Community-Wide Investments

What We Do

Community-Wide Investments

The United Way currently invests in over forty partner agencies and sixty different collaborative programs. Additionally, last year over 390 agencies and nonprofit organizations from our local area and across the country received designated donations directly through United Way of Forsyth County’s Annual Campaign.

Through United Way of Forsyth County’s support and aligning of resources, these programs, the agencies, and their collaborating partners are all working to create a Stable, Educated, Healthy, and Economically Mobile Forsyth County.

Along with these programs, United Way of Forsyth County funds and supports other key initiatives in our community including NC211, Housing Matters (formerly the Ten-Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness), The Forsyth Promise, The Partnership for Prosperity, and our key partnership with Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods.

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Educated Forsyth

Today in Forsyth county

About half of 3rd graders are not at reading level (47.2%). Of 8th graders, only 49.1% were proficient in reading, and only 40% were proficient in math. Only 58.4% of grade 11 participating students met the UNC System minimum admission requirement of a composite score of 17 on ACT.

  • Source: N.C. Department of Public Instruction, 2017.

85.8% of forsyth county students graduated from high school.

65% of all jobs require some form of education after high school.


  • Source: WS/FCS, 2020.

1 in 5 children under the age of five grow up in under-resourced neighborhoods, meaning that they begin first grade already behind.

  • Source: United Way Worldwide, 2020.

Why this is Important

Education provides each of us with possibilities – the possibility of learning something new, having inspiring experiences, and finding success in a career. For our community, education leads to a productive labor force, which strengthens local businesses, reduces the burden on taxpayers, and makes Forsyth County an attractive place in which to live and work.

What is united way doing to help?

United Way of Forsyth County invests in quality early childhood education programs in our community. We provide tools and resources that teach parents and caregivers facts and best practices for different ages and stages of a young child’s life. From engagement ideas and using everyday moments as learning activities to ways to spark language and learning skills, we provide information that helps ensure all kids get a strong start.

Increasing the graduation rate to 90%, increasing at-grade-level skills in reading and in math by the end of 3rd and 8th grades, and soft skill development gives our students opportunities for a brighter future. In 2019, almost 8,000 students participated in school-based or out-of-school programs to help improve their reading and math achievement. Additionally, last year more than 80% of students receiving support improved or maintained a satisfactory school attendance record.



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    In Forsyth County, 30.4% of residents without a high school diploma experience poverty, while this number drops to 19.5% once individuals obtain a high school degree or GED—exemplifying that poverty rates decrease as educational attainment increases. More access to better education is a foundational step to stronger communities. The following programs have been designed to promote a more Educated Forsyth. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau, ACS 1-Year Data, 2017)

    Lead Agency: Big Brothers Big Sisters
    Program Name: Site Based Mentoring Program
    Program Summary: The Big Brothers Big Sisters Site Based program is a collaborative effort with several local school partners that provides supervised mentoring at school sites. The aim is to strengthen their presence in targeted communities by re-establishing the program at Ashley Elementary and launching a program at East Forsyth Middle School in order to serve more children who come from not only single-parent homes, but also those who have been identified by teachers and/or school guidance counselors as ones who would benefit from having an additional friend/mentor.

    Lead Agency: Crosby Scholars
    Program Name: African American Males Pursing Educational Dreams (AAMPED)
    Program Summary: AAMPED has boosted student success in Crosby Scholars and has helped more vulnerable students view college as a reality- an outreach which Crosby Scholars aims to expand. At school, AAMPED offers monthly “Lunch and Learn” programs on topics such as motivation, perseverance, and self-awareness; grade advisor meetings; college recruitment visits; and Crosby Club meetings. Evening programs include college nights at Winston-Salem State University and Forsyth Technical Community College, high school math tutoring, attending a Wake Forest University basketball game and Project Alpha programming about college life lessons in collaboration with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity;
    manhood and more.

    Lead Agency: Crosby Scholars
    Program Name: Crosby Club
    Program Summary:
    Crosby Club has been offered for two years, and Crosby Scholars aims to expand to Philo Hill and East Forsyth middle schools. A typical meeting includes a welcome activity; exposure to college in which Crosby alumni, teachers, or college representatives share about their college experience; and the main activity that focuses on leadership and character development and introduction to careers. The Crosby Club uses the “Career and College Clubs” curriculum, based on 7th- to 12th- grade career and college readiness standards developed by NCCEP. Lessons address college and career readiness, academic preparation, leadership development, social and emotional learning, and professional etiquette.

