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August, 2012

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Thank you for your newsletter information. 

REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR NEWS ITEMS NO LATER THAN THE 10TH OF EVERY MONTH!

Keep them coming!

The Board is working hard to build up DACCS membership at the meetings. We know that you have a busy schedule but we are hoping you will be at as many meetings this year as possible!

2012 DACCS Officers

President – J. Adama Vacanti
Vice President – Nicole Crews
Secretary – Clem Oliver
Treasurer – Bernice Gammon
Alternative Treasurer - Melinda Dalton
Newsletter – Clem Oliver
Members at Large - Earl B. Reynolds Jr, Van Avery, Pat Daniel
Past President – Pattie DeShazor

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DACCS Meeting
Friday, August 24, 2012
 
 12 noon at Golden Corral Restaurant
Speaker

ROBIN YOUNG

Director of Admissions
Riverside Health & Rehabilitation Center

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DACCS Announcements!
September Meeting
Friday, September 28, 2012 
Speaker To Be Announced

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If you would like to be our Guest Speaker at one of the DACCS Meetings to discuss your organization, please see Nicole Crews for details. Your lunch will be provided.

Do you have news to share to put in the DACCS newsletter?
If so, please contact: Clem Oliver with your information.
All information is needed by the 10th of each month.

If you are interested in being an officer in DACCS for the year 2013 please contact Mrs. Pattie Deshazor

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Social Security Column
By J. Adama Vacanti
Social Security District Manager in Danville, VA

IF 2013 IS YOUR LUCKY YEAR TO RETIRE, PREPARE NOW

Do you plan to begin receiving Social Security retirement benefits early in 2013? If so, now is the time to prepare. We recommend you apply up to 30 -60 days before you want your retirement benefits to begin.

These days, you no longer need to travel to an office or wait in line to apply for benefits. You can do it from your home or office computer. The Social Security website at www.socialsecurity.gov makes the process easy and convenient.

You can complete your application for retirement benefits in as little as 15 minutes. In most cases, after you submit your online application electronically, that’s all you have to do. You’re done. There are no forms to sign or additional paperwork to complete. In rare cases where we need additional information, a representative will contact you.

Not ready to retire yet? Perhaps you want to plan ahead and begin considering your options regarding when to retire. In that case, you’ll want to visit Social Security’s website to use our convenient and informative retirement planner at www.socialsecurity.gov/retire2. Here you can find out just how close you are to meeting your financial goals and then “bookmark” the website to apply for retirement benefits whenever you are ready.

We encourage people at any stage in their working career to use the Retirement Estimator for an instant, personalized estimate of future retirement benefits. Find it at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator.

Remember that you’re always first in line when you go online, to www.socialsecurity.gov.

Here’s to a lucky 2013. If you’re planning to retire and begin receiving Social Security benefits in January, start the year off right by applying online now for Social Security benefits.

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Only 6 more times – Only 15 …
To Take The GED® Test Before It Changes!!!

And What Happens When The Test Changes?
YOU WILL HAVE TO START OVER!!!

  • Even if you have passed four tests and only need a 410 on your last test
  • Or if you have passed five tests and only need 10 points to pass

ALL your scores are thrown out . . . and you have to start again!

YOU WILL HAVE TO TAKE A HARDER TEST!!!

  • You must take the whole test on computer . . .
  • The math problems will be harder than ever before . . .
  • You will have to do more essays and short answers (on computer!)

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COME IN NOW TO GET READY
. . . Three (3) Easy Steps!

  • Call 799-6471 or come by the Adult & Career Education Center [141 Goode Street (behind Langston Focus School)] – OPEN: Mondays &Wednesdays (9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.); Tuesdays &Thursdays (9:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.)
  • Take some short tests so we can see what you know and what you need to study.
  • Take some short tests so we can see what you know and what you need to study.
  • If you are ready. . . SIGN UP IMMEDIATELY FOR THE TEST – WE WILL PAY FOR IT!
  • If you need to study in a test area. . . Sign up for classes. We have lots of options: [Small classes, Self-paced study (w/teacher guidance), Computerized study, Math Workshops]

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OTHER PROGRAMS TO PREPARE YOU FOR
JOB TRAINIING OR WORK

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR ACADEMIC PROGRAMS, BUT ...

Prefer to get an Adult High School Diploma:

  • Computerized credit classes – Tuition Fee: $45 per course.
  • Teachers available for assistance.
  • TO GET STARTED: Get your high school transcript to the Adult & Career
    Education Center.

Have a diploma, but need to improve skills for WIA or college:

  • Have a diploma, but need to improve skills for WIA or college:
  • TO GET STARTED: Call ACEC at 799‐6471 to set up an appointment with one of
    our teachers.

Are from another country & need to improve your English speaking,
reading, or writing skills:

  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes offered Tuesday &
    Thursdays, 9 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Computerized and self‐paced study programs to help improve reading & writing
    skills.
  • Materials to study to take your GED® Credential in Spanish.
  • TO GET STARTED: Call ACEC at 799‐6471 to set up an appointment with one of
    our teachers.

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR OTHER SKILLS THAT ARE NEEDED ON THE JOB SUCH AS ...

Beginning Computer Classes:

  • For adults with almost NO computer skills
  • Learn to use the mouse, send & receive e‐mail, use word processing, excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentation software, cut and paste graphics and pictures, and use the Internet, etc.
  • Classes meet two days per week, 2 hours per day for 5 weeks. Class Fee: $5.00
  • Call ACEC at 799‐6471 to find out when the next classes start and how to register.

