The mission of Alamance Community College’s (ACC) Academic and Career Readiness (ACR) program is to provide educational opportunities to adults 18 years or older who have not completed high school or who would like assistance with basic education skills. Academic and Career Readiness assists with GED and HSE as well as Career Readiness Certificate (CRC), an industry-recognized credential for those students seeking employment that can be obtained with or without a secondary diploma. A passing score on the CRC demonstrates proficiency in reading and math and is used nationwide to screen potential employees. To learn more, visit their website.
parents as teachers & THE INCREDIBLE YEARS BASIC PARENTING PROGRAM
Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an evidenced-based home visiting program for parents of children birth to five years. Priority enrollment is given to families with multiple high need characteristics (i.e. low income, low education, limited English, children with special needs, etc.) and typically outreaches to families whose children are not in an early education setting. Home visits are provided based on the National PAT curriculum and are scheduled at least on a monthly basis. Developmental screenings are provided annually for each enrolled child and are referred to other agencies as needed. Monthly group meetings are provided as a way to give additional information and educational opportunities, as well as to help parents build social connections.
The Incredible Years Parent Program (IY) is an evidence-based program that promotes healthy development in young children by strengthening parenting competencies and promoting effective strategies for managing children’s challenging behaviors. Parents and caregivers attend weekly group sessions for 14 to 16 weeks lead by two trained IY facilitators to practice skills that promote children’s academic, social, and emotional skills. Parents learn the very basics of parenting: playing with their children, offering praise and rewards, creating household rules and setting limits, and using positive discipline strategies. Classes are offered to parents of children ages 3-5 with risk factors in one or more area.
Future Challengers Pre-Kinders Program is designed to prepare economically disadvantaged children ages 3 and 4 for kindergarten readiness in terms of social and emotional development, literacy and numeracy (math) skills through role play, story time, recreation and hands-on activities. Participants receive services five (5) days a week for 4 (hours) per day for 40 weeks (fall, winter and spring) and one (1) day a week for four (4) hours a day for eight (8) weeks during the summer to bridge the gap to insure the children retain the knowledge and skills obtained during the 40 week period. Family involvement is encouraged and is essential for the success of our children; participants also learn the importance of civic engagement. To learn more, visit their website.
The Elon Academy is a four-phase college access and success program for Alamance County high school students who demonstrate academic promise, have limited financial resources, and/or have no family history of college. Each year the Academy recruits about 24 9th graders. By introducing high school students to college, providing support during transition to college, promoting college success and offering almuni mentorship opportunities we guide both to and through college so students are not only accepted into college, but graduate! To learn more, visit their website.
The LIFESPAN Circle School Burlington (LCSB) location is an inclusive pre-school environment where children with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities or delays learn alongside typically developing children. The school includes typically developing children in the learning environment to promote an inclusive atmosphere that emphasizes positive interactions, an opportunity to learn from each other, and the beginning of building relationships based on similarities. Our philosophy is to teach that difference doesn’t mean deficit. The LCSB location gives children the opportunity to learn this from infancy, providing a foundation for more integration and inclusion in the childrens’ school systems and community after they leave the school. The LCSB location is a Five Star licensed child care center and the only certified Developmental Day program in Alamance County. LCSB uses best-practice and person-centered philosophies. Half of enrollees are children with intellectual and/or developmental delays and nearly 2/3 are from low to moderate income households. Circle Schools provide services that meet NC Pre-K Program requirements to provide eligible children 4 and 5 years of age with access to specific curriculum and preschool experience to enhance their school readiness. The program seeks to prepare children in all five of the major domains of development outlined by the National Education Goals Panel: health and physical development, social and emotional development, language, development and communication and cognition and general knowledge. Circle Schools employ the Creative and High Scope Curricula in classrooms designed for participatory learning. To learn more, visit their website.
Positive Attitude Youth Center (PAYC) offers an educational enrichment program that focuses on enriching students academically, physically, and spiritually. Educational enrichment activities are key elements in the programs that ensure students reach their full potential as successful individuals. PAYC After-School Program focuses on individual tutoring to help increase English and Mathematic levels in 3rd – 5th graders to ensure students are on grade level. The Positive Day School Program is a licensed three-star daycare program which focuses on children ages 3-5 to ensure that they are socially, emotionally, and academically prepared to enter school. To learn more, visit their website.
Our mission is to serve all youth, with a special concern for those that need us the most! The Club offers nationally proven and tested programs in several core program areas – Character & Leadership Development, Education & Career Development, Health & Life Skills, The Arts, Sports, Fitness & Recreation and Programs focused on Christian Principals. We provide a world-class Club experience that provides opportunity for every member to be academically on track to graduate from high school and have a plan for the future to become a contributing member of society. To learn more, visit their website.
