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 Autism Spectrum & Language Delays (IY) program helps families create positive relationships by reducing challenging behaviors in children with autism or language delays and increasing their social and emotional competence at home and at school. Parents are immersed in a 14-week class lead by IY group facilitators that have been trained by the Incredible Years National office in Seattle, WA. Some topics covered in the class are as follows: the importance of encouraging positive relationships with child-directed play; promoting language development with academic and persistence coaching; how to increase social and emotional skills; increase self-regulation skills at home and school; how to use praise and reward to motivate children; establishing clear household rules, limit setting, and behavior management. Dinner and child care are offered to families at no charge.
Future Challengers Pre-Kinders program is designed to prepare economically disadvantaged public housing children ages three and four for school readiness by increasing math, reading, and social skills through instruction, role play, story time, recreation and hands-on activities. Fundations® Pre-K Activity Set is used. The goal is to build a strong foundation for our pre-kinders’ long term academic success. 40 Participants will receive services five (5) days a week, 6.5 (hours) per day for 38 weeks during the school year. We operate a half day program for 20 children five days a week during the summer for 9 weeks. We utilize the Alamance Partnership’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library and Outdoor Learning Environment, the StoryWalks throughout the county and partner with the Alamance Public Libraries to increase our children’s exposure to literacy and outdoor play.
Family involvement is encouraged and is essential for the success of our children. Program staff conduct an initial homevisit before program entry to complete an informal assessment of the child and to inform the caregiver of the program expectations. Quarterly homevisits keep both the family and program staff informed about progress and changes in the child’s development and household. The participants learn the importance of civic engagement by volunteering at local adult daycare centers, BHA’s own elderly property as well as making cards and crafts for special holidays. To learn more, visit their website.
The Elon Academy is a three-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 22 – 24 9th graders. In Phase I (Access) of the program students spend a month on Elon University’s campus each summer as rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors. They take academic, co-curricular, and college planning classes. Students become special Elon students and are issued student ID cards so they are eligible to check out books from the library, use recreational facilities and computer labs, and attend cultural and athletic events year round
at no charge. In addition, they and their families participate in the monthly Saturday Academy during the school year. College visits, SAT prep, time management, study skills, communication skills, and support in writing college and scholarship essays are central to our programming. Each student is assigned to a mentor (an Elon University undergraduate) with whom they meet on a regular basis to have questions answered and concerns addressed between Saturday programs. High school and college counseling are tailored to the specific needs and interests of the students and families. All students engage in leadership/service activities in community organizations and in the public schools.
Phase II includes a Transitions to College Program during the summer after high school graduation. This is a 3-day retreat for those scholars who have just graduated from high school and our headed to college for the fall semester. Phase III is our College Success Program which involves continuing academic, social, and financial support during college. A staff member visits students on their respective campuses throughout the year as needed. We provide support and guidance both to and through college as our goal is for our students not only to be accepted into college, but to graduate.
LIFESPAN Circle School Burlington is an inclusive pre-school environment where children with disabilities and/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. The philosophy of LIFESPAN is to teach that difference doesn’t mean deficit. LIFESPAN Circle School Burlington gives children the opportunity to learn this from infancy, providing a foundation for more integration and inclusion in the children’s school systems and community after they leave the school. LIFESPAN strives to build relationships between the community as a whole and children who are at risk in order to unify the community as one – providing and advocating for inclusive opportunities for children to be socially, emotionally, and intellectually prepared to enter kindergarten. LIFESPAN Circle School Burlington is a Five Star licensed childcare center and the only certified Developmental Day program in Alamance County. LIFESPAN Circle School
Burlington uses best practices, person-centered philosophies, and evidence based curricula.
Out-of-school time provides unique opportunities for positive youth development and learning. The Club provides a world-class Club Experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and living a healthy lifestyle. Here are a few of the programs offered in our Education and Career category. Project Learn reinforces and enhances the skills and knowledge young people learn at school during the hours they spend at the Club. This comprehensive program strategy is based on Dr. Reginald Clark’s research showing that students do
much better in school when they spend their non-school hours engaged in fun, but academically beneficial, activities. PowerHour – Making Minutes Count, helps Club members ages 5-18 achieve academic success by providing homework help, tutoring and high-yield learning activities and encouraging members to become self-directed learners. Diplomas to Degrees (d2D), a college readiness program, is here! This program provides a range of services to guide Club members as they work toward high school graduation and prepare for post-secondary education and career success. Summer learning loss has a devastating effect on America’s kids, especially those who don’t participate in enriching
summer activities. That’s why our club implements Summer Brain Gain – a fun, interactive learning program designed for summer in the Club! Jr. Staff is a program designed for teens that help them develop interpersonal skills, a strong work ethic and a sense of community engagement while experiencing on-the-job Club work. Overall our club’s programs ensure that young people have a positive Club Experience and, ultimately, achieve the important outcomes that lead them to great futures.
