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January 28, 2006

Women, Infants and Children Program moves its offices

The Women, Infants and Children Program of Vigo County, now under the umbrella of Western Indiana Community Action Agency, moved Friday to the former Crawford Elementary School.

The WIC program will reopen Wednesday in the building at 705 S. Fifth Street in Terre Haute.

Previously, the program was housed at the Charles T. Hyte Community Center.

“The move had nothing whatsoever to do with any dispute between the city, the park board and the Hyte Community Center board,” said Paul Kelley, executive director of the Western Indiana Community Action Agency. This week, the city terminated a month-to-month lease with the center after months of turmoil between the center and the city’s park board.

In December, the Western Indiana Community Action Agency learned through a conference call with state health officials that the local WIC program had lost its sponsors.

“We knew this program is very important to Vigo and Sullivan counties, so our board voted in favor of sponsoring the WIC program,” Kelley said.

As of Jan. 1, WIC has been under the Western Indiana Community Action Agency umbrella, Kelley said. That agency oversees various programs targeted to help low-income people.

Previously, Hyte Center had been the sponsor for WIC programs operating in Vigo and Sullivan counties.

Marlena Johnson-Hill, president of Hyte Center’s board of directors, said Friday that the center could not afford to continue in that role. The state requires funds used for the WIC program be paid up front by the sponsor, and then state provides reimbursement at the end of the month, she said.

“We wanted to do the program, but it was just too large of an amount and we just weren’t able to do it,” she said, explaining the Hyte Center’s sponsorship ended Dec. 31. “It was about $35,000 to $45,000 a month.”

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