The Alamance County YMCA provides financial assistance to any qualifying family that needs child care but cannot afford to pay the fees in full. We do this so that all families, regardless of their income level, can benefit from quality child care while at the same time receive support for their financial needs.
YMCA Child Care consists of many Youth Programs, United Way funding is directed to after-school and Summer Camp. Research shows that children who participate in after-school and summer enrichment programs are more successful in academics, are healthier, and more often maintain positive behaviors. Y Youth Programs are specially geared to achieve these results, and we want to make sure that no child is turned away. To learn more, visit their website.
Alamance County Meals On Wheels, Inc. provides nutritious home-delivered meals to those who are medically frail and home-bound (by volunteers) who live in our service area. To learn more, visit their website.
evidence based community health promotion & disease prevention progams
Alamance ElderCare helps older adults and their family caregivers remain living at home longer and improve their quality of life by: resource, referral and followup; Options Counseling; Care Management; Home Visiting and Assessment. To learn more, visit their website.
To address hunger and homelessness in Alamance County, Allied Churches of Alamance County, Inc. (ACAC) maintains an emergency shelter, community kitchen, and food pantry to meet the basic needs of both shelter guests and community members. The emergency shelter is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It provides temporary shelter stays of 30-90 days for men, women, and children, with dormitory-style lodging for single guests, and more private spaces for families. Additionally, support for shelter guests is provided in the form of specialized case management for guidance in obtaining long-term housing. The ACAC Community Kitchen serves three meals per day, seven days a week to men, women, and children housed in the ACAC Emergency Shelter (about 70 per day). In addition, the Kitchen is open to community members for lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday. After the closing of the largest food pantry in Alamance County in August of 2013, ACAC committed to serving a second daily meal on its campus. ACAC’s Food Service programs are free of charge and open to all who are hungry, without restriction. The programs work to help prevent homelessness for community members who are forced to choose between paying their bills and feeding themselves or their families. Through partnership with RHA Behavioral Health, mental health screenings and services are provided for (homeless) shelter guests via a dedicated counselor to promote guests’ mental and educational development by providing them with holistic, supportive services that contribute to self-sufficiency; with both basic needs and mental health needs met under one roof, clients will be more likely to obtain sustained housing.
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The Burlington Senior Adult Leisure Services is the sole provider of SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program) services for Alamance County. In this capacity, the senior center makes trained counselors available who can assist with Medicare D, SSI and enrollment in Medicare Supplement Programs. Quarterly updates and training are provided through the NC Department of Insurance. To learn more, visit their website.
The Legal Immigration Services program of Catholic Charities has seven offices throughout the Diocese of Raleigh with staff who have received partial accreditation from the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Partial Accreditation allows the representative to legally represent the client before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) which is a component of the United States Department of Homeland Security. The Catholic Charities office in Burlington is accredited and serves the counties of: Alamance, Casswell, Chatham, Durham, Granville, Person, Vance and Warren. Catholic Charities is an affiliated partner with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc and the North Carolina Justice Center from which the BIAs receive guidance and support.
The program provides direct assistance to persons who are filing applications to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for permanent residency or U.S. citizenship. Scope of Services include, but are not limited to: Naturalization and Citizenship applications, Family-Based Petition, Adjustment of Status application, Humanitarian visas (U-visa and VAWA), Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals and Community Information Sessions.
The program works with community members to support them as they address issues that impact their lives. It serves as a bridge between the diverse communities in Alamance, raising awareness of issues affecting Latinos and promoting community development through education.
Consumer Credit Counseling Services (CCCS) provides free and low cost counseling services to clients who need guidance on options available to increase their ability to manage their own finances and make fiscally responsible decisions such as: credit/budget, foreclosure prevention, reverse mortgage and bankruptcy counseling; homeownership counseling; the Mortgage Payment Program, and financial literacy workshops. Through these efforts, CCCS helps individuals and families to achieve financial goals and regain a sense of financial well-being. To learn more, visit their website.