    Lead Agency: Mediation Services
    Program Name: Truancy Mediation
    Program Summary:
    Truancy Mediation addresses specific complaints of unacceptable attendance patterns by involving those students, their families, school social workers and other parties who may serve as resources. Mediation Services has traditionally served students between the ages of 6 and 15 in local public schools who have missed 10 days or more from school. Their primary service is a conflict resolution hybrid of mediation and arbitration that helps to lower prosecutions for truancy, as well as encourage plans to promote academic success while identifying challenges in the process and further resources for enhancing the student learning process.

    Lead Agency: The Salvation Army
    Program Name: Ken Carlson Boys & Girls Club
    Program Summary:
    The Ken Carlson Boys & Girls Club serves youth ages 5-18 from 38 schools in the WS/Forsyth County School System. During non-school hours, the club provides a safe place with supportive adult mentors, peer friendships, and high-impact youth development programs. Emphasizing the importance and requirements of graduation from high school and the opportunities a post-secondary education can provide are both key aspects of the commitment to educational equity. Annual priorities include a focused curriculum including education and career development, character and leadership, health and wellness, the arts, sports and recreation.

    Lead Agency: Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
    Program Name: Project Graduation 2020
    Program Summary:
    Project Graduation: 2020 represents the next generation of strategies to impact student academic outcomes, promotion, and graduation. Since the 2006-07 school year, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools have been focused on increasing high school graduation rates. Over the last 10 years, the graduation rate has increased by 11.4%. Several years ago, the district and community partners set a 90% graduation rate goal. Middle Schools selected for Project Graduation 2020 include East Forsyth, Mineral Springs and Philo Hill Middle schools. The two levels of criteria for the development of this program include 1) Selecting middle schools feed into high schools who have been below the district average for graduation rate and 2) Identifying students at those schools who exhibit risk indicators for not graduating. After-school, In-school and Saturday tutoring, and summer success programs are the strategies implemented at these three schools.

    Lead Agency: YMCA
    Program Name: YMCA Achievers
    Program Summary:
    For 18 years, YMCA Achievers has worked to close the socioeconomic opportunity gap that exists among African American and Hispanic students. This program aims to help teens set and pursue higher education and career goals resulting in high school graduation and acceptance into an institution of higher learning. Focusing on minority, at-risk students in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, Achievers participate in a combination of field trips/college tours, career counseling, cultural experiences, enrichment programming, leadership summits, financial literacy projects, character education, and career and college prep workshops.

    Lead Agency: YMCA
    Program Name: Summer Learning Academy
    Program Summary:
    The YMCA of Northwest North Carolina aims to expand Summer Learning Academies (SLAs) to three Title 1, low-performing elementary schools in Winston-Salem: Diggs-Latham, Easton, and Ibraham. The 24-day (spanning 6 weeks) summer program, provided at no cost, consists of academic support, social and emotional Learning, leadership and character development, decision making, healthy life choices and family engagement. SLAs are designed to address socioeconomic disparities in education and ensure every child regardless of age, income or background, can learn, grow and thrive.

    Lead Agency: YWCA
    Program Name: Second Chance at Graduation
    Program Summary:
    Within Second Chance at Graduation, Teen Court and Work & Earn It are two programs sponsored by the YWCA. Teen Court targets juvenile first-time offenders who have committed non-violent misdemeanors. In Teen Court, the juvenile is tried and sentenced by a jury of peers – previous Teen Court clients and volunteers — to perform community service, to attend ARISE Life Skills seminars, and/or provide other types of restitution. Work & Earn It is a monetary restitution/community service program designed to reduce the number of youths who recidivate into the juvenile justice system. The target population is students between the ages of 10 and 17 who are on probation or diverted from juvenile court to fulfill their terms through community service and monetary restitution.

    Lead Agency: YWCA
    Collaborating Partners: Big Brothers Big Sisters & Crosby Scholars
    Program Name: Best Choice Center
    Program Summary:
    The YWCA’s Best Choice Center is a year-round academic enrichment program, providing After School and Summer Camp programs for K-8 students from Community-Wide and Place Matters schools. The mission is to help at-risk children succeed academically and interpersonally. The Crosby Bigs for Success Program, which matches high school age Crosby Scholars with Best Choice students, provides mentors for the younger children. The Crosby Bigs are trained by Big Brothers Big Sisters to support “Littles” development of soft skills and promote K-12 success. After School and Summer Camp programs provide certified teachers, transportation, meals, field trips, and access to resources.


