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CANI Changes Name

Community Action of Northeast Indiana, or CANI, has a new name as  of Wednesday. 

The nonprofit poverty-fighting agency will now be known as Brightpoint. The organization’s President and CEO Steve Hoffman says the name change is in  response to a lack of name recognition and understanding of the organization’s  mission. 

But that doesn’t mean clients who need assistance have trouble finding them.  Hoffman says most years, their programs have waiting lists and tap out their  funding.

“This is really more of an effort to reach people that can help us help other people," says Hoffman. "We want to raise more funds, we want to engage more volunteers, we want to get  more people advocating for the things that are important to us.” 

Hoffman says the organization’s services and mission won’t change along with the  name. Brightpoint serves 12 counties across northeast Indiana, and provides  services for education, housing, and health care. 

The name change comes on the 50th anniversary of the organization.