.COMMUNITY IMPACT PARTNERS

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 COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS

BUILDING TRUST

HOPE MINISTRIES & CENTER FOR THE HOMELESS in collaboration with direct care providers as well as Center for Social Innovations, Oaklawn, Memorial Hospital, Family Connections, and Community Connections.

DESCRIPTION: TRUST seeks to build a trauma-informed system of care in St. Joseph County, which in turn will serve as a national model to help create other trauma-informed communities. Research shows that trauma is one of the root causes of poverty and homelessness, but also one of the biggest barriers people face in utilizing services intended to help them.

NUMBER SERVED: 18,000

INVESTIGATIVE TEAMS

SJC BRIDGES OUT OF POVERTY in collaboration with Beacon Health System, Center for the Homeless, Chamber of Commerce, the City of South Bend, the City of Mishawaka, Goodwill Industries, Hope Ministries, St. Joseph County Bridges Out of Poverty, St. Joseph Health System, the University of Notre Dame (Lab for Economic Opportunities, Center for Social Concerns, and Office of Public Affairs), and the United Way of St. Joseph County.

DESCRIPTION: With the utilization of dynamic feedback loops, teams of under resourced individuals and resourced individuals will meet and form relationships. Resourced individuals will gather information regarding barriers that prevent individuals from moving out of poverty in the community. This information will then travel up to individuals who can utilize the information for system change, all while the under resourced individuals gain valuable skills and information to move towards stability from their resourced partners.

NUMBER SERVED: 3,395

 
 EARLY LEARNING

MONTESSORI CLASSROOM

CENTER FOR THE HOMELESS in collaboration with Montessori Academy at Edison Lakes.

DESCRIPTION: The Montessori Classroom is a certified Montessori preschool & kindergarten program located at the Center for the Homeless. True to the Montessori Method, this classroom emphasizes the unique skills and talents of each child and promotes self-reliance and independence in its students, all while creating an environment that cultivates the child’s intellect and love of learning, instills responsibility, fosters respect, and inspires care for the community.

NUMBER SERVED: 68

READY TO GROW ST. JOE 

READY TO GROW ST. JOE in collaboration with Early Childhood Alliance, the Early Learning Center at Granger Community Church, ECDC-Notre Dame and St. Mary’s, El Campito, Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue Extension Office, South Bend Regional Chamber, St. Joseph County Health Department, Talk with Your Baby, United Way of St. Joseph County, and WNIT Public Television.

DESCRIPTION: Ready to Grow St. Joe is a collection of early childhood stakeholders committed to ensuring that all children in St. Joseph County, birth to eight, have the foundation to thrive in school and in life. We work through our members to engage the community, build systems and empower families, with efforts focused on Quality Early Learning, Health & Wellness and Family Support.

NUMBER SERVED: 20,000 (based on ELAC’s 2017 SJC Profile, number of children 0-5 years)

CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER

EL CAMPITO

DESCRIPTION: El Campito provides access to high quality early learning opportunities, parent engagement, and strong transitions to kindergarten while serving a population where 70% of children are living at or below the line of poverty.

NUMBER SERVED: 48

PARENTS AS TEACHERS: KINDERGARTEN READINESS WORKSHOPS

EL CAMPITO in collaboration with Read Baby Read, Discovery Learning Program, Latino Task Force. 

DESCRIPTION: Parents as Teachers is an integration of work done by El Campito, Read Baby Read, & The Discovery Learning Program to engage & equip Spanish-speaking parents in preparing their children for kindergarten. This intervention consists of 7 90-minute workshops to low-income parents of preschoolers. The content covers four primary areas: literacy, math, how the brain learns, & child development. Each week, parents learn & practice skills with their children.

NUMBER SERVED: 220

LISTOS PARA KINDER (BOOT CAMP)

EL CAMPITO in collaboration with La Casa, Harrison Primary Elementary.

DESCRIPTION: “Listos Para Kinder” is an 8 week summer program based on the HighScope curriculum in which students will be immersed in hands-on activities that are both child-initiated and developmentally appropriate to meet all of their individual needs that encourages social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and linguistical growth to allow a successful transition to Kindergarten. This program will be offered at El Campito (full day) and La Casa de Amistad (half day) and target children who have not been in a preschool setting previously.

NUMBER SERVED: 66

NURTURING FATHERS PROGRAM

FATHERS FIRST

DESCRIPTION: Nurturing Fathers Program (NFP) is an evidenced based program designed to increase parent’s sense of self-worth, personal empowerment, empathy, bonding and attachment. In addition, NFP works to increase the use of alternative strategies to harsh and abusive disciplinary practices by helping parents understand age-appropriate developmental expectations.