Economically Mobile

Today in Forsyth COUNTY

From finding a living wage job to attaining better-paying employment through job training and placement, Forsyth County residents need help to gain and maintain financial stability. 64% of renter households that earn less than $20,000 a year pay more than 30% of their income on housing. This puts them precariously close to becoming homeless should that income decrease or go away.

  • Source: City of Winston-Salem Housing Study and Needs Assessment, 2018.

25% of children in forsyth county under the age of 18 currently live in poverty.

  • Source: US Census Bureau, 2018.

In north carolina, 30% of a family’s budget is spent on child care

  • Source: The UWNC Self Sufficiency Standard, 2020..

Why THIS IS IMPORTANT

Forsyth County is ranked third from the bottom in the entire United States in terms of economic mobility. This means that if you are born poor in this county, the odds of you getting up and out of poverty are worse than nearly anywhere else in the entire country. Fewer new jobs are being created for workers with only a high school diploma. Of the 11.6 million jobs created since the Great Recession, 99% have gone to workers with at least some postsecondary education.

  • Source: Winston-Salem State University’s Center for the Study of Economic Mobility, 2018.

WHAT IS UNITED WAY DOING TO HELP?

UWFC works with programs and partner agencies to increase economic mobility for those with the greatest need, by developing lasting solutions and addressing the root causes of poverty and inequity. In 2019, $5 million in refunds were returned to over 3,000 Forsyth County residents through free tax preparation assistance and over 4,000 residents received job skill training and assistance finding a job.


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    According to a 2015 study, Forsyth County ranked 2nd worst out of 2,478 counties across the country in helping poor children climb the income ladder. We know that our community can continue to do better in supporting one another- and the following programs have been chosen in reflection of our intention to build and support a more Economically Mobile Forsyth.
    (Source: Harvard University, Equality of Opportunity Project, 2015)

     

    Lead Agency: CARes Project
    Program Name: Car Ownership Program
    Program Summary: The Car Ownership Program’s mission is to offer low-interest car loans to credit-challenged, low
    income working adults. Through this program, customers learn to practice good money management skills,
    increase their creditworthiness and receive reliable transportation to get to work. Program activities include financial
    literacy and budgeting skills training, credit counseling, placement and service of a low-interest loan for a car purchased
    from a reputable, franchise dealer. Each participant is assigned a Financial Coach who schedules, guides, and documents
    the progress and who continues to work with the participant for the duration of the loan.

    Lead Agency: Enrichment Center
    Program Name: Employment Gateway
    Program Summary: The Enrichment Center provides employment training for adults with intellectual and physical
    disabilities through the Employment Gateway program, which is part of a nationwide, vocational rehabilitation network
    of services that helps adults with disabilities find full or part-time work. An Employment specialist helps pair the
    individual to a job that matches his/her skills and interests and provides on-the-job support until the individual can
    perform the job independently and successfully.

    Lead Agency: Experiment in Self Reliance
    Program Name: New Century Individual Development Account (IDA)
    Program Summary: The New Century IDA program provides financial literacy training for low-to-moderate income
    residents of Forsyth County, preparing them to become first-time homeowners or small business entrepreneurs. The
    program teaches clients budgeting skills and how to choose and use credit and banking products, along with other
    important information about finances. Clients are provided with a success coach who supports the establishment and
    growth of their savings account, in which they will have saved $1,500 by the time they have complete the program.

    Lead Agency: Experiment in Self Reliance
    Program Name: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
    Program Summary: During the tax season, approximately 100 certified volunteers operate the 10-13 VITA Sites located
    around Winston- Salem, preparing electronic returns for about 4,000 low-to-moderate income taxpayers in Forsyth
    County each year. The program also now offers VITA Express, which allows participants to drop off documents for return
    preparation and return at a convenient time to sign and submit the forms.

