MUSKEGON - OCEANA COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP, INC.
THE YEAR HAS COME TO A CLOSE AND AS YOU ALL KNOW, THE DOWNTURNED ECONOMY HAS IMPACTED
OUR AGENCY GREATLY. THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE AND FAMILIES IN MUSKEGON AND OCEANA
COUNTIES WITH HUGE BASIC NEEDS DUE TO LOSS OF JOBS AND INCOME. OUR MISSION IS TO SERVE
THOSE PERSONS WHERE POSSIBLE.
2009 WAS A VERY SPECIAL YEAR FOR MOCAP WITH REGARD TO A SPECIAL FUNDING SOURCE. WE
RECEIVED A GRANT FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY (DOE) WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE
PROGRAM IN THE AMOUNT OF SIX MILLION DOLLARS; MAKING MOCAP’S CURRENT FISCAL BUDGET
MORE THAN $7 MILLION DOLLARS. THE DOE GRANT WILL BE USED FOR WEATHERIZATION OF HOMES
IN MUSKEGON AND OCEANA COUNTIES. WE HAVE INCREASED OUR STAFF TO COVER THE WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE.
OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, KENNETH SHELTON, HAS LED OUR BOARD THROUGH THE NEEDED STEPS TO ACCOMPLISH A LOT DURING THE PAST YEAR AND HIS
DIRECTION HAS BEEN INVALUABLE.
NEXT YEAR WE WILL CONTINUE TO WORK ON THE PROGRAMS WE HAVE IN PLACE AND YOU CAN
READ ABOUT THEM THROUGHOUT THIS REPORT. WE WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR
COMMUNITIES BY OFFERING HOPE, GIVING VOICE, AND BUILDING DREAMS.
WE HAD OUR 4TH ANNUAL YOUTH EMPOWERMENT RALLY IN 2009, AND THIS INVESTMENT
IN THE YOUTH OF OUR COMMUNITIES IS VERY WORTHWHILE. WHEN A THEATER FULL OF
TEENAGERS IS SILENT AND LISTENING TO THE EXPERIENCES OF SOMEONE WHO HAS OVERCOME
ADVERSITY IT IS EXCITING.
THE YOUTH EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM HAS BEEN VERY
REWARDING, BECAUSE YOU KNOW THE ATTENDEES ARE “GETTING IT.”
THANK YOUR TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR TAKING TIME OUT OF THEIR BUSY
SCHEDULES TO ATTEND MEETINGS AND KEEP THE OPERATIONS GOING. THANK YOU ALSO
TO OUR STAFF, VOLUNTEERS AND ALL OF OUR OTHER SUPPORTERS. WITHOUT ALL OF YOU,
THIS AGENCY WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO GO FORWARD.
EVELYN KOLBE KENNETH R. SHELTON, SR.
BOARD CHAIR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND CEO
One lean green Weatherization Team! Not only has our weatherization department ramped up
production on weatherizing homes for home owners in 2009 there was a hugh increase in the number
of renter occupied homes that got weatherized throughout the year. Thanks to all of the news coverage
and publicity recieved in reference to the Stimulus Plan and AARA funds we’ve experienced a non-
stop inﬂux of calls for energy efﬁcientcy services. MOCAP staff have used this
opportunity to educate more people on the importance of energy efﬁcientcy.
Our weatherization department was transformed under the leadership of
Mr. Ed Elsey, Assistant Director of Energy Services. There were a slew
of new regulations and requirements to wade through for the entire
weatherization team and they have been performing with ﬂying colors.
Even our contractors had to undergo extensive training in order to be in
compliance with new laws and we are glad that each of them and their
teams have continued to partner with us to forge through to achieve
greater results for the community at large.
Our agency is truely evolving into one lean environmentally
friendly machine. In house recycling of everything from ink
and toner, to light bulbs, batteries, plastics and card board
has been taking place at the administrative ofﬁce. We feel
that each of us must lead by example. MOCAP is proud
to show that the agency is committed to the health and
renewal of our environment.
