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Heating assistance subsidy signups end Friday, Dec. 9   no comments

Posted at 10:10 am in News

liheapThe subsidy portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), administered by Big Sandy Area Community Action, will end this Friday, December 9th. Low-income individuals and families in need of assistance should visit the Community Action office in their county before 4:30 p.m. on Friday.

LIHEAP is a federally-funded program that helps low-income households with their home energy bills. By ensuring proper heating, the risk of health and safety problems such as illness, fire, or eviction is reduced. This important federal program helps provide heating assistance to over 100,000 families in Kentucky each year.  It operates in two components:  the subsidy component and the crisis component.

Individuals seeking assistance during the subsidy component must meet income eligibility requirements and bring the following information with them when they sign up:

  1. Proof of Social Security Number or Permanent Residence (Green Card) for EACH member of the household. In order to receive assistance you MUST bring EVERY Social Security Number or Permanent Residence (Green Card) for each member.
  2. Proof of ALL household’s (ALL MEMBERS) income from previous month.
  3. Most CURRENT heating bill, statement from your landlord if heating expenses are included in rent, statement from utility company if you participate in Pre-Pay Electric Program.
  4. The ACCOUNT NUMBER and NAME on the account for ALL heating fuel sources and electric.

You do not have to have a “disconnect” notice during the subsidy component of LIHEAP.

All eligible applicants will receive a benefit amount that is based on their income and primary fuel type.  Benefit amounts vary based on individual situations. All vouchers are paid directly to the primary fuel vendor with no funds being distributed directly to the applicant household.

Applications for the subsidy portion of LIHEAP will not be taken after Friday, December 9.

The crisis component of LIHEAP will not begin until Monday, January 9th.

The crisis component has the same income eligibility as the subsidy component with the additional requirement that the household must have a “disconnect” notice from their utility company or they must self-certify that they are within four days of running out of their bulk fuel source such as wood, coal, kerosene or fuel oil. Benefit levels are determined by the amount needed to prevent disconnection or the amount needed to ensure a deliverable amount of bulk fuel. The crisis component operates on a first come first serve basis and will be in operation until March 31st or until funds have been expended.

LIHEAP is funded through Community Action Kentucky (CAK), the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a vast array of services, such as employment and training assistance, weatherization of homes, and area Head Start programs, in order to assist individuals and families in obtaining self-sufficiency. Through collaborative efforts of community and organizational partnerships, BSACAP seeks to improve the overall quality of life within the Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike County communities. To learn more about BSACAP and their programs, visit www.bsacap.org or call (606) 789-3641.

Written by Sarah Hill on December 5th, 2016

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Big Sandy Job Fair on Oct. 31   no comments

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Written by Sarah Hill on October 18th, 2016

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BSACAP announces 2016 Head Start Teaching Staff of the Year   no comments

Posted at 2:17 pm in News
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The winning teaching team, Ramona Stewart (left) and Misty Knott (right), pose next to the library nook they won for their classroom at James A. Duff Elementary School.

Teamwork, joy, and a deep love of children are the key components for success for the first ever Head Start Teaching Team of the Year. Out of 64 classrooms in the Big Sandy Area Community Action Program grant service area, Misty Knott and Ramona Stewart, from James A. Duff Elementary Head Start in Floyd County, were named this year’s winners.

Knott has been teaching Head Start for 11 years and assistant teacher Ramona Stewart has been with the program for 23 years. “We just like working with children and being around children,” Knott, who had always wanted to be a teacher, said. After spending time working as a bookkeeper and secretary, Stewart is fulfilling what she describes as her “lifelong dream to work with little kids.”

Knott said that Head Start holds a special place for her. “It’s the foundation to get the kids ready for school and for life. We teach them how to eat and sit and listen, just all the very foundational skills a child needs.” Stewart echoed her colleague saying that helping children learn about good behavior, all the basic elements of being in a classroom, having a schedule, and going about the day is a critical part of their early education. “We’re firm with them, but we love them. We don’t have any problems with behavior or anything like that,” Stewart said.

