Minutes — Advisory Board

Weekly Advisory Board Meeting Minutes

Adult Life Training, Inc. LogoThe Adult Life Training, Inc. Advisory Board meets weekly on Wednesday at 3:00PM in ALC Room 136. Minutes for each week are appended below, with most recent on top.


2014–07-16 (NOTES)
I realize some of you visit this page to keep up with what we are doing. During this summer our Advisory Board meetings became informal because the Karen children wanted to be picked up an hour earlier for more activities, which meant Jennifer was driving the van instead of participating in our meeting, and Horizon school let out, which meant Dawn and Alondra were not able to get here early for the meeting either. Mary and I were here. Also Jennifer and Dawn both scored J.O.B.S. (YEA!) which is good, but it also affected the time at which they could be available. Jillian has been driving both to and from our location which is a serious help and lets Jennifer work a little longer before she leaves to get here. I especially am grateful for being FREE to go home at night instead of driving children home and getting done at 11:00 PM. God Bless Jillian!

So what we have been up to: well, Abundant Life has one activity for them for about 1/2 hour, then one of our volunteers does a crafting or game activity. Then there is a snack from the ladies at Abundant Life, and after the snack usually some free play in the gym — soccer has been the big thing recently. We have crafted crayon art (Alondra), fruit pizza (Mary), a trip to the ALC clothing bank for the girls (Dawn), some off the wall games (John 3rd), and I don’t remember what all else. But we have been busy. And if you are out this way when we meet, please feel free to stop in and say “Hai!”.

It has been a wild, rapidly moving experience and we are happy, happy, happy it is going so well.


2014–05-14

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, Dawn Brock, Mary Grepke, Alondra Alvarado.

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Folinger Theatre free family movies..looking at different activities we can have over the summer.  Mary asks, “do we have a book with games and rules so we can use it to teach the rules of the games before or while we play the games”.  Mary will look further into this.  Alondra says, “This coca cola is goood”.  Four people corrected Alondra’s grammar.

What we have so far for field trips are: Roller Dome, Put-Put,And science central.  Roller Dome  3$ a person. Put-Put is $3.50 each game.  Science Central is 8$ a person.We think the Roller Dome is a really good event for the kids to do, we think Science Central would be a good one to, if we can find out if the radio station is doing their annual 1$ event.

Jennifer Delany is serving our food tonight 🙂

Dawn moved to adjourn Mary 2nd it

motion carriesSKADOOSH!!!

Alondra typed the minutes 😛

2014–05-07

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, Dawn Brock, Mary Grepke

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Dawn looked into a few prices for some of the summer activities we are considering for our summer session. Roller Dome is 3 dollars. Science Central runs 8 dollars a person. Put-Put runs 3.50 a person, a game.

 

Jennifer motioned to adjourn Mary 2nd motion passed.

2014–04-30

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, Alondra Alvarado, Dawn Brock, Mary Grepke

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Looking at fieldtrips and crafting activities for the eleven weeks the kids are not in school. The fieldtrips that look like they might work are as follows: Roller Dome,(5.00$+), putt putt(, science central, ultra zone, laser x, Shoaff park splash pad, I Dawn will research prices for each of these activities.

For the nine times that we are doing an activity here in the building will be as follows: games such as apples to apples, spoons, some of the games that john the third has, crafting, rock candy, art contest, cooking, making hot pads, fruit pizza, cookies in a cup,popcorn balls, clay sculpting, memory pillows.

Alondra motioned to adjourn Mary 2nd motion passed.

 

2014–04-23

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, Mary Grepke

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The activity tonight is homework and the pizza is on its way here. Jennifer also brought in her kittens for the children to play with after dinner. She has a black and white male and a brown striped female that need homes.

Our advisory board meeting will be held at 4 and then Jennifer will leave about quarter till and return in about 45 min with the children. The snack is around 6:30 and after dinner is our activity. We go into the sanctuary for service at 7:30 We will maintain this schedule until school lets out.

Next week we will try and plan out our summer activity schedule from the list of activities we complied. We would also like to take the children back to Science Central this summer if they have another $.95 night.

Jennifer motioned to adjourn, Mary 2nd motion passed.

2014–03-26

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, Alondra Alvarado

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By the time we depart tonight we will select the five best options from the list of activities and get an input from the children.

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We have started posting our recycling capabilities on face book. We are hoping to start generating likes and that people with junk cell phones they are wanting to recycle will bring them in.

We will be ordering pizza this evening for the youth. The activity tonight we will have free play in the gym and the computers will be available for those who are finished their home work.

Alondra motioned to adjourn, Jennifer 2nd. Motion passed.

2014–03-19

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, Dawn Brock, Alondra Alvarado

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Next week the meeting will be at 4 because we now pick up the children an hour later. They were very excited that they were still being picked up for computer class. They were afraid that since they not got home an hour later that Jennifer would not pick them up.

We are going to try and identify the top activities for next week.  Before next week john will get a list of the activities we proposed last week. We will go over it next week because we are short on time.

It is time for our Fund drive again. Last year we did a recycling fund-raiser. This year we are going to reach out to local businesses and let them know we would love to help them recycle any unwanted electronics. This point in time it is important because Microsoft is discontinuing the support of windows XP starting in April. As such many local business will need to purchase new computers and dispose of their old hardware. If we get the information out soon enough business will be able to recycle legally without having to pay anything and we will make 3 dollars per computer.

We need to find someone who understands scheduled procedures in Microsoft windows server so we can shut down our computers automatically at closing time.

Jennifer motion to adjourn, John 2nd motion passed.

2014–03-05

4:45 Present: Mary Grepke, Alondra Alvarado, John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, Dawn Brock

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Short meeting: school schedule change prompted our schedule change, and we miscalculated. Meeting will start at 4pm next week.

Introductions.

Mary — retired teacher in special ed at local High Schools. she heads the homework tutoring that we do.

Dawn — teachers aid specialty in Burmese populations. she is volunteering at ALTi during the day.

Alondra — Dawn’s daughter. She is interested in music and basketball but is good in all sports. She is interested in tutoring younger kids. She also has some experience in art and especially with colors and animals.

Ideas on guided activities we can use:

Movies, Tennis (or shuffle board), putt putt, sky zone (trampolines), Science Central, Roller Dome, Crazy Pins, Karoke (with age appropriate songs), Children’s Bingo, Spoons, art contest, cooking contest, making rock candy,

For crafting: hot pads, lanyards, book-iPad covers, fruit pizza, cookies in a cup, popcorn balls, origami or paper Mâché, clay sculptures (since God molded us out of clay), duct tape wallets, etc., fashion contests (get stuff from clothing bank and dress & accessorize kids), memory pillows (with pictures sewed onto the pillows), tie dye shirts

Welcome Dawn. She is volunteering at ALTi and has much love and experience with Burmese children, especially in regards to helping them with school.

Activity tonight will be homework and the game Coup. John Nash 3rd will lead the card game and Mary will lead the homework.

We will meet again during the Karen event tonight.

Jennifer motion to adjourn, Dawn 2nd; Motion passed.

 

2014–02-26

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins

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The meeting with the fort Wayne food bank approved us to buy food in quantities an pass is out to our participants but we cannot write vouchers to hand out to those in need. Every Saturday in the community Harvest food bank parking lot anyone can pick up food all they need to bring is a  box.

The activity tonight will be homework. The children will be having fried chicken and green beans this evening. Schools have added on hour to the academic day because of all the lost days due to weather. Starting March 3rd school will be 1 hour longer so we will pick up 1 hour later. For calendar see http://fwcs.k12.in.us/files/calendars/600-07.pdf  For the next month while the hours are extended we will most likely only have time form homework assistance eliminating time in the gym and time for other activities until the days are made up.

John motion to adjourn, Jennifer 2nd; Motion passed.

2014–02-19

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins

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This Friday the 21st we will have a visit from the Community harvest food bank at 2pm .

The inner office is being cleaned out. The large desk was removed and a temporary desk will be used while we redecorate. We are hoping to get it to look nice the way MyPHD company decorated our outer office a couple years ago.

We would like to set a goal for our meeting next week. To check out some K-12 ideas websites and obtain a list of activities we could do with the Karen youth to do this summer and during holidays when we don’t have homework to do.

Are Windows computers are now all on a network managed by a windows domain controller. Anyone can now log on to any computer and locate needed information and documents. We would like to thank Microsoft for the donation of windows server 2012R2 license.

The activity tonight will be homework followed by basketball and computer games. We will be snacking on BBQ sandwiches and potato chips thanks to Hillary Osborn.

Bill Harman presented to our SCSEP group last week. It was an excellent program on the affordable health care act and how to enroll for insurance.  Bill is a licensed insurance broker for Hartman insurance services HTTP://www.facebook.com/hartmaninsuranceservices and can be reached by telephone at  260-497-8200

We are currently looking to get a couple more advisory board members.

John motioned to dismiss Jennifer 2nd motion passed.

 

2014–02-12

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins

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Terri is making jambalaya for the Karen this evening. Not sure where she is getting the alligator but you gotta have alligator in it if it’s jambalaya.   Mary will be here to assist with homework tonight as well.  Once homework is completed the children will have free play in the gym.

We have been accepted into the Community Harvest food bank program.  Someone from the food bank will be here on the 21st to go over the rules and regulations of the program with us.

On Friday of this week (also know as Valentines day) Bill Hartman of Hartman insurance will be here at 9:30 am to go over the affordable heath care act  insurance packages with our SCSEP participants.

The church has asked us to be especially careful about not leaving any trash out. This time of year it is more likely to attract mice and other vermin.

Donna  Masterson of Catholic charities was here today. We had a good visit as she interviewed each of her scsep participants and checked on their progress towards unsubsidized employment. she expressed appreciation for the uncommon strength and depth and its value in its community.

John motioned to dismiss. Jennifer 2nd. Motion passed.

 

 

2014–01-29

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins

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We were closed for three days due to snow so our senior aids are trying to play catch up.

