Get great savings while supporting a great cause! CETC is joining Herberger’s for Community Days Nov 11-14. Coupon booklets for the event can be purchased at CETC for $5 each. Each booklet contains a $10 off coupon, a 30% off coupon and even more totaling over $500 in exclusive coupon savings! Order you booklet today and pass the word on to family and friends.
Come to CETC and pick up a $5 coupon book with a bunch of cool exclusive savings and coupons!
As the weather starts to change and a chill is in the air, we are once again making plans for a very special Christmas celebration for people with disabilities. We hope that you will want to help make this celebration full of warmth and joy through a charitable donation to the Santa Fund at CETC.
Who says there’s no such thing as Santa Claus? This is the 12th year that Janet Flinders (Mrs. Santa) will dedicate countless volunteer hours fundraising, shopping, wrapping gifts, and checking each wish list twice. When you see the joy on each person’s face as they open their presents, you just have to believe in the magic.
This special day is only possible through generous donations from the community. Our community can make extraordinary things happen. Please help Mrs. Santa this year by sending your donation to : Santa Fund c/o Cache Employment & Training Center 275 W 400 S Logan, UT 84321
Your contribution is tax deductible. Talk to your tax accountant to see how your donation can reduce your taxes. Cache Employment & Training Center is a private non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities.
We just received the first report from the Smith’s Community Rewards Program. We are excited to know that 22 households have linked their rewards cards to CETC and the points are starting to add up. Our first reward is a check from Smith’s for $56.43.
As more households sign up and shop with Smiths, the rewards will continue to grow. Please encourage your families, friends, co-workers, etc. to link their Smith’s Rewards Card to CETC and support training for people with disabilities.
SMITH’S IS PUTTING COMMUNITY FIRST!
Smith’s is putting community first in 2014 by offering a Community Reward Program to help local non-profit organizations. You can be a partner in this effort by linking your Smith’s Reward Card to Cache Employment and Training Center (NPO #86455). Each time you shop at any Smith’s location, points will be added to the CETC account with absolutely no loss of points to you! Then once a quarter, Smith’s will donate money to CETC based on the number of points accumulated. It’s that simple!
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP:
- If you don’t have a Smith’s Reward Card, get one! They are available at the Customer Service Desk at any Smith’s
- If you signed up for the rewards program, but use your phone number at the register and don’t know your card number, call 800-576-4377, select option 4, and get your number.
The City of Logan has announced opportunities for residents to be involved in the creation of the plan that will dictate spending priorities for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from now until 2018. Your input is important! Here’s how you can get involved:
- Attend an outreach meeting
- Presentations by request
- Survey: complete at www.loganutah.org
- Public comment period: submit comments to CDBG Coordinator through January 10th
- City Council Public Hearing on February 18th at 5:30 pm
For additional information contact James Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 435-716-9008. Schedule of outreach meetings:
- January 7th Logan Rec Center 6pm
- January 8th Logan Library Bridger Room 6pm
- January 9th Whittier Community Center 6pm
The CDBG funds are required to have a plan that describes the community needs, resources, and priorities. This is a great chance for us to boost funds for special needs populations. Be active in your community! Here is the link to the website: http://www.loganutah.org/cd/cdbg/index.cfm
Cache Employment Training Center gets grant to help manage bus fleet By Kevin Opsahl | Posted: Thursday, December 13, 2012 1:15 am Bus drivers for Cache Valley’s clients of the Cache Employment Training Center — responsible for nearly 13,000 trips over the past summer — now have new technology at their finger tips to make their jobs a little easier. Just recently, the bus fleet of 15 received Android mobile tablet devices, thanks to a grant from the Utah Department of Transportation and Federal Transit Administration. Funded in 2009, but just now coming to realization, the grant also covers an additional vehicle to the CETC fleet and more bus attendants. Paul Beecher, transportation manager for CETC, said they applied for the grant “to make it easier so we didn’t have to put so much time into transportation,” and so they could “concentrate on our mission.” The CETC provides people with disabilities the training they need to be successful at employment. It also offers other services such as respite care, supported living, vocational evaluations, summer youth program, senior services, and host home services. It’s widely known by the community for the Bike with Brent (Carpenter) race it sponsors every year. The Samsung Galaxy tablets are used to track vehicle location in real-time and improve communications between drivers and dispatchers. The center can also now inform clients’ families of their arrival times, and the software has helped them improve operational efficiencies, reporting and reduce paper. Kae Lynn Beecher, executive director of the CETC, said the tablets are a big help to their operations. The CETC uses the fleet to be available for everything for their clients — from going to work to going to a movie. “They’re an added advantage — and to the families too,” she said of the tablets. “At night, after the buses leave, I get calls from the parents. … And we can see exactly who’s on the bus, who has been dropped off.” The tablets are pre-loaded with RouteMatch Software, a company that the CETC hired to assist with dispatching, scheduling, automated vehicle tracking and reporting, said Mikkel Skinner, CETC transportation coordinator. UDOT requires the CETC to track all of the trips CETC provides, Kae Lynn Beecher said. From July to September, according to data provided to UDOT, 12,956 trips were made with the fleet. In that same period of time, the fleet drove 36,962 miles. “We’ve learned that because of the amount of trips we take, (UDOT) classifies us as the second largest transportation provider in Cache Valley,” Paul Beecher said. “We couldn’t afford the vans, (tablet) units, and ongoing support without the grants.”
Cache Employment and Training Center has received a $223,411 grant that will help provide funding for its transportation program. The grant was awarded by the Utah Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration. CETC transports people with disabilities from the Cache Valley, Brigham and Tremonton areas to help them access employment and other needed services. Officials at the CETC say the funding will go a long way in keeping services viable. “Increased operating costs and economic budget cuts have made it increasingly difficult to keep the vans on the road,” said Executive Director Kae Lynn Beecher. Many served by the center are not able to access public transportation due to where they live or their inability to travel without assistance. More than 100 people a day are transported on CETC’s 10 wheelchair acessible vans. These vans traveled more than 108,000 miles last year.
Transportation is a critical service for people with disabilities. Without transportation they may become isolated in their homes and unable to access services.
CETC has been successful in securing grants through the Utah Department of Transportation to purchase vehicles and equipment. Wheelchair accessible paratransit vans have been purchased with these funds. These vans pick up passengers all over Cache Valley and in the Brigham and Tremonton areas and take them to work, to Center-based services and to participate in the community.
A recent JARC/New Freedom Grant through UDOT is helping us provide Ride-a-Longs Assistants on several routes. We will also be purchasing GPS equipment and driver reporting software to continually improve our transportation services.
Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) awarded by the Bear River Association of Governments (BRAG) and Logan City made it possible for CETC to make facility improvements that will benefit the services we provide for people with disabilities.
We were able to replace a crumbling production floor with new concrete. This will improve safety for our consumers and the staff. It also makes clean up easier at the end of the day. The exterior on the building was covered with old masonite siding. To upgrade the building, we were able to stucco the storefront area and put new siding, fascia and soffits on the northeast section of the building.
Outside storage has always been lacking at CETC. With the installation of a 40 x 60 shed we will be able to put forklifts, product, mowers, gasoline, etc. under cover and away from areas where training is being provided.
These improvements could not have been made without the support of our community and its leaders. The results are fabulous and will help us continue to be a valuable community resource for people with disabilities.