Community Services Block Grant
Empowering Others to Help Themselves
The primary long-range goal is to reduce the number of individuals/families in poverty (according to the Federal Poverty Index Guideline) within a two-year period of time. This will be achieved by providing comprehensive case management services and activities to families that are enrolled in the program.
Our CSBG Program believes that desiring individuals/families will become more self-sufficient and become positive contributors to society with adequate resources, referrals, support network, prioritizing obtainable goals, and capitalizing on customer strengths.
Each eligible individual/family enrolled in the program can be assisted for a two (2) year period effective their date of enrollment. A contract/agreement is developed and must be signed by all appropriate members of the family prior to enrollment in the program. This contract contains the barriers/problems as identified, a plan of action that details the specific assistance objectives, and a work plan, agreed to by the family and our CSBG staff that outlines the responsibilities of all parties involved.
Our Self-Sufficiency Program is based upon the following beliefs:
· A hand up is better than a hand out
· Buy a person a fish and you have fed him/her for a day; Teach a person to fish, and you have fed him/her for a lifetime
· Helping people help themselves should be a way of life
Upon referral, all customers are provided with an orientation to the full array of CSBG’s services. If customers are interested in pursuing services, they participate in the Intake Process, which is an information gathering procedure. Data is collected to build a case history and to allow for a Needs Assessment of the applicant’s current situation. This information will be staffed by a team of Success Coaches. We will investigate and exhaust every idea regarding what services can be mobilized within Yadkin Valley Economic Development District, Inc. (YVEDDI), and within the community through information and referral to serve our customers.
Customers who are eligible and deemed suitable will be enrolled into the Self-Sufficiency Program on a first come, first serve basis for as long as funding is available. The Success Coach and the participant will jointly complete a comprehensive Success Plan. Realistic long-term self-sufficiency goals and practical short-term objectives will be emphasized.
If the participant does not make a responsible and reasonable effort to follow Success Plan goals and objectives within thirty days after signing the Success Plan, the participant will have terminated him/herself from the CSBG Program.
Our Self-Sufficiency Program will be individualized for each household, it will include a holistic approach, and we will attempt to draw upon every available community resource to supplement CSBG services to assist clients in becoming self-sufficient. YVEDDI often serves as a “broker” for other services in the community in addition to its core model of in-house services. Our information and referral goal is to make sure that customers walk through the “right door” and that there is no “wrong door”.
The Self-Sufficiency Program is designed to assist individuals/families in overcoming poverty. Our service model is made up of a variety of different services that are offered on an as needed basis such as: assisting in obtaining a higher education, create a resume, gain employment in jobs paying a “living wage,” and to empower themselves in the process of becoming self-reliant. We encourage customers to participate in Survival Skills, Budgeting Classes, Financial Literacy Workshops, Project Re-Entry, Life Skills, and Nutrition Classes.
Our CSBG Program improves Self-Sufficiency by boosting the customer’s self esteem, self confidence, and assertiveness in taking greater control of their lives. Therefore, we will continue to provide supportive services, including direct customer assistance, intensive, holistic, and individualized success coaching, and personal support to CSBG customers to empower them and to help remove barriers in their lives to become self sufficient.
Customers must reside in Davie, Stokes, Surry, or Yadkin Counties to be eligible for the program.
For more information, contact the CSBG Success Coach at the following locations:
622 N. Main Street Mocksville, NC 27028
700 N. Main Street Danbury, NC 27016
215 Jones School Road Mt. Airy, NC 27030
Ph: 336-786-6155 ext 234 or 235
Fax: 336-786-1951 Yadkin County
1413 W. Main Street Yadkinville, NC 27055