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Dedicated to Assisting Families Living in Poverty

Here’s another service that may be useful to those in Jackson, MS waiting for their Social Security Disability benefits to process:

Recognizing a need within the community, a group of concerned and dedicated citizens teamed up and formed Madison Countians Allied Against Poverty (MadCAAP). Devoted to assist families living in poverty throughout Madison County, MadCAAP offers several services and programs to families and individuals in need. These programs include a housing program, emergency assistance and a food pantry. Listed below are brief descriptions of each program:

Housing Repairs Program – Through the Housing Repairs program MadCAAP makes it possible for families construction2and individuals to continue living in their homes by creating a safe and secure environment. Typical house repairs may include covering or repairing holes in the floor and/or ceiling, bathroom repair installation, repairing broken windows, installing a wheelchair ramp, kitchen repair, floor or wall support installation, and water supply reestablishment.

Krista Cottage Program –Through the Krista Cottage program, MadCAAP builds homes for low-income families with children. Modest in design, a typical newly built MadCAAP home consist of approximately 1100sf and have 1 large family room, 1 private bedroom, 1 full bath and a kitchen with eating area.  All homes are outfitted with hotel style wall heating/air, ceiling fans. All kitchen appliances are included.

In addition to their housing program, MadCAAP realized that families and individuals in Madison County needed assistance with more than housing. To assist in fulfilling these needs, MadCAAP offers the following services through their service center:

Clothes and Needs Closet –Through this program clothing and household items are offered to those in need at no charge.

Food Pantry – Boxes of groceries are distributed to families in need through the food pantry program at no charge. Recipients are additionally able to get fresh produce, when seasonally available, through MadCAAP’s Helping Hands Community Garden.

Emergency Assistance – Families and individuals are offered assistance with utilities, prescription medications, rent and groceries. Assistance is offered on a once a year basis and clients must present proof of income along with monthly bills for review by a MadCAAP representative.

New Attitudes Classes – Designed to assist clients in moving their family out of poverty, MadCAAP offers a series of classes that cover a wide range of topics. By attending the New Attitudes classes, both women and men with children are provided with the tools they need to enhance their parenting and budgeting skills as well as health and nutrition tips.

If you would like more information about the programs and services of MadCAAP, call (601) 421-6729 or (601) 407-1404. You can also check them out by going to www.madcaap.org.

At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers we understand that for many clients, Social Security Disability benefits can't come soon enough. If your application has been denied, don't give up! Our experienced Social Security disability lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like assistance with handling your claim, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security disability benefits you deserve.

Bridging the Gap between Needing Support and Community Resources

The following organization exists to help developmentally disabled individuals and families find resources to help them become active and stable within their communities in the State of Michigan:

Michigan is known for being a leader in offering community-focused programs that build and foster growth within the family unit. However, this wasn’t always the case for those struggling with disabilities lacking options to be housed anywhere but private institutions and congregate housing facilities. The Michigan Family Support Initiative (MFSI) is a grant-funded, statewide initiative created to address this discrepancy between the number of developmentally disabled individuals and families searching for support versus the number of individuals and families that had already tapped into beneficial community resources in Michigan.disabled

MFSI functions to reunite, preserve, strengthen, and maintain families of individuals with developmental disabilities. In keeping with this mission, the staff MFSI will work earnestly to link those having developmental disabilities  to ample support providers and community opportunities so they can exercise true choice and self-determination in their home communities in Michigan.

To accomplish their mission, MFSI community liaisons address the needs of their participants through thorough navigation, training, and monitoring of family needs/desires for services.  Barriers that families in need face are assessed and combated through intense individualized planning, individual and family monitoring, technical support, and consistent evaluation of progress. Specifically, MFSI hopes to provide referral services to at least 100 families per year.  Of these families in Michigan, MFSI hopes to serve annually about 50 qualifying families or individuals.

Participation in the initiative is free.  All costs are covered by a grant from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities and the Developmental Disabilities Institute at Wayne State University. A child or an adult with a developmental disability, who lives in Michigan with five or more other people with disabilities, is eligible to participate in the MFSI project. This could include youth living in a privately licensed facility or Adults living in a licensed or unlicensed group living arrangement who wish to find a home living arrangement that provides more choice and control.

For more information regarding MFSI, contact information, a calendar of upcoming events, or to learn more about who the MFSI serves, contact (313) 577-2654 or check out their website at http://ddi.wayne.edu/mfsi.php

At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers we understand that for many clients, Social Security Disability benefits can't come soon enough. If your application has been denied, don't give up! Our experienced Social Security disability lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like assistance with handling your claim, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security disability benefits you deserve.

Art for All Abilities

The following organization based in Columbus, OH works diligently to provide people with disabilities a higher level of access to the arts and arts education:

VSA Ohio is a service organization that works to promote the enrichment of art for all abilities across all artistic mediums. VSA Ohio has made monumental strides in changing people’s perceptions at the dynamic intersection of arts and disability through photography, music, painting, drawing, dance and movement. To accomplish this, VSA Ohio offers a variety of programs centered on education, professional development, outreach and awareness, which provide valuable resources to both disabled artists and leaders in Ohio’s cultural sector.art

Education: VSA Ohio shares resources and information with artists, educators and administrators to encourage and create opportunities for hands-on art education to people with disabilities. They do this by finding teaching artists and partnering them with community educators to develop disability inclusive classrooms where learning is enhanced by the incorporation of arts into the curriculum. By bringing together teachers and students of all abilities, unique opportunities are provided to witness the power of the arts in supporting students’ achievement, innovation and creativity.