Paula will be doing food again this week. We will start with homework as always. We will be unable to use the gym this evening as half of it is taken up with the Messiah set and the other half will be used for a political rally.
Our windows server died this afternoon. There was a hard disk fail.
We do have a few 2014 calendars available should anyone want to stop by and pick one up.
Jennifer motioned to dismiss John 2nd motion passed2014–01-22Present: John Nash, Jennifer PerkinsOld BusinessNone
New BusinessWe will be paying artims this evening for the Karen activity after they have completed their homework. Paula will be in charge of the snack this evening.Our new SCSEP (senior aids) are settling in nicely. Everyone is getting along and starting to adapt.The financial for 2013 are now posted on the website listed under about tab.Jennifer motioned to dismiss John 2nd motion passed2014–01-15Present: John Nash, Jennifer PerkinsOld BusinessNone
New BusinessSynopsis of last year: We were about 90 dollars ahead of where we were financially. Helped several hundred in tutoring. The computers got refurbished two of them died and we are up an running now. We will add windows server 2012 as soon as possible to manage user rights and policies. The year started off with a bang with 6 SCSEP (senior aid) volunteers working on their job skills and helping with cleaning abundant life. So we are off to a raging start.The Karen children will probably have a ton of homework because the just missed a week of school due to the polar vortex.  So tonight we will focus on homework tutoring. Abundant life is providing chicken for the snack.John motioned to adjourn Jennifer 2nd motion passed.2013–12-18Present: John Nash, Jennifer PerkinsOld BusinessNone
New BusinessWe are closed this week and the next two weeks. Doing cleaning and computer maintenance that needs to happen every year. We will re-open on January 6th.This coming year our treasurer Phillip Lock has promised to add some formality to our accounting process. Even though the amount of money we currently handle is small it would be good to have a formal process and occasional audits. We already post our financial on our website about once or twice a month.  Income in 2013 was around 2,000.The activity tonight will be homework and then most likely free play or perhaps making ornaments if the time permits.

John motion to adjourn Jennifer 2nd motion Passed.

2013–12-04

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins

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Crafting tonight is re-purposing scraps to make Christmas ornaments. We are also decorating the room for Christmas. We have hung some garland and wrapped the doors.

The next two weeks we are open 9-4 and we will be closed on the 15th until the next year.

We confirmed today that we have a new SCSEP (senior aids) group coming in on January 6th.

John motion to adjourn Jennifer 2nd motion passed.

2013–11-13

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins

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Through our participation in Techsoup we now receive up to 85% discount on core office supplies from Office Depot.

There will be no Karen Wednesday night fellowship the week of Thanksgiving.  Abundant Life Church has their midweek service on Tuesday instead of Wednesday the last week of November due to the Thanksgiving holiday.  During that week Adult Life Training we will be closed to let our volunteers and staff have time with their families.

As we have always done Adult Life Training will be closed the last two weeks of December and the first week of January to allow our staff and volunteers to be with their families and allow time for our annual maintenance. The dates are as follows: We will be closed Sunday December 15th through Saturday January 4th.

The Activity students will self select which game they want to play tonight. The can select from either a board game or a computer game. That will take place after homework is done.

Jennifer motioned to adjourn. John 2nd. Motion passed.

2013–11-05

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, John Nash III

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John III starts his new job tomorrow. We would like to congratulate him on his new position and thank him for his support here. He will continue volunteering when he can, mostly evenings.

The senior aids group scheduled to start the first week of November is not here yet. We are still waiting to hear back from Catholic Charities South Bend Fort Wayne.  Adult Life Training has referred two people so far to the SCSEP senior aid program.

Harold worked at Love In Deed on Tuesday and will continue to do so each Tuesday.

The Checking account has $29.46 available and the savings account has $105.00.

Each of the last two weeks during the gym activity a ball was kicked and a gym light was broken at a cost of 40 dollars per bulb. At the start of this week the Abundant Life Church, which donates our office space, electric, phone, Internet, and more to us, installed all new lighting in the gym. Each fixture holds 4 fluorescent bulbs which cost 150 dollars. As such the church has asked that we no longer allow the use of any balls in the gym. The building manager was less than edified by John’s suggestion that for the craft tonight we teach the children how to make potato cannons. John has a strange sense of humor. We assured the manager that no potato canons would be made and no balls used.

Tonight for the activity we will have another board game group activity.

Jenifer motion to adjourn. John III 2nd motion passed.

2013–10-30

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, John Nash III

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Artimis has been a success but we need to upgrade our hardware so we will not be able to play this week. The game is challenging their skills they will grow in assertiveness teamwork and leadership as they play more. They all seem to enjoy it. The activity tonight will be group card games after their homework is finished.

John III has accepted and employment offer that will impact his participation on Wednesday nights. We will find out more later.

The is a board meeting tonight at 6:30 PM. We started our advisory board meeting late because John was still working on the agenda tonight.

No further information on the new group of senior aids yet. They should start the first week of November.

Jennifer moved to adjourn, John III  2nd motion passed.

2013–10-23

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, John Nash III

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We received a check for 210 dollars from ace recycling. Which is up 12 dollars from our records. The youth leader at abundant life church was taken a  check for 105 dollars. It was suggested that we keep the check for our own needs because they are many. We in return advised they upgrade the internet for the youth cafe. Dallas said he would think about it. We felt it only fair that since they youth helped raise the money the should have a say in how it is spent.

Artimis was a huge success with the children last week. We are reviewing the layout in the room and discovering which computers are not capable of running the program to improve the activity for next time.

The Abundant Life Church expressed concerns that member of the public who was using the computer lab was refusing to leave when the staff would come by to lock the doors. The computers have been fitted with software that shuts them down at closing.

John III moved to adjourn, Jennifer  2nd motion passed.

2013–10-16

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, John Nash III, Mary Grepke

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Ace Recycling statistics: We have received 23 dollars with approximately 75 dollars still coming.

The paper gator recycling program has not replied back as to our questions about their program.

New Business

During the school year homework is our number one priority with the Karen. We make sure that everyone has the one on one attention they need. Science is probably the most difficult subject because of the scientific terms. Sister Mary Grepke is leading these efforts.

The recreational drug Krokodil is made with codeine and various other chemicals (paint thinner, gasoline) it originated in Russia and now has reached the United states with cases in Arizona and Illinois.

We had a SCSEP senior aids meeting this morning at catholic charities. Catholic charities will be closed to the end of next week and by November we should have our next batch of 5 or 6 volunteers. The focus in this program is changing to employment and we will be permitted to do more than 50 percent time doing job skill training.  It is possible we will have more than one batch with different groups learning different things.

The activity will be either the board game we ran last week teaching strategy  or the multiple computer networking game Artimis which allows people on several different computers as the bridge ship on the starship Enterprise.

Sister Sara Simmons is leading the ladies group in preparing the snack for our Karen youth and volunteers tonight.

Mary motion to adjourn, John III 2nd motion carried.

2013–10-09

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, John Nash III

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John brought in an artisan strategy game for the Karen activity tonight. It teaches strategy and critical thinking as well as group cooperation and competition,

We were asked how many SCSEP volunteers we would like. We requested 5 to 6 because that makes the best class size for teaching job skills. We do not yet know when they will start.

We have three formal computer classes running right now. Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 and Thursday from 2-4. John III is teaching two and John Sr. is teaching the Monday night class.

We are looking at adding paper recycling as another income source. We will post the amounts we expect to get from Ace soon but we have not received a check yet.

Jennifer motion to adjourn, John III 2nd motion carried.

2013–10-02

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, John Nash III

Old Business

The Recycling event on 9-28 did better than any previous recycling event we have held. We collected 18 pc’s, 15 computer displays including one 8 foot tv. 7 notebooks and 29 cell phones in addition to other electronics for which we will not be paid. Typically our bi weekly recycling pick up produce about 20 dollars in revenue and this recycling event should produce about 100 dollars. We have not received a check from ace recycling yet.

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New Business

For tonights even we will start with home work then move onto free play in the gym.

We received communication from Catholic Charities asking if we could handle more SCSEP (senior aids)  volunteers. We told them absolutely.  The government shut down does not affect the pay of our volunteers.

John moved to adjourn. John III 2nd motion carried. Meeting adjourned.

2013-09-25

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, John Nash III, Mary Grepke

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The internet connection has now been repaired. Paul accomplished this after about six hours.  There was a broken wire inside the wall and bad connector and a bad wire. The wire was manufactured wrong, flipped up-side-down. Now everything works reliably. He is not at the meeting today because he is upstairs in the electronic repair room attempting to re-purpose enough parts to build one more working computer for the daycare.

John the founder has now messed up the website while changing the theme. He was hoping for a layout with three columns. The menu on the right hand site is malfunctioning. He will most likely have to change the theme again to resolve this issue. King Geoffry would have his head for this.

The Recycling event is this Saturday. We will be printing out 150 flyers for the service tonight. Our Gaylord is full again. It was empty on Monday and today it is full and will have to be emptied tomorrow morning. Our staff will be here on Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm.

Mary is going to go pick up some fruit for a fruit salad this evening. Once Jennifer has returned from picking up the children she will run by KFC and pick up some chicken. The activity tonight will be munchkin. The children specifically requested it. It was played last week. It teaches mathematics, reading and English skills and group interaction.

 

Jennifer moved to adjourn, Mary  2nd motion passed.

2013-09-18

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, John Nash III

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Our modified hours for counseling has been compiled and posted in the community room and will be posted on our web site shortly.

The Game of Thrones discussion that delayed the beginning of the board meeting went well for those who are into Game of Thrones.

The big thing for the next two weeks is the recycling event coming up on September 28th. We had a meeting with Mike Pfeiffer and Dallas Cole today to make sure everyone was on the same page. Ace will bring two large banners for the property. John will ask Ted for help in getting them installed on Saturday night. Dallas will see that the promotion is put on the communication center and hand out flyers on Sunday.  Our volunteer staff will need to be there at 10 am for the briefing and to get ready for the people at 10:30.

 

John III moved to adjourn, Jennifer  2nd motion passed.

2013-09-11

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, John Nash III

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Ace Recycling brought in 23 dollars this week and they are to pick up another full Gaylord later this week. We are in the process of promoting our recycling event on the 28th of this month. We hit several community calendars and radio stations. We now have a list of websites for sharing our information for future use.

In the financial report we now have 15 dollars more in our account and we also have donations from the Monday computer class that have not been accounted for.

Snack for tonight has been dropped off. We have chicken, apples and cookies. We did not manage to find a proper glue for the crafting project. Last week the children really enjoyed playing SNAP and some slap jack.  John has made some modifications to Pictionary to accommodate the children. This  will give them some group interaction and fun while working on English language skills.

Adult Life Training would like to welcome a new volunteer Judy Perkins. She joined us last week in helping the children with their homework and plans to help regularly.  The children found  her assistance helpful and were glads she was there.