Knott and Stewart, who can practically finish each other’s sentences, say that the key to their success is the strong partnership they have forged over the years together. “It’s the teamwork and the real passion and love we have,” Knott said. Stewart added, “It’s patience and love for kids.”

Knott explained that she and Stewart see eye-to-eye on most choices and are sure to stand behind one another because they keep the focus on providing what is best for each child in their care. And while each agree that finishing paperwork is the most difficult part of their job, they say they wouldn’t trade it for any other. “There’s so much paperwork. It’s not that the paperwork is hard; it’s just finding the time to finish it. But we work out ways to get it done and we’ve never been late with anything,” Knott said. But the true reward the team receives is from the hugs and smiles of the children.

“The hugs and the ‘I love you’s’ make all the difference,” Knott said. “That’s what we do every day before they leave. We give them a hug and say, ‘I love you. See you tomorrow,’” Stewart added.

The duo say they ensure that each child is treated the same as all the others and they work to make learning safe, fun, and full of care. Knott explained, “I wish that every child could have at home what they have here. Sometimes the love and the nurturing is missing at home and I wish they could all have that all the time.”

Knott said that at the end of the day, “You have to do whatever it takes and the little things feel so good. Say a child came in at the beginning of the year and couldn’t put their coat on, if they can do it by the end of the year, it just makes you feel so good. It’s just the little things.”
The team said they were surprised by the Teaching Staff of the Year award and were very pleased with the library nook they received as a prize for their classroom, but were quick to add, “It’s nice to be recognized, but we’re here for the kids first.”

Knott and Stewart became this year’s winners by having at least 85 percent child attendance for the entire year, scoring in the Top 10 (out of 64) on the CLASS observation tool, having 15 or fewer negative findings during the annual grantee record review, completing the required child assessments for all children within the stated timeline, completing the recommendations by the School Readiness Committee within the stated timeline, and having the a number of parent volunteer hours.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a vast array of services, such as employment and training assistance, weatherization of homes, and area Head Start programs, in order to assist individuals and families in obtaining self-sufficiency. Through collaborative efforts of community and organizational partnerships, BSACAP seeks to improve the overall quality of life within the Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike County communities. To learn more about BSACAP and their programs, visit www.bsacap.org or call the service office in your county.

Written by Sarah Hill on October 3rd, 2016

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Youth Program gives Martin Co. woman a head start on her career   no comments

Posted at 2:10 pm in News
Kyla Horn, of Martin County, participated in BSACAP’s Youth Program and landed an internship with The Mountain Citizen in order to help her on her way to a successful career in journalism. The Youth Program is open to students in high school and young people between the ages of 18 and 24.

Kyla Horn, of Martin County, participated in BSACAP’s Youth Program and landed an internship with The Mountain Citizen in order to help her on her way to a successful career in journalism. The Youth Program is open to students in high school and young people between the ages of 18 and 24.

Meeting the right people and making the right connections to start a career early in life can be difficult for many students in our area, but one young woman from Martin County took the step she needed to get her foot in the door with journalism.

Kyla Horn, a recent alumna of Sheldon Clark High School, interned with The Mountain Citizen through the assistance of Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) and the Youth Program offer through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA).

The WIOA Youth Program offers a range of services to students still in school and young people age 18-24. The program offers tutoring, study skills, training, and instruction, alternative secondary school offerings, summer employment opportunities, paid and unpaid work experiences including internships and job shadowing, occupational skills training, leadership development opportunities, supportive services, adult mentoring for 12 months to ensure continued success of placement, and comprehensive guidance and counseling. The program is open to low-income young people who may experience barriers to employment.

Horn explained, “All of my friends were getting on [the Youth Program] and I was like, ‘You guys are working at the coolest places, like having to do with what you want to do when you grow up.’ And I was like, ‘I want to do that to.’” So she connected with BSACAP Career Advisor Kayla Jude.

Horn told Jude about her passion for journalism and her hopes of one day becoming a news anchor. “[Working with Kayla] was really cool because I didn’t feel like I was talking to a supervisor. It felt like I was talking to a big sister who was helping me learn the ropes. It was really helpful,” Horn said. Jude was able to arrange for Horn to have an internship with her local newspaper, The Mountain Citizen, so that she might begin to see how the news is gathered.

