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  This group of ACORN members is giving great reviews to "a mystery person" who will be spoken of at greater length in the next photo caption. However, while we're here, let's mention the newly formed Child Care Providers for Action chapter of ACORN. Chapters form to enable groups of people in a community to solve their problems. In this case, the group is licensed child care providers who provide subsidized child care for women who are moving from welfare to work. "Resource Referral" is the nonprofit entity that acts as a conduit between persons needing childcare and the licensed child care providers. Problems come up when payments are not received on time, clients are removed from eligibility but the child care providers are not informed, and of course, cuts in the State budget which would reduce or eliminate funds for this childcare program. These are the problems that the Child Care Providers for Action chapter of ACORN has formed to solve.

 

 
 

The "mystery person" Brian Kettenring, is the very highly thought of ex-head organizer of Sacramento ACORN. Brian arrived in Sacramento in September of 1999 and increased membership in the organization from 0 to 1,600. Referred to as the "Father of Sacramento ACORN, " Brian was described by ACORN members as having "an encyclopedic knowledge" of the secrets of the State Legislature - who is "yes" and who is "no." "If not for him, we wouldn't be here" and "thanks for teaching me "Si, se puedes!"" were among the grateful commendations made by ACORN members.

Well, now he's left for Florida and a new ACORN organizing project. But as he said, "the mark of success is that when you leave, you leave behind you an organization with a deep committment for change. You find leaders and then you step back and let them step up."

The ACORN State Convention is in Sacramento, May 4th and 5th--sounds like a deep committment has been made!

 

 
  ACORN Labor Leader of the Year Arturo Rodriguez, People's Leader of the Year Assemblymember Darrell Steinberg, and ACORN Organizer of the Year Brian Kettenring.

 

 
  "The mark of success is that when you leave, you leave behind you an organization with a deep committment to change. You find leaders, then you step back and let them step up." --Brian Kettenring, 3/5/03

 

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