Champaign Woman to Be Honored at Annual Conference in Springfield

2018 Families of Distinction awardee Brittany Bailey and her No Limits caseworker Maria Harrison

Champaign’s Brittany Bailey will be one of 19 Illinois individuals or families honored at the upcoming Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies (IACAA) Annual Learning Conference in Springfield. The RPC’s No Limits program recently named her as the 2018 Families of Distinction awardee, an honor recognizing a family or individual who has overcome great personal and social obstacles in their pursuit of self-sufficiency with the assistance of a Community Action Agency.

During a banquet at the IACAA conference, the IACAA’s 40 member agencies, which include the RPC, celebrate select individuals or families for embodying many of the characteristics of stability. These characteristics include employment, education and cognitive development, income and asset building, housing, health and social/behavioral development, and civic engagement and community involvement. Awardees typically embody at least three of the six areas of stability. The celebratory banquet will take place on the evening of Sunday, May 6.

“As Brittany’s case manager, I have viewed an eager and willing individual that has made exceptional strides in her life. She is well on her way,” says Maria Harrison, the No Limits case manager who has worked with Brittany. “I am excited for her future and her family. Success is a decision, and Brittany is a true example.”

Brittany currently works part-time for Taco Bell at locations in both Champaign and Urbana. A single mother of three daughters, she plans to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice and eventually obtain a job in forensic profiling.

The RPC’s No Limits program helps qualifying members of the Champaign County community improve their quality of life. Families and individuals work with case managers to establish relationships based on mutual respect, trust, responsibility, and hope in order to bring about a higher level of self-sufficiency. Members of the RPC’s Community Action Board, which serves as an advisory board for the RPC, chose Bailey as the 2018 Families of Distinction awardee on Thursday, April 12, at an open house at the RPC. The No Limits program recognized several other families in different areas of achievement, including the Workforce Award, Achievement in Education, Financial Success, Housing Stability, the Wellness Award, and Community Engagement.

The IACAA’s 2018 Annual Learning Conference takes place May 6-8 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield. This year’s theme is “The Promise to the Pathway of Community Action,” a pledge for Community Action to make positive changes in communities and help the families and individuals served achieve self-sufficiency.

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