Back to School
Each summer, Back to School Fairs are conducted allowing low-income children to start the school year with the materials necessary for educational success. The financial stress of purchasing back to school supplies is reduced while ensuring students are equipped with necessary supplies. In addition to school supplies, participants received services related to immunizations, hygiene, oral hygiene, head lice, bus safety, seat belt safety, WIC, MC+, effective discipline, proper nutrition, bicycle safety and importance on reading to your children. Participants will register in advance so that we can ensure enough supplies is available.
Case Managers meet weekly with low-income individuals and families who will overcome barriers leading to self-sufficiency in the areas of education and employment. Evaluations are conducted quarterly using the Family Self-Sufficiency Scale to measure goal achievement.
Classes are offered to youth and adults to increase their knowledge in areas that will allow them to move toward self-reliance including achievements in education and employment. Classes are offered on a variety of topics included but not limited to financial literacy, improving self esteem, job readiness/job search, leadership development, entrepreneurship development, health/nutrition, parenting skills, time management, stress/anger management, classroom bullying, conflict resolution, goal setting, assertiveness, energy saving tips, youth structured and adult workshops.
A six-session curriculum for 5th - 8th grade students that takes place during normal school hours. These classes encourage students to set and achieve goals, including goals beyond high school. The curriculum will include the workbook, "What's Up with Academic Success" and "The Skinny on College". After completion of the workbooks a pre- and post-test is administered to measure knowledge gained.
Stand Up Step Out of Poverty
This is a three month program in which participants will be provided with the skills/competencies required to obtain employment. A variety of topics will be covered during this time preparing the individual. Participants will engage in one hour of classroom time and seven hours of on the job training, they will meet Monday through Thursday from 8:00am to 4:30pm. Participants will be paid an hourly stipend of $8.00 per hour x 8 hours per day. The stipends will be given every two weeks.
Low-income individuals and families will receive services and be referred to other resources in the community for needs in the areas of unemployment, inadequate housing, unmet emergencies, inadequate education and illiteracy, inadequate available income and malnutrition that would have otherwise been unidentified and unmet.