NUMBER SERVED: 180

YO PUEDO LEER PRESCHOOL

LA CASA

DESCRIPTION: Our Yo Puedo Leer (I can read) program offers a bilingual curriculum (English-Spanish) to children in the Latino community living in St. Joseph County. This program assists students through their language- learning journey by strengthening their linguistic development, gross motor, fine and number recognition skills. The Yo Puedo Leer program has proven to be successful for decades in building a strong base of bilingual reading and writing skills, which facilitates their learning skills in the future.

NUMBER SERVED: 60

HEARING & SPEECH CENTER CHILDREN'S EARLY IDENTIFICATION AND INTERVENTION FOR LANGUAGE LITERACY

UNITED HEALTH SERVICES

DESCRIPTION: Hearing and speech screenings have been provided to children in this area for over 30 years. While we want to continue to provide hearing & speech screenings, we are requesting funding to pursue in depth work at sites to improve listening, oral language, and pre-literacy skills.

NUMBER SERVED: 2,800

SUMMER LEARNING LOSS PREVENTION

YMCA in collaboration with YMCA of the USA, Xavier School of Excellence.

DESCRIPTION: The Summer Learning Loss Prevention (SLLP) program offers summer reading and enrichment for 1st-2nd grade children from low income environments that are reading below grade level. Rather than falling further behind during summer months, children enrolled in the program will improve their literacy skills, gaining the traction they need to catch up to their peers and perform well for the rest of their academic career. We combine the academics of Summer School with the fun of Summer Camp to help each child reach their full potential and discover the joy of learning.

NUMBER SERVED: 112

CHILDREN'S TRAUMA INFORMED CARE

YWCA in collaboration with REAL Services Foster Grandparents, Robinson Community Learning Center

DESCRIPTION: The YWCA addresses emotional & behavioral needs of the children of shelter clients by providing Trauma Informed Care with a master’s level Children’s Counselor, a Children’s Services Coordinator & 5 Child Activity Aides. Children’s Services are focused around High Scope program & all staff receive High Scope training. Although many of our children only receive services for 40-45 days, we start the process of preparing them for pre-school or kindergarten (age-appropriate).

NUMBER SERVED: 1,356


 YOUTH SUCCESS

COMMUNITY MENTORING

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS

DESCRIPTION: Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Joseph County is part of the world’s largest and most effective system of one-to-one youth mentoring. Our outcomes consistently show that our Little Brothers and Sisters are achieving higher aspirations, greater confidence, better relationships, academic success and avoiding risky behaviors and attitudes that can lead to delinquency.

NUMBER SERVED: 900

ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT PROGRAM

BOYS & GIRLS CLUB in collaboration with South Bend Community School Corporation, School City of Mishawaka

DESCRIPTION: The academic enrichment program does the following: supports struggling students through low staff ratios and individualized tutoring, engages students in high yield innovative activities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), art, and literacy to enhance learning, prepares Members with opportunities to become 21st Century learners, and supports Members and their families in health and wellness.

NUMBER SERVED: 3,300

CAMP TANNADOONAH SCHOLARSHIPS

CAMP FIRE RIVER BEND

DESCRIPTION: Youth who receive campership funding through the proposed program will be given scholarships to attend one or two weeks of summer camp at Camp Tannadoonah.All campers who attend camp live in cabins with 10-15 similarly-aged youth and 3-4 camp staff. They will have the opportunity to take part in all regular camp activities, including swimming, boating, fishing, nature, crafts, drama, dance, photography, archery, sports, cooking, science, robotics, and music. Each camper customizes his or her schedule based on interests. Campers who receive funds through this program will also have a 45-minute reading session each weekday during camp.

NUMBER SERVED: 36

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMMING

FIVE STAR LIFE in collaboration with Career Academy, Success Academy, Washington High School, Greene Intermediate Center, Navarre Intermediate Center, Clay Intermediate Center, Edison Intermediate Center, Schmucker Middle School, Grissom Middle School, John Young Middle School, Jackson Intermediate Center

DESCRIPTION: The afterschool program is implemented the same at every school to ensure integrity and quality. Students participate in academic review, team-building challenges/discussions, a video curriculum presentation covering a core value, and journal time. FSL also gives students a chance to practice what they have learned in an experiential way that extends beyond the school building at Summit.