September is national preparedness month. In response to this John is revising our preparedness plan. Also preparing a business continuity plan and succession plan.  Judy will also be helping with this.

Paul Stanton is finishing up on the project C.A.L.F. He is preparing  a “Golden” image with which to boot our lab computers in a non-persistent way to prevent installation of virus and unauthorized modifications.  We wish to express our appreciation to warrior Stanton for his service to our country and the help he is providing to the Ft Wayne community through Adult Life Training.

John III moved to adjourn, Jennifer  2nd motion passed.

2013-09-04

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, John Nash III

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We have about 5 dollars in the checking account and about 40 in the savings.  We hope that our checking account balance will work itself out once we get a check from ACE recycling.  We had 11 cell phones and 4 monitors which is 15 dollars and 4 computers which is 12 dollars so 27 total should be coming.

We got a nice donation yesterday. A business brought in a big screen and 5 flat screen monitors and a PC all of which work so we will put them to good use.

The crafting for tonight was going to be candle holders but while the bottom level sticks great the next level of stones does not remain fixed with super glue. We don’t seem to have the correct adhesive. We will try and find a solution to our adhesive problem before next week.

John III moved to adjourn, Jennifer  2nd motion passed.

2013-08-28

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, John Nash III

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Tonight for Crafting will be making signs for our recycling event coming up on the 28th of September. We are in the process of looking into retailers who will allows us to place the signs as well as using post from the political campaign to place yard sighs . For next weeks craft  we will be making candle holders using marbles and old cds,

The Ft Wayne womens bureau has approved our membership to the dress for success program. We are  now able to send job ready women with interviews schedules to select a one business suite.  After they have been hired they can return to dress for success to obtain one weeks worth of business attire.

We have created Facebook and Google events for our Recycling event coming up on the 28th of September.  We also will be posting the information on community calendars. Perhaps even looking into radio television and the Newspaper.  We collected 19 dollars with our last pick up (2nd) and they will be picking up the third load tomorrow.

John III moved to adjourn, Jennifer  2nd motion passed.

 

2013-08-21

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, John Nash III, Mary Grepke

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We sent in 320 ibs in recycling and we should be receiving $19. 00.  The recycling event is scheduled for Saturday September 28th. Business can get rid of their unwanted electronics free of charge by bringing them to the recycling event. Free pick up is also available for more than six items.

Treasuers report we started with 42.79 and brought in 114.00 spent 93.82 and as of today we have 62.97 in the checking account. Savings account remains unchanged at 45.03. We will post the details later.

The event last week was cookie in a cup event was well received. We need to develop a better process for clean up but otherwise is was quite the success.

Some of the Burmese and Hispanic families we work with are looking for jobs utilizing unskilled manual labor. Please contact Keith porter at 260-615-0203 if your company can help with this.

Jennifer moved to adjourn, John III  2nd motion passed.

2013-08-14

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, John Nash III, Mary Grepke

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The activity for this evening will be cookie in a cup. Mary brought the ingredients as planned. They can do chocolate chip, butterscotch chip, marshmallows, nuts, oatmeal, reesies pieces. The recipe is 1TB spoon butter,  1TB spoon sugar, 1TB spoon brown sugar, 3 drops vanilla extract, 1 TB of well beaten egg, pinch of salt, 1/4 cup of flour, 2 TB spoon of of the chosen ingredient , place butter in cup put in microwave to melt, stir in sugars, add vanilla, egg, and salt and combine, add flour and stir until batter is smooth, add flavor ingredients microwave on high for 40 to 60 seconds, let cookie cool 10 seconds and eat.

Our recycling pick up should have been fairly decent this week with 8 screens and 9 cell phones so we should get at least 15 dollars out of it.

Last week’s activity of gaming went over fairly well. John was an awesome game master and the kids seem to be enjoying the activity even if they over looked some of the rules. The activity and games held the attention of the children for two hours.

We have a new volunteer Paul who has been MacGyvering  improvements on the lab.  Over time he will virtualize  our computers into disk-less workstations.  Potentially it will evolve into a Rube Goldberg network cluster using dumb terminals and an optimized OS.

John III moved to adjourn, Jennifer  2nd motion passed.

2013-08-07

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, John Nash III, Mary Grepke

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One church van is out of commission tonight because it is being used to by the youth to drive down to a youth convention.  So we will have to use personal vehicles to take the children home.

Activities tonight is gaming. Possibly including Ninja vs Ninja.

We have been getting paid for recycling computers screens and phones. The proceeds have allowed us to add 8 flat screen to the lab. We then recycled the monitors off of them. We would like to focus on getting unwanted cell phones for recycling. Ace will recycle the phones in a secure was so nobody personal information is stolen.  We will receive a dollar a piece for each phone. The will be kept in the office under lock and key before they go to Ace.

John III has been added to the office as a supervisor 9-1 daily.  This will allow john to work on grants so we can start getting paid.

We need to see what it takes to get in with the Fort Wayne food bank so we can issue vouchers to our clients who are in need.

We have filled in forms and sent them to the fort Wayne women’s bureau dress for success program  so we can refer women to them. After they have obtained the necessary skills to become employed then the dress for success program provides women with one new professional suit suitable for business interviewing. They also provided tutoring and training in the interviewing process to help secure employment. Once employment has been secured they will  then purchase one weeks worth of necessary items such as attire, shoe, make-up and accessories.

John III has located an individual who is interested in volunteering for Adult life training.  His skills set includes IT work. He is a returning soldier.

We would like to thank Jill Depew for all her help driving this summer. It made a big difference. She has now returned to teaching but we are hoping she joins us again next year.

Mary is working on a project for next week. A cookie in a cup. All the ingredients are mixed then microwaved and presto everyone has their own cookie. Whatever kind of cookie their little heart desires.

Jennifer moved to adjourn, John III  2nd motion passed.

2013-07-24

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, Mary Grepke

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None

New Business

Internet filtering needed- We are going to have to  add a filtering device to the computer lab. Previously we had used a filter that actually read each web page and inspected it for inappropriate material. It also detected spy ware and mal-ware and attempts at tracking web users which annoyed staff to the point that we gave up and removed the filtering. This could  place us in violation of the child internet protection act. Since the staff network is now separate from the network that goes into the lab; staff objections should no longer be a problem. Areas effected are the community room, the bridge, the daycare and the up-rise cafe where children and youth may access the internet.

New to us flat screens- We sent in our third gay-lord of recycled electronics to Ace recycling. We don’t know how much they are going to pay us yet being that this is the first one they are going to pay us for. But we can use this to gauge how much income we can make with the recycling program.  Ace will be bringing us some flat screens for our lab and some ram chips for our computers.  We plan to have a least on event together this year with the revolution youth event and split the money. Ace estimates that it would bring in between four and five thousand on one Saturday.

Nash out of town next week- The Nash family will be going down to Springfield Alabama for the ignite conference. So John will not be here next week.

Mary brought the ingredients to make a fruit pizza with the kids tonight. Paul will be going to Happy’s Pizza this evening for the actual meal.

Computers for sale- We also have some computers we don’t intend to refurbish that we will place on Craig’s list. We will probably sell them for 20 bucks. The metal frame on the outside would  cost 35 just to purchase. They are more for those individuals familiar with computer hardware vs someone just looking for a cheap computer.

Mary moved to adjourn, Jennifer 2nd motion passed.

2013-07-17

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins,

Old Business

None

New Business

We are doing some computer refurbishing and repair and we will have our first recycling pick up at the end of this week.  Hopefully we will now be rid of all junk and have a minimum of usable stuff.

We refurbished the Abundant Life firewall security and routers for separate circuits for various areas of the church. We still have to complete a fifth circuit for firewall, router and wiring for a school that is renting part of the church campus. This is one of the services we can provide to non-profits is they ask for our help.

We had a meeting with the Abundant Life staff today to redefine the the tasks and schedules of our SCSEP (senior aids) today.  We hope to have the scheduling posted by the end of the week.

Our attempt at having the children select a project form the catalog did not go as hoped because the children are so poor that they cannot even afford five dollars to pay for the projects. What we need is to find a small grant so we can purchase the supplies for the children.

John moved to adjourn, Jennifer 2nd motion passed.

2013-07-10

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, Mary Grepke

Old Business

None

New Business

We had a number of computers break from switching to EdUbuntu. Our goal in switching was to have quality educational games for children of all age groups in both the daycare and the Karen children who use the computers, which is why EdUbuntu was made. However, this version proved to be quite unstable.  We were down to about two working computers last week. We now have eight computers functioning again by switching to Linux Mint. We have kept the Windows 7 which we already had on each also, but we have not resolved the problem with the explorer.exe file being infected (or falsely being reported as infected) with the Win.Trojan.Bamital-1158 virus. We can’t tell if the virus is real (we had a network invasion last month) or if it is a false trigger in ClamAV. Bamital! Bamital to heck.

Jennifer will be sure to remind the children to bring their craft selection and funds needed. Hopefully they have not forgotten due to the break we took last week for the 4th of July.  What we really need is a grant so we can do some nicer projects without placing the financial burden on the children.

John has prepared a written response to the re-entry Coordinator at Rockville Correctional Facility explaining the services that we offer.  After review of the letter we have decided to change “self supporting” to “self-supporting” and “self paced” to “self-paced”. The English teacher in Mary deemed the hyphen necessary.  There were a couple other small grammatical changes but otherwise the letter was accepted as written. The letter was surprisingly coherent, considering that it was written by John, who is male, and as such has difficulty with words bigger than “ugh” and “rock”.

By partnering with Indiana facilities to get their own computer equipment and working with them to build a curriculum appropriate for them using ours as a starting point, it should be possible to launch a self-sustaining program across the State at only a minimum up-front cost of the computer equipment for each facility and a technical support person to assist when needed. The major teaching staff would be based upon a “Pay It Forward” concept where exiting personnel receive help in exchange for their commitment to teach others themselves. If a grant could be found to fund the computer hardware there would be almost no cost at all and the program would last indefinitely.

Jennifer motioned to adorn; Mary 2nd motion passed.

 

2013-06-26

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, Mary Grepke

Old Business

None

New Business

The Ace recycling has offered to provide fundraising to us. We can put a container where people can leave dead electronics or have a weekend event and they will bring containers.  We would simply have to promote the event. Things like computers, laptops, flat screens, cell phones etc…

We talked with the Rockville Correctional Facility Re-entry coordinator concerning our program and models where it could fit as a self funding self sustaining job skills training program for women leaving the facility. Paradigm is extensible to cover the entire state without cost using a pay it forward philosophy.

