When Bernice and Collins first connected with CAC they were just looking for pre-school for their oldest child – but they found much more than that through CAC’s programming!
At the time, Collins was working part-time for $10 an hour. Once their oldest child was enrolled in Head Start, the family worked with a CAC Family Service Worker to establish long-term goals. First the family set long-term financial goals of increased income and purchasing their own home. With support from CAC, the father sought and obtained a new job that was full time and paid more than the $10 he was earning.
When they faced a housing crisis during the transition, CAC provided emergency assistance to keep them in their home. Once increased income was coming into the household, mom and dad paid off their debt and began saving for their home. While they stuck to their strict budget, they shopped at the Food Bank and used programs like energy assistance to keep costs down for the household. This enabled mom to complete her GED and start classes at Howard Community College.
Four years later, their two children (who both enrolled at Head Start) are now thriving in the Howard County Public School System. Mom is finishing her nursing degree and dad is gainfully employed full-time. With help from CAC’s Asset for Independence program, the family recently purchased their first home in Howard County.
CAC is changing lives through its innovative 2-Generation Approach, a strong strategy for ending multi-generational poverty. CAC assists both children and parents through this approach, ensuring that their housing, food and educational needs are met. To learn more about CAC programming visit our WEBSITE.