SENIOR PROJECT FRESH
The Senior Project FRESH program has been a big hit now for 3 years. Program
participants are delighted each spring to ﬁnd out that the program will be available
to those who are eligible within our service area of Muskegon and Oceana Counties.
Over 550 seniors living in Muskegon and Oceana Counties received food vouchers to
purchase fresh fruits and vegetables at area farmers markets. The average dollar value
of vouchers received by each participant was $40.00. MOCAP reﬂected excellent
redemtion rates for the prior year. We are proud to report outstanding redemption rates.
This program reached even more volnerable seniors thanks to Senior Resources of West
Michigan (SRWMI), an Area Agency on Aging, who partnered with MOCAP during
the 2009 ﬁscal year.
Thanks to Ms. Sherri King, MS our Health and Wellness
Specialist at the Michigan Ofﬁce of Services to the Aging
new funding is sought out and made available to help
stretch locally raised dollars in a effort to continue
expanding the program throughout our service area and
increase assistance to each client.
uskegon – Oceana Community Action Partnership, Inc. partnered with Safelinks
Wireless to make cell phones available to households in need of phone service.
MOCAP was instramental in making these services available by providing the
manpower to handle the application process and client interviews.
Safelinks Wireless is a company owned and operated under the umbrella of Tracfone. The company and program was created in
direct response to a government initiative to assist low-income families and individuals with phone services under the Lifeline
Assistance Program run by MPSC in the state of Michigan and other state and federal agencies. The program was available to
both Muskegon and Oceana Counties residence as well as residnece of other counties in Michigan as agencies came on board
to sign-up participants. More than 800 applications were taken at our action centers. Many of these clients continue to receive
services each month. The beneﬁts of Safelinks Wireless are truely invaluable. As households struggle more and more each
day to make ends meet it has become more important than ever to make neccessary services available to assist them and help
them retain as much income as possible for other needs. This progrram has help our clients do just that. This program provides
products and services to low-income consumers, such as free cellular service, free cell phones, free airtime minutes every month
to eligible clients – Eligible residence in the state of Michigan receive 68 free minutes each month along with other services –
unused minutes rollover each month. Costs, No Contracts, No Recurring Fees or Monthly Charge.
HEYOUTH WORKERS INITIATIVE WAS IDENTIFIED THROUGH A COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND STATISTICAL DATA AVAILABLE
THROUGH LOCAL SOURCES. CSBG FUNDS WERE USED FOR COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROGRAM.
ALL YOUTH THAT WERE INVOLVED WITH THIS PROGRAM REMAINED EMPLOYED THROUGHOUT THE FULL LENGTH OF THE PROGRAM.
Yo u t h Wo r k e r s
THE YOUTH SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE PROGRAM IN A POSITIVE MANNER. THESE STUDENTS EARNED FUNDS FOR THEIR HOUSEHOLDS
AND BACK TO SCHOOL NEEDS. DURNING THE EXIT INTERVIEW THE YOUTH WORKERS DISCLOSED THAT THEY ENJOYED BEING OCCUPIED
DURRING THE SUMMER MONTHS AND THAT THEY WOULD HAVE LIKED TO SEE THE PROGRAM EXTEND EVEN FURTHER INTO THE SCHOOL YEAR.
THE FEED BACK RECEIVED AT THE AGENCY WAS ALL POSITIVE AND REQUESTS HAVE BEEN
MADE TO EXPAND THE PROGRAM TO REACH MORE YOUTH. THESE YOUNG PEOPLE AVOIDED
NEGATIVE INCOUNTERS LIKE INCARCERATION, DRUG USE, AND GANG INVOLVEMENT AS A
DIRECT RESULT OF PROGRAM PARTICIPATION.
17 SENIORS RECEIVED ASSISTANCE THROUGH THE SENIOR CHORE SERVICES
PROGRAM MORE THAN ONCE DURING THE SERVICE YEAR. THE SENIOR CHORE
SERVICES PROGRAM CLIENTS ARE SERVICED BY THE YOUTH WORKERS AND THEIR
TEAM LEADER. ALL YOUTH WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE PROGRAM WERE ABLE TO
RECIEVE POSITIVE INSIGHT RELATING TO EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS, HANDS ON
TRAINING AND THEY ALSO SPENT TIME IN A CLASSROOM SETTING WHERE THEY
LEARN OTHER LIFE SKILLS BENEFICIAL TO SUCCESS IN SCHOOL AND FUTURE
EMPLOYMENT. WE ARE TRAINING THEM TO BECOME FULLY PRODUCTIVE AND
CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS OF SOCIETY.
