By Dirk Webb
Photo by Dale Pickett
Kay Gordon, State Director
Transition Resources Corporation
812 West 13th Street
Anderson , IN 46016
Transition Resources/Telamon Corporation brings human services to people and communities in twelve states, doing business in two of them as Transition Resources Corporation. Chartered as a nonprofit organization, our purpose is to improve the lives of those in need. We do that through the operation of a diverse array of programs for farmworkers, children from low-income families and other groups with special needs.
We provide literacy and early childhood education, childcare, job training, emergency services, temporary or permanent housing opportunities, mortgage assistance and a number of others. Our funding partners for these efforts include federal and state agencies, foundations and tax-deductible, private donations.
In Indiana Transition Resources Corporation (TRC) operates Head Start in Madison and Delaware counties. TRC Head Start is a school readiness program for children birth to 5 years. At our Anderson and Elwood Centers, we serve a combined 283 children birth to 5 years old. We also serve 40 children in an Early Head Start (0 through 2 years) home-based program.
TRC is fortunate to operate the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) in 6 high schools in Indianapolis, Indiana. TRC JAG Specialists help students of promise overcome barriers to graduation from high school and become college and career ready! It is TRC’s goal to help our students stay in school through graduation from high school, pursue a collegiate education and/or enter and advance in their chosen career field!
TRC Housing Counseling services are offered to Madison County residents. Our Counselor works with individuals and families resolving or preventing mortgage delinquency or default as the service continues to be a priority in Madison County. Our Counselor also offers financial literacy/coaching, budgeting assistance, credit counseling, pre-purchase/home buying counseling, emergency and rental housing counseling, and counseling to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
Why here in Madison County? “TRC/Telamon serves over 5000 children in Early Head Start and Head Start programs. When the opportunity arose to apply to provide Head Start programs in Madison County as well as Delaware County, we did not hesitate. With the expertise and experience the corporation has in delivering quality early childhood education, we felt it was a great opportunity to expand services in partnership with the Anderson and Muncie communities.”
Why are you in this business? “I believe that I was put on this earth to serve. I also believe that service comes in many forms and we are given service opportunities everyday even though they may seem insignificant at the time. I have found non-profit work to be very meaningful; and without a doubt, the rewards are a result of what I receive and learn from the clients/customers TRC serves and the excellent staff and community members with which I am privileged to work.”
What are your goals for 2015? “TRC Head Start’s goal is to ensure children are well prepared and ready to succeed in kindergarten. We do this by providing a safe and secure environment, employing well trained teachers with degrees in Early Childhood Education, and work with the whole family to set goals for the child and parents to support the child’s learning and each family’s success.
As we were recently awarded an Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership and Expansion grant, we also plan to expand center-based services to 24 children birth through 2 years in Madison County.
We can only accomplish these goals by continuing to cultivate partnerships and working collaboratively within our community.”
Who do you consider the most courageous person in history and why? “I consider Alice Paul to be one of the most courageous people in history. She dedicated her life to women’s rights in the United States and throughout the world. As a result of her tireless efforts and those of her compatriots, American women gained the right to vote. Her selflessness, courage, and perseverance often in tortuous and cruel circumstances in the struggle for women’s equality is inspirational. Her life shows us that one person can make a difference and inspires and gives hope to all of us who work for social justice.”
If you were to take that person on a tour of your business, what one thing would you want them to see? “The interaction and relationship between TRC staff and the children and families we serve, as well as, our focus on empowering individuals and families.”
What was the defining moment when you knew your business was making a difference? “In regards to our Head Start programs, that moment came at our grand opening for our TRC Anderson Head Start Center when a group of the children walked out on the steps and sang for those parents, grandparents, teachers, staff and dignitaries gathered to celebrate the opening. It was a breathtaking moment to see those brilliant, beautiful children proudly reach out to us with their small, precious voices. That moment reinforced the enormous responsibility we all have to protect, educate and create communities that foster success for all of our children.”