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.
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.
The supportive services program at Allied Churches of Alamance County, Inc (ACAC) provides support to both residents and greater community members in the form of Joe’s Diner (community kitchen), a food pantry, a street outreach program, emergency financial assistance, and educational programming to meet the needs of those facing crisis. ACAC’s supportive programs are free of charge to participants. The programs work to help prevent homelessness for community members in a variety of ways. They feed those who are forced to choose between paying their bills and feeding themselves or their families through Joe’s Diner, the food pantry, and our street outreach program. They provide access to educational resources in our empowerment center that can be in financial skills/budgeting, tenant education, certified HUD counseling, etc. They provide a foundation in financial stability through case management which requires budgeting, implementing and tracking savings accounts, and financial accountability. Sustainable housing remains a core outcome goal for ACAC, and through HUD certified counselors, landlord mediation, and other innovative means, we are proud to see many of our former residents achieve this goal. To this end, ACAC also provides emergency financial assistance
to those in need. To learn more, visit their website.
Despite its large immigrant population and high demand for legal assistance, Alamance County in the past has not had accredited providers of immigration legal assistance. Alamance families needing immigration services had very few options other than hiring immigration attorneys in surrounding counties. That option, however, is cost-prohibitive for a large segment of the community. Centro La Comunidad provides direct assistance to Alamance County residents to apply and go through the process, start-to-finish, of becoming naturalized U.S. citizens, obtaining Permanent Residency
(“green card”) status, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”), humanitarian visas for survivors of domestic violence and victims of serious crimes (“VAWA” and U-visas), family reunification, and a realm of other statuses for which a person is eligible. Catholic Charities, at its Centro La Comunidad location, is the only agency in Alamance County that meets the stringent requirements and has received accreditation from the U.S. Department of Justice to provide this service. In addition to the agency accreditation, the staff themselves also have obtained federal DOJ accreditation. This permits program staff to legally represent clients in matters before the United States Citizenship and Immigration
Services (USCIS). The immigration program at Centro La Comunidad was created to meet this important need. It is important to note that our programs intentionally serve the poor. Currently, 91% of Centro La Comunidad’s clients live in a household that is at or below the federal poverty level. For immigrants who currently lack an immigration status, obtaining a lawful status and the work authorization that comes with it is by far the #1 determining factor for obtaining jobs that will
allow them to improve the economic situation of their household.
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.
The Family Abuse Services Prevention and Support program aims to improve the self sufficiency of individuals impacted and exposed to Domestic Violence in Alamance County and improve Family Abuse Services (FAS) ability to more effectively meet these needs. The prevention and education program reaches across the community including 3rd, 8th, and 9th grade students in the ABSS system, civic groups, churches and law enforcement. The shelter program provides a refuge, helping those disenfranchised by domestic violence to rebuild a life safe from its reach. Advocacy staff meet with domestic violence victims all along the continuum of the domestic violence cycle. Clients come
seeking support as they access the legal system, health and mental health resources, find safe housing, and rebuild their lives. We meet our clients wherever they are without judgment, serving as a lifeline to services many of our clients would never access without the extra support. This field requires highly qualified and trained staff to navigate complicated systems and empower clients during their trauma.
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 serves residents of Alamance County who have disabilities. Funding is used to support a staff member who will provide vocational training and job placement for individuals who have participated in facility based services and to assist with transportation for these individuals. Trying a job in the community offers many rewards including learning new tasks, feeling of accomplishment, meeting new people and becoming more independent in addition to increased financial security through their income. Job club takes place at OE and all facets of job seeking, learning a new job and how too keep a job are covered. Vocational training includes learning “soft” skills such as how to follow a work schedule, appropriate interactions with supervisors and coworkers, understanding employer expectations. The majority of our job training occurs on the job site itself with a job coach modeling and teaching the job skills needed for successful employment. Our staff members meet with not only the people in our service, but their families and caregivers in order to discuss employment. Employment is a new idea for many and there are fears about trying something new. We also provide informational sessions for clients and their team to learn about how benefits such as SSI or Disability may be affected by earnings, and what work incentives are available to them.