Beginning Keyboarding Classes:

  • Learn the keyboard and simple touch typing; practice speed typing.
  • Classes and self‐paced computer programs. Class Fee: $5.00
  • Call ACEC at 799‐6471 to find out when the next classes start and how to register.

Customer Services (Leading to National Retail Federation Customer Service Certification Testing)

  • Learn the skills needed to work with & handle difficult ‘people’ situations in a variety of work settings.
  • Classes meet two nights per week, two and one‐half hours per night for 5 weeks. Class Fee: $5.00
  • Students completing the course may take the National Retail Federation Customer Service Certification Test. Cost: $75.00
  • Call ACEC at 799‐6471 to find out when the next classes start and how to register.

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Helping communities shift from short‐term to long‐term solutions to homelessness

August 2012 Newsletter


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SPOTLIGHT:
SUMMIT ON EMPLOYING PEOPLE EXPERIENCING
HOMELESSNESS

Register Now

September 13th
10:30 am ‐ 5:30 pm
Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library
111 W. Ocean View Ave.
Norfolk, VA 23503

VCEH, the South Hampton Roads Regional Task Force to End Homelessness, the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development will convene an event to review and dialogue on best practice strategies for increasing employment opportunities for people experiencing homelessness. The summit will include experts from the Working to End Homelessness project of the National Transitional Jobs Network at the Heartland Alliance based in Chicago, Illinois.

The National Transitional Jobs Network recently completed extensive research on employment strategies for people experiencing homelessness. "We learned that across all the strategies we examined that there are common, unifying principles. One of the most important is to meet people where they are to respond to a person's desire to work," said Chris Warland of the National Transitional
Jobs Network. "It's not new to us, but needs to be acknowledged: people experiencing homelessness want to work."

The summit will provide tools that agencies can immediately incorporate into their programs to provide employment opportunities for their clients, as well as long‐term goals for program development. "The Network has always been interested in providing actionable, practical tools and ideas that can be implemented right away at little or no cost, so that agencies can begin to help their clients right way," said Warland.

The event is free and open all, but registration is requested. Register now by clicking here!

Preview of Resources to be Presented at the Summit:
The Working to End Homelessness project has compiled a wonderful series of resources on the best practices to employ people experiencing homelessness that they will discuss at the summit. Check out these resources at the links below and join us on September 13th!

For more information or if you have questions, contact David Bresnahan at 804‐332‐0498 or davidbres@vceh.org.

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REGIONAL ALLIANCE FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION

The Regional Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention meets at noon the third Monday of each month at Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services, 245 Hairston St. Danville. Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Deborah Vaughan 434-797-3981 ext. 16 for more information about the group.

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RURAL HEALTH ACTION CONFERENCE SURVEY

You might be rural if…” sounds like the set-up for a joke. But the public health issues facing rural Virginia are no joke. Help the Virginia Public Health Association and the Virginia Rural Health Association identify and prioritize the most relevant issues by participating in our brief survey. The data will be used to inform the discussions at the October 8 -9 Virginia Rural Health Action Conference in Charlottesville. We want to hear from everyone with a stake in the health of rural Virginia: we want to hear from YOU! Your input is highly valued and will help the conference participants identify the priority items for the updated Rural Health Plan. Click here to participate in the survey

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Keeping Well in Mind, Body & Spirit
Programs for those concerned with cancer prevention & survivorship
August 16, 2012

This FREE series brought to the community by the Cancer Resource Center of Southern Virginia in Danville and with the support of Danville’s Cancer Task Force continues in August with Surviving Cancer: Quality of Life and Your Relationship with Your Doctor, presented by Saria Saccocio, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Danville regional Medical Center. Dr. Saccocio was a popular speaker at the May 5 Conference, Connected by Cancer & Beyond: A Program for Survivors in the Dan River Region. Find out how to enhance your quality of life and maximize the relationship with your health care team. Join us on Thursday, August 16, from 11:30-1:00 at First Presbyterian Church, 937 Main Street, Danville. Bring your lunch and a friend! Drinks and dessert will be provided. Call to make a reservation 434-766-6650, Charlotte Litzenberg or Melanie Vaughan, or email cllitzenberg@vcu.edu.

September 20, 2012

This FREE series brought to the community by the Cancer Resource Center of Southern Virginia and with the support of Danville's Cancer Task Force continues in September with What Do You Know About Colon & Rectal Cancer? Screening Can Save Your Life. Colorectal Cancer is one of the leading causes of Cancer related deaths in our region. Gastroenterologist, Dr. Bhushan H. Pandya, will present the program and answer your questions on Thursday, September 20, from 11:30 am-1:30 pm, at First Presbyterian Church, 937 Main Street, Danville. Please bring your lunch and a friend! Drinks and dessert will be provided. Call to make a reservation, 434-766- 6650, Charlotte or Melanie, or email cllitzenberg@vcu.edu.

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We will have 5 questions each month. The answers will be in next months newsletter

  1. Which is the highest point in Virginia?
  2. Who of the following presidents of USA was not born in Virginia?
    • George Washington
    • John Adams
    • Thomas Jefferson
    • William Henry Harrison
    • James Madison
  3. Who surrendered to Ulysses Grant at Appomattox Guest House on 9 April 1865?
  4. What year was the Danville Area Council of Community Services founded?
  5. When was the first Danville Area Council green book published?

Last month's trivia!

  1. Which state is to the west of Virginia? - Kentucky
  2. What is the motto of Virginia? -Sic semper tyrannis
  3. When was Jamestown founded? -14 May 1607
  4. Who married Pocahontas in 1614? - John Rolfe
  5. Which is the capital of Virginia? - Richmond

Answers next month!