Kerri Klein returns to Moffat County as new Social Services Director
Craig and Moffat County residents have coined a term to describe those who return to the area after taking time to strike out on their own and chart a new path. Though not often used to describe a non-Craig native an exception could be made in the case of Kerri Klein who epitomizes the spirit of the word Boomeranger.
Moffat County Commission chooses new social services director candidate
The Moffat County Commission unanimously approved Tuesday extending an offer to Kerri Klein to serve as the next director of the Moffat County Department of Social Services. Klein, a current resident of Lakewood, is a past Moffat County employee and worked for the social services department. If Klein accepts the offer she will replace current director Marie Peer who is retiring Jan. 4, 2013 after a 44-year career with Moffat County. The county received a total of 13 applications for the job, Moffat County Human Resources Director Lynette Running said Monday.
One criticism of the idea to make welfare recipients take drug tests is that lawmakers and other elected officials who also get state funds should submit themselves to the same standard. In Colorado, lawmakers are moving to make that happen, adding the provision on a divisive bill Friday that would require drug tests for welfare applicants, and now also elected officials, including the governor. The lawmaker who proposed the amendment, Democratic House Leader Mark Ferrandino, passed around small cups with pictures of lawmakers and the words "drug test," prompting chuckles from members of the Appropriations Committee that moved the bill to a vote of the full House. The cups listed the name of the committee as "Appropeeations." "I brought us all cups so we can go get drug tested," Ferrandino jovially said, prompting a quip from a lawmaker that if Ferrandino was willing to take the cups, they'd be willing to take the test. Ferrandino opposes the bill.
You get up in the morning, shower, get dressed and go to work. Easy, right? It is if you can afford a car, said Annette Norton, probation supervisor for the 14th Judicial District Probation Department. Reliable transportation is often a given for people who live in the middle class, but it can be a more troublesome issue for people living below the poverty line.
It was Nov. 1, 1985, and Craig native Laura Willems’ first day at the Moffat County Department of Social Services. Willems had just been hired as a part-time, temporary employee to handle cases for the low income energy assistance program, also known as LEAP. But, what happened when she walked through the department’s doors for the first time 25 years ago came as quite a surprise, she said.
Social Services expects to allocate $2.47 million by year’s end
Marie Peer, Moffat County Department of Social Services director, has seen the number of food stamp cases her department handles consistently increase since 2008. Seeing more residents need help putting food on the table can be tough sometimes, she said. But, “you don’t have time for heartbreaking,” she said.
For Evelyn Tileston, executive director of the Independent Life Center, the past few months have been a “dream come true.” Months after purchasing the building located at 438 Yampa Ave., Tileston and the ILC staff received another boost Wednesday morning in the form of a check for $460,000 to start several building renovation projects.
Agency has less funding to provide programs
June marked the 10th consecutive month Moffat County Social Services registered an increase in its food stamp caseload. The number of residents who receive food stamps in June crossed the 500-person mark for the first time Social Services Director Marie Peer could remember.
America's ongoing national recession presents two competing problems for Moffat County Social Services: As the economy gets worse, more people need services, but the state has less money to provide them.
Sifting through about 40 years of memories Monday, Marie Peer, director of Moffat County Social Services, came back to one in particular that stands out from all the rest.
Jane Reece, Moffat County Housing Authority director, thinks Moffat County has a responsibility to administer its own Section 8 housing vouchers, if it can.
The case against a former Moffat County Social Services employee was continued Thursday until 1 p.m. Dec. 18 after the defense attorney failed to appear.
Although government support for Yampa Valley Partners has declined recently - ending with the Routt County Commission's total withdrawal this year - the group intends to continue services.
Human services groups, such as Moffat County Social Services, can do a better job of working together to overcome community issues, Marie Peer said.
Moffat County Social Services has about $242,420 it has to spend before June 30, 2009, or the county loses that money to the state's long-term reserves.