Legal Aid of North Carolina provides direct general delivery of legal services to residents of Alamance County who lack the financial means to afford legal counsel. Legal advocates provide advice and counsel and, when appropriate, in-court representation to low-income citizens, the elderly, domestic violence victims, and individuals facing homelessness. Types of services include prevention of home foreclosure, protection from domestic violence, protection from scams targeted at senior citizens, and appeals of unfair unemployment compensation denials and unfair denials of disability benefits. We offer legal workshops to community groups and individuals with the objective of preventing future legal problems and empowering people to engage in legal self-help techniques. To learn more, visit their website.
vocational training & job placement for individuals with disabilities
OE Enterprises utilizes funding to provide job training and community job placement to individuals living in Alamance County who have a disability. This will address the area of financial stability in several ways. The individual who receives job training will improve income by exhibiting increased work skills, and with community placement and training will again increase their earning capacity. OE staff will assist each individual by providing work readiness training, job coaching on the job both at OE and at the community job site. Training provided is individualized to meet each persons strengths and needs. Job club will be provided weekly to encourage discussion about the pros and cons of working, learn interview and job seeking skills as well as job keeping skills. With the help of United Way funding OE has been able to hire a full time staff member to provide job placement for individuals who have historically participated in services in our Alamance facility. This has been a great success in helping individuals get excited about work and increasing their knowledge about work. OE uses the best practice techniques of Supported Employment Individual Job Coaching. A system of training on the job in an integrated setting helps individuals learn the job tasks as well as the important “soft skills” need to maintain employment. After the individual has successfully learned their job OE staff continue to provide job retention services to support both the worker and the employer. In addition we will use one third of the requested funding for transportation assistance. Transportation both to OE Enterprises and to jobs in the community are costly and can deter individuals from working and participating in services. To learn more, visit their website.
Residential Treatment Services of Alamance employs three Case Managers at our Hall Avenue facility and one Housing Coordinator at our Mebane Street Recovery House for Women. In addition to providing recovery oriented, one on one counseling sessions, it is the duty of these individuals to assist our clients in pursuing further education, treatment, and employment. Client’s are provided referrals to several agencies to address income instability as well as mental and/or physical health concerns. To learn more, visit their website.
Disaster Services includes preparedness, response and recovery activities such as mass care, client casework and assistance to meet disaster victims’ immediate needs and reduce suffering of victims of natural and man-made disasters 24 hours a day/seven days a week/365 days a year. The Chapter’s disaster services focuses on meeting the immediate emergency disaster-caused needs of individuals and families in Alamance County. To learn more, visit their website.
The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance to the residents of Alamance County by assisting financially with utilities, clothing, medicine, rent (when funds are available), furniture (in cases of fire or natural disaster), and through our different Christmas assistance programs such as Angel Tree (gifts for families in need) and Give-a-Kid-a-Coat Program (coats for those in need).
The Salvation Army’s Emergency Food Pantry serves as one of the two major emergency food providers in Alamance County, providing food for families in need on a daily basis. We assist families and/or individuals once every 90 days with emergency food and once a week with perishables and fresh food (i.e. mile, bread, fruits and vegetables, etc.) The food we distribute lasts from 7-10 days for a family of 4. This programs has grown in numbers since last year, and has become an integral part of our service here at The Salvation Army of Alamance County.
Women Connecting Women (WCW) is a 6-part career support series within WRC’s Success Toolkit program. Sessions are designed to stand alone which enables the adult learner to participate as needed. Women are empowered to start where they are, understanding who they are & why it matters in employment. They are encouraged to begin strategizing the career they will manage lifelong. Partner agencies are invited in for 5th & 6th sessions, which models networking for the attending women & validates reaching out “to connect”. Women learn about personal branding, well written cover letters & resumes to use traditionally & within social media. Staffing agencies provide 6th session mock interviewing & linkage to real world employment. Women start to build their professional community as they gain confidence working through the modules as a group, sharing their experiences. WRC’s approach is flexible, relevant & compatible with today’s employment market. We expanded the program to include soft skill development to further enhance women’s work preparation, marketability & goal achievement. Alamance Community College (ACC) is our soft skill development partner. They provide a trainer certified in Working Smart (Soft Skills for Workplace Success) developed by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Workforce Development Board. That curriculum is designed to be used in tandem with any agency’s existing programs such as WRC’s Women Connecting Women, or as a unique workshop series. WRC uses it in both capacities. Working Smart is a unique offering to our clients providing a 5-module, 16-lesson curriculum. Some clients take advantage of both workshops. In the latter offering, the community college issues a certification recognized by local employers. This curriculum puts WRC at the forefront of job readiness instruction meeting specific employer requests to fill the soft skill knowledge gap in today’s workforce with the goal to promote job retention, to learn more visit their website.
Wise Guys® is an 8-12 session evidence-based program for adolescent males (age 11-17) which stresses a positive conception of masculinity, responsible behavior in relationships, and healthy decision-making. The curriculum covers self-esteem, values, goal setting, communication, healthy relationships, dating violence, sexually transmitted infections, reproductive anatomy, pregnancy, contraception, abstinence, and fatherhood. Sessions are led by trained Children’s Home Society educators. They present the curriculum and administer pretests, post-tests and 6-month follow-up tests for those who complete the program. Instructional methods are designed for the learning styles of adolescent males, and thus include open-ended questions and discussion, hands-on activities, physical movement, skill practice, teamwork, and homework assignments involving parental communication. To learn more, visit their website.
