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The following stories illustrate how barriers to self-sufficiency can be overcome when individuals accept the challenge of pursuing the opportunities provided by their Community Action Agency.

2016 recipients of CAAP's Self-Sufficiency Award

The 2016 Self-Sufficiency Awards luncheon took place in conjunction with CAAP's Annual Conference on April 20, 2016 in Harrisburg, PA.  The 2016 Self-Sufficiency Award winner's stories reveal focused determination and exceptional deeds of how they faced their journey back to self-sufficiency head on. At some point in their lives, these individuals faced one or more life challenges that many people never have to encounter. It took a strong personal and community support network, in addition to extraordinary personal determination, to elevate themselves back to self-sufficiency.

2015 recipients of CAAP's Self-Sufficiency Award

All ten individuals below are 2015 recipients of CAAP's Self-Sufficiency Award. The awards ceremony was held on April 22, 2015 in conjunction with CAAP's Annual Conference. Each biography summarizes the story of a Community Action Agency client. The stories begin with an explanation of how that individual ended up in financial distress, how they engaged with Community Action, and how Community Action assisted their client to financial stability and self-sufficiency.

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