WHO ARE WE?
CCAP was formed in October of 1974 by eleven local churches as the Christian Cooperative Action Program. We then changed our name to Congregational Community Action Project in 1975 to broaden our reach to encompass more need.
We are a 501(c)(3) non profit, charitable organization that is funded by area faith communities, businesses, civic groups, bequests and most of all many private giving individuals.
As a volunteer organization (with exception to Executive Director position) we are able to designate a vast majority of monetary donations directly to our clients needs and expenses.
meet our executive director
Hi! My name is Andrea Cosans and I am the Executive Director here at CCAP Winchester.
I would love to share some highlights of my career that have prepared me for the opportunity to service my local community at CCAP.
I have over 16 years’ experience in day-to-day operations of an agency. I have run a homeless shelter for women and children and vested my time and passion to a transitional housing program for homeless individuals and families. I have also had the opportunity to service my church as a soup kitchen coordinator for two years. I once resided as the Director of Volunteers/ Program Development for a youth services agency which was very fulfilling. I orchestrated a Step-down unit for mentally ill which routed clients moving from a hospital to maintaining a normal lifestyle on their own. I most recently was Director of a Probationary Agency that monitored people who were arrested for DUI/minor drug charges for the court system. In addition, I have spent several years as a case manager for the chronic mentally ill, helping them get back on their feet and become stable residential members of society.
My Personal Philosophy
I believe in treating all people with dignity, respect, and compassion. In practice this means to take the time to listen to what people need, whether they be clients or volunteers. For clients, this means to listen and to treat them as you would any person. I hope to provide a nice environment, physical and/or emotional, and to meet the clients needs and hope to get them to their next level. For volunteers, this means to listen to their ideas and to incorporate those ideas as much as possible. I also believe in giving volunteers the tools and the training and then let them do what they love to do.
CCAP has been a part of Winchester/Frederick County since 1974. Over the years it has been many things to many people. This is an exciting time to become a part of CCAP. We are in the process of developing an exciting new strategic plan. We know that CCAP cannot be everything to all people so we need to learn what we do well and where we have challenges. In those areas that we are not excelling we hope to be able to partner with agencies in the hopes that we can support those agencies that provide better or more appropriate services.
I hope to live up to the expectations that the CCAP history has. I also hope to bring new clarity and excitement to CCAP.