“Resource Connections” is a pilot project that brings together numerous social service agencies to “wrap” services around Grundy residents in need and provide comprehensive case management services.
The project team includes:
JJC Grundy Workforce Services
GC Health Department
This team met for a year to outline the need and expected design of the program. Then the Community Foundation of Grundy County issued an RFP (request for proposals) to agencies in the region. The grant was awarded to the Mental Health Division of the Grundy County Health Department. They are providing the staff, supervising the project, and designing the data collection during the one-year pilot project. The Foundation is spearheading the sustainability of the program.
Background: until this project came along, social service agencies usually provided their specific services to residents in need, then gave them referrals to other agencies for additional services…but there was no follow-up, therefore many residents did/do fall through the cracks and continue to hop from one agency to another without getting solutions to their overall problems.
As a result of our grantmaking, now the team meets with our team leader on a monthly basis to review cases and make recommendations for services and to develop new resources. The team leader then meets one-on-one with the clients as a partner to “wrap” services around them and help them navigate the various services available. This is necessary because all of the clients we’ve met so far either don’t know how to access services, are nervous or proud about accessing services, or don’t yet understand that cobbling together small resources will eventually make a large impact and create financial stability for them over the long run.
She is finding that she is spending quite a bit of time with each client and that “baby steps are awesome!” But baby steps are okay because during the intensive time together, she is teaching them life skills that should be able to keep them financially stable and less reliant on “emergency” social services.
If you know of a Grundy County resident/family in need of (and receptive to) wrap-around case management services, please contact one of the team members listed above or call Devan at 815-941-0852.
If you would like to make a donation to help us move this project from pilot to permanent, please send your check to the Community Foundation of Grundy County and write “Resource Connections” in the memo line.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions!