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ELTC Friends and Supporters,
Effective April 15, 2015, ELTC is now a Center of The Matthews House! This is great news for both our students and our community. Those of you who attended Wordplay Literacy Theater Tuesday evening heard the news first hand; the Coloradoan ran an article that appeared in the Wednesday morning print edition and also online.
Many of you may be interested in knowing a bit more about this change and what it means for the future of our employment skills training mission. As a bit of background, I’ve been leading the search for an ELTC executive director after Tracy Mead moved over to lead Project Self-Sufficiency in January. About the same time, informal talks about our partnership with The Matthews House became serious discussions about the potential for merging our agencies. ELTC has worked with The Matthews House for several years, including offering ELTC classes at The Community Life Center, run by The Matthews House, so the ideas behind closer collaboration have been percolating for a while.
Myself and the other ELTC directors that make up our board looked at all of our options for moving forward. I believe the board has made the wise choice; by deepening an existing strong partnership, we can accelerate both the effectiveness and the scope of our offerings. We learned from the Circles® Program, how providing a supportive, transformative environment along with skills development is much more effective than skills development alone. As a board, we agreed that a criteria for moving forward is the integration of concepts from Circles® and Bridges out of Poverty. This merger can make that a reality! The Matthews House and ELTC have the common vision of empowering individuals and families that are striving for self-sufficiency. The Matthews House is highly capable of providing counseling services, and ELTC provides complementary educational services.
So, why not simply continue to partner with The Matthews House? The first good reason to change is the most important: A single agency can offer seamless service to students and clients. As consumers, we all desire better service, and expectations should be no different, just because we are non-profit organizations. The second good reason is to increase efficiency of service delivery and reduce the cost of providing services. As part of a larger organization, the skills-training mission will benefit from access to specialty in-house talent, and will be able reduce costs that penalize a small agency.
What’s not changing?
What’s the future look like?
Now that planning for the combination of our agencies is complete, I’ll be focused on the integration of the agencies. Please accept my thanks to all of you who volunteer your time and resources to improve the livelihood of others through education. If you have comments or questions, please email me at: ED@eltcenter.org
Bob Steiner, ELTC Board Chair and Acting Interim Executive Director