Horn said that initially she was a little nervous about the internship. “I was working with people who had been there since before I was born. I was so scared of messing up,” she said. But after about a week, Horn adjusted to the paper business and learned how to work the front desk, file papers, and take advertisements. She was even given the opportunity to write a few articles about her high school and the dance team.

Horn said her internship with the paper not only gave her real life work experience, but also gave her confirmation that journalism is in fact the path that she wishes to pursue in college. “It gave me real life work experience that I wouldn’t have received anywhere else,” she said. “I’ve recommended it to all my friends who are in high school right now.”

She is attending Big Sandy Community and Technical College at present and plans to transfer to Morehead State University where she will study Journalism and Communications. Horn says she is looking forward to the future and is excited to learn everything she can about different kinds of media productions and become the future of news in Kentucky.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a vast array of services, such as employment and training assistance, weatherization of homes, and area Head Start programs, in order to assist individuals and families in obtaining self-sufficiency. Through collaborative efforts of community and organizational partnerships, BSACAP seeks to improve the overall quality of life within the Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike County communities. To learn more about BSACAP and their programs, visit www.bsacap.org or call the service office in your county.

Written by Sarah Hill on October 3rd, 2016

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BSACAP to start LIHEAP pre-registration for elderly and disabled on Oct. 17   no comments

Posted at 2:06 pm in News

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) is offering pre-registration for the Subsidy portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The pre-registration will begin on Monday, Oct. 17, and last until October 31.

BSACAP Executive Director James Michael Howell said pre-registration should prove beneficial to customers.

“The elderly and the disabled have less mobility and it’s harder for them to stand in long lines,” Howell explained. “Pre-registration should cut down on those long lines and help more people access the services.”

Howell added, “We want to stress that, although we’re offering the pre-registration, no applications will be approved until Tuesday, Nov. 1, the first day of the Subsidy component. No vouchers will be sent to vendors until after Oct. 31.”

Pre-registration is available to applicants who receive a fixed income and are either 60 years of age and above or who have disabilities.

To be eligible to pre-register, applicants must bring proof they are receiving disability benefits and/or are at least 60 years of age and on a fixed income.

In addition, to qualify for the Subsidy component of LIHEAP, applicants must present the following:
• Most recent heating bill or proof that heating expenses are included in rent (for example: lease agreement or rent contract);
• Proof of physical address – bring metered utility bill;
• Proof of household income for prior month;
• Birthdates for all household members;
• Social security card or official documentation with social security numbers for each member of household.

Applicants must apply in their county of residence. Applications will be taken at the following BSACAP service offices from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:

Floyd County
60 Court Street
Allen
606-874-3595

Johnson County
230 Court Street
Paintsville
606-789-6515

Magoffin County
131 Church Street
Salyersville
606-349-2217

Martin County
387 E. Main Street
Inez
606-298-3217

Pike County
478 Town Mountain Road
Pikeville
606-432-2775

All other applicants may begin applying for Subsidy on Tuesday, Nov. 1, through Friday, Dec. 9. As in past years, applications will be taken alphabetically, according to the applicant’s last name.

LIHEAP, a national energy assistance initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is funded in Kentucky by the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services and Community Action Kentucky.

Written by Sarah Hill on October 3rd, 2016

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Fall into the New Season with a New Career and the Pike County Job Club   no comments

Posted at 9:56 am in News

It’s time to turn over a new leaf in your search for a new career by coming to the Pike County Job Club!

With practical lessons and expert-led activities planned to help get you back to work, Job Clubs in Pike County is now better positioned than ever to deliver hands-on assistance that can help you write a professional résumé, learn how to succeed in job interviews, connect with employers, workforce professionals, and other jobseekers, and create a winning game plan for your job search.

Join us at the Pike County Job Club, which will meet starting September 14th, at the Pike County Public Library, 126 Lee Avenue, Pikeville.

The Pike County Job Club is brought to you by a partnership between Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP), Big Sandy Area Community Action Program, Inc. and the Kentucky Career Center Office of Employment and Training (OET).