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.
Reserve One is a local model for employing marginalized Alamance County citizens to help support them in their transition to becoming independent, income producing members of the community. In this model, Alamance County employers commit to “Reserve One” new hire position for applicants who are possibly, but not limited to—former offenders, those who have experienced homelessness, those who have been victims of violence, and/or people living with mental illness, including veterans. Sustainable Alamance will serve as the “vetting and training” hub for those “trainees”.
The workforce development is based on employer interviews setting performance criteria as 1. Pass drug test 2. Show up on time and work the entire shift 3. Be teachable 4. Eliminate “drama” in the workplace.
Sustainable Alamance has partnered with Sync Bioresources and BioDiesel4Schools, two privately held businesses, to provide job opportunities that will allow for trainees to work part time / temporarily to earn a stipend while in the training programs. This stipend may be valued at $50 – $100 per week depending on the individual situation. This gives some economic relief while the trainee is in transition.
New facilities have been acquired and classrooms are being prepped to accommodate multiple classes throughout the week. Sustainable Alamance has partnered with Alamance Community College, Alamance Partnership for Children, Local business professionals to teach financial responsibility, qualified PTSD Counseling, as well as legal assistance and faith based support to provide the necessary guidance and class leadership to meet the hiring criteria. A partnership with Elon University students is helping to prepare recruiting literature to attract trainees as well as new business “hiring” partners.
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.
Success ToolKit and Benevolence farm Reentry Support
Women’s Resource Center (WRC) as lead agency and Benevolence Farm (BF) as supporting agency empower women in transition around employment. WRC’s Success ToolKit Program empowers all women to start where they are, use what they have and do what they can to take their next step forward by fostering self-sufficiency and improving self-esteem through regular meetings with a Client Resource Counselor (CRC). Women can also participate in 2 unique workshop offerings as part of this case management. Women Connecting Women is a career management series around career planning, personal branding, cover letter and resume assistance, mock interviewing and effective networking. Working Smart is about improving work readiness, soft skills, marketability and goal achievement for employment, with topics covering self awareness, personal branding, self management, coping with stress and work ethics. Upon completing the Working Smart series curriculum (Soft Skills for Workplace Success), the certified trainer from Alamance Community College (ACC) issues a Career Readiness Certification recognized by employers. This program especially puts WRC at the forefront of job readiness instruction meeting specific employer requests to fill the soft skill knowledge gap in today’s workforce. BF’s Reentry Support Program empowers female reentrants through wraparound case management, farm-based workforce development and paid transitional jobs. Program staff conduct assessments and intake with the client to create a person-centered plan and coordinate referrals to assist with navigating service delivery systems. Farm staff and programming complement case management by increasing employability through acquired transferable and soft skill sets. BF’s services specialize in how criminal convictions affect reentrants as they access benefits, services, legal privileges and career fields. BF also operates a transitional housing residence.
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.
The SHIIP/Medicare Part D Program is the only SHIIP (Senior Health Insurance Information Program) provider in Alamance County. SHIIP counsels Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers about Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Supplements, long term care insurance and Medicare Part D. The certified SHIIP counselors, assist clients in recognizing and preventing Medicare billing errors and possible fraud and abuse through the NC SMP Program (Senior Medicare Patrol Program). SHIIP/Medicare D counselors can assist Medicare beneficiaries who may be eligible for the federal Extra Help low income subsidy program (LIS) if the client has limited income and resources. The Extra Help program can increase cost savings by paying for all or part of the monthly premiums and annual deductibles and providing lower prescription co-payments under a Medicare prescription drug plan.To learn more, visit their website.
Wise Guys® is an 8-12 session evidence-based program for young men (age 11-17) which stresses a positive concept of masculinity, responsible behavior in relationships, and healthy decision-making. The curriculum covers masculinity, values, goal setting, communication, healthy relationships, dating violence, sexually transmitted infections, reproductive anatomy, pregnancy, contraception, abstinence, and teen fatherhood. Sessions are led by trained Children’s Home Society educators, who present the curriculum and administer pretests, post-tests and 6-month follow-up tests. Instructional methods are designed for the learning styles of young men, and thus include open-ended questions and discussion,
hands-on activities, physical movement, skill practice, teamwork, and homework assignments involving parental communication. The curriculum, developed in 1990, was the first teen pregnancy prevention curriculum targeted for young men. It is widely recognized across the state and the country, having been implemented in over 350 communities in 32 states. Preventing teen pregnancy and improving attitudes towards sexual health means that more teens will finish high school, have higher levels of more gainful employment and ultimately develop more stable families and healthier family relationships. An award-winning program of national scope, Wise Guys has been listed by the NC School Health Training
Center as an approved curriculum for NC’s Healthy Youth Act (House Bill 88), and has been approved for funding and replication by the NC Department of Health and Human Services. The program received the Award for Education from the Office of Family Planning in 2007, and the Wellness Award from the Moses Cone~Wesley Long Community Health Foundation in 2009.
