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South Central Community Action Programs, Inc. (SCCAP) is the designated community action agency for Adams and Franklin Counties. The mission of community action agencies, as defined by federal statute, is to alleviate the causes and conditions of poverty in communities.
SCCAP administers a variety of programs designed to help stabilize and then assist families in moving toward a self-sufficient life:
Child Care Information Services of Adams, Franklin and Fulton Counties offering child care assistance to families who are either working or in training so they can afford safe, quality child care.
Circles, a community engagement initiative, operating in Adams and Franklin Counties, designed to match families working to get out of poverty with middle class allies (community volunteers) who offer emotional support, increased networking and new perspectives. Through the experiences of the families we identify barriers that keep families stuck in poverty and then work to create community solutions.
Employment Services is our Work Ready program in Adams and Franklin Counties. Clients, who are currently on cash assistance, are referred to our Work Ready program by the Adams and Franklin County Assistance Offices. We work with each client to overcome the barriers that keep them from finding and maintaining gainful employment. We assist them with soft skills training and vocational education.
Emergency Services assists families in Adams and Franklin Counties to meet their utility expenses. This program is predominately funded by energy providers and each company has different criteria and programs to assist low income individuals in paying for energy costs. Additionally donations are utilized to assist families in meeting their heating need for producers who are not covered under the PUC requirements (predominately oil and propane companies). Referrals are also made to our Weatherization programs as a more long term solution to being able to afford their heating and cooling costs.
Our Food Pantries offer supplemental food to low income families to help meet their family’s food needs. SCCAP works with 12 pantries across Adams and Franklin Counties and works with the State Food Purchase program and Federal Food commodities as well as donations from churches and individuals to provide food to families with incomes under 150% of poverty.
The Gleaning Project, operating currently in Adams County (although we hope to spread it to Franklin County in 2014) gets produce that local producers either can’t sell or can’t pick and makes it available to low income families and community groups throughout the county. This is a community engagement initiative with the produce typically being harvested and sorted by local volunteers.
The Food Development Program and SCCAP Café is a job training program operating in Adams County. Participants learn basic culinary skills as well as earn their ServSafe Certification making them very more employable. Participants then work in a fully operating, open to the community, commercial kitchen enabling them to get the experience and guidance needed for future employment. Because Gettysburg is a service oriented economy, this program offers a sustainable career path.
The Adams and Franklin County Homeless Shelters are emergency shelters with 48 and 18 beds respectively. This program assists families in having a save living arrangement while they stabilize and then overcome the barriers that caused their homelessness. Intensive case management and effective referrals assist the families in meeting goals that lead to being able to find and afford safe, stable housing. We recently added a rapid rehousing component that assists families in paying their first month’s rent and security deposits to enable them to move on to stable housing more quickly.
The Homeless Assistance Program operates in Franklin County and assists individuals who are homeless or have an eviction notice and are at risk of homelessness by providing rental assistance. Families must be under 150% of the federal poverty guidelines, be a Franklin county resident for at least six months and be able to afford their housing after the funding in order to receive assistance.
MLK Career Aid Project offers small scholarships to low income individuals to further their education or training to make them more employable in the future.
Our Weatherization program operated in Adams, Franklin, Cumberland and Dauphin Counties under Department of Community and Economic Development Funding and utility funding, as well as, in York County with utility dollars. This program improves the energy efficiency of a house or trailer, reducing the energy required to heat and cool the house as well as reducing the utility cost for the participant. In some instances the weatherization staff identify dangerous, even deadly, conditions (like carbon monoxide leaks) and either fix or have the gas company correct the issue.
Women, Infants and Children’s program (WIC) provides health screenings and vouchers for low income at risk pregnant women and children from birth to five years of age. This program helps ensure healthy development during critical growth and development years. Vouchers allow families to afford formula and nutritious foods that will meet the dietary needs of their families. Our WIC program also provides peer support staff that assist new moms in successfully breast feeding their children.
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