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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
(845) 486-2000

Robert B. Allers
Commissioner of Social Services
(845) 486-3001                 

Maureen B. Lashlee, Executive Director            
Dutchess County Community Action
(845) 452-5104


For Immediate Release

October 13, 1998

Poughkeepsie, NY -- Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has announced that Dutchess County, through its Department of Social Services, has received an appropriation of $175,280 from New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.  These monies will fund a joint project of the Dutchess County Department of Social Services and the Dutchess County Community Action Agency (DCCAA).

The project will provide:

County Executive Steinhaus said, "This project, spearheaded jointly by Dutchess County and the DCCAA is a confirmation of our commitment to all citizens and geographic areas of Dutchess County and it represents a community response to the challenge of  ending welfare as we know it.'"

Maureen Lashlee, Executive Director of DCCAA added: "Dutchess County Community Action is uniquely qualified to partner with the Dutchess County Department of Social Services and TANF families to empower families towards greater self reliance through the use of effective incentives that replace despair with opportunity."

Evelyn Harris, Director, Division of Community Service NYS, Department of State states: "The Family Development Credential (F.D.C.) is a competency-based training and credential program envisioned by the Department of State, and developed with the help of many partners, key among them are the Community Action Agencies, other state agencies and the New York State School of Human Ecology at Cornell University.  The FDC is the key component of an overall effort to improve collaboration among helping organizations.  It provides front-line workers the skills, knowledge and abilities to provide comprehensive services that are family focused and strength based.  This effort by DCCAA exemplifies the type of result we hope to achieve."

According to Robert B. Allers, Commissioner of Dutchess County Department of Social Services:

"One of our primary goals at Dutchess County Department of Social Services is to assist our clients in becoming self sufficient and employed.   This grant coordinates services, improves communication among our agency partners and empowers our TANF families to achieve independence from our system."



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