NUMBER SERVED: 16,101

YOUTH PROGRAM

LA CASA

DESCRIPTION: Tutoring from qualified college/university students and community volunteers, opportunities to participate in academic and enrichment opportunties like reading, art, culture, technology, and recreation. Students learn socio-emotional skills while working on teams and build responsbility, respect, constructive criticism, sharing, and more. Students in 7th-12th grade also receive college prep workshops, self-identity, self-esteen, and financial knowledge.

NUMBER SERVED: 300

MISHAWAKA FIRST ROBOTICS

MISHAWAKA EDUCATION FOUNDATION in collaboration with Mishawaka First Robotics, School City of Mishawaka

DESCRIPTION: FIRST Tech Challenge is way more than building robots. FTC teams (10+ members, grades 7-12) are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to play a floor game in an alliance format. Participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have!” Guided by adult Coaches and Mentors, students develop STEAM skills and practice engineering principles (like keeping an engineering notebook), while realizing the value of hard work, innovation, and sharing ideas.

NUMBER SERVED: 75

AUGUSTUS F. HAWKINS LITERACY CENTER

SOUTH BEND HERITAGE FOUNDATION

DESCRIPTION: SBH’s Augustus F. Hawkins Literacy Program helps 25+ students on an annual basis by providing after school literacy strengthening activities for students struggling with reading at grade level.The Literacy Program provides individualized homework help with reading related subjects including vocabulary and spelling and utilizes reading software tutorials and work modules that bolster in class reading activities while providing one on one reading opportunities with mentors.

NUMBER SERVED: 96


 STABLE FAMILIES

LIFESKILLS FOR HOUSING PARTICIPANTS

AIDS MINISTRIES

DESCRIPTION: Our life skills program is offered to those who are living in our housing programs. The program will last 16- 20 weeks and will focus on understanding poverty, financial security, and health. The Getting Ahead program will be facilitated by Bridges Out of Poverty and will teach the clients about poverty and will focus on attitude and behavior changes. The next session will be facilitated by 1st Source Bank and will go over financial security. The facilitators will assist clients in setting up budgets, bank accounts and addressing any other financial questions they may have. The final session will be presented by the HIV Specialty Pharmacist at Walgreens and will focus on health. The Pharmacist will go over medication adherence, nutrition, and interactions.

NUMBER SERVED: 80

FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

BRIDGES OUT OF POVERTY

DESCRIPTION: The Bridges Financial Management Class is a 20-hour class. A stipend is provided by Lake City Bank to all participants of the program. Each participant completes a pre-test to determine initial knowledge level and a post-test to determine increased knowledge. Class Modules include: Getting Organized; Where Does Your Money Go?; Why Credit Reports Matter; Repairing Your Credit; Why Some People Pay Higher Interest; Where Does Your Money Go Part 2; To Rent or Own Your Own Home & Avoiding Financial Predators; Bankruptcy and VITA; and Banking.

NUMBER SERVED: 150

EMPLOYER RESOURCE NETWORK

BRIDGES OUT OF POVERTY

DESCRIPTION: The Michiana Bridges approach centers on a Resource Navigator who meets with employees on-site during working hours to assist them in handling non work related problems that could otherwise result in absenteeism and ultimately job loss.The Resource Navigator is available to the employees for confidential, one on one consultation leading to the immediate resolution of a problem.

NUMBER SERVED: 450

ECHO (Education Creates Hope & Opportunity)

CATHOLIC CHARITIES

DESCRIPTION: The Education Creates Hope & Opportunity Program (ECHO) is a long term case management program for pregnant and parenting youth and young adults to help them address the barriers they face in graduating from high school and if they choose, in completing college courses.In 2015, 8 out of 9 (89%) received their high school diploma.

NUMBER SERVED: 120

GENESIS COUNSELING

CENTER FOR THE HOMELESS

DESCRIPTION: The Genesis Counseling program has provided thousands of hours of service to homeless individuals suffering from mental illness, addictions, and profound trauma and loss.Our guests also report serious addictions and severe depression regularly accompanied by chronic thoughts of suicide. These symptoms are clinically on par with patients receiving inpatient psychiatric care, making traditional outpatient services an inadequate level of care. This, coupled with most guests’ inability to pay (even with limited Medicaid expansion) makes Genesis the only viable mental health resource for our guests.

NUMBER SERVED: 360

STRENGTHENING FAMILIES

LA CASA in collaboration with SB Housing Authority, AARC

DESCRIPTION: The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is a nationally and internationally recognized parenting and family strengthening program for high-risk and general population families. SFP is an evidence-based family skills training program found to significantly improve parenting skills and family relationships, reduce problem behaviors, delinquency and alcohol and drug abuse in children and to improve social competencies and school performance. Child maltreatment also decreases as parents strengthen bonds with their children and learn more effective parenting skills.

