Connecting Families to Resources
Needs-based services provided families and children with much needed information and resources.
Many needs-based services provide a wide range of supports for children and families. Many of the services include programs including, but not limited to; employment opportunities, training programs, educational institutions, affordable housing, general support, children and youth services, as well as health and wellness for children, adults, elderly, veterans and the disabled.
Building Community with Resources
Strong communities come equipped with a strong engagement strategy incorporating local schools, higher education institutions, children and youth programs, affordable housing enterprises, health and wellness centers, and employment programs, to name a few.
A 2014 study from the National Center on Parent Family and Community Engagement shows that when families engage with their children’s education in and out of the school walls, the children’s growth and development result in positive outcomes.
The child’s environment plays a pivotal role in the future growth and development. The environment includes community, school, peers, family and role models. These roles can be filled through needs-based programs, immediate family, schools, extra curricular activities.
Positive relationship with community resources provide a strong foundation for supporting families with children. When families feel supported, heard and included in the growth and development, they’re more inclined to engage in community resources with needs-based programs.
Involving Families in Decisions
Community and needs-based programs integrating listening sessions, parent advisory groups, and family-based volunteer steering committees produce higher levels of engagement in community resource programs. Community events, workshops, and family engagement activities provide a great platform to learn more about the wants and needs of the families as it pertains to their involvement in the needs-based programs.
Integrating Culture and Language
Historical trauma and cultural healing have become more of a focus in communities across the country. Cultural leaders and linguists are transforming needs-based programs to incorporate more culture and language into the programming of various programs and services to ensure the needs are met from a cultural and language based perspective. According to the University of Minnesota Extension Department in a symposium of Historical Trauma and Cultural healing, the panelists mentioned the need to reconnect with culture and language as a means to address an identity crisis. Reconnecting people to the vibrant strengths of their ancestry and culture, helping people process the grief of past traumas, and creating new historical narratives can have healing effects for those experiencing historical trauma.
Follow Up Consistently
In a report from the US Department of Education, Office of Head Start, families hesitant to follow through on a program or service, are not emotionally ready to do so. Direct contact, whether door-to-door, community events, or even a quite place to have a conversation with the needs-based organization can produce a favorable environment for families to accept the support offered. These direct contact opportunities produce greater chances of success to explore discussions, concerns or resources and commit to the relationship with the organization to receive the supports they need.
Key Community Resources
The Lac Courte Oreilles community provides a wide range of programs and needs-based services.
Employment Opportunities: On a weekly basis, the LCO Child Support Program releases the latest employment opportunities in Lac Courte Oreilles and surrounding communities. Feel free to check back in every week to see the latest job postings.
Training Programs: The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College provide local training opportunities periodically throughout the year and those are shared on the Training Programs page.
Educational Opportunities: Education programs and opportunities are shared on the Educational Opportunities page as they are announced. These programs include GED/HSED testing, high school diploma, certificate programs, undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as language and cultural opportunities.
Affordable and Emergency Housing: Affordable housing is one of the primary needs in Sawyer County, and our resources provide you with great options and information to learn more about finding the right fit for your housing needs.
General Support: General supports can range from utilities, temporary assistance for needy families, general assistance, higher education and much more.
Child and Youth Services: Many of the programs provide assistance to children and youth, summer programming, and year-round support to children.
Health and Wellness: The services included in health and wellness include everything from health, wellness, dental, mental, emotional and physical wellness programs and enterprises.
LCO Child Support Program
13394 W Trepania Road
Hayward WI 54843
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