This fall back-to school time was a little less stressful and more fun for lots of youngsters in Madison County!! In fact, 123 youth in the county were participants in a program Community Action Partnership was involved with. CAP was awarded a grant from the Community Services Block Grant, to help out school aged youth. Partnering with Herb Phillipson's, the grant allowed CAP to interview and screen families who were low income and in need of school clothes. CAP staff met with each family who provided documentation to meet income qualifications (125% poverty level). CAP met with families who had transportation problems close to their home or work. If approved, the family member and student received a voucher for Herb Phillipson's which could be used for back to school items (clothing, shoes, boots, school supplies).
In many cases the families were facing unemployment, or were employed but didn’t earn enough to buy school clothes, or had a single mom or dad who were facing tough times or a parent who was disabled. Clothing in the stores and at thrift shops was just out of their reach for their budgets..
We all know how great it feels to have something new and in style to wear especially in middle and high school! The kids really felt special, particularly when they could wear clothing that was considered popular. One young boy had been bullied all of last year because of his clothing. Young people needing sneakers, boots, warm jackets (all high ticket items) were really grateful. The parents and youngsters expressed their deepest appreciation either by notes or in person.
One more way that CAP is able to mobilize resources and build resiliency in our community!.
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