1800 W. Fifth St.
Lincoln, IL 62656
Executive Director: Jacob Sexton
People Served: 10,000
No. of Employees: 137
No. of Volunteers: 100
Service Area: Dewitt, Fulton, Logan, Mason, Menard, Piatt Counties
April is a Lincoln native. In 1988, April moved to Memphis, TN to pursue a cosmetology career. She was able to work for 5 years developing an allergic reaction to a chemical commonly used in salon products.
In 1991, she obtained employment at small finance company, starting out working at the counter, to ultimately becoming involved in upper management at a Regional Level in 2004. In 2006, April’s son was born. April had a wonderful son, a stable career with a six figure income, a beautiful home and loving fiancé. Then the bottom fell out of the real estate market and April was part of a reduction in force in January 2007. In the months to come, April would lose everything. In September 2007, April pulled into the driveway of her parent’s home in Lincoln.
In October 2007 April secured a job at a bank in Clinton doing secondary market lending. In January 2009, the bank president stepped down and the decision was made to close the mortgage department. April filed for unemployment immediately and then started traveling up to 250 miles for interviews, only running into dead ends.
April spent the summer reflecting on her life and what is most important. She began researching different programs available for single parents or people who need assistance. She discovered, much to her dismay, that she was not income eligible for many assistance programs. Friends recommended that the local Community Action Agency might be able to provide assistance.
Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois (CAPCIL) provided much needed help, including Family and Community Development case management. One month later, April moved into her own residence, was able to have necessary sinus surgery, and was back in school completing a reinstatement curriculum for cosmetology through Community Actions Career Training Program funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. While in school, April needed food assistance and help paying for gas due to traveling 80 miles round trip each day. Community Action helped out again with gas cards and groceries. Despite emergency gallbladder surgery, April completed her course work and hours necessary to re-enter the work force. She plans on opening her own salon in the very near future.
According to April, “Community Action not only gave me help they gave me something just as valuable and that is hope. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”
Child Care Program; Community Service Block Grant; Foster Grandparent Program; Head Start Program; homemaker Program; Homeless Prevention Program; Illinois Home Weaterization Program; Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program; Senior Citizens Nutrition Programs; Senior Citizens Transportation Program; Summer Day Camp Program.