Programs from Share are offered throughout Clark County, often in partnership with other local charities and county social service offices. Qualified low income families can receive grants for paying rent from HEN, credit services from Individual Development Accounts, and other support.
One focus of the non-profit is on helping children, and the organization will offer them free food and meals. Another priority is on preventing homelessness, and resources are focused on this task as well, ranging from financial aid to mediation.
Free, hot healthy meals are available on a daily basis at Share House for low income clients and also for others who are homeless. There is also food for the financially disadvantaged, or those that are working but still not able to make ends meet. Surplus groceries donated by area grocery stores as well as gained from food drives is freshly prepared each day by volunteers and program staff members.
During the school year as well as their vacations, numerous Clark County children from eligible low-income families are provided with or reduced-price lunches or breakfasts, and these are served at their schools. But unfortunately, during the summer months, many students go hungry, which is detrimental to the learning process. Share's Summer Meals service provides fresh, healthy meals, including fresh fruits, milk and vegetables, so that children in Clark County do not have to face hunger when they do not have free school meals. The agency may also have information on school clothing or supplies.
Using donations, there will be a backpack of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food passed out for free to students. Dozens of schools participate in the Backpack Program, and hundreds of children from struggling families receive a protein, canned beans or soup, bread, a boxed meal, vegetables, a fruit, milk, and a snack.
The Roommate Matching Program links couples, individuals or families with others who are in similar situations, including senior citizens. This is done for the purpose of sharing housing. This a free service for those who are homeless, or for low income members of our community who need to share rent or energy bill expenses in order to secure appropriate housing. Staff from Share will also work with Clark County home providers who are looking for tenants.
Rent help and homeless prevention is available, and this is the purpose of the Housing and Essential Needs Program (HEN). It works to ensure that people are not forced out of their homes due to temporary disabilities. This is accomplished through the provision of emergency rent payments, as well as access to basic household needs such as personal hygiene items or cleaning supplies.
HEN assistance is available to those who qualify for Department of Social and Human Services government benefits, and who have also been determined to be temporarily unable to work due to a mental or physical health issue. This particular housing assistance program is for single individuals only, and applicant's should note that no cash benefits are available.
Share’s IDA - Individual Development Account helps participants save money toward obtaining a future asset. It also combined credit repair and counseling. The service will help people with making a down payment on a home, pursuing higher education, or establishing a business.
Each participant is provided with an account into which they deposit they have saved money over the course of two years, up to $2,000. If the person does this, then as resources allow, Share provides a two-to-one match for each deposit made. At the end of the program terms, the client is presented with the entire amount, to be put toward purchasing an asset.
Outreach workers are available at Share House. They will provide Daily Living Services to clients on a walk-in basis. Specific services include help with accepting client mail, setting-up voice-mail boxes and furnishing hygiene products, laundry services, clothing and limited access to showers. Outreach workers also go out into the Clark County community to provide needed services for our clients.
Case management services, include one-on-one meetings provide access to a wide range of resources. Clients of Share House can benefit from social services, stable housing situations, counseling, public aid such as SNAP food stamps, and more. This will depend on whatever other programs and services clients may be in need of. Additionally, the non-profit has a strong focus on addressing issues related to mental illness and/or alcohol and chemical dependency.
Adopt-a-Family is an annual Holiday program that operates during Christmas. It is intended to benefit hundreds of families and their children who participate in our Transitional Housing Program. Each year, Share relies on the generosity of community members and businesses, who adopt families and provide them with gifts, school supplies, free toys and food.
Each and every Christmas season, Share is in need of donations of cash, vouchers and gift cards to local grocery stores. These will then be used by the charity to purchase turkeys and other perishable items, to be added to our Thanksgiving and Christmas food boxes which are passed out across Clark County.
Those are some of the programs available, and the organization will also offer other support as needed. Share is based at 2306 NE Andresen Rd., Vancouver, Washington 98661, and dial 360-448-2121 for information
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