Tandy leather factory has given us catalogs that we can send home with the children tonight so they can pick the kits or projects they would like to do next.  They will bring in their money next week and we will then purchase the requested  items. They will build their projects the following week.

Jennifer motioned to adjourn, Mary 2nd; Motion passed meeting adjourned.

 

 

2013-06-05

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, Jillian Depew

Old Business

Jason Goree  has been hired to a new position and will not be able to provide coaching assistance at this time.

New Business

Our craft for this evening will be finishing the personalized key fobs. They have been dyed and tonight we will add the snaps and rivets.

The Blue van is not operational this evening but the White van is running.  As noted Jillian has joined us for the summer. Tonight will be her first evening driving for the season. John will be riding with her tonight to help her locate the children since it is her first run of the season.

The Monday computer class made generous donations to Adult Life Training this week, so we now have more than $1.42 in the checking account. Year-To-Date Financials have been posted.

Jennifer Moved to adjourn, John 2nd motion passed meeting adjourned.

2013-05-22

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins

Old Business

We are continuing discussions with Jason Goree  about teaching physical fitness to the kids.  He hopes to join us in June.

Jullian Depew will be driving for us again this summer. She will be available starting June 1st so she will most like drive for us on the 5th.

New Business

Our craft for this evening will be personalized key fobs. This time they will get to do some dying along with the stamping. They will also get to do some riveting.

ACE Recycling will be picking up our used monitors and other electronic items tomorrow after 1pm.  Anyone with electronics needing recycling should have them here before 1pm.

Tomorrow morning we will go pick up a couple 5 ft round tables from love in deed. They were in a bank and are supposed to be in wonderful condition. We can now stop pirating the tables that belong to abundant life.

2013-05-15

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins

Old Business

None

New Business

The Mother’s day activity of painting coffee mugs and planting  a flower inside was very well received. The kids had a great time.

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For tonight’s activity  we will be doing some leather crafting. Making arm bands and headbands stamped with their names and painted  in bright colors.

We are currently negotiating with the fabulous Jason Goree Master Chief and Chinese Martial arts expert. We are hoping he will be able to come and help us with relaxation, physical education and lots of wholesome fun.

John moved to adjourn Jennifer seconded motion passed meeting adjourned.

 

 

2013-05-01

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins.  Mary Grepke

Called to order at 3:23

Old Businesss

None

New Business

We have two computer classes started this week. One is Monday 7pm the other is Thursday at 2pm the Monday class still has 4 seats open and the Thursday class has one seat open.

The Monitor at door three has stopped working and we are sharing one of our monitors with them during the day. It gets shuttled back and forth between the two rooms as needed.

Brother Smith was to  have a transportation meeting last week and find more drivers. John has a call into him but he has not gotten back with  him in regards to taking children home on Wednesday evenings.

Linda Lock will be cooking the food this evening.

We have a new slide show on our web site.

Jennifer motioned to adjourn Mary second motion passed.

 

 

2013-04-24

Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins.  Mary Grepke had a conflict this week and will be here next week.

Old Business:  None.

New Business:  The board has been on hiatus due to the moving of the lab and equipment.  Meetings are resuming now every Wednesday at 3pm.

Another series of computer classes are going to start  next week.  There are more people than the equipment will accommodate so there may be two classes.

Access to recovery: We have withdrawn from participation in access to recovery because we feel we can serve the community better with our own style and process. We will continue to help anyone who comes to us including people who are in access to recovery but the help will be free and within our own format.  ATR is an excellent program and we appreciate the time we were involved but we think we are more effective using our own style.

We may be looking with another local agency for job skills training. Together we will look for a grant to buy about 24 notebook computers to be shared with three agencies for job skill training.

We need our own tables for the community room. We had 12 nice chairs donated last week we now need two nice 5 foot round tables. The community room is a shared resource available on a reservation basis with room for about 30 people.  The room includes computers and large screen monitors of power point presentations. There is a coffee pot and refrigerator,

Jennifer moved to adjourn, John 2nd motion passed.

 

2012-07-25
Impromptu meeting held when Board of Directors could not meet due to lack of quorum.

Present:John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, Cammy Fox, Jillian Depew, Jolene Nash

Old Business
Nada.

New Business
Advisory board meetings have been inactive since February due to members working schedules. However, there is a need to coordinate. As such we will meet Wednesdays after the children have arrived at the computer lab to plan for the following week.

The Science Central trip last week was a big success. Next events to be considered are Pages Crossing, LazerX, and Miniature Golf.

Next week Jennifer and Jillian will pick up children. Jennifer knows where the children live, and Jillian will follow her to learn their locations. Jillian returns to her normally scheduled teaching work August 8, but we hope she can join us after work even though she gets off too late to drive.

Jennifer moved to adjourn, Jolene 2nd, Everyone else nodded. Motion carried.


2012-02-01

Present:John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, Cammy Fox, Jolene Nash

Minutes read by Jennifer. Cammy Moved to accept. Jolene 2nd motion carried

Old Business

New Business
DAC Meeting is Monday from 12:00pm to 2:00pm

There have been some problems with vandalism and theft. A van window was smashed a couple of weeks ago. One of our directors had her nook stolen from her personal effects. So we need to make sure we are more alert of who is going in and out.

Jennifer moved to adjourn, Jolene 2nd, Motion carried.

2012-01-25

Present:John Nash, Jennifer Perkins

Minutes read by Jennifer. John Moved to accept. Jennifer 2nd motion carried

Old Business
None

New Business
Operation Immersion for ATR Provider Staff will experience life as a soldier and gain a bette4r understanding of Military Culture and the challenges that the military personnel face regarding substance abuse will be May 9-11, 2012 at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville, Indiana.

We are still thoroughly enjoying our awesome office done by My PHD (pretty house designs).

John received a donation of a HP touch pad. We could immediately use a couple donations of the like more for our staff.

The last of the painting of the lab is still waiting to be finished due to the volunteer’s work schedule but expects to complete it tomorrow.

There will be a directors meeting tonight from 6:30 to 7:30. The following topics will be discussed. Where to put things in the lab once the painting is complete, what we should do for our 2012 budget, Operation Immersion, whether or not we should continue to subscribe to Grant Station, the use of a scholarship form in rendering our expense in free services and the need for six 1GB DDR rams so we can load windows 7 on all our computers.

Jennifer moved to adjourn, John 2nd, Motion carried.

2012-01-18

Present:John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, Cammy Fox

Minutes read by Jennifer. Cammy Moved to accept. Jennifer 2nd motion carried

Old Business
There was a board of directors meeting and it was established that we will now have monthly meetings

New Business

The board meeting will be held next Wednesday January 25th from 6:30 to 7:30pm. If the advisory board has anything they would like brought up John needs to be informed by Tuesday.

There has been some contact with the Shepard’s house in regards to coming to a presentation about alternate employment opportunities for veterans. So once we have a presentation put together we will contact the Shepard House about scheduling.

Our outer office was redone by My PHD (pretty home designs).

It was suggested that we ask Bronson about helping with the Karen youth on Wednesdays.

Jennifer moved to adjourn, Cammy 2nd, Motion carried.

2011-12-14

Present:John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, Cammy Fox

Minutes read by Jennifer. Cammy Moved to accept. Jennifer 2nd motion carried

Old Business
None

New Business

There will be a board of directors meeting next week.

Love in deed share house sent us a Christmas card.

DAC (Drug & Alcohol Consortium) who’s mission is to provide an effective network to collaboratively prevent substance abuse, primarily by youth, and to reduce the negative impact of alcohol and other drugs in the Allen County community will have their holiday open house on December 20th from 11am to 4pm. We are invited to stop in for their tasty potato bar.

As mentioned our add campaign was approved. Now we need to check the landing page for spelling errors and find/create some graphics to put on the page to enhance the appearance.

Jennifer moved to adjourn, Cammy 2nd, Motion carried.

2011-12-07

Present:John Nash

Minutes skipped.

Notes: Jennifer was called to Florida unexpectedly Monday, and Cammy would normally come in at 5:00 to help. Jennifer picks up the Karen children and Cammy takes them home. Due to my error we did not get transportation arranged in time to have the Karen event today, so I canceled the event. –john

Old Business
None

New Business
Our ad campaign has been approved for the Google grant giving us a $10,000 per month advertising budget. We must now put together our program plan for “Back to Work 2012”.

Thursday evening Adult computer class starts tomorrow, Thursday December 8 at 6:30PM in ALC room 131-133. It will end at 8:30PM. Topic will be Beginners module, which has the new Ubuntu and Windows 7 photos added and is awaiting printing.

This and next week are the last weeks this year that we are open. We will close for year-end maintenance and book keeping Sunday, December 18, 2011 and re-open Sunday, January 8, 2012. We also need the donation of three (3) nice 2012 calendars — one for the computer lab wall, one for the office wall, and one for John’s office wall.

During the month of December we are will be assessing our performance through the last eight years and revising our five and ten year goals for the organization as well as outlining our programs for 2012.
Adjourned. With only one person present, the weather cold and depressing, and the evening event canceled, it was a short meeting. –john


2011-11-30
Present:John Nash-chair, Jennifer
Minutes read by Jennifer. John Moved to accept. Jennifer 2nd motion carried

Old Business
Due to thanksgiving holiday there was no meeting last week.

New Business
We were approved for the Google grant giving us a 10,000 dollar a month advertising budget. We have put together and submitted our first ad.

During the month of December we are will be assessing our performance through the last eight years and revising our five and ten year goals for the organization as well as outlining our programs for 2012.

Jennifer moved to adjourn, John 2nd, Motion carried.


2011-11-16
Present:John Nash-chair, Jennifer
Minutes read by Jennifer. John Moved to accept. Jennifer 2nd motion carried

Old Business
None

New Business

Verizon Foundation’s ThinkFinity.org has started a speaking series that looks promising. A link was posted in our blog.

ATR teleconference was today. Noteworthy points include:

  • We want 3461 participants for the year in ATR III. After the first month of year two we have 346 client which is about right on target.
  • The Access to Recovery provider forum will be November 18th (This Friday) at public safety academy. Any person or agency interested is invited to join us for that informal session.
  • There will be training Dec 6th and 7th in Marion county. This will be the last policy and procedures training for this year. Anyone who wishes to participate in ATR III after December 31st must have had this training at some point in the year.

