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Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action is Downsizing

PRESS RELEASE
February 18, 2022

download 1Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action Downsizing

Inyo Mono Advocates for Community Action, Inc. (IMACA) is facing significant fiscal
challenges and will be forced to limit services soon. There is still substantial uncertainly
about IMACA’s path forward, but what is clear is that in the immediate future IMACA will
only be able to provide services that are more limited in scope than it currently does. The
primary goal of IMACA and our partners is to maintain as many services as possible while
ensuring the future financial health of the organization. While this situation is clearly very
difficult for staff, clients, and families who receive services from IMACA, no stone is being
left unturned in trying to avoid this tough outcome.

“There was no single event that has caused this difficult situation, but instead a wide-
ranging mix of fiscal concerns have led IMACA to where it is today,” said Executive DirectorKate Morley.

“Some of the financial issues IMACA is facing have quite literally been a
challenge for a full decade or more, and others have developed much more recently, in
just the past month or two. Compounding the situation have been an increased demand
for services during the pandemic, significant recent staff turnover, and several key
vacancies that have been hard to fill. We hope that by swiftly adjusting programs now we
can assure the long-term stability of IMACA.”

IMACA is a nonprofit Community Action Agency committed to serving and empowering
the low-income residents of Inyo, Mono, and Alpine Counties in California. IMACA runs six
preschool centers, two affordable housing apartment complexes, additional housing and
homelessness services, home weatherization and energy assistance programs, a childcare
assistance program, and a food program that often serves over 450 households per month.

“Our number one priority right now is maintaining continuity of services for community
members as much as we possibly can,” said IMACA Board Chair Carolyn Balliet.
“We are working hard to keep the food program and energy assistance programs afloat within
IMACA. We are also reaching out to community partners to see if they are able and willing
to administer programs that IMACA has previously overseen directly. Partners such as
Mammoth Lakes Housing, Wild Iris, the Inyo and Mono County Offices of Education, Inyo
and Mono Counties, the City of Bishop and the Town of Mammoth Lakes, and the Eastern
Sierra Continuum of Care have all been of great assistance during these tough times. While
we do not have many concrete details to share today, we hope to provide more
information about the next steps for IMACA and these important programs in the coming
weeks and months.”

The IMACA Board of Directors would like to extend a grateful thank you to all the amazing
and hardworking employees and volunteers who have worked tirelessly to provide quality
services over the years, often with limited resources and despite tough circumstances.
IMACA has thrived in the past because of community engagement, and it is the sincere
wish of the IMACA Board of Directors that the organization will return to thriving again
soon.

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