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We have listed below some of our programs that you may sponsor. However, you may choose to support us by giving to our overall organization by clicking here:
The HELP NOW! Program was started to help families and individuals who need immediate emergency help with food and household supplies. Help is given over a specific determined period of time. A case manager will assist the client with other needs and referrals if needed (such as, help with school supplies, uniforms, general clothing, holiday assistance, financial literacy, utilities).
The S.H.A.R. (Self Help Assistance Resources) to Share program is for the family or individual that began in the HELP NOW! Program and has assessed their at home situation and have determined that they will need help with food and household supplies past an immediate period of time, but also want to contribute to the program. SHAR to Share households participate by giving back to the program, by donating time, small donations or helping their neighbors with transportation to pick up needed supplies. The SHAR to share program is for the family or individual that wants to give back to their community organization in some way, become a stakeholder in the other programs that are offered and support others when they can, while helping their selves. The SHAR to Share program is about teaching people how to fish, become self-sufficient, resilient and shareholders in the welfare of their own neighborhoods.
Project School Box: Every year children return to school unprepared to begin the learning process. Without the proper supplies, our babies are forced to show up at school and sometimes become the target of bullying from other children who have new back packs filled with supplies, uniforms and shoes. Teachers sometimes make the mistake of asking the child in front of other students, when their parent is going to send their supplies. We believe that this sets the scene for many negative reactions, such as, other students picking on the child, the child becoming the go between for teacher/parent relations, which is not a good thing because children eternalize feelings of responsibility when the parent does not have the money to purchase the items, thus, leading to the child feeling inadequate, ashamed and less likely ready to begin a productive day of learning. It could also lead to parents getting into arguments with each other and/or even the child, domestic violence and even drinking or substance abuse.
Project School Box provides back packs filled with school supply that promotes readiness, self-worth and confidence in children starting a new school year. The program decreases the stress felt by most low-moderate income struggling families needing to send their children to school prepared for a successful year. New uniforms are purchased and used uniforms are collected, dry cleaned and made ready for the next school year.
Successful Start: Each year low income children graduate from high school with exceptional grades, character and talents. Children work so hard to get the scholarship and grants to attend the school of their choice and parents are so happy for them; to no fault of their own, they are poor and their parents face the task of preparing to send their child off to college for the first. This can present a serious problem when the parent finds out that in order for their extraordinary child to enter doom life new bedding, household supplies, dishes, pots and pans must be purchased. Successful Start helps graduating low-income high school students entering college dorm life for the first time with dorm supplies. Selected students receive supplies to set up their home away from home and in return each student donates 20 hours of volunteer time at a non-profit of their choice within their own neighborhood.
Youth In Action: The opportunity for youth to volunteer their time, giving back to the community in which they live. The volunteer hours can be used for graduation requirements, court ordered service hours or for practical experience in the non-profit field.
IAAY/HI and CW: Hurricane Katrina destroyed many homes on the Gulf Coast. Many volunteers came from far and near to help countless families return into their homes. However, numerous homes were left unfinished. Tri-Coastal distributed building supplies to help families that fell through the cracks, only to have many of them return 6 months later and ask there were the volunteers that were supposed to fix their home. Shortly their after, we began the It’s All About You program to teach residents that with the right training, many of their repairs could be done by themselves and a lot of money could be saved and used for other household needs. The skills learned could also be used for home owners and renters as first steps to a new job career. Healthy Initiatives focus on helping residents in the area of pre-emptive self-care.
IAAY/HI (It’s All About You/Healthy Initiatives ): Classes taught with a focus on preventative care; Self-help in proper nutrition, disaster preparedness, hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, obesity and other topics on self-help that effect people on a daily basis.
IAAY/CW (It’s All About You/Construction Workshops): This innovative program offers repair skills training to anyone looking to save money, acquire new skills to lessen the cost of daily home maintenance. These workshops offer a practical solution for learning renovation and restoration skills. It offers home owners and renters the chance to learn how to refresh and revamp the place in which they live.
Project Out And Up: Volunteer opportunities for non-violent, non-sexual offenders looking to re-integrate back into their community after being released from jail. Those needing community service can work their needed hours off at our warehouse.