Left to right are Pam Harper, Star Beacon; Debbi Waring, Youth LEADERship; Pam Richcreek
, Catholic Charities; Renea Roach, Human Resources; Red Leonard and Cynthia Kubitz, Community Action.
...This program, however, does not just happen overnight, said Pam Richcreek of Catholic Charities.
There are many months of planning involved in organizing one of the largest special outreach programs offered within the community.Many dedicated individuals from various organizations throughout the county come together as members of a collaborative effort known as the HALO Advisory Board and meet monthly, starting in January, to discuss how to take some of the burden off families and individuals who cannot afford anything extra outside their normal monthly budget during the holiday season, Richcreek
said.The HALO Advisory Board consists of the following agencies and individuals: Catholic Charities of Ashtabula County's Pam Richcreek; Cynthia Kubitz; Jefferson coordinators May and Jack Howe, and Red Leonard; Head Start's Debbie Budy and Kim Fleming; the Star Beacon's Pam Harper; Action Academy's Cheryl Longden; Conneaut Human Resources Center's Renea Roach; Leadership Ashtabula County's Debbi Waring ; and Ashtabula Senior Center's Judy Witt.
"Through a grant received from the Ashtabula Foundation
, as well as the many donations we receive from our community, we are able to provide a food voucher to one of many participating vendors throughout the county to help serve as the holiday meal, as well as the delivery of packaged food boxes for delivery to the homebound," Richcreek
And with that in mind, the HALO Advisory Board is committed to ensuring that no individual, family or child will be left out," Richcreek