NORWALK, Conn. – As Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now (NEON) sent out a press release touting its family day this weekend, a news story was being reported that Friday’s NEON paychecks will now be Monday’s paychecks.
The Hour reported Thursday that NEON informed its employees Wednesday afternoon that the paychecks that expected to receive today – Friday, Oct. 18 – would be distributed Monday, Oct. 21. Further, paydays will be on Mondays going forward, and there will be no direct deposit until further notice, The Hour reported.
A week ago, NEON was informed by the state Department of Social Services that it had been designated an “agency at risk” because of its financial and management problems and said it would begin contingency plans to decertify NEON and move its program elsewhere. Also Oct. 11, the state Department of Corrections terminated its contract with NEON to run a group of halfway houses.
In The Hour story, NEON interim President and CEO Chiquita Stephenson was quoted as saying the latest payroll move was part of a series of internal changes taking place to stabilize the agency and make it stronger.
Meanwhile, NEON Family Day, planned for Saturday, Oct. 19, is designed to bring together families that have directly benefited from NEON services for a day of food, fun, games and an opportunity for reflection on the importance of the programs and services operated by Norwalk Economic Opportunity Now, NEON Inc.
The event will run from 1 to 5 p.m. at Norwalk’s Nathaniel Ely School Gym, 11 Ingalls Ave.
Local, state and federal elected officials have been invited to attend this event at 2 p.m. to hear the views of local families on the future of the services NEON provides to Norwalk area families.
“We support NEON because the agency has supported us,” said Laila Bravo in a NEON press release. Bravo was identified as a mother and NEON receptionist, who will be going to the NEON Family Day event. “NEON has been providing excellent child care and development programs to our families for many years. … Our children need NEON.”