating bills and have a low or fixed income are eligible.

Applications will be taken Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The office is closed from noon – 1 p.m. Applications will be taken in alphabetical order based on the first letter of the head of household's last name using the following schedule:

November 1 A
November 2 Staff Day
November 3 B
November 4 B
November 5 Closed
November 8 C
November 9 C
November 10 D, E
November 11 Staff Day
November 12 Closed
November 15 F, G
November 16 H
November 17 H
November 18 I, J
November 19 Closed
November 22 K, L
November 23 M
November 24 Staff Day
November 29 M
November 30 N, O, P
December 1 Q, R
December 2 S
December 3 Closed
December 6 S
December 7 T
December 8 U, V, W
December 9 X, Y, Z
December 10 Open

In Berea, applications will be taken on Fridays: Nov 5, Nov. 12, Nov. 19, Dec. 3, and Dec 10 from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

“If you have a disconnect notice or are unavailable to come in on the day your last name falls on, you can come on another day,” said Karen Bailey, public information and projects director. Qualifying participants will receive an energy assistance voucher. Energy services include electric, gas, kerosene, propane or wood. Eligible participants do not need to have an unpaid energy bill or be out of fuel to receive energy assistance in the subsidy portion of this program.

The benefit amount that each household receives will be based on its level of poverty and the type of fuel used for heating. All eligible households will receive a benefit. Benefits will be made payable to the household’s primary or secondary heating fuel vendor.

LIHEAP has established income guidelines to determine eligibility. For the 2010-2011 program year, the income guidelines are:
Household Size/Gross Monthly Income
1 - $1,174
2 - $1,579
3 - $1,984
4 - $2,389
5 - $2,794
6 - $3,200
7 - $3,605
8 - $4,010
* Add $406 for each additional family member

“If eligible participants cannot apply on their assigned day, they are encouraged to contact the office to make other arrangements,” said Bailey. Interested energy customers can find out more how to apply for LIHEAP/heating assistance by contacting the Outreach Office in their County. IMPORTANT: If you are sick or have the flu, please call the Outreach Office first to make other arrangements.


ANNUAL HOLIDAY TEA PARTY BENEFITING LIBERTY PLACE RECOVERY CENTER FOR WOMEN SCHEDLUED FOR NOV. 13TH.
(9/20/10) Liberty Place Recovery Center for Women will host its third annual Holiday Tea on Saturday, November 13 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the center, located at 218 Lake Street in Richmond. There are 160 tickets available to the public for $20 per person. Groups can reserve a table together by purchasing a whole table. A table for eight is $160. This unique event will feature a traditional afternoon tea, decorated table auction, silent auction and vintage tea shoppe.

Dave Baker will serve as this year’s event Emcee/Auctioneer. Since 1982, Dave Baker has been a sports anchor, reporter and account executive at WKYT-TV, the CBS television affiliate in Lexington.

Proceeds will benefit Liberty Place Recovery Center for Women, a program of Kentucky River Foothills. Liberty Place is a long-term substance abuse recovery program for women. This program provides support and hope for women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. This 100-bed residential substance abuse recovery center is centrally located on Lake Street in Richmond. This program works to restore opportunities to thousands of women by preparing them to lead sober, stable and productive lives. Services provided are free of charge to clients. Liberty Place meets the needs of women in KY's 6th Congressional District.

“A portion of the proceeds will go into the residents’ events budget, which will allow them to attend special activities and training, such as AA conferences,” said Karen Bailey, Foothills’ public information & projects director. “The rest of the money raised will allow us to purchase program supplies. Liberty Place is a grant funded program. Because we are grant funded there are some program supplies that we need that don’t fall into the budget. Some of these supplies include stationary, scrap booking materials, Christmas stockings for the ladies, etc. All of these additional supplies are critical to the health and well-being of the program.”

During the tea a Peer Mentor/Program Graduate will speak to the group about her experience at Liberty Place. Peer Mentors work to help other clients in the program. Peer mentors are still in recovery themselves, but are further along in the healing process.

The residents who are in Phase I of the program will serve as hostesses and servers this year. They will also be preparing some of the delicious food. “The residents are very excited to be a part of the community event that will be taking place at the center – their house,” said Bailey. “Liberty Place is home to them and they are pleased to have the opportunity to welcome guests into this warm, caring environment that offers each client hope and healing.”

