CEFS Economic Opportunity Corp. honors Geiger

C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corp. recently showcased their 53rd year of accomplishments demonstrating the fact that community action helps people and changes lives.
During the 2018 annual meeting, recognition was given to individuals who had overcome obstacles in obtaining or maintaining self-sufficiency.
C.E.F.S. Chief Executive Officer Kevin Bushur said, “This past year our programs and services truly made a real difference in the lives of residents of the community.”
In 2016, Tara Geiger came into the C.E.F.S. Fayette County Outreach Office seeking available local resources for her family.
Once a rental house was found, Geiger was enrolled into the C.E.F.S. Rapid Re-housing Program where she received intensive case management and set goals to accomplish. While in the C.E.F.S. Rapid Rehousing Program, she was referred to the C.E.F.S. Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Program, where she enrolled in and received her certified nursing assistant certification.
Also with assistance through the WIOA Program, Geiger obtained her high school equivalency.
Geiger found full-time employment at an area nursing home, where she is currently employed, and also completed the Rapid Re-housing Program.
She is also working with the WIOA Program to enroll in a registered nursing program.
Together with assistance from C.E.F.S. staff and agency sponsored programs, Geiger changed her path and noted that anything is possible when you set your mind to it.
C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corporation provides outreach and referral services on our field offices in the seven-county service area.
Staff members at the local offices are trained in basic information and referral to assist with problems relative to social services.
The staff is trained and certified housing counselors who provide intensive case management services to individuals and families.
The local C.E.F.S. Outreach Office personnel are usually the first contact made with the agency for assistance.  Some major programs offered directly by the offices are LIHEAP, weatherization, tax assistance, emergency food and shelter, budgeting, adult learning assistance, senior services and housing counseling.
If the Outreach staff cannot assist directly, a referral will be made to other programs and providers.  The Community Services Block Grant Program is funded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Corp. has been providing comprehensive social services for more than 53 years for limited-income persons. It is a comprehensive human service provider offering direct services, referrals and linkages to address the issues facing low-income residents and providing local community  solutions to meet those needs.
For more information about the community action agency or program, contact the local Fayette County Outreach Office at 283-2631 or the C.E.F.S. central office at 217-342-2193, or visit the agency website at www.cefseoc.org or agency Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cefseoc.

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