History of Brightpoint
In 1965, William G. Williams helped start the Allen County Economic Opportunity Council (ACEOC.) During his administration, the ACEOC operated 11 varied programs, including Head Start, Legal Services, Neighborhood Youth Corps, Economic Development, Emergency Food and Medical Services, Youth Development, Neighborhood Services System, Foster Grandparents, and Planning and Research. Several of these programs are still in existence in some form. In 1983, the ACEOC became Community Action of Northeast Indiana, Inc. (CANI) as the service area expanded to include additional communities outside Allen County.
In 2015, as the agency approached 50 years of helping people in the communities where we live and work, the name was changed once again to Brightpoint.
Brightpoint is a private, non-profit agency that promotes economic and community development by providing resources, helping people gain access to opportunities, and teaching them the skills they need to become self-sufficient.