In December there will be a large number of warriors returning to us from in-country deployment as Operation Iraqi Freedom ends. The veterans administration has promised all returning warriors will receive 30, 60, 90 day counseling through veterans administration. We do not know what the impact will be on ATR. We also don’t know what the need will be for employment services since we specialize in services to help those having difficulty finding employment such as Seniors and those recovering from addictions.

Shepherd’s house in Fort Wayne has 7 beds available for any homeless veterans with an honorable discharge. Contact phone #260-424-2500.

Due to Thanksgiving Holiday next week we will be closed Thursday and Friday. SCSEP (senior aides) will be working 8 hours on Monday and Tuesday so as to still receive a full paycheck.

We need to get a Google+ page up for Adult Life Training.

There is an opportunity to get some online advertising from a GooglGrants program. We would most likely meet the eligibility requirements. The program would provide the funding for GooglAdWords pointing to our website. This would allow more persons who need computer job skill training to locate us. While talking with Google it was discovered that our website ranks number one in Googlsearch listings for ‘Free Computer Training in Fort Wayne Indiana‘. To qualify as the first unsponsored link in a Googllisting is a rare and coveted occurrence.

Entertained a motion to apply for Google grant. Moved by Jennifer, 2nd by John. Two in favor, none opposed, motion carried.

Jennifer moved to adjourn, John 2nd, Motion carried.


2011-11-09
Present: John Nash-chair, Jennifer, Cammy
Minutes read by Jennifer. John Moved to accept. Cammy 2nd motion carried

Old Business
None

New Business
We have added some advertising from GoDaddy.com.

We did not see a whole lot on http://thinkfinity.org this week but we will keep watching and try to collect a program appropriate for elementary children. In the meantime we will continue helping them with their home work and having group play in the gym. As well as providing them with a snack.

Jennifer moved to adjourn. Cammy 2nd motion carried


2011-11-02
Present:John Nash-chair, Jennifer, Carl Griffin(from Eagle’s Nest)
Minutes read by Jennifer. John Moved to accept. Carl 2nd motion carried

Old Business
None

New Business
Next week everyone will bring ideas on how we can include more computer skill training for the younger children who come on Wednesday nights. We will start looking for ideas from http://thinkfinity.org

We are glad to have Carl Griffin from Eagle’s Nest with us today.

Jennifer moved to adjourn. Carl 2nd motion carried


2011-10-26
Present:John Nash-chair, Jennifer, Cammy
Minutes read by Jennifer. John Moved to accept. Cammy 2nd motion carried

Old Business
None

New Business
Dac Annual Dinner Meeting is November 1st from 6pm to 8pm It will be held at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown: 1150 S Harrison St. The cost is $10.00 per person RSVP for Reservations to 422-8412 or Heidi@DACAC.org Please RSVP by Thursday 10/27/11

Access to Recovery Provider Network Forum. November 8,2011 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Public Safety Academy of Northeast Indiana 7602 Patriot Crossing Fort Wayne IN 46816

Cammy moved to adjourn. Jennifer 2nd motion carried


2011-10-12
Present:John Nash-chair, Jennifer, Cammy
Minutes read by Jennifer. John Moved to accept. Cammy 2nd motion carried

Old Business
None

New Business
John has been under the weather so we have missed a few meetings but he was feeling well enough to come today.

Jennifer went to the DAC meeting and received some motivational substance abuse posters for the office. October is substance abuse awareness month and Glenbrook Mall will have a Red Ribbon Event on Oct 29th. Then next DAC meeting will be on November 7th.

Cammy moved to adjourn. Jennifer 2nd motion carried

2011-09-21
Present:John Nash-chair, Jennifer, Cammy
Minutes read by Jennifer. John Moved to accept. Cammy 2nd motion carried

Old Business
None

New Business
Today was the ATR provider phone call. They have met 76% of the target persons who are supposed to be served. The goal is 80% by the end of the month. There will also be a policy and procedure training session who were not trained during the spring session. The service definitions have been updated and we are to throw away all parts to the manual. The billing policy has also been changed. Those billing individually will have three business days to release their information into witts where before it was 24 hours. They have defined four core values: Integrity, Parody, Decency and Quality.

Tomorrow will be the third week collecting data to make our time keeping more accurate using six sigma techniques. The project is lead by six sigma black belt Jennifer Perkins in cooperation with Purdue University.

Cammy moved to adjourn. Jennifer 2nd motion carried


2011-09-14
Present:John Nash-chair, Jennifer
Minutes read by Jennifer. John Moved to accept. Jennifer 2nd motion carried

Old Business
None

New Business
Cammy will not be here today because of personal business so John will be driving the van today.

John went to Veterans training last week for treating PTSD and TBI.

John moved to adjourn. Jennifer 2nd motion carried


2011-08-31
Present:John Nash-chair, Jennifer
Minutes read by Jennifer. John Moved to accept. Jennifer 2nd motion carried

Old Business
None

New Business
Cammy could not be here for the meeting she had a conflicting appointment but she will be her after to help with transportation for the Karen children.

The WIN (Worldwide Interactive Network) administrator / manager training is tomorrow at Ivy Tech. The training is for administrators of the system in cooperation with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. We were the first organization in the State outside of the Indiana DWD to have the KeyTrain system, and we appreciate that they have included us in the new WIN system. We use this capacity to teach soft job skills (reading, math, business writing) compatible with the national Work Keys system that provides impartial certification of job seekers’ skill levels via a test at the DWD and a resulting National Work Certificate. By requiring the National Work Certificate employers can be more certain of each potential new hire’s job skills: less problems where the employer discovers they have hired someone who can’t make change or read instructions. The KeyTrain was a good system and the WIN is like KeyTrain but with several significant improvements.

We have been accepted to attend tier 2 training with the Military Family Research Institute in cooperation with the Indiana National Guard and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration by Star Behavioral Health Providers. This is a special invitation because we do not provide behavioral counseling, but the training will help us better provide job skills training and employment counseling to our Warriors. The training is all day next Wednesday and Thursday at Grace Collage.

We received a replacement PC related to a gift from the Nash family and used it to replace the slowest (20-year old PC) in the lab. The new PC has has a 2.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, Window’s 7, Ed Ubuntu and current versions of Microsoft Office and Libre Office. This is a massive upgrade for that seat which formerly had a 350MHz processor, 64MB of RAM, and no Windows. The new PC has already become the favorite for SCSEP participants and students in the lab.

John moved to adjourn. Jennifer 2nd motion carried.


2011-08-24
Present:John Nash-chair, Jennifer, Cammy
Minutes read by Jennifer. Cammy Moved to accept. John 2nd motion carried

Old Business
None

New Business
We went to the veterans training meeting on Friday. It compliments the information that we got from Camp Atterburry in April. We need to research licenses appropriate to our work so that we better interface with the existing behavioral counseling agencies there is not a great understanding in these agencies as to what we do.

Cammy moved to adjourn. Jennifer 2nd motion carried.


2011-08-17
Present:John Nash-chair, Jennifer, Cammy
Minutes read by Jennifer. Cammy Moved to accept. John 2nd motion carried

Old Business
None

New Business
We had a the ATR phone conference today at 11. The next ATR training is full so we can’t send anyone. Then next one will be Oct. 12-14. There will be some training for peer to peer counseling more information can be provided later should anyone be interested. The Indiana Arms conference in September is also full so we can’t go. On the plus side we are not required to go.

We have another teleconference at 2pm today about key train. Key train will stop working on the 31st of Aug and will be replaced with a new program called Wins. The Wins is supposed to be an improved method of improving job skills. Administrator training will take place today on the teleconference.

Mary Grepke (one of our volunteers who helps the Karen youth with their homework) will not be here today as she is recovering from surgery. We will be happy to have her back next week.

Cammy moved to adjourn. Jennifer 2nd motion carried.


2011-08-10
Present:John Nash-chair, Jennifer, Heidi, Cammy
Minutes read by Jennifer. Heidi Moved to accept. John 2nd motion carried

Old Business
None

New Business
Star behavioral health is running a veteran cultural awareness training on 8/19/2011. It will be held at Indiana Wesleyan here in town and we are registered. In cooperation with Purdue, FSSA and Indiana National Guard. We won’t be permitted to attend the tier two and tier three training because we don’t provide behavioral psychological services.

We had our compliance review from IN-ATR which we passed. The statement was made that our records were exemplary and our training program was refereed to as exceptional. We are to make one modification to the way we fill out the log form. In part two we are add a statement beyond what we are writing that ties the goal to the person’s recovery.

Once school starts the schedule for picking up the Karen children will change slightly. We will leave at 3:30 instead of 3:00 to ensure the children have returned home from school.

Heidi moved to adjourn. Jennifer 2nd motion carried.


2011-08-03
Present:John Nash-chair, Jennifer, Heidi
Minutes read by Jennifer. Heidi Moved to accept. John 2nd motion carried

Old Business
We need to finish reviewing the games that came in last week to see how they can be utilized.

New Business
We have installed windows xp on all the computers in the lab now.

Heidi has add 21 questions to her scavenger hunt. We will run one of the three sections tonight. Cammy will be unable to assist us this evening.

Heidi moved to adjourn. Jennifer 2nd motion carried.


2011-07-27
Present:John Nash-chair, Jennifer, Heidi, Cammy
Minutes read by Jennifer. Heidi Moved to accept. John 2nd motion carried

Old Business
None

New Business
Heidi brought in some games and we will look at them to see if and how we can use them in the future. Tonight we have prepared an internet scavenger hunt.

Heidi moved to adjourn. Jennifer 2nd motion carried.


2011-07-20
Present:John Nash-chair, Jennifer, Heidi
Minutes read by Jennifer. Heidi Moved to accept. John 2nd motion carried

Old Business
None

New Business
We fund-raised for love in deed last week. We raised about 60 dollars the bill was 61 and we now have 3 dollars left in the checking account. So we need to be some more fund-raising.

We have stated sending volunteers to love in deed on Tuesdays. We send four each week and we will alternate the people we send.

The access to recovery conference call for providers was this morning. They have 917 enrolled and need to have 1819 so they are 974 clients short of goal promised in their grant request. Meaning each week each RC needs to admit four new people into the program. During the meeting we were asked if there were ways to spend more of the money because of the 1400 per client they are spending an average of 400 per client. I pointed out that they could send some of their clients to us so they get employed and stay recovered. This did cause some chuckling.

