The Community Collaboration for Children Program has been working diligently with 6 families. We have been assisting caregivers by connecting them with the Community Action’s CSBG offices so that they may apply for the LIHEAP Program, Christmas Assistance, as well as other services offered. We are also working on parenting goals, self-sufficiency skills and home safety with the families we serve.
The Lincoln Trail Regional Network has started having subcommittee meetings to make decisions on April’s Child Abuse Awareness Month and other child abuse prevention programs. The committee has been looking at media outlets and how we can use these tools to educate individuals on abuse and neglect in our area. This is very important as Kentucky leads the nation in highest abuse and neglect cases.
The Regional Network hosted a Poverty Simulation on October 30th at the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College for all CCC and Regional Network staff and parents in the state of Kentucky. Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families, however unless you’ve experienced poverty, it’s difficult to truly understand. The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) bridges that gap from misconception to understanding. CAPS is an interactive immersion experience. It sensitizes community participants to the realities of poverty. CAPS is not a game. It is based on real Community Action clients and their lives. During the simulation, a participant is given a role to play, live in a month in poverty and experience low-income families’ lives. The goal of CAPS is to shift the paradigm about poverty away from being seen as a personal failure and toward the understanding of poverty as structural, a failure of society.