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Community Council Recap: September 3rd

On September 3rd we had our first Community Council meeting of the new fiscal year! It was a great turnout with 95 attendees from various organizations, sectors and groups. Table decorations were provided by Open Door Clinic and were superhero-themed in support of their upcoming event, The Great Cape Escape on September 21st.

Cara Townsend with the U.S. Census Bureau presented on the 2020 Census and the importance of county-wide participation. North Carolina has the ability to gain a Congressional seat depending on how many people fill out the census. It will also determine federal funding for the state for areas such as education, transportation, housing assistance, etc.

Our other five-minute spot was Meredith Peffley with Cardinal Innovations Healthcare. Meredith spoke about the Registry of Unmet Needs, the waiting list for the NC Innovations Waiver for those with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. This is a health plan that allows for services in the home/community versus being institutionalized.

The keynote speaker was Doreen Tuck and Monica Isbell from Alamance Community College. The topic was options for students after high school for individuals with developmental disabilities. ACC offers classes with activities such as sewing (Pillows with a Purpose), cooking (weekly coffee cart) and more. We appreciated learning more about this great resource in Alamance County and how the community can better utilize it!

“It was wonderful to see both returning agencies and new faces in the large crowd” said Jennifer Mock, the New Community Council President, “stepping in as President of Community Council I was excited to see Community Council from a different perspective.  I appreciated the encouragement and support of the council as well as members as I navigated a new role.”

We would like to thank Village Grill for providing the meals for the upcoming year and to learn more about Community Council, visit here.