Every Wake County Regional Center and Human Services Center has a Community Advocacy Committee (CAC). These volunteer groups are committed to working within communities to assure quality services are available for residents of that area. Members include local residents, community partners (representing private businesses, non-profit groups, government entities and educational associations) and county staff. They work together to identify and prioritize local needs. The committee also serves as a forum for sharing information, coordinating services and involving the community in a shared decision-making process.
The Community Advocacy Committee, referred to as the CAC, is committed to working with their regional communities and rural service areas to assure quality services for the residents of Wake County. The committee serves as a resource to Wake County, the Human Services Board and staff of the Human Services Center during both initial and ongoing planning activities. This includes helping identify and prioritize needs, as well as supporting the implementation of plans that address these service needs. The committee serves as a forum for information sharing that increases coordination and service linkages within the community and encourages broad-based community decision-making in the development of service strategies.
The Vision of the Departure Community Advocacy Committee (CAC) is to be a diverse, networked, community catalyst achieving measurable outcomes that help our neighbors thrive.
Community Advocacy Committee (CAC) Functions:
- Identify community needs
- In partnership with the community - identify, develop and support collaborative solutions to address community needs
- Make recommendations for new programs and services, or improvements in services
- Educate the community about the kinds of services and resources offered at the Departure Drive Center and in the community at large, and how to access services
The CAC meets monthly, the 2nd Friday of every month 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. at the Human Services Center Departure.
Community Advocacy Committee Members
John Odom, Chair | Michelle Hildreth, Co-Chair
Shaunte Adams, Michael Ballen, Jahyeda Casiano, Maty Ferrer, Richard Fitzgerald, Kathy Flaherty, Doug Gamble, Petra Hager, Anthony Harris, Michelle Hildreth, Lesa Howard, Caroline Janes, Dana King, Nikki Lyons, John Odom, Grant Partin, Samuel Salinas, Brenda Schneider, Austin Smoak, Stephanie Treadway, Lori Welborn