“This is an exciting time of the year,” said Bailey. “During this time people are lending a hand and reaching out to those less fortunate. Our residents don’t get to go home for the holidays. This is a very tough time for them. We want the community to show them that they are supported and that they are being encouraged to get well. We also hope to raise awareness of substance abuse. This event will serve as an excellent way for someone who has wanted to support or visit Liberty Place that hasn’t yet.”

This year’s tea will offer two ways for people who do not attend the tea to participate. They will open their silent auction and vintage tea shoppe to the public. Both the silent auction and vintage tea shoppe will be open from noon-2 p.m.

“Some of our silent auction items include a Digital Camera, Apple iPod, John Calipari signed signature item, gift baskets, and various other items,” said Jeri Allison, Center Director.

“This year we will incorporate a vintage tea shoppe into the event,” said Allison. “We are especially excited about this. Items such as antique and vintage collectibles including tea cups, saucers, teapots, ornaments, hand embroidered doilies, and various knick knacks will be for sale.”

The center is in need of additional silent auction and vintage tea shoppe items. Anyone wishing to donate an item(s) can call Jeri at 625-0104 or deliver them to the center at 218 Lake Street. All sponsors will be listed in the event program.

The center is also seeking individuals, businesses, clubs, and churches to decorate a table for their decorated table auction. Each Table Host will set a table and determine the table’s theme. Tables can be decorated for any season or holiday. Some of last year’s table themes included The Sweet Shoppe, Horsing Around, Paula Dean, UK Basketball, Fall Gathering, and It’s Game Time.

These decorated tables including dishes, centerpieces, linens, etc. will be auctioned during the tea. Table Hosts provide all of the decorations for one table. White table cloths will be placed on each table and are not part of the auction. However, the table host may provide a table cloth to be auctioned as part of the table decorations.

There are only a few available tables. All tables are round tables (60”). Each table for the table auctions seat eight each. Table requirements include: a table cloth or a table runner, or placemats or chargers. Place settings for each seat may include dinner plates, glassware, linens, etc. Lit candles are not permitted (unlit candles are permitted). Tables can include optional items such as: favors, additional table linens, larger plates/chargers, teapots, silk flowers, ornaments, and greenery. Creativity is highly encouraged! Tables may be set up beginning at noon on November 13 and must be ready by 1:00 p.m. All Table Hosts will be listed in the event program.

Tickets will not give to Table Hosts. Table Hosts can purchase some or all of the seats at their table or can choose to sit at another table. For people who do not have the time to decorate a table themselves, they can donate money to the program and they will decorate it for you.

For more information about purchasing tickets, donating a silent auction or vintage tea shop item, or donating money for the center to decorate a table for you please call Jeri Allsion, Center Director at 625-0104 or Karen Bailey, Foothills’ Public Information Director at 624-2046, extension 217.


FOOTHILLS NEW TREK PROGRAM HELPS HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUTS RE-START THEIR CAREERS AND EDUCATIONAL DIRECTIONS
(8/23/10) Youth drop out of high school for a variety of reasons: Some are teen parents and have jobs and family responsibilities. Some suffer from drug and alcohol addiction, homelessness or abuse. Some are just not interested in what high school has to offer or see it as irrelevant to their lives. No matter the reason, navigating through life without a high school diploma or GED is not easy.

To combat this problem, Kentucky River Foothills Development Council, Inc. has been awarded a grant to help youth who have dropped out of school obtain their GED. This new initiative, The Teamwork, Readiness, Experience & Knowledge Project (TREK) will provide services to 30 out-of-school youth, ages 16-18, in Clark, Estill and Powell counties.

”This program is designed to help youth obtain their GEDs and to the issues that arise during the course of GED studies, as well as obtaining employment or continuing their education,” said Sharon Niece, TREK program consultant. Program recruitment will focus on: (1) high school dropouts, ages 16-18 years old, (2) pregnant or parenting youth, (3) youth seeking employment, and (4) youth requiring additional help to complete their education or to obtain or retain employment.

TREK staff will work to help youth and their families with any problems that present themselves during the program year, as well as during the follow up year. TREK will be able to help participants with transportation, clothing, supplies, and with the scheduling of required testing.

”We want to engage youth who are disengaged, taking them at whatever point they left off with their educations,” said Niece. “This unique program will work with the whole family unit. We will strive to help program participants address whatever barriers they face. We will assist youth with transportation needs and referrals to other supportive services including those provided by Foothills.”