    Lead Agency: Financial Pathways of the Piedmont
    Program Name: Center for Homeownership (CHO)
    Program Summary: CHO’s mission is to inform and prepare residents to be responsible homebuyers via comprehensive
    housing education, counseling, referrals, and other resources. CHO provides a one-stop source of information,
    education, pre-qualification and counseling services to potential home buyers through one-on-one sessions and group
    classes. It also serves as an advocate for affordable housing issues in the area.

    Lead Agency: Financial Pathways of the Piedmont
    Program Name: Financial Management, Education & Debt Counseling
    Program Summary: Financial Management and Debt Counseling (FMDC) program provides Budget and Credit
    counseling to improve individual money management; Credit Report review to educate clients on improving their credit;
    Mortgage Default and Foreclosure intervention counseling to help borrowers identify their best choices; Financial
    Education to increase financialself-sufficiency; and Student Loan counseling to assist clients in determining their best
    repayment options and avoid default.

    Lead Agency: Financial Pathways of the Piedmont
    Program Name: Senior Financial Care
    Program Summary: The Senior Financial Care® (SFC) program has served Forsyth County residents age 60 and older for
    over 30 years. SFC was established to provide in-home money managementservices for seniors including: Check writing
    for bill paying, bank statement reconciliation, budget & credit counseling, debt negotiation, housing & Reverse Mortgage
    counseling, fraud awareness, insurance counseling and assistance in choosing Medicare supplemental plans.

    Lead Agency: Goodwill Industries of NWNC
    Collaborating Partner: Financial Pathways of the Piedmont
    Program Name: The Prosperity Center
    Program Summary: Since 2008, Prosperity Center has operated with the mission of “improving financialstability one
    step at a time”. The under/unemployed services include: vocational coaching; job readiness, advancement& retention
    training; skills training referrals; and access to more with a certified financial counselor. Individuals are provided
    resources to applicable State, Federal & private resources such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, Medicaid,
    food/nutrition services, and veterans’ benefits.

    Lead Agency: YMCA
    Program Name: Adult Literacy
    Program Summary: YMCA Adult Literacy offers a unique learning program for English as a Second Language (ESL) and
    Adult Basic Education (ABE) students, so that he/she can achieve job and personal goals including: entering employment,
    retaining employment, earning U.S. citizenship, passing job-related certifications, learning to read timecards and
    schedules, and mastering job-specific vocabulary. YMCA Adult Literacy staff help students set quarterly and longer- term
    learning goals, with two primary outcomes: 1) increase targeted literacy skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking), and
    2) increase selected employability skills (computer, interviewing, job search).


healthy Forsyth

Today in Forsyth COUNTY

Mental illness affects one in four adults and one in five children. Very few people, however actually seek treatment for mental illness. The stigma associated with mental illness is still the biggest barrier that prevents people from getting treatment or retaining their treatment.

  • Source: Mental Health Association of Forsyth County.

Only 33.3% of the 11.2 million adults with a serious mental illness received mental health treatment last year.

  • Source: US Census Bureau, 2018.

50% of mental health disorders begin by age 14.

  • Source: Mental Health Association, 2020.

11% of forsyth county residents do not have health insurance.

  • Source: NCJustice.org/LIS

Why THIS IS IMPORTANT?

Nearly one in seven children aged 2 to 8 years in the United States has a mental, behavioral, or develop­mental disorder. Among children and adolescents aged 9 to 17 years, as many as one in five may have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder. Yet not a single state in the country has an adequate supply of child psychiatrists, and 43 states are considered to have a severe shortage.

Mental disorders are among the most common causes of disability. The resulting disease burden of mental illness is among the highest of all diseases. In any given year, an estimated 18.1% (43.6 million) of U.S. adults ages 18 years or older suffer from a mental illness and 4.2% (9.8 million) suffer from a seriously debilitating mental illness.

  • Source: Health.gov

WHAT IS UNITED WAY DOING TO HELP?

In 2019, more than 6,000 children and adults received counseling, treatment, screenings, and referrals through mental health programs supported by United Way. This continuum of programs provides local mental health services to almost any person who needs help — from children as young as three to adults of all ages.