Our career experts in the Job Clubs partnership have brought together a program powered by the career-advising industry’s best ideas and tools to help those searching for employment build the skills and connections they need to find rewarding new work.

In Job Clubs, you will:

• Build job leads
• Get top job search advice
• Have access to job networking opportunities
• Build a professional employer-approved résumé

The experts who will guide you through Job Clubs and on your way to a successful new job have been in this industry for years and know what needs to be done to get you on the fast track toward employment.

To attend the next Pike County Job Club meeting, stop by the Pike County Public Library, 126 Lee Avenue, Pikeville, starting at 11:00 a.m. on September 14th.

All new members are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior for new member orientation. For more information or to speak with a Career Advisor about the Pike County Job Club, please call (606) 433-7721.

Written by Sarah Hill on September 9th, 2016

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Fall into the New Season with a New Career and the Martin County Job Club   no comments

Posted at 9:54 am in News

It’s time to turn over a new leaf in your search for a new career by coming to the Martin County Job Club!

With practical lessons and expert-led activities planned to help get you back to work, Job Clubs in Martin County is now better positioned than ever to deliver hands-on assistance that can help you write a professional résumé, learn how to succeed in job interviews, connect with employers, workforce professionals, and other jobseekers, and create a winning game plan for your job search.

Join us at the Martin County Job Club, which will meet starting Tuesday, September 13th at 1:30p.m., on the 3rd Floor of the Roy F. Collier Community Center, 387 East Main Street, Inez.

The Martin County Job Club is brought to you by a partnership between Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP), Big Sandy Area Community Action Program, and the Kentucky Career Center Office of Employment and Training (OET).

Our career experts in the Job Clubs partnership have brought together a program powered by the career-advising industry’s best ideas and tools to help those searching for employment build the skills and connections they need to find rewarding new work.

In Job Clubs, you will:

  • Build job leads
  • Get top job search advice
  • Have access to job networking opportunities
  • Build a professional employer-approved résumé

The experts who will guide you through Job Clubs and on your way to a successful new job have been in this industry for years and know what needs to be done to get you on the fast track toward employment.

To attend the next Martin County Job Club meeting, stop by the 3rd Floor of the Roy F. Collier Community Center, 387 East Main Street, Inez, KY starting at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13th.

All new members are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior for new member orientation. For more information or to speak with a Career Advisor about the Martin County Job Club, please call 606-298-3217.

Written by Sarah Hill on September 9th, 2016

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Pike County woman earns scholarship, creates better life with BSACAP   no comments

Posted at 9:35 am in News
Cassondra Smith stands with her young son outside of her apartment at the Scholar House in Pikeville. Smith participated in Big Sandy Area Community Action Program’s In-School Youth Program and was a recent recipient of the Community Services Block Grant Scholarship.

Cassondra Smith stands with her young son outside of her apartment at the Scholar House in Pikeville. Smith participated in Big Sandy Area Community Action Program’s In-School Youth Program and was a recent recipient of the Community Services Block Grant Scholarship.

Juggling work, school, family, and life can be difficult for anyone, but Casondra Smith, a young mother in Pike County, is making it work by taking advantage of every opportunity to better her life and create a good life for her son.

Smith met Big Sandy Area Community Action Program Career Advisor Jackie Blackburn who knew she would be a perfect fit for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program for In-School Youth. Blackburn started helping Smith put herself on a strong path while she was still at Shelby Valley High School by working with her to find employment.

The In-School Youth Program available through BSACAP helps low-income young people gain work experience, find career counseling and academic tutoring, and gives them 12 months of mentoring to ensure their continued success.

Through the relationship they built, Blackburn was able to find several more ways to help Smith stay on the path to success. When Smith graduated from high school, Blackburn assisted her with information about college scholarships and housing arrangements for single parents.  “Jackie is very nice. You can really tell she loves her job,” Smith said.

Beginning her second year at Big Sandy Community and Technical College, Smith, who is studying Human Services, is excited for her new classes. “I’m excited to start my clinicals next year, and this year I’ll be starting my psychology and sociology classes,” she said.