Visits will be made to colleges and businesses to increase awareness of educational opportunities. Program participants will prepare work or educational portfolios that will include resumes that reflect credentials obtained in the project. Participants will design and participate in community service projects and leadership activities. Additionally, participants will be provided the opportunity and encouragement to showcase their talents at the regional WIA competition near the end of the project year.

With GED completion and receipt of other credentials; fulfillment of educational functioning levels goals; and employment, participants can receive up to $500 in cash incentives.

TREK will partner with local college admissions, financial aid, and other resources to secure assistance for each youth entering post secondary education. TREK will also partner with local employers to provide job shadowing opportunities, mentors, guest speakers, and work experience.

”Ultimately through this project young people in Clark, Estill and Powell counties will gain exposure to opportunities that optimize their potential for success in the workforce,” said Niece. “With local volunteer mentors, other established partnerships and the efforts of experienced program staff; youth will receive the highest level of service available.”

To find out more or to apply for the TREK program please contact the Foothills Outreach Office located at these locations:
* in Clark County contact Beverly Daugherty: 32 Meadow Lane, Winchester, 859/744-3235
* in Estill County contact Eloise Mullins: 209 Driver Drive, Irvine, 606/723-4492
* in Powell County contact Cindy Herald: 70 7th Avenue, Suites D & E, Clay City, 606/663-2659

TREK is funded through a grant provided by the U.S. Dept of Labor’s Workforce Investment Act administered by the Bluegrass Area Development District.


FOOTHILLS MOBILE CLINIC TO OPEN NEW WALK-IN-CLINIC ON AUGUST 17
(8/2/10) Foothills’ new Walk-In Clinic will soon provide a convenient option for medical care without an appointment. This new service will be available for new and established mobile healthcare clinic patients, a program Foothills currently provides.

The Walk-In Clinic, located at 176 12th Street in Clay City, will be open every Tuesday, beginning August 17, from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Care will be provided by a licensed nurse practitioner.

Designed to treat the same types of acute health concerns that are seen at the mobile health care clinic during regular business hours, the Walk-In Clinic will provide care for urgent medical needs that do not require emergency treatment. Acute health concerns include strep-throat, the flu, stomach viruses, ear infections, etc.

The Walk-In-Clinic cannot accommodate care for traumatic injuries. “Those with emergency needs, including lacerations and broken bones, should go to an emergency room,” said April Stone, Director of Community and Health Programs.

”This is great news for area residents,” said Stone. “We expect to see patients with urgent, same-day care needs such as infections or viruses.” The clinic has the availability to see 30 patients a day; 15 patients before noon and 15 patients after lunch. The Walk-In-Clinic can serve eligible patients from Powell and surrounding counties.
New patients are encouraged to call in advance to make sure they qualify for the program. New patients are also required to bring proof of income to the visit.

Persons or families must be homeless to be eligible for services. An individual is considered homeless if they are without permanent housing. They may live on the streets, ‘doubled up’ with friends and/or extended family members, stay in a shelter, mission, single room occupancy facilities, abandoned building or vehicle, or in any other unstable or non-permanent situation. People who pay a disproportionate amount of their income toward housing expenses may also qualify for the program.

”Once a patient signs in, they will be required to wait at the clinic to be seen,” said Stone. “Patients who sign in are not permitted to leave and then call us to see what time they will be seen.”

“Most of the patients who come to the clinic will be without insurance,” said Stone. The program is income based and operates on a sliding fee scale. The clinic also accepts Medicare and Medicaid and most private insurances. "

Eligible patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis and only one medical problem will be addressed.
People suffering from multiple chronic health conditions, such as COPD, diabetes, and heart disease can also been seen. However, the walk-in clinic will address only one of those medical concerns. For multiple health concerns, patients will be asked to schedule a follow up visit. The clinic, which has been open since October 2005, offers a wide array of health care and related services at various locations in Estill and Powell counties. Regular clinic services include health care services (exams, medications, referrals, etc.), mental and dental health services, and outreach and supportive services. Last year the mobile clinic served 1,800 people.

Foothills mobile healthcare clinic, including the new Walk-In Clinic, is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Health Resources and Services Administration.

For further information about Foothills’ Walk-In Clinic, call 663-9011 or toll free at 1-866-774-5615.