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New Weatherization Director Named

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Sept. 8, 2016
 
Naomi Fletcher has worked more than 30 years for nonprofit groups that help people better live their lives. Her journey took another big step forward last month when she was named director of the Menominee-Delta-Schoolcraft Community Action Agency Weatherization Program.
Fletcher is replacing Joseph Dehlin, who is retiring after 10 years as program director.
The Weatherization Program helps income-eligible residents stretch their utility dollars and make their homes a healthier place to live.
“The program helps low-income families, providing them with a healthier living environment and, in the long run, helping them save money on their energy use,” Fletcher said.
Fletcher takes over the program as its scope is increasing. It is bringing Alger and Marquette counties under its umbrella. The rest of CAA will continue to serve Menominee, Delta and Schoolcraft counties.
Fletcher started her professional career in 1985 when she was hired by the California State Grange, a fraternal, nonprofit organization turning 150 years old this year. The grange aims to improve the lives of its membership by focusing on community service and education. She worked for the grange for 18 years, including a term as its state president.
“I’ve always worked for nonprofits and I like to focus on helping families and providing them with opportunities, especially low-income families,” Fletcher said.
She started out with CAA as a homemaker aide and respite provider on the Garden Peninsula. She then took on a series of roles with the agency – Menominee Senior Center administrator, weatherization assistant in Escanaba, and Escanaba Senior Center administrator.
She first joined CAA Weatherization in 2009 when the program received $3.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding over four years. The program completed more than 700 projects during the lifetime of ARRA funding.
This year should see the program complete 75 projects over its five-county service area, utilizing funding from the Department of Energy and the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
“It’s a very vital program, providing low-income families with a healthier environment, potentially providing furnaces, insulation, refrigerators and water heaters. With homes that are easier to heat and new, efficient appliances, it allows them to spend more of their disposable income on other essentials, like food and medications,” Fletcher said.
The program focuses on home energy improvements while attempting to provide as much client education as possible.
The program is accepting applications. Call (906) 786-7080 or 1-800-562-9131. Click here for income guidelines. CAA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.