CrossRoads Sexual Assault Response and Resource Center
direct & preventive services
CrossRoads’ CAC Therapy Program provides two forms of evidence-based therapy to child maltreatment victims and their non-offending caregivers. This program offers Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) which has been proven to reduce incidents of physical or sexual abuse and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) which has been proven to reduce the trauma and effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder which many victims of child maltreatment suffer from. Both forms of Evidence-Based Therapy requires a high level of training, state certification, skill, and complete fidelity to the model to ensure the best outcomes for the children we serve. Further, CrossRoads’ Child Medical Evaluation component provides specialized and experienced medical doctors that understand the complex mental health issues of children suffering from child maltreatment and can make appropriate referrals for their mental health needs and any other referrals necessary to address underlining medical needs.
CrossRoads Community Education/Prevention Program provides sexual violence and child maltreatment prevention education/counseling to kindergarten through 2nd grades, 4th through 8th grades, and 9th grades, along with any special requests from teachers/coaches/guidance counselors, as well as the community in general. Its purpose is three-fold: (1) to identify victims and provide them with immediate access to services, (2) to educate on how to protect against these types of violence, and (3) to educate our community about the prevalence of sexual violence and child maltreatment in our community, support and treatment options, and efforts that can be taken to make our community a safer and more compassionate place to not only live, but thrive!
The Crisis and Court Advocacy program provides safety planning, crisis counseling, legal advocacy, emotional support and referral services to victims of domestic violence. The primary purpose of the program is to minimize the danger of future acts of domestic violence against the victim and/or their children. Crisis and Court Advocacy staff provide emotional support and crisis counseling to victims and their children. The Crisis and Court Advocacy staff work closely with the Court Navigator Program Supervisor to ensure that victims that need this additional assistance are paired with a volunteer that will provide court accompaniment services as well as emotional support throughout civil and criminal proceedings. Our advocates work to link victims with all appropriate service providers to ensure that our clients can achieve safety and self sufficiency.
Family Abuse Services of Alamance County facilitates a comprehensive Community Education Program throughout the year, such as Wiping Out Abuse and Violence Through Education Program (WAVE) to every eighth grade classroom throughout the ABSS school system covering domestic violence, dating violence, bullying, cyberbullying and the dangers of sexting. “There is Someone to Talk To” Puppet Show is facilitated in each third grade classroom in the ABSS system as well as private elementary schools covering child neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and bullying. Due to these programs, each year there are numerous reports to Child Protective Services identifying previously unreported cases of Child Abuse.
Medication Management Clinic of Alamance Regional Medical Center
Medication Management Clinic (MMC) (formerly AlaMAP) provides medication related services to the citizens of Alamance County who are uninsured or underinsured. Our services are multi-faceted including: Medication Access, Medication Therapy Management and Wellness. Medication Management Clinic operates to improve quality of life when proper medication use is realized this results in decreased healthcare costs and a healthier community. To learn more, visit their website.
Open Door Clinic is a free medical clinic that offers chronic, acute and eye care to the indigent and uninsured residents of Alamance County offering: laboratory and radiology diagnostic testing, generic prescription medications, diabetic testing supplies, comprehensive eye exams and eyeglasses. The newest focus of care is adult dental services. To learn more, visit their website.
The Burlington Community Health Center (BCHC) is a Federally-qualified community health center program of non-profit Piedmont Health Services, Inc. (PHS).
BCHC is a comprehensive, high-quality medical home for patients of all ages. All services are available on a sliding-fee scale tied to the Federal poverty level. Services include: full-scope family medical care (well care, prenatal care and family planning, preventive screening, chronic/acute illness care with 24-hour access to medical advice); on-site laboratory; on-site comprehensive pharmacy; care management support and outreach. Care is offered more than 40 hours weekly including Monday evenings. BCHC accepts patients referred for care from multiple Alamance County health and social services organizations and other area non-profits, including the school system via the Student Health Link program. To learn more, visit their website.
The Adolescent Parent Support Program (APSP) provides support to 8-10 teens, male and female, 19 and younger, enrolled into school or dropped out, who are pregnant or parenting. Through intensive case management, home visitation, peer groups and supportive life skills and parenting services on a weekly basis: additional pregnancies are prevented before the age of 20, dropout rates are decreased, health outcomes are improved, substance use is decreased and sexually transmitted infections are prevented. As a result self-sufficiency is improved, increasing successful transition to adulthood, improving developmental outcomes of participants’ children by improving maternal, family, and infant care; preventing abuse and neglect, and increasing school readiness. To learn more, visit their website.