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Honoring Self Sufficiency

Success Stories Awarded

The Self Sufficiency Awards!

Until 2019, each fall we hosted the Self-Sufficiency Award Ceremony.  It’s a celebration of our client’s hard work reaching financial self-sufficiency and it honors the hard work of PA Community Action. Basically, the SSA Ceremony is a curation of Community Action successes from around the state. Scroll down to find those stories (which includes previous year award winners). Contact Charlotte Leckow for a printer friendly version.  CAAP plans to host a virtual event in 2020 that includes the self sufficiency awards.  Read more about these plans here.

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Watch Our Video Stories: First, we recommend you link to our website video collection page, which is a curation of our favorite videos.  Then try:

Note:  Our Vimeo account houses much of our videos history. We recommend starting with the Journey To Self-Sufficiency videos (there are three of them). You can watch them on our website or find them on our Vimeo page. On Vimeo, there’s a button that allows you to download any video you want as a mp4 file. You can also embed the videos using the individual Vimeo links. Feel free to use any of our videos however you want.


The following stories illustrate how barriers to self-sufficiency can be overcome when individuals accept the challenge of pursuing the opportunities provided by their Community Action Agency. Each year, the Community Action Association of Pennsylvania’s Self-Sufficiency Awards recognize the significant accomplishments of the award winners while showcasing how Community Action Agencies support an individual’s path toward self-sufficiency. The following stories reveal the focused determination and exceptional deeds of those who have faced their own personal journey back to self-sufficiency head on.

2018 CAAP Self-Sufficiency Award Winners

2017 CAAP Self-Sufficiency Award Winners

2016 CAAP Self-Sufficiency Award Winners

2015 CAAP Self-Sufficiency Award Winners