Memo 38 was discussed so anyone involved in the correctional system and any woman with any age child are acceptable into the program. Indiana Arms will be September 27-28 and it will be free this year at the Indiana government center and their will be 9 to 11 continuing educations units available.

Heidi moved to adjourn. Jennifer 2nd motion carried.


2011-07-13
Present:John Nash-chair, Jennifer, Cammy, Heidi
Minutes read by Jennifer. Cammy Moved to accept. Heidi 2nd motion carried

Old Business
Still need to form a grant committee. We will have a meeting to discuss forming a group for the organizations with in this building with Pastor Keller.

New Business
Financial records for January through June are now listed on the web site. http://alt-fw.org/public/?page_id=1971

Heidi donated a large box of of paper an other office supplies. If anyone would like to donate a toner cartridge for our Laser jet 800 that would be great.

Heidi moved to adjourn. Jennifer 2nd motion carried.


2011-07-06
Present:John Nash-chair, Jennifer, Cammy, Heidi
Minutes read by Jennifer. Cammy Moved to accept. Jennifer 2nd motion carried

Old Business
Still working on the grant research from the 8 foundations that we found. We need to from a grant committee to help with this process.

New Business
The senior aids started working on spread sheets today.

After much discussion Jennifer nominated Heidi to become an advisory board member Cammy 2nd motion carried.

Heidi accepted the nomination and is now and advisory board member and will attend our weekly staff meetings.

Barbra Goss (one of our senior aids) donated some peanut butter fudge for our staff meeting today.

Cammy moved to adjourn. Jennifer 2nd motion carried.


2011-06-29
Present:John Nash-chair, Jennifer, Cammy
Minutes read by Jennifer. John Moved to accept. Cammy 2nd motion carried

Old Business
Due to cost cutting we will not longer have the SCSEP (senior aides) on Wednesdays. They will be here Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. This was preferable to terminating some of the participants.

New Business
We got a response to the DAC grant, we knew in advance that it would be a long shot and highly unlikely that we would receive it because DAC is focused on intervention and school programs and we are focused on getting people employed so they don’t experience triggers and relapse.

We have eight foundations we are going to look at for grants. We will update as we apply.

Jennifer has earned her six sigma green belt training certificate. She will be completing her black belt training on July 29th. She will then complete a project to earn her black belt certificate. She will be doing her project on making our teaching process more efficient and reliable.

Our Senior aides are currently working on files learning files. They will hopefully be starting spread sheets the first week of July; our exact calendar is listed on our Google calendar.

Cammy moved to adjourn. Jennifer 2nd motion carried.


2011-06-22
Present:John Nash-chair, Jennifer
Minutes read by Jennifer. John Moved to accept. Jennifer 2nd motion carried

Old Business
Still waiting on funding for quiz bowl activity

New Business
The senior aids funding was cut back 20% and so their hours were cut back from 20 a week to 16 a week.

John moved to adjourn. Jennifer 2nd motion carried.


2011-06-15
Present:John Nash-chair, Jennifer
Minutes read by Jennifer. John Moved to accept. Jennifer 2nd motion carried

Old Business
Still waiting on funding for quiz bowl activity

New Business
Jennifer’s Car has died and it is complicating her ability to volunteer her time if anyone would like to donate a car please let us know.

John moved to adjourn. Jennifer 2nd motion carried.


2011-06-08
Present:Jennifer, Cammy Fox
No meeting last week due to illnesses and vacation. Therefore no minutes to be read.

Old Business
None

New Business
John is in Texas for his son’s graduation. Jennifer taught class today, Cammy will supervise tomorrow and Jennifer will teach class again on Friday.

We will have Karen youth activity tonight.

Keith Porter is trying to get us funding so we can purchase the necessary supplies for a quiz bowl activity.

Cammy moved to adjourn. Jennifer 2nd motion carried.


2011-05-25
Present:John Nash-chair, Jennifer, Cammy Fox
Minutes read by Jennifer. Cammy Moved to accept. John 2nd motion carried

Old Business
Still need to get grants written

New Business
Due to tornado watch and extreme weather we are going to cancel the Karen youth class today. We let all our assistants know not to come today.

John will not be here June 8-12th for son’s graduation. Jennifer will be covering the 8th and 10th and Cammy will be covering the 9th.

Jennifer will be out of town next week visiting her cousin in Louisiana.

Cammy moved to adjourn to go to training. Jennifer 2nd motion carried.


2011-05-18
Present:John Nash-chair, Jennifer, Cammy Fox, Jolene Nash
Minutes read by Jennifer. Cammy Moved to accept. Jolene 2nd motion carried

Old Business
Our Three new aids are making excellent progress

We have yet to start any grant writing

New Business
We will need to provide dinner for the Karen youth tonight.

New service descriptions are more elaborate than before but we are in compliance.

We had an ATR III phone conference today and it went well.

Training for today Jolene Nash RN from IPPFW is giving a presentation on excellent case notes.

John and his family will be gone June 8th through June 12th so we need to arrange to have someone else to cover.

Cammy moved to adjourn to go to training. Jennifer 2nd motion carried.


2011-05-11
Present:John Nash-chair, Jennifer, Cammy Fox
Minutes read by Jennifer. Cammy Moved to accept. John 2nd motion carried

Old Business
Leader cast went really great in cooperation with Abundant Life Church and Catholic Charities of Ft Wayne south bend Diocese we were able to bring 5 participants and out staff to the all day training session. The speakers were great, the information was great and more than one life was changed.

Operation Immersion certificates and CEU’s arrived today.

We now have the documentation so we can start using grant station.
The Grant station also provides training for grant seeking.

We still need to go the research on the vocational rehab and veterans administration services.

New Business
We have 3 new SCSEP participants from catholic life charities this week. Four of the last crew will be remaining and will serve as instructor aids and the rest have been reassigned to other charities to continue their training.

Jennifer has discovered that through workone it is possible to get some school training.

We are planning on doing a computer scavenger hunt for the activity for the Karen youth class tonight.

Cammy moved to adjourn Jennifer 2nd motion carried.


2011-05-04
Present:John Nash-chair, Jennifer, Cammy Fox
Minutes read by Jennifer. Cammy Moved to accept. John 2nd motion carried

Old Business
Take back day was a success. Unwanted medications can be dropped of at the 4 sheriff’s locations any time and not just on take back day.

New Business
On Friday May 6th there is the Chick-fil-a leader cast. Our 5 catholic charities senior aids along with John and Jennifer will be attending.

We received a 50 dollar donation this week. Which is about 25% of what we take in within a year.

Cammy can now drive the church van to help pick up the Karen children.

We are starting to work on our grant situation and applications and we did buy a one year subscription to grant station yesterday.

We also need to research the vocational rehab and veterans administration services and see how they fit with employment services and job skills training.

It would be helpful if we had some day staff to over see the senior aids with their work so John is not interrupted while researching and applying for grants.

Cammy moved to adjourn Jennifer 2nd motion carried.


2011-04-27
Present:John Nash-chair, Jennifer, Cammy Fox
Minutes read by Jennifer. John Moved to accept. Jennifer 2nd motion carried

Old Business
None

New Business
Once School lets out we will still pick up the children at the same time we will just play more games since they will not have homework.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Friday April 29 and Saturday, April 30th 2011. This is a combination of a local (4/29) and national (DEA.GOV 4/30) effort.
You can drop off unneeded medicines at Walgreen Drug Stores in Fort Wayne on Friday April 29 from 9:00AM until 1:00PM and Saturday April 30. The stores are located at:

Clinton at St. Joe
Lincoln Hwy. W at Brookwood
Chapel Ridge (Maysville Rd)
E. Paulding as South Anthony
Cook and Lima Roads
Dupont and Tonkel Roads
Jefferson and Getz
West State and Wells
You can also drop your unwanted Medications at

Allen County Sheriff’s Dept. 12535 Lima Rd Hrs.: 8am to 4:30pm
Fort Wayne Police Dept. 1320 East Creighton St Hrs: 24/7 in the lobby
Indiana State Police Post 5811 Ellison Road Hrs: 24/7 in the lobby
New Haven Police Dept. 815 Lincoln Highway East Hrs: 24/7 in the lobby
To find a participating drop off location close to you on Saturday, click the top ‘Got Drugs?’ banner on the DEA.GOV web site. For the local event you can also come Friday and drop off your drugs at local WallGreens Drug Stores.

Operation Immersions was both informative and entertaining. We survived death by power point and ate lots of food.

The biggest defining thing on relationships is the closeness they feel toward their battle buddy. The change they have gone through can cause friction when being reunited with their family. In the full-time military, there is a three week period of adjustment when our warriors return from deployment before they are reunited with their families. It is well structured adjustment time when they work on being returned to their families.

Indiana National Guard goes through the same training and the same conditions as full-time military. They are deployed just as long and have just as difficult a time being reunited with their families. However, they only get a three day adjustment period. When the National Guard go home, they are just released to families without time to adjust.

Additionally, when full-time personnel return home, they still have a job and a paycheck. The National Guard members usually find themselves unemployed. There is a significant need for an adjustment in our laws to provide parity.

The relationships involved are different than what we encounter. Our Warriors are trained to be independent and self sufficient. They trust their battle buddy with their life, but they may not trust an outsider that may not have military experience. This impacts our ability to help military personnel recover from addictions. As it is a very private problem, they may not want to admit a weakness or a need and they may have extreme trust issues with an outsider.

Our thoughts and prayers are with our national guard military who are undoubtedly spending the week away from their families filling sand bags and building walls to protect our cities from flooding. God Bless America and our troops. Amen.

Cammy moved to adjourn Jennifer 2nd motion carried.

2011-04-13
Present:John Nash-chair, Jennifer,
Minutes read by Jennifer. John Moved to accept. Jennifer 2nd motion carried
Old Business
We are on target for operation immersion next week Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday
Cammy’s insurance information has been submitted but not returned by insurance company so she will still be driving her van this week

New Business
The annual report is published on our web site under annual report.

John Moved to adjourn Jennifer 2nd motion carried.

2011-04-06
Present:John Nash-chair, Jennifer, Cammy
Minutes read by Jennifer. Cammy Moved to accept. Jennifer 2nd motion carried
Old Business
DAC Grant was applied for, but not likely to receive anything because even though our work is important to sustained recovery from addictions, it is not consistent with the two stated areas in which DAC makes grants: judicial and prevention. Still, we can always hope – we are just not really consistent with what this particular agency would normally fund. Thank you to Jennifer and Cammy for helping managing the office so John could write the grant.