Smith is taking advantage of the opportunity to live in the Scholar House in Pikeville, apartments for single parents who are enrolled in school, have their child enrolled in daycare, and agree to keep up their grades and pay part of the cost of living in the apartment. “They’re very nice apartments. And it’s all about school and studying, so it’s really helpful,” she said.

Smith was recently awarded the Community Services Block Grant Scholarship that is distributed by BSACAP and made available to low-income students to help with their college expenses. Smith said she plans to use the scholarship money to help her take of her son while she is in school.

Smith said, “I dread [going back to school], but I’m excited at the same time. I know I’m going to be taking harder classes this year, but I’m excited to graduate and get into a job.”

Smith’s Career Advisor Jackie Blackburn said, “Cassie is a bright girl, and she is so dedicated to succeeding in making a better life for her son. She was an excellent participant in our program, and her strong drive and perseverance is going to take her far.”

Funding for the Youth Program is made possible by the Workforce Investment and Opportunities Act of 2014 and the U.S. Department of Labor through the Department of Training and Re-Employment and the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP). The Scholarship Program is made possible by Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) with funds made available by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a vast array of services, such as employment and training assistance, weatherization of homes, and area Head Start programs, in order to assist individuals and families in obtaining self-sufficiency. Through collaborative efforts of community and organizational partnerships, BSACAP seeks to improve the overall quality of life within the Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike County communities. To learn more about BSACAP and their programs, visit www.bsacap.org or call the service office in your county.

Written by Sarah Hill on August 19th, 2016

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Big Sandy Area Community Action Program distributes over $7,000 in scholarships   no comments

Posted at 9:32 am in News

Each year Big Sandy Area Community Action Program (BSACAP) is afforded the opportunity to present students in their service area with scholarships to help them attend college or vocational school.  The scholarships are made possible through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG). This year nine people across Pike, Floyd, Johnson, Martin, and Magoffin Counties received a total of over $7,000 in funds to help them pursue their educational goals.

Johnda Marie Adams, of Pikeville, will be studying Dental Hygiene at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Oliva Adkins, of Pikeville, will be studying Elementary Education at the University of Pikeville. Tommy Adkins, of Pikeville, will be studying Radiology at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Austin Tyler Hall, of Harold, will be working toward his Associate’s Degree in Science at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Diana Hall, of Prestonsburg, will be working toward a degree in Business Management at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Sasha Kidd, of Martin, will be studying Nursing at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Caitlin Little, of Pikeville, will be studying Nursing at Eastern Kentucky University. Reaford May Jr., of Elkhorn City, will be studying Electrical Engineering at Big Sandy Community and Technical College. Casondra Smith, of Pikeville, will be studying Human Services at Big Sandy Community and Technical College.

Mike Howell, Executive Director of BSACAP, said, “Through these scholarships we are trying to give a little extra help for the expenses they might incur during the school year. We really applaud these students for making the choice to continue their education and we are grateful for the opportunity to encourage them on their way.”

Wanda Thacker, Deputy Director of BSACAP, explained that students were required to submit proof of financial need, college acceptance, and GPA, along with letters of reference and an essay explaining why they deserve the award. Thacker also noted the recipients’ progress through the school year would be tracked. She invited the students to return to BSACAP when they graduate if they wanted assistance with referrals or anything else that life might bring their way. “We believe in you and we really do want you to succeed,” she said.

Scholarship funding is made possible by Community Services Block Grant with funds made available by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a vast array of services, such as employment and training assistance, weatherization of homes, and area Head Start programs, in order to assist individuals and families in obtaining self-sufficiency. Through collaborative efforts of community and organizational partnerships, BSACAP seeks to improve the overall quality of life within the Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike County communities. To learn more about BSACAP and their programs, visit www.bsacap.org or call the service office in your county.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program joined the 2016 recipients of the Community Services Block Grant Scholarship for a group picture. Front row: Olivia Adkins, Sasha Kidd, Johnda Adams, Caitlin Little, CSBG Manager Kim Vicars. Back row: Executive Director Mike Howell, Tommy Adkins, Austin Tyler Hall, Diana Hall, Casondra Smith, Reaford May Jr., Deputy Director Wanda Thacker.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program joined the 2016 recipients of the Community Services Block Grant Scholarship for a group picture. Front row: Olivia Adkins, Sasha Kidd, Johnda Adams, Caitlin Little, CSBG Manager Kim Vicars. Back row: Executive Director Mike Howell, Tommy Adkins, Austin Tyler Hall, Diana Hall, Casondra Smith, Reaford May Jr., Deputy Director Wanda Thacker.

