What will happen to residents in the Christian Opportunity Center’s Sheltered Employment program come next May? For COC’s executive director Rod Braun, the answer to that question is filled with uncertainty as he prepares for the day when the Iowa Department of Human Services will no longer fund sheltered employment. Braun says the organization has increased its efforts to find jobs in the community for those who want them; the employees leaving the sheltered program has created a delicate balancing act with the businesses COC contracts with for work. For those employees who can’t – or don’t want to – leave the sheltered program, two options exist in May – enter the Life Skills program, allowing them to do unpaid volunteer work in the community, or simply stay at home, which Braun says can be an unhealthy option.
Dignitaries from around the State of Iowa gathered this weekend in Mahaska County for the 31st Annual Governor’s Pheasant Hunt. Oskaloosa Mayor Dave Krutzfeldt addressed the crowd, which included Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Senator Ken Rozenboom, and Mahaska County Supervisor Willie Van Weelden.