2010 Community Impact and Success Stories

Gateway Services

  • 1,444 food boxes through the Fresh Food Program
  • 16,015 diapers
  • 800 bus passes
  • $3,700 in emergency shelter assistance
  • $19,400 in eviction prevention assistance
  • $25,102 in utility bill pay assistance
  • 3,273 families served
  • 50 school-aged youth received life skills, career skills and On the Job Training during the summer school break
  • 32 TANF recipient and dislocated adult workers received On the Job Training in a permanent work placement site
  • 126 unemployed adults receiving career counseling, resume building, and interview skills interventions
  • 52 employers/business participated in On the Training programs

 

  • Safety Net Story

A mother came to the Partnership in extreme crisis due to her DHA Assistance Benefits ended and she did not have enough resources to support her 7 children. She is a single mother without the help of family or friends. Saftey Net Services was able to assist the mother with a food box, eviction prevention resources and diapers for her 1 year old twins. She was also provided information and a referral to the Sacramento Crisis Nursery, School Readiness resources for your toddlers, and after-school programs for the older children. Our staff encouraged mom to utilize these resources and contact the Partnership’s Intervention Specialist if she had any additional questions. Ongoing case management support continued until the family crisis was resolved.

 

  • Employment Story

A single mom needed to find a job to support her 3 children. She had did not have transportation nor a valid Driver’s license and limited job skills. Working with the Partnership, the mother was able to receive career counseling, resume writing support, and interview skills training. The Partnership approached an employer located within walking distance to the mother’s house, explained how our On The Job Training program worked and set up an interview for an entry level customer service position with the employer. The employer was very impressed with the candidate and hired her on the spot. We received the following email in appreciation and thanks. “I am enjoying my new job very much. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to finally feel a part of the working class and also the sense of joy and fulfillment this job brings me. Thank you so much for going the distance and helping connect me with the Employment Services program, and with this job!”

 

Family Services

  • 156 parents have learned new parenting skills through Effective Parenting workshops
  • 2263 home visits to families with children 0-5 (approx 3500 hours)
  • 9388 referrals for additional support services were given to families
  • 90 women participated in our quarterly community Baby Showers
  • 651 families participated in Family Fun Night at the Family Resource Center
  • 130 hours of Parent Time Out- (opportunity for parent to receive a stress reducing break)

 

  • Parenting Education Story

A mother participating in a Make Parenting a Pleasure (MPAP) workshop shared that she was having challenges with her 10 year old daughter being rebellious and refusing to interact appropriately with her siblings. Mom stated, prior to taking MPAP, she would scold and judge her daughter. After the session on communication and management of anger, she sat down and talked with her daughter. Mom was able to release judgment and listen to what was happening at school. In creating a safer environment to express feelings, the daughter disclosed she was being bullied by her classmates. This allowed mom to advocate for her child at the school. Mom said that because of the MPAP lesson, she was able to talk to the school principal calmly instead of yelling or arguing. The mother shared with her MPAP group that she would never have been able to respond so appropriately much less get to the bottom of what was really going on with her daughter without the support of MPAP and her MPAP peers.

 

  • Home Visitation Story

A mother shared that she cannot believe how she is already seeing changes in her family after only three Nurturing Parent Program (NNP) lessons. The father is playing with their 2 year old son and spending more quality time with him than before home visitation. The father is more open to positive discipline than he was, previously. Before NPP, the parents would argue about positive discipline and the father thought it was useless. The mother stated she felt closer to her husband and family in a long time and that the NPP lessons have not only benefitted her son’s relationship to his father but the family’s relationship as a whole.

 

Youth Services

  • 2262 mentoring hours
  • 96 youth participated in field trip activities
  • Merged the Youth Advisory Council to create a joint Youth Leadership Council with the Police Activities League. The new council has engaged 30 young people, who have already contributed over 1000 hours of community service since it's inception in September 2010.
  • 107 youth, ages 5-12, participated in a 5-day a week summer-time activities, promoting summer learning and physical activity at White Rock Park.
  • 67 middle and high school-aged youth participate in an afterschool program at First Covenant Church
  • 58 youth participated in violence prevention workshops to create a safer campus climate
  • 9 young women at Mills Middle School participated in a small group mentoring environment to improve conflict resolution skills and build empathy for peers.

 

  • Mentoring Story

Mentors John and Scot have been mentoring brothers Steven and Josiah for a year. Recently, a terrible tragedy took place in the mentees’ family. Their 15 year old brother was fatally wounded and passed away. Without even hesitating, upon hearing the sad news, both mentors immediately met up with their mentees and let them know that if they needed anything at all, to call. Since the original incident, the boys have been able to process what happened with their mentors and have been able to have positive interactions with adults who care about them in light of the tragedy through different activities and events. Their grandmother told program staff that if it wasn’t for the immediate and consistent support of the boys’ mentors, she doesn’t know what the family would have done.

 

Volunteerism

  • 2604 volunteer hours served in 6 areas of the agency
  • Value of $60,647.16 to the agency and community (based on $23.29 per hour, Independent Sector 2008, CA specific)
  • 16 AmeriCorps members served in 7 programs
  • 27,200 hours of AmeriCorps service
  • $75,600 in educational awards earned
  • The Partnership staff, parent leaders and volunteers participated in multiple community events, providing family focused information and activities, including: Kid’s Day in the Park, iFest, 4th of July Celebration
  • Impact on community = priceless

 

 

Special Events

Sweetheart Ball

  • Raised $32,000 to support children of the Folsom Cordova Unified School District and the Partnership’s mission and vision

 

A Partnership in Thanks

  • Hosted 564 Thanksgiving meals to community members in one day

 

A Taste of December

  • Raised $35,000 to support the Partnership’s mission and vision

 

Skoglund Family Toy Drive and Distribution

  • Provided 837 gift to at- risk children in our community