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CEAP President Announced

New President of CEAP Announced Mike Johnson, Board Chairperson for the Community Emergency Assistance Program (CEAP), announced today that after a very successful search process, the CEAP Board of Directors has hired Byron Laher as their new President effective November 5, 2007. It was announced in July that the current President, Stephen Klein, was leaving CEAP to pursue other career opportunities outside of the Brooklyn Park based non-profit agency. Over the course of Byronís very successful career, he has worked at Catholic Charities, served as the Assistant Director for the Anoka County Health Department and spent the last 30 years working for the Greater Twin Cities United Way; most recently as their Director of Government Relations and Public Policy. CEAP provides assistance to families and individuals in financial distress in Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, East Champlin, all of Anoka County and parts of Ramsey County. CEAP services include a community food shelf and clothing closet, Meals on Wheels, and financial assistance for car loans and housing. CEAP also has one of the States largest Back-To-School supply distributions and a Holiday Program for northern Hennepin County. During the 2006 fiscal year, CEAP gave assistance to over 26,800 clients and logged 24,482 volunteer hours in service to the community