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.
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. To learn more, visit their website.
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.
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.
OE Enterprises offers both community based and facility based services to individuals who have a disability or other employment barrier. In order to access these services most participants need transportation, often a cost that is not affordable to many. Transportation assistance costs are available for individuals that may be otherwise unable to participate in the service. In addition to their loss of service families may also struggle with no daily supervision for their family member causing a financial hardship. To learn more, visit their website.
The Mebane Street Facility is a six-bed permanent supportive housing facility for homeless women with substance abuse and mental health issues that provides a structured environment geared towards building a strong foundation in recovery and re-establishing each resident’s role in the community.
Adult female residents live together in this facility with each resident having an individual lease in place for permanent housing. A Person-Centered Plan is established for each client which outlines goals they wish to achieve related to: basic skills, sobriety, anger management, employment, access to health services, budgeting, nutrition, mental health, personal hygiene and individual networking. Assistance is provided to residents in linking them with employment and income supports. 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.
Provide emergency assistance to the residents of Alamance County in the following forms: Emergency Utility Assistance (with disconnect notices), Emergency Food Assistance, Rental Assistance (when funds are available), Medication Assistance (when medications are life sustaining), Furniture Assistance (due to fire or natural disaster), Clothing Assistance (twice a year with the changing of the season), Christmas Assistance (clothes, shoes and toys to the children of families in need). To learn more, visit their website.
Women’s Resource Center’s (WRC) Success ToolKit: Building Education Assets Program identifies women who are currently employed and seeking additional education or technical training to increase their employment marketability. The program teaches financial literacy through required educational workshops designed to increase knowledge, skills, tools, and motivation so they may set savings goals and stabilize their current financial situation. Women who are successful in meeting their goals will be eligible for matched dollars, which are reserved for educational and technical training stipends. To learn more, visit their website.
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. To learn more, visit their website.
CareNet Counseling has a rich history in providing reduced or free care to those who are uninsured or underinsured. Our Client Aid Fund works like an internal insurance that the clinician bills for individual counseling sessions. The client is responsible for a portion of the session fee, decided by a sliding scale based on income. The clinical fee is also reduced as to not burden the Aid Fund. The difference between the client responsibility and the reduced fee is paid for by the Client Aid/ Client Scholarship fund. The max benefit for each client is $500 per calendar year, at which point they may re-apply for Client Aid Funding. The local board and director must approve all Client Funding applications. Last year alone, CareNet Counseling was able to proved over $500,000 in free or reduced care across the state.
At Centro la Communidad “Salud de por Vida (Health for Life) is a comprehensive program that empowers Latino families to live healthy lives. Services lead to support and healing for individuals and families who struggle with emotional distress, childhood developmental issues, and health accessibility challenges. The program provides three distinctive services:
Bilingual clinical counseling for individuals and families who are unable to be productive, have emotionally satisfying relationships, or effectively meet the demands of their lives. Issues frequently presented within family and individual counseling are: marital and/or relationship struggles; grief and loss; anger management; behavioral concerns of children; trauma issues related to past physical, emotional, or sexual abuse; and depression and other mood disturbances.
Developmental screenings identify children who may be at risk for social or emotional difficulties. Screenings are a proven first step in identifying children who may benefit from a more in-depth evaluation and interventions designed to improve their social and emotional well-being. When needed, staff refer children for further assessment services which are provided at no cost.
Access to Health Care – Health referrals connect individuals and families with agencies and resources to prevent or address a physical or mental health issue. Many of the families we serve require assistance navigating available resources and systems. Families frequently encounter difficulty accessing health services due to socioeconomic status, language barriers, cultural adaptation, or lack of immigration status. For this reason, providing supported information and referrals, as well as advocating on behalf of clients, is critical to assisting this population.”
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
Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) Therapy &
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.
Transportation services allow elderly and/or disabled Alamance County residents access to the Social Model Day program at Friendship Adult Day Services, Inc. Where they engage in self determined goals that promote increased physical activity, improved nutritional intake and social/cognitive activities and interactions which will improve their quality of life. These activities are measurable and research and/or evidenced based programs in addition physical therapists, occupational therapists, music (movement) therapists and registered dietitians are utilized to support these efforts. To learn more, visit their website.
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.
Chronic, Acute, eye, and dental clinics with medication and eyeglass assistance
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.