Advocacy Center of Tompkins County
o Education Department - $11,820
This program provides prevention education to youth in schools and to college students, community education to adult community groups and professional trainings. The programs are tailored to each group and are on the topics of domestic violence, sexual assault/rape, child sexual abuse, sexual harassment, bullying, workplace violence and other related issues. We also provide in-classroom training to middle and high school students using the Safe Dates Program as prescribed by the NYS Department of Health. The agency maintains a lending library of books, pamphlets and videos/DVDS on similar and expanded topics. Materials are for use by staff, professionals, clients, and community members.
American Red Cross-Tompkins County Chapter
o Homeless Services Program - $37,000
The Homeless Services Program now operates one shelter located at 618 West State Street. The facility contains 16 rooms with 8 of them being double and 8 single. We now operate 9 of the total 24 beds as Emergency Shelter and 15 as SRO (Single Room Occupancy) beds, 6 of which are specifically designated for the chronically homeless. All Case Management staff (Re-Housing, Prevention and Outreach) are located in this facility as well as the Red Cross Food Pantry, and our day-time drop in center, "The Friendship Center".
o Emergency and Disaster Services - $31,460
The Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) program is designed to respond to and assist people in time of need from natural disasters such as flooding, fires and/or prolonged loss of utilities. The EDS program has a trained group of volunteers who respond to these incidents called the Disaster Action Team (DAT). They provide immediate assistance at the time of the disaster through financial aid for food, clothing, temporary shelter, and health needs. Volunteer development and training is provided at no cost to volunteers and prepares them to respond to local and national disasters. This training helps insure that disaster clients are provided with exceptional service delivery. EDS also provides two additional programs under the regional Emergency Services umbrella, Services to Armed Forces and Energy Assistance.
Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga
o Samaritan Center Emergency Services Program - $15,000
The Samaritan Center provides emergency, short-term financial assistance to families and individuals in immediate financial crisis. Individuals and households receive one-time cash assistance to remain in their homes when threatened with eviction, avoid disruption of gas and /or electric service, keep their car on the road, maintain employment or get to school, or purchase prescription medications. Samaritan Center participants are provided access to a free clothing closet and personal care products. The program conducts facilitated enrollment for benefits enrollment including: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and Child Health Plus/Family Health Plus.
Community Dispute Resolution Center
o Mediation Services - $18,155
CDRC mediation services bring individuals together in a safe setting with expertly-trained mediators to facilitate a conversation and resolve conflict. Through mediation, individuals and communities avoid the financial and emotional costs of ongoing conflict, retaining control of resolution rather than surrendering it to intrusive, institutional intervention. Mediation also often serves as a violence-prevention program.
Human Service Coalition
o 2-1-1- Information and Referral Services Program - $14,200
Information and Referral Services (2-1-1/I&R) maintains a database of community information and provides a central telephone information service to bring people in need together with services designed to address their needs. Callers receive community information or referrals to service providers according to their situation. A chat line for I&R service is now available at www.211tompkins.org. Follow-up and advocacy services are also provided when appropriate, along with periodic quality assurance surveys. For the past three years, 2-1-1/I&R has provided screening and scheduling services for other non-profit organizations including the Alternatives Federal Credit Union Volunteer Income Tax Program (VITA).
Legal Assistance of Western New York, Inc.
o Tompkins/Tioga Neighborhood Legal Services - $14,775
Program priorities focus on issues essential to low-income residents' abilities to secure decent, affordable housing, to obtain adequate food and health care, and to maintain a subsistence income sufficient to preserve shelter, nutrition, and health. An Equal Justice Works/AmeriCorps funded law graduate serves as a full-time law fellow to recruit and engage law students in pro bono and pro se activities throughout western New York, including pro se divorce clinics and prisoner re-entry services focused on employment and housing issues in Tompkins County.
Suicide Prevention and Crisis Service
o Crisisline - $32,000
The Crisisline provides 24-hour telephone crisis counseling and information; free and confidential. Program goals are directed to increase the professional standards, out-reach and follow-up activities and evaluation process of Crisisline staff and volunteers.