Community Action Committee of Victoria assistance programs.

Several counties are supported by the Community Action Committee of Victoria. The non-profit offers social services, government benefits, and access to energy bill assistance for the counties of Victoria, Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, and Lavaca. While the resources are in fact limited, if the non-profit can't meet your needs then referrals or other forms of support may be administered as well.

Medical care is available from referrals to local clinics and providers. Centers can provide women and men with a wide variety of services, including  limited assistance with prescription medications, office visits, dental services, blood pressure, and basic health care check-ups. Much of it is basic treatment with a focus on preventative health education.

Case managers from Community Action can also offer referrals to other community clinics or providers in counties such as Victoria or Gonzales. Community Action is also a provider for the Texas Women's Health Program.

For low income residents without prescription drug coverage, they may get help from the Prescription Assistance Referral Program. It assists with obtaining maintenance medications. It works by referring patients and giving them access to pharmaceutical company created resources.

The Community Action Committee of Victoria program operates on a referral basis. They are involved in screening patients for eligibility and meeting with uninsured patients to gather required information and complete applications. Follow-up services include confirmation that patients have received medications, tracking of applications with the drug companies, and notification for patients who need to reapply for ongoing assistance.

The state of Texas CEAP - Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program is the primary energy bill assistance program for residents of Victoria, Calhoun and Lavaca Counties and other regions. There is priority given to low-income households or seniors that are experiencing high energy use, high monthly utility bill, or the presence of a child. Focus is also on the disabled or elderly individual.

Community Action Committee of Victoria Texas and CEAP also offer Energy Education, Budget Counseling, free Needs Assessment, Repair of Existing Heating and Cooling Units, Assistance with Paying Utility Bills, and Crisis-Related Purchase of Portable Units for Heating and Cooling.




Another resource is the LIHEAP program. This federal resource provides assistance with payment of cooling or electric portions of one month's utility bill. Assistance is limited to very low income customers only, and is available twice yearly. An income-level eligibility is required, but customers must be working poor or low-income families, elderly on a fixed income, or disabled.

Government benefits - Case managers from the agency can direct low income residents of the region to state of Texas or federal government benefit programs. This can include applications for SNAP food stamps, weatherization, or information on SSDI disability programs. The community action agency of Victoria also partners with local churches and other charities, all of which may offer their own resources such as free food or emergency rent help.

At Reproductive Health Care Services throughout Texas, both men, teenagers and women have access to a range of birth control methods. This includes, but is not limited to, sterilization procedures and the recently-added H.O.P.E. method. Additional medical services include testing, annual wellness exams and physicals; routine lab tests and more. The community clinics accept Medicaid, Medicare if applicable, the Women's Health Program, and self-pay options.

The Senior Centers in the region provide the elderly and seniors with opportunities to pursue mutual interests and participate in recreational activities. Many of these locations are run by Aging on Aging offices. The aim is to support independence, enhance quality of life,  offer free meals and food and encourage continued involvement as members of the community. Activities include free health screenings and more. Participants also have access to free meals, health screenings, information about and referral to other non-profits in counties such as Victoria Texas, and assistance in completing government forms and applications for food stamps or disability.

For those who have not earned a high school diploma, the state of Texas General Educational Development (GED) Program offers to help prepare students to take sub-tests in different classes. Successful completion of these various sub-tests and classes results in earning a GED Certificate.

The agency also runs ESL - English as a Second Language and English and Literacy Civics classes to assist students in acquiring the skills needed. Case managers and these classes can help them become successful workers, active and informed parents and community members. The ESL classes assist students with language acquisition through active listening to, speaking, reading, and writing using the English Language. Child care services are available at evening EL Civics classes.





Employment programs from Community Action Committee of Victoria include the Career Pathways. It provides career counseling, workforce education and a range of other job training opportunities designed to prepare adults for making a smooth transition into the workforce. They can also benefit from occupational certification programs, college credit programs, and more. Other workshops touch upon Career Planning, College Readiness, Workforce Readiness Training, Financial Aid Workshops, and even Assistance in Navigating College Systems.

Community Action's Head Start Program offers tools and services to help clients achieve goals for child and the family. Teachers that are part of Head Start knows that children love to learn. Staff can guide them in their search for educational knowledge and skills.

The federal funded Head Start also presents plenty of opportunities for parents to be involved, including social service and referrals to financial aid. The more that a parent takes advantage of support services, the more it will help your child learn, grow, and succeed. In many cases, lower income parents of the child and even entire families have gained skills that helped them pursue an education or get jobs.

As mentioned, referrals and other support may be available as well. Call (361) 578-2989 to reach the Community Action Committee of Victoria. Or their main office is in Victoria, Texas 77903-3607.



By Jon McNamara

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