Families – in whatever form they take – are the fundamental building blocks of any community. The Community Place helps all families, including those that lack the material or educational resources necessary to break the cycle of poverty, crime and social injustice. Programs and services include:
Family Services, located at the Parsells Avenue and the Central Park sites, assists individuals and families to meet their basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, and health. A variety of services are provided including advocacy, case management, counseling and referrals, home management skill-building, financial workshops and training. Specific assistance includes: food, rent/mortgage assistance, day bus pass, personal items, and prescription fulfillment.
During the holiday season families in need are provided food baskets and toys. Additionally, Family Services Unit receives donations from corporations, individuals, and organizations on behalf of low-income and underserviced families, and redistributes the goods as need is established.
Among eligibility requirements are: residents living in the following zip codes – 14605 (partial), 14607, 14609, 14610 (partial), and 14621; household income of 185% of the poverty level or less; and established need and evidence that resources will address the immediate need. Persons in need who do not live in the aforementioned service areas are referred within the Emergency Services and family Stabilization Network Agency in their area. Member agencies include Baden Street Settlement House, Catholic Family Center, Charles Settlement House, IBERO, South West Area Network, and Monroe County Legal Assistance Corporation (MCLAC).
Other community-wide services include: community health fairs and annual opportunities for meeting local political candidates.
For additional information please contact CPGR’s Family Service Unit at 585-288-0021.
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