Working closely with regional non-profits and government agencies, the Tallatoona Community Action Partnership assists low income families and those faced with poverty. The organization provides case management, LIHEAP energy bill assistance, job readiness and more. Programs operate across Bartow, Cobb, Paulding, Douglas, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, and Polk Counties in Georgia.
Case managers work to provide clients access to a complete array of services and resources. Trying to help low income individuals and families is a main priority at TCAP. The center has found the main way to do this is to collaborate with fellow community service agencies to create a network of strong linkages and close cooperation. Among other things, the agency can provide area residents with referrals to appropriate services.
The goal of the Tallatoona Community Action Holistic Case Management Program is to provide comprehensive advice and support to help residents in their efforts to become financially independent. The process starts with an extensive initial interview that covers virtually every aspect of life, including employment and financial status.
Based on the information learned during the intake and interview process, the case manager creates a development plan for the whole family, with a focus on setting goals and stabilizing the household's circumstances in regard to employment, credit repair, education, mental and physical health, budgeting, and housing status.
Throughout the case management process, as necessary, clients are referred to other agencies in counties such as Paulding or Cobb for additional help. This can include educational services, employment support programs, life skills training and so on. The clients progress is also closely monitored until they become employed or otherwise exit the program.
Income Management and Budgeting provides counseling in regard to money, savings and credit management. The program's aim is to help clients explore all available financial options. Taking the client's overall situation into account (income, debt, expenses, budget, and credit card balances), counselors then assist clients with making educated and informed decisions in regard to the most effective course of action for their individual circumstances.
Help for the homeless is available in the region. Georgia has an expanding population of individuals and families facing eviction or that are behind on their rent. Housing costs have risen to the point that many of Georgia's homeless hold full-time jobs, yet still cannot afford to pay their rent or mortgage on time.
TCAP's Emergency Housing Assistance Program assists this growing population by providing knowledge and skills needed for finding and sustaining suitable low income, permanent housing. They can explore grant programs to pay rent, partial mortgage payments, or maybe a security deposit. This will, among other things, leave families free to pursue career and educational goals that will help them move forward in a positive direction.
The government created federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) may be able to assist qualifying low-income families or seniors with heating bills. Grants from LIHEAP can be used to pay for fuel delivery, start new heating services and to prevent the disconnection of utility services. Please call 770-817-4666 for an appointment during the energy assistance program year.
Not that all funds are paid out, and appointments are scheduled on a first come, first served basis, and setting an appointment is not a guarantee of acceptance into the program. All assistance is dependent upon availability of state of Georgia and federal government funding.
Weatherization provides client's with free home energy assessment and alterations, with the aim of permanently reducing their energy bills by making homes more efficient. Staff will also be involved in educating households on ways to make their homes safer and healthier environments to live in. Some of the home alterations provided by WAP are extra Wall and Attic Insulation, Installing More Efficient Lighting, Water-Saving Measures, Air Sealing, Appliance Repair and Cleaning, and Furnace Replacement or Improvements.
Assistance with the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) (Formerly Food Stamps) application process is available at all Tallatoona Community Action Partnership centers, including in Polk, Floyd, and Bartow. Knowledgeable staff members are available to provide help with completing the application and gathering documentation. Those in need of additional food resources may receive referrals to other appropriate churches or non-profit agencies, including local food pantries.
The SafeLink Wireless Program is a government initiative that provides monthly airtime and a free cell phone to Georgia residents who meet low income eligibility guidelines. The service plan includes local and long distance calling, voicemail with caller id, and text messaging. This is the state's main telephone assistance program.
Job Placement and Readiness can provide assistance to community residents in their efforts to become economically independent by providing client's with the skills and knowledge for both finding and retaining employment.
As part of this process, staff provide job search advice and information by making use of all available state and local resources, including networking, job search websites, or partnerships with employers. The agency will also also assist with completing job applications, writing resumes, and successfully completing interviews. Some of the other employment services include help with developing a positive work ethic.
HRDC - Human Resource Development Center services are based on the idea that in order to improve job-readiness skills, people must first examine and understand your abilities in relation to skill levels. Tallatoona Community Action Partnership staff provides assistance with assessing the individuals past work experience and then by setting employment goals.
The local centers also provide guidance to those who are employed, but wish to advance their careers. In addition, they organize job fairs in places such as Paulding, Floyd, or Haralson. The centers are convenient, one-stop resources for employers and job seekers to network and explore employment possibilities. Centers can assist with Resume Building, Job Interview Rehearsal, or Dressing for Success.
Adult education programs from TCAP include GED - General Education Development and Adult Basic Education (ABE). These resources are available to any adult desiring to enhance education and skills in preparation for finding a new job or maybe advancement in the workplace.
The classes cover topics needed in order to successfully pass the GED exam and earn a high school equivalency certificate. The other option, such as ABE Courses provide basic education and skills needed to function effectively at work. Assistance with paying course fees, such as the test for a GED, is available to eligible students.
Head Start is a national preschool program that provides comprehensive educational and developmental services for children from low income families, with the goal of preparing them for success in school. Tallatoona Community Action emphasizes the importance of including parents and other family members in the education process, and offers a full spectrum of social services. Head Start may offer special education; nutritional programming; physical, free dental care, and mental health screenings.
The locations of the agency are as follows.
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