21, 2006] During the past year, the
Central Illinois Economic Development Corp. has been going through
many changes, including new administration, but now they have a new
challenge to overcome. On April 6, the Community Action Agency lost
one of its outreach offices in a fire.
The Fulton County CIEDC office, located in
Lewistown with a NAPA Auto Parts business, was completely destroyed
by a fire on April 6. All food pantry items and other resources were
lost in the fire. Fortunately, CIEDC staff member Chris Alderson,
who worked in the Fulton County office, was not in the office at the
time of the fire, and no one was hurt.
The CIEDC Fulton County
office provides families with a variety of services, including food
pantry, school supply and coat drive coordination, All Kids
applications, scholarships, loan programs for small businesses, food
stamp outreach project, and the distribution of funds to help people
"The fire was very upsetting to us, but we are a Community Action
Agency that helps other people and we are capable of helping
ourselves and moving on," said Kathy Shepherd. Shepherd is the
program director for the community service programs that were
provided through the Fulton County outreach office.