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    Forsyth County ranked 31st in North Carolina’s ranking of health outcomes, an unfavorable position compared to NC’s other urban counties. Understanding the root causes of vulnerability to poor health allows us to better serve the community as well-being is integral to strengthening communities. The following programs have been designed to support a Healthier Forsyth.
    (Source: County Health Rankings, 2019)

    Lead Agency: Amos Cottage
    Program Name: Therapeutic Day Program Services
    Program Summary: Children eligible for day treatment include those experiencing severe behavioral challenges despite active professional support. The program employs a multi-disciplinary team approach, comprised of staff licensed in their respective fields, including a pediatrician who conducts extensive Developmental Behavioral Pediatric Assessments supporting the diagnostic process. The program also offers outpatient counseling supporting children as children begin to require less intense mental health support.

    Lead Agency: Bowman Gray Child Guidance
    Program Name: Mental Health Medication Management & Counseling
    Program Summary: Bowman Gray Child Guidance seeks to provide comprehensive and special mental health services to children age 3-17. Using a multimodal treatment approach, management and counseling is responsive to children, their families, and the community. Services are comprehensive in nature and include psychiatric evaluation, medication management, individual & family therapy, and psychological testing.

    Lead Agency: Cancer Services
    Program Name: Patient Advocacy & Minority Outreach
    Program Summary: With Patient Advocacy, Cancer Services meets financial, physical, and social needs of cancer survivors and families through a combined approach from a Patient Advocate team and staff. With financial assistance, Cancer Services targets individuals below a 200% Federal Poverty, including the un/underinsured, to ensure they have the same vital access to treatment medications and supplies. Cancer Services also provides educational programs and navigation to community resources in order to increase awareness of cancer screenings, early detection, healthy living, and utilization of care.

    Lead Agency: Family Services
    Program Name: Counseling Services
    Program Summary: The Counseling Program strengthens an individual’s and family’s capacity for healthy functioning in relationships and our community. The program provides the foundation for extending services through collaboration both within our agency and in partnership with community organizations. Comprehensive mental health services are structured in such a way that expertise in specialized practice areas can readily be deployed in response to the specific needs of a broad array of collaborative partners.

    Lead Agency: Fellowship Home
    Program Name: Comprehensive Relapse Preventions Program
    Program Summary: This program offers men devastated by substance misuse a two-year comprehensive relapse prevention program which includes up to nine months of residency followed by continuing care. The program’s key components include: a therapeutic atmosphere of fellowship; weekly individual therapy and biweekly group therapy provided by certified substance abuse counselors; weekly individual meetings with a credentialed case manager; weekly art therapy; daily 12-step meetings to learn principles and build a recovery network for life; monthly meetings with an experienced budget counselor; and regular meetings with the Executive Director to evaluate progress towards personal goals.

    Lead Agency: Insight Human Services
    Program Name: Forsyth Integrated Health Network
    Program Summary: The Forsyth Integrated Health Network (FIHN) is a collaborative array of services for adults in Forsyth County with both primary and behavioral health needs. As barriers are reduced and access is facilitated through a collaboration of support and referrals provided by clinically sound caretakers; these adults, who may not have health insurance or other public coverage, can receive care which reduces hospitalizations, incarcerations and morbidity, while improving work, educational and family status.

    Lead Agency: Mental Health Association
    Program Name: Crisis Intervention Team, Mental Health Training for 1st Responders, Civic & Public
    Servants
    Program Summary: Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is a 5-day jail diversion training designed for law enforcement and other first responders designed to help first responders identify and help individuals in a mental health crisis through de-escalation techniques. Mental Health Trainings such as “Mental Health 101”, Hearing Voices that are Distressing, Wellness Recovery Action Plan and more are designed to help non-licensed service professionals, civic and public servants that are typically shorter in length than CIT.

    Lead Agency: Mental Health Association
    Program Name: Information & Referrals, Access to Mental & Behavioral Healthcare
    Program Summary: The MHA and its partnerships with The Parenting PATH and Amos Cottage help individuals and families access mental health and related services (e.g., substance use, guardianship, support groups, etc.) with a focus on those living with or affected by severe and persistent mental illness. MHA maintains and updates educational handouts and counseling listing agencies, in both English and Spanish, as well as offering multiple resources and referrals, offering individuals a choice in how they wish to access services. Follow-ups are provided by Peer Support Specialists, with quarterly progress presentations.