1 Powerful Initiative -
Youth Empowerment Programming
1 Youth Empowerment Rally
1 Packed Audience of Over
1 Dynamic Speaker - Rene Godefroy
1 Huge Success!
Outstanding Volunteer Efforts Provided By
Eastview Action Center Heights Action Center Oceana Action Center Townsend Action Center
Volunteers Volunteers Volunteers Volunteers Lawrence Harris
Will Brown Shirley McDowell Dan Chandler Eugene Brown Tyree Henderson
Josheph Hershey Darryl Brooks ,John Chandler Henry Brown Jr. Dorothy Jordan
Bobby Hoye Robert White Sharon Russell Danny Burch Antjuan Kimble
Darius Johnson Edward Carter Roland Russell Daniel Cooper Ivery Lester
Earl Johnson Jean Hapson Junior Singer Patrick Crews James Liggins
Jerry Jones Viester Hill Gerald Wambaugh Sr. Tommy Davis Shirley Matthews
Larry Roach Audra Gipson Linda Way Brooks Dawson Candy Mcgruther
Falanda Steward Marinda Burks Kenton Way Van Diggs Tony Moore
Mariah Taylor Vergie Hill Amos Edwards Jr. Steven Nichols
William Taylor Deborah Wyrick Adriene Elliott Edgar Page
Sharon Conley Bobby Elliott Roberto Perez
Preston Diggs Delores Evans Thomas Smith
John Goodman Corey Thompson
Frank Grays Charles Turner
Glenda Grider Hendricks Tyrone
Eddie Harris Brown Will
Jeffery Harris Damon Williams
Muskegon Oceana Community Action Partnership, Inc.
Board of Directiors & Agency Staff
Evelyn Kolbe Kenneth R. Shelton, Sr. Maria Huntington Manny Villanueva
Board Chair Executive Director Community Advocate Crew Leader
Kimberly Sims Kathy Drake Tom Horan Bobby
Finance Director Lead Energy Audit Youth Worker
Darrell Paige Specialist
Jeanette Riley Jean Hapson
Tasha Oakes Operations Manager Janae Jones Receptionist
Ed Elsey Vera Rowe
Linda Juarez Weatherization Manager Stacey Maycroft WX Administrative
Secretary Tax Preparer Assistant
Michael McGovern Executive Assistant Darnell Madison Richard Strauss
Youth Worker Crew Member
Karen Buie Brian Dahstrom
Visc Chair Crew Leader Theresa Ortega Tim Collett
Community Advocate Crew Member
James Rowan James Dye
Energy Audit Specialist Earvin Oakes
Roland Russell Energy Audit Specialist
Marvin Nash WX Administrative Adam Schoﬁeld
Assistant WX Administrator
Charles Hildreth Jessie Shelton
Cathy Forbes Youth Coordinator Community Advocate
Cheryl Johnson Doug Sims
Community Advocate Administrator 1
uskegon - Oceana Community Action Partnership, Inc. continues to grow and thrive under the leadership of Kenneth R.
M Shelton, Sr. - Executive Director and CEO. In the past year Mr. Shelton has initiated multiple strategic planning ssesssions
to reposition MOCAP and a non-proﬁt leader in our community. Mr. Shelton has inlisted the assistance of Dr. Allen
DeGuilio and Bob Halshch from Bergan County Com munity Action Agency in New Jersey. Much insight has been gained from
this alliance. MOCAP will continue to thrive long after the AARA funds are gone because of the initiative Mr. Shelton. Long term
success has been the focus of our agencies leader and it is paying off. The entire team has worked with true dedication during this
time of transition and growth.
