Dawn Morgason has seen some tough times in her own life, so she is very understanding and can relate to the clients she now serves as the new Shelby County Outreach Coordinator for C.E.F.S.

C.E.F.S. Economic Corporation is a nonprofit Community Action Agency serving economically and socially disadvantaged persons in seven Illinois counties including Shelby County.

As such, C.E.F.S. is responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of social service programs designed to meet the needs of the people in the area it serves.

Morgason had been working for C.E.F.S. in Christian County and when she heard of the job opening in Shelby County she decided to go for it.

“When the opportunity came up for this job in Shelby County, I decided it would probably be a good move, because I live around the Herrick area,” Morgason said. “So, this will be a shorter drive for me and I have lived in this area for several years.”

Morgason is married to Gary and she has two grown daughters. She is originally from New York State.

Morgason brings previous experience to the Shelby County position. She is familiar with case management, outreach coordination and other functions of her new position.

“I have helped coordinate a lot of the programs provided by C.E.F.S.,” continued Morgason. “That was a great experience and it has certainly helped me in this job.”

Morgason has an Associate Degree from Lakeland and she has completed training to qualify as a Community Development Specialist.

Rea McCarty is Morgason direct supervisor out of the Effingham office. She said this office in Shelby County has been very busy and is now serving over 300 families with the food pantry.

“I know she (Morgason) is looking forward to meeting with the other providers in Shelby County, so she can refer services,” said McCarty.

McCarty also had praise for the residents of Shelby County.

“The communities have been wonderful during this holiday season and very generous,” continued McCarty.

Besides the food pantry, other services C.E.F.S. offers are the Head Start Program, Job Training Programs, Housing and Urban Development Supportive Housing Program, Direct Homebuyer Assistance Program for Acquisition and Rehabilitation, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Comprehensive Housing Counseling and Housing Rehabilitation Program. The agency also offers Public Transit programs.

Morgason will have a staff of three full-time people and many volunteers.

“I am very grateful for the wonderful volunteers that help out,” Morgason said.

She said another service the agency offers is income tax preparation.

“In February we will start offering help with tax preparation for anyone in the county,” said Morgason.

C.E.F.S. serves clients in seven rural counties. Those counties are Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Shelby, Moultrie, Montgomery, and Christian Counties.

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