New Business
Abundant Life got new vans
Impact on transportation of Karen group. Cammy will turn in a copy of her Indiana driver’s Permit to Bobby Delong today to be added to the Abundant Life list of authorized drivers. Pastor Keller of Abundant Life has already approved.

Operation Immersion 4/19-21

  • Need 1st & Last name, e-mail, DOB, DL #
  • Get signed releases for event
  • Review packing list
  • Agenda issue – John must be back by 6:00 PM Thursday for Messiah Drama Dress Rehearsal – will need to leave early enough to accommodate.

Operating Schedule Next Two weeks
to accommodate OI and help SCSEP Participants still get a full paycheck will be:

  • Mon 4/11 9:00-2:00 (5hr)
  • Tue 4/12 9:00-2:00 (5hr)
  • Wed 4/13 LID 9:00-1:00, Karen 3:00-7:00 (two work sessions) (8hr)
  • Thr 4/14 9:00-2:00 (5hr)
  • Fri 4/15 9:00-2:00 (5hr)
  • (week total 28hr)
  • Mon 4/18 9:00-1:00 (4hr)
  • Tue 4/19 CLOSED
  • Wed 4/20 LID 9:00-1:00 (4hr)
  • Thr 4/21 CLOSED
  • Fri 4/22 9:00-1:00 (4hr)
  • (week total 12hr)
  • (period total 40hr)

Normal work site is 3301 E Coliseum Blvd, RM 131-133;
LID worksite (Wednesday AM) is United Way Love in Deed, 7820 Bluffton
Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46809;
Karen work site is 3301 E Coliseum Blvd, RM 131-133;
There will be NO KAREN activity Wednesday 4/20 due to our closing that week.
After 4/24 we are back on our normal schedule, 9:00-1:00 business days

Training Video – Suicide Prevention http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1n2QZlheuzc

Dates
DEA Holding Second Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Friday April 29- Saturday April 30 at select Walgreen’s Drug Stores

  • Clinton at St. Joe
  • Lincoln Hwy. W at Brookwood
  • Chapel Ridge (Maysville Rd)
  • E. Paulding as South Anthony
  • Cook and Lima Roads
  • Dupont and Tonkel Roads

You can also drop your unwanted Medications at

  • Allen C. Sheriff’s Dept. 12535 Lima Rd Hrs.: 8am to 4:30pm
  • Fort Wayne Police Dept. 1320 East Creighton St Hrs: 24/7 in the lobby
  • Indiana State Police Post 5811 Ellison Road Hrs: 24/7 in the lobby
  • New Haven Police Dept. 815 Lincoln Highway East Hrs: 24/7 in the lobby

Annual IN ARMS conference Sept 27 and 28. This year it will be held at the Government Center at no cost to participants!

Jennifer moved to adjourn, Cammy 2nd Motion carried.2011-03-30
Present: John Nash-chair, Jennifer, Cammy
Minutes read by Jennifer. Cammy Moved to accept. Jennifer 2nd motion carried

Old Business
John has yet to find the time to write anything up for the DAC grant to fund a secretary due to lack of having a secretary to free up some of his time in order to do it.

New Business
We discussed some personnel issues to try and determine where everyone would be best suited.

Cammy has volunteered to come in tomorrow at 9 am and then Jennifer volunteered to come in and take over at 11:30 am to work as the secretary to free up Johns day so that he will be able to write the DAC grant.

Catholic Charities is finishing up the recertification process for participants. After the recertification is completed there will be a new group of 7 or 8 who will start here. We will use the ones who remain to help tutor the new group of participants. They are expected to start within the next couple of weeks.

Carl Griffin has also accepted our offer to sit on our advisory board he could not be here this week but will be joining us next week.

There will be a DAC meeting April 4th at noon. The all DAC meeting last Friday was very informative and there were a number of useful presentations. One presenter in particular mentioned the Karen culture and the use of drugs. In particular our failure to educate them in differences in culture and laws concerning the use of drugs. It is considered ordinary and normal to use and opiate packaged like gum called thin and it is also common to participate in the use of meth-amphetamine called Yaba. Fort Wayne has the 2nd largest refugee population on earth the largest population is in Burma.

Jennifer and John will be participating in Operation Immersion April 19-21. This will act as their 2011 Semi-annual provider meeting for all ATR providers. Operation Immersions will provide the ATR staff the opportunity to experience life as a soldier and gain a better understanding of Military Culture and the challenges that military personnel face regarding substance abuse. Carl from Eagle’s nest will also ride down with us.

Abundant Life Church got two new van’s last week a 12 seater and a seven seater. Cammy will provide a copy of her driver’s license to ALC and asked to be placed on the insurance list and be able to drive one of the new vans instead of her own van to assist with pick up.

There is a training video on addressing suicidal thoughts and how to help prevent it. The link to the video is posted on our web site.

DEA take back for prescription drugs is scheduled for April 30th at several Fort Wayne area drug stores. There will be law enforcement officers present but no questions will be asked.

Chick-Fillet Simulcast Leadership training will be on May 6th at ALC. For more information or to register visit www.abundantlifecares.com/store

Jennifer moved to adjourn, Cammy 2nd Motion carried.

2011-03-23
Present: John Nash-chair, Jennifer
Minutes read by Jennifer. John Moved to accept. Jennifer 2nd motion carried

Old Business
Still working on funding for our secretary one possibility could be the DAC grant.

New Business
Cammy Fox will not be helping with transportation tonight but has been nominated to serve as an advisory board member and she accepted the nomination. She will join us next week for staff meeting as well as helping us pick up the kids.

John motioned to appoint Cammy Fox to advisory board Jennifer 2nd motion carried.

Last week Ernest was trained to install software by doing the computers in our lab. This week he will start to set up the Salvation Army lab and collect a group of six to eight students to begin his training as an instructor. That will make the 2nd organization we have helped set up in the first quarter of 2011.

There will be a DAC meeting on Friday at Parkview on State street 10:45. Food will be provided.

Jennifer moved to adjourn, John 2nd Motion carried.

2011-03-16
Present: John Nash-chair, Jennifer (via phone from Germany)
Minutes read by Jennifer. John Moved to accept

Old Business
Meeting with David Keller and Keith Porter to discuss Karen ministry is still to be scheduled.

New Business
Tonight Cammy Fox will help us pick up the Burmese/Karen youth for class. Bob Gill and Cammy Fox will help us take them home.

We are working on preparing Ernest Hicks for his new job at the salvation army for computer lab supervisor. We helped him train through having him refurbish all the computers in the lab with Microsoft Windows and Linux. Jordan is helping complete this process.

We are actively seeking funding to hire our first paid help.

Jennifer is enjoying her time in Germany. She has climbed a Mountain, visited a concentration camp, tried on German clothing and has eaten lots of food. She is currently excited to get back to fellowshipping with her family so she motioned to adjourn and John 2nd motion carried.

2011-03-09
Present: John Nash-chair, Jennifer
Minutes read by Jennifer. John Moved to accept

Old Business
None

New Business
Tonight Cammy Fox will help us pick up the Burmese/Karen youth for class.

Keith Porter informed us that a meeting is planned with David Keller and himself to discuss the future of the Karen Ministry.

The format we are using to help build up other people to give them to other agencies has been review by the state program director for Indiana Access to Recovery and is acceptable to the program. It is also acceptable that we assign our personnel to work at more than one agency.

Dianna Hoskins who was the head of OBCI sent us an email letting us know that she is taking a job in Ohio. The impact of this on us has yet to be determined.

New service definitions for ATR have been received and are out for review and comment.

Jennifer moved to adjourn, John 2nd Motion carried.

2011-03-02
Present: John Nash-chair, Jennifer
We are down to two advisory board member this week: Jolene has schedule conflicts, Jennifer is out of town this month but attended meeting via telephone, Carl has transferred via Catholic Charities SCSEP to Eagles Nest Youth Center.

Old Business
Request for nominations for new Advisory Board Members was posted in private mail to existing advisory board members on FaceBook.com. There have been no nominations so far.

New Business
The Drug and Alcohol Consortium has announced the availability of some grants. John will review the information from DAC to see if we are doing anything which they would like to sponsor, or if there is something they would like which we can reasonably expect to do well.

The Skype was not letting Jennifer log in so we just did the meeting via telephone

We discussed possible board member.

Next weeks meeting has been moved to on hour earlier so Jennifer can catch a flight to germany.

motion to adjourn: John, 2nd: Jennifer , Motion carried.

2011-02-16
Present: John Nash-chair, Jennifer Perkins, Carl Griffin,
Minutes read by Jennifer. John Moved to accept, Carl 2nd motion carried.

Old Business
None

New Business
We went over the ATR client Choice Forms, Customer Satisfaction Survey and Client Log sheet.

Carl was given a copy of the evaluation to prepare and take the evaluation test next week.

We are still communicating with George at Eagles Nest to get things up and running but we are also in communications with Eric to make sure everything meets to his satisfaction.

We have a public calendar at google.

The Karen youth we pick up have now joined the children’s choir that meets on Wednesday night. Both the director and the youth are enjoying this. The sang on Sunday.

Jennifer moved to adjourn, Carl 2nd Motion carried.


2011-02-09
Present: John Nash-chair, Jennifer Perkins, Carl Griffin,

Minutes read by Jennifer. John Moved to accept, Carl 2nd motion carried.

Old Business
None

New Business
John and Jennifer made it to the training session on both days learning lots of valuable information. To be allowed to participate ATR clients must meet all of these qualifications. They must be addicted, they must be legally considered and adult, the must live in one of the ten counties where ATR is available, There total family income must be less than 200% of federal poverty level. They must be motivated and must be there voluntarily. In addition to those requirements they must meet at least one of the following requirements. They must have used methamphetamine the last 90 days, or be in prison and scheduled to be released withing the next 6 months, or is a woman who is pregnant, or is a woman with at least one dependent child under one year of age, or has ever been in the us military. In the case of us military persons their income can be as much as 500% of federal poverty level and they can live anywhere in Indiana.

We have developed and articulation with eagles nest youth center to help them by providing ATR trainers and build up their program. We will then begin building trainers for two more organizations yet to be named that will be located on the south west and north west sides of the city.