Written by Sarah Hill on August 19th, 2016

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Miner turns barber after layoff with help from BSACAP   no comments

Posted at 9:26 am in News
Michael Lowe was laid off from his work as a coal miner but is now working as a barber at Goodfellas Barbershop on Division Street in Pikeville after taking advantage of the educational opportunities provided by the Hiring Our Miners Everyday Program and Big Sandy Area Community Action Program.

Michael Lowe was laid off from his work as a coal miner but is now working as a barber at Goodfellas Barbershop on Division Street in Pikeville after taking advantage of the educational opportunities provided by the Hiring Our Miners Everyday Program and Big Sandy Area Community Action Program.

After 17 years of working as a dozer operator for a surface mining company, Michael Lowe, like so many others in the region, was laid off from work and had to find a way to begin again.

“Mining is pretty much all I’ve ever done,” Lowe said. “But with the decline in the coal industry, I decided it was time to make a change. And I’ve always been interested in barbering.”

Lowe connected with Big Sandy Area Community Action Program Career Advisor Reva Kidd at the Office of Employment and Training in Prestonsburg. Kidd informed Lowe that as a laid-off coal miner, he was eligible to participate in the Hiring Our Miners Everyday Program (HOME).

The HOME program created by Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment and administered with the assistance of Big Sandy Area Community Action Program, assists former coal industry workers and their spouses to receive educational and workforce opportunities which can help them transition to new work.

Lowe, who has had a passion for barbering since he was a child, jumped at the chance to learn a new trade with the help of the HOME program. Lowe enrolled in classes at Ashland Community and Technical College and was on his way to a new trade.

While enrolled in classes, the HOME program helped Lowe pay for tuition costs and his barbering tool kit in addition to helping him stay enrolled with a monthly stipend to help pay for his travel costs to and from school. When his classes were finished, Lowe was even reimbursed for the fee required to take the Kentucky Barber Board test.

Lowe said that although transitioning to new work was time consuming, working with BSACAP Career Advisor Reva Kidd made it easier. “Once I got in school and the process was started, it just went along smoothly. Reva helped me so much and the program was really good,” Lowe said.

Lowe was even fortunate enough to find a job waiting for him after completing the program. Tommy Smith, owner of Good Fellas Barber Shop in Pikeville, called Ashland Community and Technical College looking to hire a graduate. He was connected with Lowe and the two are working in what they call “the best barber shop in eastern Kentucky.”

Lowe said he is enjoying his new work and fulfilling a childhood passion. “I like making people feel good about themselves, and it’s an honor to serve our customers,” he said.

Lowe offered encouragement to fellow former miners as well. “There are other things out there. There are programs and help available for miners. It is possible to get new work. Don’t get discouraged, just keep pushing forward in life.”

 Hiring Our Miners Everyday assists laid-off coal industry workers and their spouses to receive on-the-job training, classroom training, basic academic skills, certification/licensing, skilled apprenticeships, and other services. HOME was created by Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP) with a two-year National Emergency Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. The program is open to the residents and employers who meet the grant specifications.

Big Sandy Area Community Action Program is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a vast array of services, such as employment and training assistance, weatherization of homes, and area Head Start programs, in order to assist individuals and families in obtaining self-sufficiency. Through collaborative efforts of community and organizational partnerships, BSACAP seeks to improve the overall quality of life within the Floyd, Johnson, Martin, Magoffin, and Pike County communities. To learn more about BSACAP and their programs, visit www.bsacap.org or call the service office in your county.

Written by Sarah Hill on August 19th, 2016

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