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September 22, 2013

Resource network learns from Indiana organization

Group continues mission to educate, raise awareness in community.

The regional director for Indiana Nonprofit Resource Network offered insights about its work to the local resource network this week.

Jillian Miller attended Thursday’s meeting of the Cass County Resource Network.

“We are not a nonprofit organization,” she said, “but we try to make nonprofits better.”

The network is a service of Indiana United Ways and provides workshops, information and resources for Indiana nonprofits.

The organization recently held an educational workshop including a poverty simulation.

In the simulation, people were given a scenario with an income, family and were told to stay within a specific dollar amount each day. The workshop lasted two hours and showed agencies what people in need would actually go through.

Linda Klinck, director of development and communications at Peak Community Services, said she had a workshop with the Indiana organization in 2004 and it had been helpful.

Klinck, and other representatives from Peak Community Services, also spoke at the meeting to share some services offered. Mike Fincher spoke about employment services offered through partnerships with many local businesses o develop and maintain competitive jobs for those with disabilities.

Representatives from Peak Community Services, 1416 Woodlawn Ave., also talked about they also teach job skills.

A video at the end of the meeting showed various services offered by the organization including in home, out of home and out in the community services.

Klinck said the goal of the speakers, along with an informational video, was to raise awareness about what the organization does.

Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or amie.sites@pharostribune.com.

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