NUMBER SERVED: 960

DIGITAL ASSISTANCE CENTER

LA CASA

DESCRIPTION: Daily we have clients that come asking for help with digital forms or computer help. So many job applications now must be completed online, or clients need to type a resume, renew license plates, etc. So many services now our clients need access are only on a computer, and they need access and the knowledge of how to complete them.

NUMBER SERVED: 775

ENGLISH AS A NEW LANGUAGE FOR INTEGRATION

LA CASA

DESCRIPTION: We have two different ELL Programs that we offer as part of this program. All of the programs consistent of classes twice a week and are offered during the fall and spring, (and summer if we have enough student interest). We will break up our Program Goals into one main area of improved English skills, but then also for our three specific programs. Those programs are our ELL for Citizenship program that teaches English, and U.S. history and civics while preparing clients for their Citizenship Interview, and our formal ELL program focused on community integration that teaches daily and work focused English skills.

NUMBER SERVED: 600

MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING & SUPPORT SERVICES FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH CANCER

RIVERBEND CANCER SERVICES

DESCRIPTION: Counselors assess the needs of each individual and find the best ways to work with each and meet their specific requirements. The program is directed through the skills of licensed clinical social workers, counselors, and client advocates. Staff members actively continue to seek and receive training/certifications in oncology issues. Often in consultation with a local referring physician’s office, client advocates have an initial meeting with cancer survivors and assess all cancer related needs including financial, daily living, emotional, family, spiritual, and physical.

NUMBER SERVED: 825

FINANCIAL STABILITY SKILLS FOR DEAF & HARD OF HEARING

UNITED HEALTH SERVICES in collaboration with Bethel College, Covering Kids & Family

DESCRIPTION: CSAD is seeking funding for a 6 part series focused on financial literacy. This is a new initiative. The program will be a 6 session series lead by experts in the field

NUMBER SERVED: 180

YOUNG MOM'S SELF SUFFICIENCY

YOUTH SERVICE BUREAU

DESCRIPTION: The Young Mom’s Self Sufficiency Program (YMSSP) focuses on the individualized needs and barriers of pregnant and parenting young women 16 through 24 years old. During the 2014-2015 fiscal year, YMSSP served 179 clients. The program purpose is to bring the participants to a higher level of self-sufficiency and services are entirely voluntary.

NUMBER SERVED: 675

BRIGHTER TOMORROW - ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

YWCA in collaboration with TRIO Economic Opportunity Center and Lake City Bank

DESCRIPTION: The YWCA’s Economic Empowerment Program helps women reach their financial goals by providing education and resources in the areas of: financial literacy, job preparedness and retention, and life skills that include: education, housing, access to healthcare and other community services. The program is free of charge, open to all YWCA clients 18 and older, and serves as a conduit for women to build confidence and self-esteem.

NUMBER SERVED: 438


 PROGRAM SOLUTIONS

DEFA (Direct Emergency Financial Assistance)

AIDS MINISTRIES

DESCRIPTION: The DEFA program is an emergency assistance program that allows people who are living with HIV access $200 a year for a homeless prevention or medical need. The client must present with a need that is deemed an emergency, for example needing assistance with a copay for a medication. The client would need to show documentation of the need.

NUMBER SERVED: 35

FOOD PANTRY & NUTRITION PROGRAM

AIDS MINISTRIES

DESCRIPTION: Our food and nutrition program addresses hunger and health. When a client comes to our pantry they are receiving food that is appropriate to their health condition. They can also access nutritional supplements which other pantries do not have readily available. The project addresses the fundamental needs for food, health and energy so that our clients can work towards addressing other multiple needs, including medical care, employment, housing and family.

NUMBER SERVED: 238

TRANSPORTATION SERVICES FOR CANCER PATIENTS

CENTER FOR THE HOMELESS

DESCRIPTION: RiverBend's transportation program is designed to reduce distress and improve quality of life for survivors in treatment. The program provides cancer patients the ability to adhere to their treatment protocol and ensure that they stay on track for a healthy outcome. This program helps meet the RiverBend mission to improve the quality of life of cancer survivors and families in the community through helpful advocacy, hopeful support and innovative education programs.

NUMBER SERVED: 300

FINANCIAL AND NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENT PROGRAM FOR CANCER PATIENTS IN NEED

RIVERBEND CANCER SERVICES

DESCRIPTION: The goal of this program is to ensure that individuals undergoing cancer treatment have immediate and easy access to medication and supplies associated with their cancer treatment. This program is provided for low-income individuals, who live below 200 percent poverty line and who Reside or are employed in St. Joseph County, Indiana.