CrossRoads Sexual Assault Response and Resource Center
Sexual Assault Prevention and Mental Health Program
This program provides mental health services to adults who were either victimized as children or to adult victims of sexual assault. In addition, this program provides prevention programming to 7th graders and the community at large, in order to limit the number of people who become victims and will need mental health services in the future because of the victimization. The main type of therapy that we offer for adults is Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). CPT have been proven to reduce the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, from which many survivors of sexual assault suffer. In addition, the therapists are able to offer a variety of other therapy techniques and modules to help improve the lives of sexual assault victims. Two therapists on contract can offer therapy to adults who have been victims of sexual assault.
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, ages 18 to 64 years of age that are uninsured and live at or below 250% of the Federal Poverty Level, and senior citizens in the coverage gap. 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.
Medical and Specialty Services with Medication Assistance
The Open Door Clinic is a free comprehensive clinic that offers medical, eye and specialty services to the indigent and uninsured residents of Alamance County. The clinic offers free laboratory and radiology diagnostic testing. Providers work with other local specialty providers and UNC Chapel Hill for referrals to offer specialty services. The clinic pays 100% of all generic prescription medications and diabetic testing supplies. Open Door Clinic collaborates with Cone Health Medication Management Clinic to provide generic and name brand prescription drugs through patient assistance programs. The clinic provides diabetes management, a diabetes prevention program, smoking cessation classes and
physical therapy free of charge. Specialty clinics such as eye, endocrinology, urology, orthopedic, chiropractic, gynecology and mental health are held onsite. The eye clinic allows patients to have a comprehensive eye exam yearly and provides free eyeglasses to patients every two years. The Open Door Clinic provides a medical home for the indigent and uninsured to ensure patients are not using the emergency department for primary care and not being admitted due to complications from their chronic diseases. Open Door Clinic entered into a collaborative agreement with Burlington Community Health Center to offer free dental services. Open Door Clinic has entered into an agreement with Railcare
Health, a non-profit started by UNC medical students. Railcare Health has committed UNC physicians that will provide care to rural residents of Alamance County on the mobile bus. They will be providing care under Open Door Clinic by using the electronic medical records, resources such as labs and medications, staff and volunteers. Open Door Clinic will have unlimited access to the bus to attend health fairs, have clinics at community agencies and pop up clinics when needed. Allied Churches is housing the bus when not in operation.
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.
SAFE is committed to serving the residents of Alamance County as a food pantry and community resource partner. SAFE is open to the public every Tuesday and Saturday (closed the 1st Sat. of each month). In 2017, SAFE served 1721 family units, 4269 total family members, and 209 new families. Each family is provided an average 25 pounds of non-perishable food, milk, meat, farm fresh produce, hygiene products, and toiletry items when available. SAFE also provides emergency food to those in need. Our trained staff can offer referrals to other community agencies when needed.
The Adolescent Parent Support Program (APSP) provides support to 10 teens, male and female, 24 and younger, enrolled into school or dropped out, who are pregnant or parenting. The number of clients served is set at that level due to dosage of services increasing to reflect experienced level of teen need. The age of the “adolescent” is set at 24 to give options for high risk referrals that have dropped out of school with emotional arrested development. The home visitation services provide intensive case management, transportation, supportive life skills, and parent coaching to the clients on a weekly
basis. Visits are held in their home, school, and in the community. The primary objectives of the home visitation portion of the program are to prevent an additional pregnancy, to decrease dropout rates, and to prevent abuse and neglect. Other goals of APSP are: to improve health outcomes by decreasing substance use and STI prevention; to improve self-sufficiency outcomes by improving graduation rates and increasing successful transition to adulthood; improve developmental outcomes of participants’ children by improving maternal, family, and infant care; preventing abuse and neglect, and increasing school readiness. Clients have access to a resource library for books/toys, donations for baby
and personal self-care supplies, incentives, and peer groups to provide educational materials, support, and field trips. All of these resources assist the clients in making progress on program goals.