One of CAP’s very own, Chris Griffith, accepted an award from the Kentucky Counseling Association (CKA) on October 25, 2013, at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky. Chis, our counseling manager, started his career with CAP in 1996 and has been a dedicated employee over the last 17 years. Chris, who was named Mental Health Counselor of the Year by KCA, was very humbled by the honor of receiving this award and stated, “CAP has empowered me to be the best mental health counselor I can be. I have been given this award because CAP has allowed me to build a future, to shine and to step forward and take a leadership role. Without CAP, no one would know me; therefore, I am eternally grateful.”
The Kentucky Counseling Association is a state branch of the American Counseling Association. KCA is an organization of counseling professionals who work in educational, health care, residential, private practice, community agency, government, business and industry settings. Their mission is very much in line with that of CAP: to enhance human development. People rise to the level of the expectations set before them and we are called to set those not only for ourselves, but for others as well. Helping others, especially children, learn the value of having dreams and setting goals for themselves is a huge step in building confidence for a better tomorrow. Accordingly, the guest speaker, Gary Geisser, sang a few inspirational songs about hope during the event, one of which included the lyrics, “the closest thing to Heaven is a child.” We at CAP are proud and honored to work alongside Chris who has dedicated his career to counseling children and families, making a difference in the lives of Appalachian families.Share
When a chemical spill in West Virginia last week left thousands of people without clean water, CAP’s Disaster Relief Team sprung into action. Semi-trucks holding almost 40,000 bottles of water were sent to Williamson, where they were handed out.
Without safe water to drink or cook with, local stores soon sold out. People were uncertain of where they would be able to find clean water and began to panic. When the water arrived in our trucks, it was gone almost immediately. Robyn Renner, the director of Disaster Relief at CAP states, “They said we actually prevented a riot because so many people were desperate for the water and they began getting scared about the situation.”Share
Too often, seniors who have spent their entire lives living in the hills and hollows of Appalachia find themselves isolated, and in homes that are deteriorating. Many live alone and they are often without the basic essentials necessary to survive. As their children enter adulthood, they often move away to find work, so visits from family and friends are few and far between for the seniors. By assisting these elders with home visits, CAP staff and volunteers can identify areas where help is necessary and offer support for basic needs. CAP assists seniors to bring relief to their hardships through home visits, respite services, prescription assistance, food aid and home repair. CAP also offers opportunities for senior participants to enjoy fellowship with friends throughout the year, especially during the holidays.
With spring weather approaching, it is almost time for CAP’s annual YouthFest and WorkFest programs to begin. Through these programs, high school and college students offer help during their spring breaks, assisting seniors and families living in desperate situations with critical home repairs. As a result, seniors who are often struggling to survive are provided safe, warm and secure housing, along with a helping hand and the presence of smiling volunteers. Volunteers take time to sit and visit, and even share a meal, while they labor together with the participant to repair their home.
CAP’s elderly assistance programs provide critical care along with the peace of mind for a brighter future. In the process, friendships are formed and bonds are made, feeding the souls of participants, volunteers and employees alike. CAP works hard to make a positive impact on the lives of seniors living in desperate need in Appalachia.Share