NUMBER SERVED: 300

DINING SERVICES PROGRAM

CENTER FOR THE HOMELESS

DESCRIPTION: The CFH Dining Program is a full-service meal program for the entire campus of the Center for the Homeless, including residents of the Robert L. Miller Sr. Veteran’s Center and temporary overnight shelter program (Weather Amnesty) participants. The Dining program is open 365 days per year, and serves three meals a day, which equals roughly 175,200 meals annually to the men, women and children access our services.

NUMBER SERVED: 525

EMERGENCY SERVICES

CENTER FOR THE HOMELESS

DESCRIPTION: The CFH Emergency Shelter (ES) program is a multi-level emergency housing program and is the cornerstone of the Center’s lifesaving mission to break the cycle of homelessness. Provides temporary overnight shelter, comprehensive housing and services.

NUMBER SERVED: 525

PROTECTING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, ABUSE, & NEGLECT

INDIANA LEGAL SERVICES

DESCRIPTION: ILS attorneys provide advice about legal options available to victims of abuse, draft the legal documents necessary to stop imminent abuse, and represent survivors in court hearings and trials with the goal of stopping any further abuse permanently to effect systemic change for the client.

NUMBER SERVED: 85

FOOD PANTRY

LA CASA DE AMISTAD, INC.

DESCRIPTION: The La Casa Food Pantry serves a diverse population, meeting their emergency food needs. By teaming up with Kankakee Wetlands Organic Gardens (KWOG) patrons will have access to more fresh produce and the opportunity to provide service hours to the gardens and better their community.

NUMBER SERVED: 1,300

FUNDS FOR EMERGENCY HOUSING AND CARE FOR LOGAN'S PROTECTIVE SERVICES' CLIENTS 2017

LOGAN COMMUNITY RESOURCES, INC.

DESCRIPTION: Established in 1974, LOGAN’s Protective Services Board was conceived by parents to insure that someone would be there for their child with developmental disabilities after the parent’s death.

NUMBER SERVED: 200

COMMUNITY KITCHEN

HOPE MINISTRIES

DESCRIPTION: Community Kitchen serves breakfast to an average of 45 Hope residents, and lunch and dinner to an average of 180 people, approximately half of whom are residents (the 35 single men, 16 single women and 18 families living at Hope at any given time) and half of whom are nonresidents (anyone else in the community who comes for a meal).

NUMBER SERVED: 180

DIABETES RESOUCE CENTER EMERGENCY MEDICATION ASSISTANCE

UNITED HEALTH SERVICES

DESCRIPTION: The program works to alleviate crisis situations, which vary in immediacy, and then assist the client in finding & using appropriate resources to prevent future crisis. The goal of the program is to ensure clients have access to their medications and are aware of the resources they can use to help them successfully self-manage their disease(s).

NUMBER SERVED: 125

SAFE STATIONS

YOUTH SERVICE BUREAU OF ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, INC.

DESCRIPTION: Safe Station is an emergency shelter for runaways, homeless youth, and youth in a crisis situation. Safe Station is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professionals and supplemented with student interns and volunteers. Upon entry, youth receive an individualized assessment followed by case management services, individual counseling, solution-focused therapy for families if appropriate, substance abuse evaluations, safety planning for youth, daily life skill groups, referrals to appropriate community agencies and assistance in facilitating alternative living arrangements when reunification with the family is not possible.

NUMBER SERVED: 200

STREET OUTREACH

YOUTH SERVICE BUREAU OF ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, INC.

DESCRIPTION: Street Outreach provides homeless youth with basic needs including food, clothing, and referrals for medical needs and shelter. The foundation of outreach is to establish and build trusting relationships. We accomplish this by having a physical presence during day and evening hours in the same places on a weekly or repetitive basis.

NUMBER SERVED: 9,000

EMERGENCY SHELTER SERVICES

YWCA NORTH CENTRAL INDIANA

DESCRIPTION: The YWCA’s Domestic Violence Shelter serves the St. Joseph County community as an emergency refuge & shelter for victims & their children who are leaving situations of domestic violence & sexual assault for a safe place.

NUMBER SERVED: 700

ADULT FOOD SERVICE

YWCA NORTH CENTRAL INDIANA

DESCRIPTION: As part of the residential programs, the YWCA provides three nutritional meals and two snacks a day to those who are living in shelter and to those non-residential clients who attend group therapy at the YWCA. The United Way funds will be used to subsidize the nutritional meals and snacks provided to the YWCA's adult clients on a daily basis at no charge.

NUMBER SERVED: 1,500


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