With the retirement of former Community Services of Starke County Program Coordinator Cecilia Torres-Bowman, the organization has been getting by but Executive Director Joan Haugh says it hasn’t been easy.
She says Torres-Bowman will not be replaced, and instead, her responsibilities have been divided up amongst other employees. Coordination of the resource manual, health equipment loan program, quality program, medicaid billing and prior authorization, and many duties of the food pantry have been pushed onto other employees. Haugh says they are fortunate to have an intern from Ivy Tech who has been putting forth a lot of effort with the organization.
Haugh explained the organization is less busy during summer, but she says they will be bringing back two individuals that had helped with the energy program last year when that time comes again.
Community Services also hosted an AARP Driver Safety program Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in an effort to provide drivers with safe and defensive driving tips. Haugh said she has attended many defensive driving courses, but she always comes away with new defensive driving information. Many insurance companies will also give discounts on insurance premiums if the driver has this training.