Louisiana’s Don Patrick, resident and chief executive officer of the not-for-profit North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC), along the agency’s 36-member volunteer board of directors, have agreed to a new two-year professional services employment contract. The two-year renewal is retroactive covering the last six months, from the period beginning Oct. 1, 2012 and ending Sept. 30, 2014.
According to Marion County presiding commissioner and NECAC chairman of the Board, Lyndon Bode, of Palmyra, Patrick and the board came to terms on the overdue contract during a regular meeting held last week in Bowling Green. Patrick had been working on a month-to-month extended contract for the last six months.
“We’re glad to finally get this worked out and settled,” said Bode. “Don’s been leading the management side of this agency for over 27 years and has brought about many success stories which has seen this agency grow 10-times over with many new employees added and many new service programs brought to Northeast Missouri.”
NECAC is a 12-county area not-for-profit social service, community health and public housing Community Action Agency. NECAC contracts with federal, state and local governments, private businesses and other not-for profit organizations to operate and administer self-sufficiency service programs for the low-income, elderly, youth, disabled and disadvantaged population.
“I am pleased and grateful for this contract renewal and look forward to continuing to work with the NECAC board of directors, staff and volunteers,” Patrick said. “In times of crisis, people in need and on hard times can turn to NECAC and know that they will be treated with respect and dignity by a not-for-profit agency that meets the highest standards for professionalism, accountability and measured results.”
Patrick took the helm at NECAC in 1985. Under his leadership, the agency has grown from a budget of $2.5 million then to its current $25.3 million budget. The number of employees has risen from 35 full-time to 110 full-time and more than 200 part-time. In 2010, Patrick was honored by the NECAC board of directors with a plaque and a gold watch for his 25 years of distinguished service to the agency.
For almost 50 years, NECAC has been managing and delivering more than 60 social service, community health and public housing programs to clients through contracts and grants with more than 30 different federal, state and local governments, other not-for-profit agencies and private businesses.