One of the interesting things learned from training is the importance of employment in maintaining sobriety. We were informed that 80% of the variability in success is tied directly to employment. It is critically important that we succeed in our mission to get our clients employed. One of alternative forms of employment is teaching them to build their own business. Our agency will be rated on the number of people who get employed or start working on a college degree.

We need to explore additional methods of getting funding so they can get a college degree.

There maybe some transportation issues with the Burmese tonight due to conflicting church events but it will be worked out somehow.

Jennifer moved to adjourn, Carl 2nd Motion carried.


2011-01-26
Present: John Nash, Jolene Nash, Jennifer Perkins, Carl Griffin
Guests: Keith Porter and Lalmuankima Tlau of Abundant Life Burmese ministries
Minutes skipped

Announcements
We are grieved to report one of our members, Betty Kummer, passed away this last Saturday. The funeral was at 12:00 today. Our heart goes out to the children and grandchildren she leaves behind: she will be dearly missed.

Old Business
None, not today.

New Business
The slide show from the ATR2 -> ATR3 transitions is posted for download on the ATR Sharepoint. Browse to IN.GOV and put Access to Recovery in the search box. Click PROVIDER SHAREPOINT at the bottom of the page (scroll down).

There will be REQUIRED training at the Fort Wayne / Allen County Safety Academy / Training Center Feb 7 and 8 from 9:00 to 4:00. While each agency is permitted only two ‘priority’ seats, all ALTi instructors should attend: there are usually seats available and this training is requisite for WITS access.

Our ATR3 renewal application was completed and sent to the required e-mail address last year. It should be processed soon. We verified all the documents to be included with Indiana ATR Program Manager Eric Scott when at the training in South Bend, so hopefully everything is as they need it to be. Sis. Hoskins at the OFBCO was able to confirm receipt of the materials, but she could not yet confirm that she has everything that is supposed to be included.

Burmese youth computer class
Discussion proceeded at length, mostly upon the topics of transportation logistics and alternatives.  There is only (legal) space for 11 youths in the van which Abundant Life lends to us to pickup and return these youth. Bro. Porter wonders if he might be able to persuade several CDL bus drivers from ALC to take turns driving a bus to pick up and return these youth on Wednesday. We have had to turn away six (6) youths because we do not have (legal) space to transport them. Other alternatives were to meet at a different building, but without computers, or to meet on Sunday evening. The Burmese youth program will continue, and we will work on the outstanding issues. John will meet once a month with Bro. Porter to trade information.

John moved to adjourn, all others simultaneously seconded, motion carried.


2011-01-19
No meeting this week due to snow emergency — all schools closed.


2011-01-12-2:48
Present: John Nash-chair, Jennifer Perkins, Carl Griffin, Betty Kummer

Minutes read by Jennifer. Betty Moved to accept, Carl 2nd motion carried.

Old Business
Betty has emailed her resume to be put on web site. Jennifer and Carl have not turned them in yet.

New Business
Last week we got two new ATR clients. From preliminary conversations today we may be able to help IVY Tech with some of their very basic computer use training.

Evaluations: To be able to use people as instructors certain steps must be taken to prove the capabilities of our staff. The validation process involved requires training by the state of Indiana in the WITS system, Limited police background check, drug test, and evaluations. The Background checks and State training have been handled, each person will get their drug test done and the results sent to Adult Life Training, and appointments with John for evaluations within the next 7 days have been set up.

Improvements are being made to our web site. The manuals are being updated on-line. Once the updates are complete they will be converted to pdf files for those who want to print the book.

The Presidents Fiscal report is about half done and will be posted when completed.

Jennifer motioned to adjourn, Carl 2nd, motion carried meeting adjourned at 3:18


2010-12-15-2:18
Present: John Nash-chair, Jennifer Perkins, Carl Griffin,Betty Kummer

Minutes read by Jennifer. Betty moved to accept, Carl 2nd motion carried.

Old Business
Jennifer is still working on resume due to a scheduling conflict, Carl is in the final tweaking stage before submitting, Betty’s is complete just needs to be emailed.

New Business
Criminal history and per employment drug screen consent forms were signed by all staff members.

1099 contractor agreements were explained, discussed and signed

Jennifer went to Open House at DAC and connected with a two new RC and provided contact information

Action Item For Carl Get Jennifer Bus route schedule to provide the RC’s

Wed Burmese classes are canceled for holidays (from dec 18 – Jan 10th 2011)
Training
None

Betty moved to adjourn, Carl 2nd Motion carried.


2010-12-08-2:02pm
Present: John Nash-chair, Jennifer Perkins, Carl Griffin (Betty Kummer is Ill)

Minutes read by Jennifer. John moved to accept, Carl 2nd motion carried.

Old Business
None

New Business
Statistics for 2010 and financials are posted in the presidents preliminary annual report

We had just shy of 1700 people in classes this last year.

Part of our website content is resumes of our key people, what their background is and why that background is important to us fulfilling our mission. By this time next week Carl and Jennifer will provide their resume in electronic format to upload to the web site.

Assurance Wireless will provide Free Cell Phone and Wireless services under certain circumstances including economic hardship. If you participate in TANIF, SSI, section 8 housing, school lunch program or food stamps you may qualify. Apply by calling 1-800-395-2171 or visiting hhtp://www.assurancewireless.com.

ATR II program is winding down to complete at the end of the year as ATR III takes over. In the short time we have been receiving clients we have had two. Both succeeded in obtaining employment, making our current success rate 100%.

ATR III For us to participate in ATR III At least one member of our organization must attend training in South Bend on the 16th of Dec. John, Jennifer and Jolene could be in attendance. Carl and Betty might be in attendance. (NOTE: after the meeting email from the Indiana Project Manager for ATR explained that no more than 1 or 2 people were to come, due to space limitations.)

Recertification must occur. There is an application form that we will complete and submit electronically by February 2011. Information will be collected as needed. This process is to be completed by February.

Training
Assessment process: The Intake process involves accepting the ATR voucher, arranging a meeting with and meeting with the client and getting a signed disclosure agreement to discuss his case with his RC. Next we must access the individual’s readiness in terms of computer job skills. To complete the assessment we use a test that is compiled from the module tests in the curriculum. We adjourned to the computer lab so that each team member could practice performing the assessment.

Carl Motion to adjourn to move to lab. Jennifer 2nd. Motion carried.

Meeting adjourned to lab.


2010-12-01
Present: John Nash-chair, Jennifer Perkins, Betty Kummner

Minutes read by Jennifer. John moved to accept, Betty 2nd, motion carried.

Old Business
none

New business
Updating web site to included documentation by bbb for charities
Need resumes for web site to be updated or new ones provided

Training
no training this week because we had to start late. Next week we will each perform the intake evaluation.

We will be closed the last two weeks of December and the first week of January for annual maintenance and year end processes.

Betty moved to adjourn, Jennifer 2nd,  motion carried.
Meeting adjourned at 3:17


2010-11-17-2:14
Present: John Nash-Chair, Jennifer Perkins Secretary, Carl Griffin
Minutes read by Jennifer. Carl moved to accept minutes as read. Jennifer 2nd. Motion carried.

Old Business

None

New business
None

Training log into wits to prove we can because passwords have been reset

Motion to adjourn Carl moved john 2nd motion carries


2010-11-10-2:14
Present: John Nash-Chair, Jennifer Perkins Secretary, Carl Griffin

Minutes read by Jennifer. Carl moved to accept minutes as read. Jennifer 2nd. Motion carried.

Old Business
Wits passwords have been reset

New Business
Kittens available to good home they make excellent companion animals may help emotional state of clients provided they are capable of taking care of them

We now have an assistant for Burmese class
Mary Grepke will be assisting with home work and possibly in the future providing art projects for students

Log into wits on secure computer and set passwords

Training for today
intake procedures-two documents
1 ISP individual study plan this is to develop an understanding of the customers needs and goal and identify a reasonable map to achieving those goals Includes contact info and when they are available both sides of form were discussed
2 Informed consent release form

Class tonight
it will be Mary’s first night for assisting with class

Carl moved to adjourn john 2nd motion carried


2010-10-27, 2:23pm
Present: John Nash- Chair, Jennifer Perkins- Secretary, Betty Kummner, Carl Griffin
Minutes read by Jennifer Perkins. Betty moved to accept minutes as read, Carl 2nd, motion carried.

Old Business

Betty Played phone tag with insurance agents — still no concrete info on protecting trainers
Glass wax was purchased from SC Johnson by Reckitt Benckiser. No source exists to purchase the product.

State wide InATR teleconference was missed because it was a day on which Time Sheets were due for the SCSEP program, and comprehension difficulties in the participants (ie. time you are billing cannot be more than time you actually worked) monopolized John’s time. In the confusion he missed the phone call.

New Business

Action item- John- request passwords for WITS to be reset

The speakers were installed in lab and are now working

Computer Lab will be shared with leadership meetings for next 6 Saturdays : corn stalks need to be removed and the room cleaned before Saturday

A new printer was donated to the ALC church and was placed in the computer lab for shared use

Passenger limit reached in van so Jennifer will be obtaining CDL to drive bus.

Vision

Sight is a function of the eyes vision is a function of the heart

We are a pilot project so what we do can be cloned and we be come a community help each other help others.  When we have a bunch of self serving agencies not working together for the good of the  whole community we have a scrimmage not a team. We need a team. and that is what we are building we succeed when no one in fort Wayne needs any job skills training and can be fully employed.

Training today is printer installation in Ubuntu Linux

Betty moves to adjourn, carl 2nd, motion carried

adjourned 2:54


2010-10-20, 2:15pm
Present: John Nash, Jennifer Perkins, Betty Kummer

Old business

None

New Business
our educational credits came in certificates in mail box

We had 4 witts clients assigned
two were reached
one showed up to appointment

Two leads for liability insurance are out… waiting on return call
(Betty handling this)

refurbished computers
Opportunity through Microsoft to refurbish computers there is no other refurbisher in ft Wayne so we were accepted certain criteria was specified then could get licensed for 6 dollars but there are some catches… year one 500 can be refurbished the problem is that if the computer does not have a sticker full version must be purchased at retail… raising costs so at this point its on hold… considering just using ubuntu

atr state wide call 1 o’clock tomorrow

Training today = none

Class today
glass wax window decorating activity

Jennifer to adjourn, Betty seconded, motion carried.
meeting adjourned 2:44 pm