Ricky L. Baker, Executive Director
As we close the 2015-2016 program year, we will begin our 50 year anniversary. Over the last half century, there have been great people that helped LKLP become the premier human service agency in this area and I am humbled to continue this rich tradition.
For the past 50 years, LKLP Community Action staff and board have assisted thousands of residents of the Commonwealth to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. At the core of all Community Action Agencies is the Community Services Block Grant. It provides the only funding that makes a Community Action Agency a Community Action Agency. CSBG provides the framework that all other agency programs utilize to Help People and Change Lives. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Weatherization, Workforce Investment Act, and other agency programs utilize the CSBG infrastructure to support and carry out their operations.
The key to all of this success has been the dedicated, hard-working staff that is currently and has previously been devoted to LKLP Community Action Council for the past 50 years. Many of these staffs are current or former agency clients who through hard work and dedication have successfully acquired the skills and abilities to pursue careers of helping people, changing lives. We have the most empathetic and dedicated staff of any agency and I am extremely proud to have them as part of our team. We are a team, a team of family members, working together, to make a difference in the lives of the Kentuckians that we serve daily.
Transportation has been a major program for our agency from our very beginning. From humble beginnings, we have grown to a program that supports nearly one-half of the Commonwealth for non-emergency Medicaid transportation. The transition of our Transportation programs into a single, comprehensive transit system is now complete and the fruits of our labors are now showing. We realized early on that one of the largest barriers to self-sufficiency is safe, affordable transportation. This is even more problematic in rural areas. The cost and availability of transportation in rural America has made it a major obstacle in moving people to self-sufficiency. We are extremely proud of our service to the residents of Kentucky in helping them with safe, affordable transportation.
I am proud to be part of the LKLP family.
For the past 26 years, I have had the tremendous joy and pleasure of serving our agency’s individuals and families. I am proud of the compassionate, dedicated staff we have from the weatherization laborers, to the case managers, to the career advisors, to the safe house counselors, to the teachers, bus drivers, and cooks, to the intake clerks and verification staff, to the program directors and supervisors. We have the best, most caring staff that is always eager to fulfill our mission—helping people, changing lives. I look forward to working with them for many years to come to make Kentucky a better place to live and work.