Professional Development: Developing an artistic career is a long-term process that requires various types of assistance at different times.VSA Ohio recognizes that artists with disabilities often face unique challenges in advancing their artistic practice. Their professional development program serves to connect individuals with opportunities and with one another. In addition to being a great source for networking, VSA Ohio facilitates circumstances for people with disabilities to create, sell, and exhibit their art in inclusive settings.

VSA Ohio and the Ohio Arts Council work together to make careers in the arts more accessible to Ohioans with disabilities through the Artist with Disabilities Access Program (ADAP) grant program. ADAP provides support of up to $500 to individual artists with disabilities, allowing them to engage in activities that will help them advance their artistic practice, further their career, or move to a higher level of artistic development.

Outreach: VSA Ohio’s monthly eVoice newsletter and their website are consistently updated with news, events, and opportunities throughout Ohio. Two phenomenal examples of events that showcase the work of disabled artists are Accessible Expressions Ohio and ReelAbilities. Accessible Expressions Ohio is an annual adjudicated, statewide exhibition and tour of visual art for artists of all ages with disabilities. And, ReelAbilities is a film festival that presents award-winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations throughout the Greater Columbus Area.

Awareness: VSA Ohio brings art and inspiration to galleries, classrooms and other community settings across the state of Ohio. Their programs and services continually evolve to engage artists, teachers and the community and a supportive network of people who share a passion for the arts.

For more information about the programs offered by VSA Ohio, call (614) 241-5325 vsao.org.

If you or a loved one has a disability and would like more information about Social Security Disability benefits or need assistance in applying for Social Security Disability benefits, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security benefits that you deserve.

Combating Poverty, Welfare & Homelessness

Are you facing a hardship and in need of assistance? The following program offers several services to citizens who are struggling throughout the Los Angeles area:

Beyond Shelter is a non-profit organization has been serving the increasing numbers of homeless families in the Los Angeles area since 1988.  The mission of the agency is to combat poverty and homelessness by proving comprehensive services and programs that promote family economic security and well-being. Over the past twenty years, more than 4,300 homeless families have participated successfully in the Los Angeles program.  Included below is a brief summary about the programs and services provided by Beyond Shelter:

Housing First – Housing First serves as an answer to some of the shortcomings of emergency shelter/transitional housing systems as a solution to Male Smiling, 01-25-12homelessness. This program was created to help end and prevent family homelessness. Housing First is not only a rapid re-housing program that helps homeless families move quickly into affordable rental housing, but they also then provide those families six months to one full year of individualized case management support. This case management support enables them to attain improved social and economic well-being.

Service-Enriched Housing –Beyond Shelter has promoted the term “service-enriched housing” to represent housing communities where an in-house service coordinator links residents to community programs and activities that could enhance their economic and social well being. Beyond Shelter has grown to have a total of eight of these service-enriched housing developments in Central and South Los Angeles and have seen great success with what they hoped to achieve. Each site has community rooms for classes and meetings and access to social services provided by the service coordinator, who oversees the provision of crisis intervention and case management services.  Many developments have children’s activity areas, libraries, computer laboratories, and outdoor recreational spaces for games and sports.

Welfare to Work – This initiative seeks to help families become self-sufficient and get off of government assistance programs like welfare. Each client will be assigned to a case manager and employment counselor who will work collaboratively on a client’s behalf. Welfare to Work case managers and employment counselors work hard to fight a variety of barriers to employment like lack of transportation or childcare and shortages in training.  They also understand that clients may be struggling with psychological barriers like anxiety, low self-esteem and patterns of domestic violence and/or drug use.

For more information on the programs and services offered by Beyond Shelter or to find a location nearest you, please call (213) 252-0772 or visit them on the web at http://www.beyondshelter.org/.   

At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers we understand that for many clients, Social Security Disability benefits can't come soon enough. If your application has been denied, don't give up! Our experienced Social Security disability lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like assistance with handling your claim, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security disability benefits you deserve.

 

 

Union Rescue Mission helping the homeless in LAUniversities Helping Heal in Los Angeles

 

Union Rescue Mission has a goal of meeting the physical, spiritual and mental needs of the needy in Los Angeles, California. Through partnerships with the University of California Los Angeles, University of Southern California School of Dentistry and Pepperdine University the Mission is able to help homeless individuals with health, dental and mental services.

The UCLA Primary Health clinic at URM, a state licensed Community Health Center, was established in 1983. The clinic is nurse-managed and helps people with common ailments like colds and flu along with help controlling the more advanced needs of illnesses such as diabetes and high blood pressure. The clinic provides services at no charge for over 6,000 patients each year.

Homeless people often do not have access to basic hygiene supplies such as toothpaste which can quickly lead to cavities, gum disease and severe pain. The partnership with the USC School of Dentistry has helped alleviate much suffering! Faculty, students and interns assist about 5,000 people each year at the Mission providing cleanings, fillings, tooth extractions, root canals and dentures.

The struggle to overcome homelessness can be daunting and many fail in the process. The Pepperdine Mental Health Clinic provides psychological assistance to more than 1,000 men, women and children each year. It is staffed by doctoral students from Pepperdine University and is overseen by a Pepperdine Clinical Psychologist.

In addition to their health needs, homeless people often find themselves unintentionally on the wrong side of the law. The Pepperdine Legal Aid Clinic’s lawyer and student law clerks help people needing legal advice by providing counseling, assistance in resolving tickets and warrants, preparation of court paperwork, attempt to have criminal convictions dismissed, application for government benefits, tax controversy assistance and preparation for homeless court.

The Union Rescue Mission is making a difference in Los Angeles by assisting thousands of people every year with their health and legal needs. More information may be obtained by calling 212-247-6300 or visiting the Mission’s website at www.urm.org.

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