By having extensive knowledge of our demographics and each of the communities that we service we have been able to identify
the need to relocate one of our action centers to a larger more easily accessible location and also remodel another action center
allowing clients to receive assistance without having to travel long distances eliminating a transportation barrier. Through a SWOT
examination we were able to determine where we needed additional core personnel and how to restructure current personnel in order
to provide the highest quality of service to our clients. AARA funds are certainly being put to good use because Muskegon and
Oceana counties residence have come to realize that Weatherization Works & Saves Green. These individuals and families are eager
to participate in our programming.
Here at MOCAP we are extreamly greatful for the opportunies that have been presented to each of us and it shows it the
efforts that we put into our work daily. In a time when non-proﬁts are deminishing and seecing to exitst as usual
MOCAP continues to thrive and grow. We are delighted to be on the front lines of service in an ever demanding
human service ﬁeld and serve the communities that we live in.
1. Relocation of the Eastview Action Center
2. Remodeling of Townsend Action Center
3. Hiring and training of new core personnel and realignment and training of existing personnel
4. The main ofﬁce is hardly recognizable it has undergone extreme transformation to house all of the new team members.
5. The agency staff size more than doubled in 2009
MOCAP Chronicles $1.03 million to $2.07 million; the staff has increased from ﬁve to
Muskegon-Oceana Community Action Partnership, Incorporated
Last ﬁscal year, MOCAP provided weatherization services for over
(MOCAP), was incorporated as a 501(c) 3 community action agency
100 homes: distributed supplemental foods to over 1,400 households
in 1965. Since that time MOCAP has served the communities of
every quarter; prevented heat or electric utility shut-off or restored
Muskegon and Oceana counties through programs that offered home
service to 400 households; assisted over 100 households with other
weatherization, food and nutrition, educational and recreational for
emergencies, including rent/mortgage assistance, and assistance with
youth, and emergency assistance to prevent homelessness, evictions
removing employment barriers for families. Additionally, MOCAP
and interruption of utility service.
offers tax return preparation services. Assisting MOCAP with
providing these services, volunteers log over 4,800 hours annually.
In July 1966, a federal anti-poverty grant of $190,000 was approved
for Muskegon-Oceana Community Action Against Poverty to begin
MOCAP programs are funded through various resources, including;
operations and establish four neighborhood centers. In September
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Michigan State
1966, Muskegon-Oceana Community Action Against Poverty
Department of Human Services, Michigan Community Action
opened the Froebel Action Center, the Oceana Action Center
Agencies Association, U.S. Department of Energy,
in Shelby, Michigan and the Muskegon Heights Action Center,
United Way of Muskegon County, Michigan
Department of Education, Muskegon County
Community Foundation and other private
Over the past forty years, there have been many changes at
grants and donations.
Muskegon-Oceana Community Action Against Poverty. Three
of the Action Centers have changed addresses at least once, and
MOCAP’s largest source of funding, the
the number of board members has changed from 40, to 60, to 15
Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)
members and now we have 12 member seats. Starting in 2000 the
program, does on-site monitoring each ﬁscal
organization went through major reorganization and is well on its
year. Additionally, MOCAP is audited every
way to expanding the programs and services for the communities
year as required by OMB Circulars A-110 Revised
of Muskegon and Oceana. In 2004, the agency’s name was changed
from Muskegon-Oceana Community Action Against Poverty to
Muskegon-Oceana Community Action Partnership, Inc.
Although MOCAP’s name has been changed from om
Muskegon - Oceana Community Action Against st
Kenneth R. Shelton has been with the agency since 1994. He has
Poverty MOCAP is still in Action providing
been Executive Director since 2001. His extensive leadership and
necessary services and resources to those in need.
management skills have led to the agency’s ﬁnancial, personnel, and
capacity growth over the past six years. Since 2001, under
Mr. Shelton’s leadership the agency’s budget has increased from 44 Years of SERVING
ACTION PARTNERSHIP, INC.
STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES
For the Year Ended September 30, 2009
Unrestricted Restricted Total
Support and revenue
Grants $ 2,311,995 $ - $ 2,311,995
Interest income 10,504 - 10,504
Miscellaneous 131,227 - 131,227
Net assets released from restrictions -
satisfaction of program restrictions 55,966 (55,966) -
Total support and revenue 2,509,692 (55,966) 2,453,726
Program services 2,132,481 - 2,132,481
Support services 245,289 - 245,289
Total expenses 2,377,770 - 2,377,770
Change in net assets 131,922 (55,966) 75,956
Net assets, beginning of year 119,740 55,966 175,706
Net assets, end of year $ 251,662 $ - $ 251,662
ACTION PARTNERSHIP, INC.
STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION
September 30, 2009
Cash and cash equivalents $ 375,705
Grant receivables 158,114
Prepaid expenses 10,874
Total assets $ 648,313
LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS
Accounts payable $ 82,679
Accrued liabilities 82,230
Deferred revenue 231,742
Total liabilities 396,651
Net assets - unrestricted 251,662
Total liabilities and net assets $ 648,313
Snapshot of Family Type Household Income Levels
Single Parent Female 328 50% of Poverty or less 514
Single Parent Male 35 51% to 75% 390
Demographics of Persons Two Parent Household 149 76% to 100% 193
Served Single Person 1,012 101% to 125% 115
Two Adults NO Childre 108 126% tu 150% 105
Gender Other 163 151% to 200% 478
MOCAP had all time high service rates for both the 2008 and 2009 Fiscal Years.
MOCAP served many individuals and households during the 2009 Fiscal Year who
faced a variet of challenges and adverse conditions, such as: under employment,
25 working poor, lack of high school completion/GED, homelessness, skyrocketing
6 - 11 427
427 debt responsibilies and more.
12 - 17 3199
18 - 23 271 Many of the households serviced were completely income challenged because
24 - 44 68
683 they had zero income to work with. Some families and individuals were barely
45 - 54 481
481 surviving the worsending economic conditions due to dwendling unemployment
55 - 69 6211 resources. We serviced a number of disable individuals throughout the year. Some
70 + 4011
of whom were home bound and in desperate need of assistance. Agency staff
delivered services to those in need by providing may homebound visits. These
extended services were provided compliments of our action center coorrdinators.
Hispanic or Latino 208 It has been recognized that for most of these individuals they would have
1,084 otherwise gone without assistnace.
ndia 91 A considerable amount of the families and individuals that we serviced did not
Asian 9 have any medical coverage for even the most basic and crucially important health
Multi-Race 19 care needs.
In many cases MOCAP came the the rescue of those in dier need. Services
rendered were provided with a real sense of urgency. By following the golden rule
we were able to sieze a golden opportunity to provide outstanding service to those
in need of a complexe variety of neccessary resources, such as: emergency utility
and rental payments.
MUSKEGON - OCEANA COMMUNITY ACTION
PARTNERSHIP, INC. (MOCAP) WOULD LIKE TO
EXTEND THE MOST SINCERE APPRECIATION TO ALL
OF OUR GENEROUS COMMUNITY PARTNERS, GRANT
MANAGERS, GRANTORS, DONORS AND VENDORS.
IT HAS BEEN A PLEASURE WORKING WITH YOU
TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THOSE WHO CALL ON
OUR AGENCY FOR KEY SERVICES AND RESOURCES.
WE DOUBT THAT IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE FOR US
TO ANSWER THE GROWING REQUESTS FOR THESE
SERVICES WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT. WE WOULD
ALSO LIKE TO THANK THOSE WHO GAVE OUT OF
THEIR HEARTS AND HOMES TO KEEP OUR ACTION
CENTER PANTRIES AND CLOTHING CLOSETS FULL.
AGAIN, THANK YOU!
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
103.7 THE BEAT & PAUL BILLINGS
LOVE, INC. & GAIL KRAFT
DIANE MORALES - GRANT MANAGER
WEST MICHIGAN THERAPY & LOUIS CHURCHWELL
FRANK PATTINSON - GRANT MANAGER
MICHIGAN OFFICE OF SERVICES TO THE AGING
& SHERRI KING
AND MANY OTHERS...
LET’S MAKE IT AN EVEN BETTER 2010 WITH A DEEPER
COMMITTMENT TO THE COMMUNITES THAT WE LIVE IN AND