    Lead Agency: YWCA
    Program Name: Gateway to Success
    Program Summary: Gateway to Success (GTS) is a partnership of the YWCA, Novant Health, and Wake Forest Baptist Health. The goal of the program is to help low-moderate-resourced participants with diabetes manage and improve their health through life-style changes including good nutrition, weight loss, exercise and behavioral health. The official GTS program includes an intensive year of life-style coaching by a team of behavioral health specialists, dietitians, wellness coaches, and fitness coaches. Participants receive membership at the Gateway, and a family membership if needed to encourage the individual’s progress.

    Lead Agency: YWCA
    Program Name: Hawley House
    Program Summary: Hawley House is the only state-licensed residential recovery facility in Forsyth County for women who have been diagnosed with a Substance Use Disorder. The program is very structured, to encourage women, age 18 and older who are no longer using drugs or alcohol, to become physically and mentally healthy. Residents have daily chores, are expected to abide by all house rules, and are expected to seek training and/or become employed while at Hawley House.


Stable Forsyth

today in forsyth county

When our essentials are uncertain – if we are hungry, if we don’t have a place to sleep, if we are in fear of domestic violence – the other challenges we encounter in life become even more difficult to overcome. We can’t focus on going back to school, finding a better job, or taking care of our health.

18.8% (16,300) of forsyth county children are food insecure.

  • Source: FeedingAmerica.org

Rent is unaffordable for 50% of renters in forsyth County.

  • Source: NCJustice.org/LIS

37.3% of residents make below 200% of the federal poverty line for a family of four.

  • Source: NCJustice.org/LIS

WHAT IS UNITED WAY DOING TO HELP?

Last year, more than 8,000 nights of shelter were provided to residents in need of housing — including women and children in imminent danger of abuse. Through Housing Matters, which is staffed and partially funded by United Way, we now have the resources to house all homeless veterans and we have established a system to end chronic homelessness in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.


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    Families in our community experience basic challenges in creating a stable lifestyle while facing tradeoffs in other areas such as housing, nutrition, and healthcare. About 1 out of 4 Forsyth County renters spend more than ½ of their income on their rent – that’s more than 13,670 households. About 16% of
    women (25,382) have experienced intimate partner abuse in their lifetime. And about one in six children aged 3-17 have one or more developmental disabilities. The following programs have been designed to support a more Stable Forsyth.
    (Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, The Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem. Domestic Violence: The Economic Impact of an Intimate Crime, CDC.)

    Lead Agency: American Red Cross
    Program Name: Disaster Services
    Program Summary: Disaster Services spans the entire disaster cycle (prepare, respond and recovery). Disaster Preparedness is focused on increasing public awareness on how to prevent, prepare for and respond to disasters. Disaster Response provides the tools to meet immediate disaster needs. Disaster Recovery assists clients in bridging what they can accomplish on their own and what is necessary for them to recover.

    Lead Agency: Bethesda Center for the Homeless
    Program Name: Bethesda Center Emergency Day and Night Shelter
    Program Summary: Bethesda Center provides the only Day shelter in the area operating 365 days a year from 7:00 am
    to 6:30 pm daily, offering a variety of services (restrooms/showers, laundry facility, telephone access, mail delivery, etc.)
    and the only Emergency Night Shelter in the area serving men and women which operates 365 days a year from 7:00 pm
    to 6:30 am nightly. Supplemental services also include customized case management, a managed resource center and
    an on-site clinic serviced by Wake Forest Baptist Health. Bethesda Center’s goal is to provide Emergency Night Shelter
    for up to 100 guest and increased case management services.

    Lead Agency: The Centers for Exceptional Children
    Program Name: Family Support Network (FSN)
    Program Summary: FSN programs support families through the years of early childhood and school age special
    education and continuing guidance as families enter the world of adult disability services. FSN provides support
    programs, information/referral services, and parent education- all designed to strengthen families.

    Lead Agency: The Centers for Exceptional Children
    Program Name: Infant and Toddler Program
    Program Summary: Created for children from birth to 36 months, the Infant & Toddler Program (ITP) provides care and
    developmental support for those with disabilities or delays. Awarded the prestigious 5-star childcare rating, ITP staff has
    the advanced training and certifications to supply our children with the very best developmental and physical therapies
    in a hands-on, nurturing environment.

