It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year (to Recruit)

The winter holiday season is for most a time spent with family, sharing home cooked meals, and shopping for gifts. For Head Start staff, it is also a time to connect with the community and recruit families for Early Head Start and Head Start.

Ft. Payne Head Start staff prepare to participate in the 2020 Ft. Payne Christmas parade

Center Director Theresa Dalton (Ft. Payne) and her staff participated in a Recruitment & Community Involvement event last December by entering a float in the Ft. Payne Christmas parade to get the word out to families that Head Start recruiting season lasts all year. As the parade moved through the downtown streets, members of the Ft. Payne team walked alongside their school bus-themed float and passed out recruitment flyers while others rode atop the float, throwing candy and greeting parade spectators from the DeKalb County town of about 14,000 people.

Center Director Theresa Dalton (front) and staff prepare to participate in the Ft. Payne Christmas parade

Families interested in Ft. Payne Early Head Start (ages birth to 3) or Preschool Head Start (ages 3 to 5) can call (256) 845-9176 for Preschool Head Start or (256) 845-5951 for Early Head Start, or visit us online to complete an application at CAPNA Children’s Services.

Hixon Pond to Bring Affordable Housing to Northeast Alabama

Fort Payne in Northeast Alabama is the site of The Partnership’s newest affordable housing development in the state.  The Hixon Pond project will be the first Partnership development in DeKalb County, placing The Partnership’s affordable housing footprint in 21 counties in the state.

Construction of the project is making great progress toward the projected completion date of late fall 2018.  As of the end of May, all major systems had been installed with the expectation of interior projects to begin around the middle of June.

The Village at Hixon Pond is a 56-unit multi-family complex will feature 40 2-Bedroom units and 16 3-Bedroom Units, with 2 units for the sensory impaired and 3 handicapped units.  Other amenities include: a community building, exterior security, covered porches, outside storage, a gazebo, a covered picnic pavilion, an outdoor fitness area, a computer center and a covered bus stop shelter.

The physical address for the complex is 3000 Hixon Road Northwest, Fort Payne, 35967.  For more photos of Hixon Pond’s development, access the listing in the online Housing Portfolio.