Phonemany Lounbandith, Self Sufficiency Resource Specialist for HHSA’s Porterville District Office, received the Literacy Advocate award yesterday.
TulareWORKS Division Manager Donna Ortiz presented the quarterly award on behalf of HHSA and the County Library’s Read to Succeed Literacy program. The honor was designed for HHSA counselors and specialists who have referred their clients to a joint program developed by HHSA and the Library Literacy Center. This is the second time Ms. Lounbandith has received the award.
The program is designed to better equip HHSA clients in finding and keeping employment. It is unique in its focus. The Literacy Center provides one-on-one tutoring, which is particularly successful with individuals who do not thrive in a classroom setting. At the same time, HHSA counselors such as Ms. Lounbandith make sure clients have the practical necessities, such as child care or bus tokens, to ensure their participation.
In addition to Ms. Ortiz, the presentation today was attended by Sylvia Nacianceno, HHSA Porterville Office Unit Manager; Win Doyle, HHSA/Literacy Coordinator, and the staff of the Porterville Office.