Welcome to the third edition of CANI Connections. You're receiving this message because of your relationship with CANI. This e-mail is designed to inform you of events and relevant news from the agency, in between issues of our hard copy newsletter, CANI Chronicles (published 6 times a year.) Thank you for your interest and happy reading!

Shovels, anyone?

On Friday April 1, representatives from Keller Development, Tower Bank, and CANI participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for Hopewell Pointe.

This 35-home lease-to purchase community will be located in the 1900 block of Reservation Drive in Waynedale.
The total cost of the neighborhood is $5.7 million and will generate approximately 200 jobs through the construction period and will employ two individuals as property manager and maintenance personnel.
The Hopewell Pointe neighborhood will have 3 and 4-bedroom homes, a community building, pavilion, gazebo, walking paths and other amenities. Homes will be offered to individuals and families with a lease-to-purchase option after 15 years. Potential homeowners will be approved based on their incomes which can range from just under $20,000 to around $43,000 for a family of four.

Hopewell Pointe is a true investment in the Waynedale community, and the economic implications are promising. The neighborhood will be in close proximity to local retailers where the residents' patronage will in turn strengthen the business community.

Stay tuned for updates on the progress of this exciting new venture!

Could YOU survive a month in poverty?

It is difficult for those of us who have enough to truly understand the situations that families living in poverty experience every day – the decisions they have to make, and the fears and frustrations they feel. That is why CANI is inviting the community to walk a mile in the shoes of those facing poverty by participating in the Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS).
Using a simulation kit, participants role-play the lives of low-income families. At the time of registration, participants are randomly assigned an identity. Unbeknownst to most, this step determines their fate for the rest of the afternoon. Families fall into all levels of the poverty spectrum. Some are working and making just enough to make ends meet, while others are left with a significant deficit at the end of the month.

What unites the participants is the common task of providing for basic necessities and shelter on a limited budget during the course of four 20-minute “weeks.” Individuals who have experienced first-hand what it is like to live with limited resources will represent human service agencies, grocers, pawnbrokers, bill collectors, job interviewers, police officers and others in this simulated world.

In May 2010, more than 60 individuals from the community underwent the simulation, with the hopes of gaining a better understanding of poverty issues. Participants ran the gamut in profession: business executives, news media, students, pastors, lawyers and staff from social service agencies.

This year CANI is again offering a Poverty Simulation - free and open to the public - in honor of Community Action Month in May. CANI Community Action Poverty Simulation - May 19 from 1 – 4:30pm in Fort Wayne (location to be determined.) Space is limited; please secure your spot no later than May 1 by contacting CANI Public Education & Outreach Coordinator Lauren Caggiano, (260) 399-4109 or laurencaggiano@canihelp.org.

Take a swing at poverty at CANI Golf 2011

It's that time of year again! CANI is seeking sponsors and golfers for its annual fundraiser, CANI Golf.

The event is scheduled for June 9 at Noble Hawk Golf Links, 3005 Noble Hawk Drive, in Kendallville. Join us for a Florida Scrabble golf outing, including dinner, silent auction, prizes and contests. Registration begins at noon, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Cost to participate is $400 per foursome and $100 for a single golfer. All proceeds benefit CANI.

Contact Jennifer Renner, (260) 399-4103 for more information, or visit the CANI Golf 2011 Web site.

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