ISSUE: Many immediate needs keep our most vulnerable residents- people with few or no financial resources- from rebuilding their lives. In a typical year, 2-1-1 receives thousands of calls for food and utility assistance, as well as hundreds of calls for emergency shelter. Many people in our community are homeless, thousands lack transportation, child care, treatment for mental health problems, and need assistance in getting a job. 25% of Wayne County children live in homes that are food insecure.
SOLUTION: Ensure that our community has a safety net in place to help individuals and families access basic necessities during times of need. (Natural or Personal)
Continue to support and update the 2-1-1 system for Wayne County.
Support the Emergency Assistance programs at The Salvation Army and Society of Saint Vincent de Paul for housing/utilities, outreach (food, clothing, household goods) and recovery assistance.
Organize Days of Caring, such as the Fill the Theatre and the National Letter Carriers Food Drive to support local pantries.
Support the emergency & safe shelters such as the Shelter for Men and the Domestic Violence Shelter. Programs provide three daily meals, life skills classes, counseling, and other recovery services.
Continue to support agencies in our area with Disaster Relief Grants.