    Lead Agency: Enrichment Center
    Program Name: Day Program and Community Services
    Program Summary: The Enrichment Center teaches independent living, health, finances, communication, employability,
    coping and problem-solving, relationship and self-discovery skills. Currently serving 110 individuals, the aim is to build
    capacity over the next year. Services provided in the center are structured with an emphasis on the arts and one-on-one
    attention. Arts include pottery, painting, drawing, textile work, dance, culinary arts, voice and percussion ensemble,
    allowing the discovery of talents and interests allowing individuals to express themselves and learn meaningfully.

    Lead Agency: Experiment in Self Reliance
    Program Name: Housing Services
    Program Summary: Housing Services works directly with the WSFC CoC Community Intake Center to place homeless
    families and individuals in safe, stable housing, while teaching skills that help clients remain stably housed. Program
    personnel contribute to the local housing inventory by cultivating relationships with landlords. Housing case
    management focuses on alleviating the conditions which led clients to become homeless through education,
    employment progression, income progression, budgeting, and personal counseling.

    Lead Agency: Family Services
    Program Name: Vantage Point Children’s Advocacy Center
    Program Summary: The Vantage Pointe Children’s Advocacy Center provides a systematic multidisciplinary response to
    cases of child maltreatment. Services include forensic interviewing, multidisciplinary team staffing, victim advocacy,
    community resources referrals, and education to communities and professionals.

    Lead Agency: Family Services
    Program Name: Victim Services
    Program Summary: Victim Services provides a continuum of services for victims of domestic violence – shelter, crisis
    intervention/safety planning, crisis lines, support groups, court advocacy & Rapid Rehousing. provides emergency
    shelter (staffed 24/7) to those fleeing domestic violence, stalking & human trafficking. Comprehensive trauma focused
    counseling services are further available through the Counseling Program at Family Services once needs of safety and
    stability are addressed.

    Lead Agency: Financial Pathways of the Piedmont
    Program Name: Representative Payee Program
    Program Summary: The Representative Payee Program currently serves approximately 500 clients throughout 23
    counties in North Carolina. Budgeting, bill-pay and financial coaching is offered to some of our community’s most at-risk
    for financial exploitation due to mental health disorders, intellectual or developmental disabilities, or substance abuse
    disorders. Through these services, this program is able to help clients avoid homelessness, food insecurities and ensure
    basic needs are met.

    Lead Agency: Legal Aid
    Collaborating Partner: Children’s Law Center
    Program Name: Legal Advocacy in Family Violence: Stepping Forward
    Program Summary: Stepping Forward’s goal is to create stable lifestyles for families away from their abusers. Outcomes
    Specialists offer community resources to address issues that are common in domestic violence cases, including access to
    housing, applying for food stamps, and obtaining employment. Legal professionals also devote invaluable pro bono
    representation to victims in hearings to receive protective order.

    Lead Agency: Parenting Path
    Program Name: Forsyth County Parent Support
    Program Summary: The Parent Support Program is comprised of 3 service components: Parent Aide, Positive
    Effective Parenting and Welcome Baby. The Parent Support Program provides appropriate and timely interventions to
    victims, families and abusers; and coordinate services to create maximum protections to victims. The Welcome Baby
    program provides home visitations to new parents in Forsyth County at risk of child abuse and/or child neglect.

    Lead Agency: Parenting Path
    Program Name: STA Safe
    Program Summary: The STA SAFE Program provides intervention and treatment for sexual abuse including victims,
    siblings, and non-offending caregivers. The agency offers appropriate and timely interventions to victims, families and
    offenders; and coordinates services to create maximum protections to victims. This program benefits Forsyth County
    families who have children who have experienced sexual abuse, as well as families with youthful sexual offenders.

    Lead Agency: Springwell Network
    Program Name: Developmental Disabilities Residential and Training
    Program Summary: This program provides adults with intellectual disabilities stable housing, educational services in life
    skills, literacy and natural supports and employment. The program is designed to help children and adults with
    intellectual/developmental disabilities as they work towards increased independence and community inclusion.

    Lead Agency: The Salvation Army
    Program Name: Food & Shelter-Center For Hope
    Program Summary: The Center of Hope provides safe shelter, nutritious meals and professional counseling in support of
    overcoming homelessness. Just like any home, the Center for Hope purchases, prepares and serves food while offering
    bedding, toiletries, first aid, laundry and other necessary items for their residents. As part of a comprehensive plan to
    address the entire family and root causes of the crisis, clients are referred to Insight Human Services for mental and
    behavioral health services, allowing greater holistic care.

     


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