Proposal #35

 

ON ORGANIZATIONAL LETTERHEAD

November 14, 2004

 

Mr. Bob Vickers, Executive Director
The Robert J. Vickers Foundation
P.O. Box 1225
Warrensburg, MO 64093

Dear Mr. Vickers:

Greetings! The introduction paragraph is purely to connect. . . Either 1) first- or second-generational connections/relationships, 2) geographic connections, and/or 3) field of interest connections/relationships. 

 

Hubert H. Humphrey spoke of social ills and the character of people:
"The true measure of society is in how it cares
for those who cannot care for themselves.
Those in the dawn of life–the children.
Those in the twilight of life–the elderly.
And those in the shadows of life–the sick, the needy, and the handicapped."

 

Often, the difficulty of meeting the needs of people lies solely in corroboration of information and service-delivery systems. Garfield County Community Partnership was established in 1995 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency and is a strong community collaborative of over 500 private businesses, educators, private, and public agencies, and caring individuals to improve the quality of life for all citizens in our communities. Through true partnership efforts, Garfield County Community Partnership strives to improve the quality of life for all residents, to eliminate gaps and duplications in service, mobilize resources and combine dollars to better help families, align agencies, and forge alliances so that all work better together.

We have come a long way from three people sitting around a table discussing the formation of a community collaborative in 1995...conducting a needs assessment survey in the spring of 1996...hiring the first full time employee in October of 1996...beginning the program Faith In Action in 1997...and hiring two Caring Communities site coordinators in 1998 to having twelve staff and numerous outreach endeavors by 2002.

Garfield County Community Partnership brought together the group that focuses on public transportation and is now known as the Community Transportation Partnership, Inc, which initiated a taxi service (now privately owned) and currently oversees operation of "The Bus." Currently four staff members are actively involved in collaboration efforts to establish a transitional housing unit in Garfield County. This group known as Putting Roofs Over People, recently approached Garfield County Community Partnership about becoming part of the Partnership. The new group Activity Builders for Children, a collaborative group established to fund extra curricular activities for foster children, has also asked to be part of the Partnership. We are recognized in the community as an "incubation" facility for grassroots collaborations that want to focus on making life better for people.

Garfield County Community Partnership has established a wonderful relationship with Phillips University and the University of Missouri-Columbia campus. On more than one occasion we have been approached about allowing students to do internships or "observation hours" with us. Last summer Phillips University, through their extended campus program, held the first course of its kind at Garfield County Community Partnership on Hispanic Cultural Understanding & Elementary Spanish. The course focused on connecting language with the daily lives of Latinos in this area.

Are we proud of our efforts? Yes. But there is so much more to accomplish in increasing the service-delivery systems and improving the quality of life of all people in our community.

You can help make this the Partnership be a sustained reality. Please review the attached proposal and support our work. I am respectfully submitting it for you to consider funding. If you need additional information, please call me at (660) 747-6390. I hope you share my excitement about the potential for our plan to have a significant impact on the families and children of this and following generations right here in West-Central Missouri. I am excited about the possibility of establishing a partnership that is bearing a great impact on our community.

We are proud of all that we have accomplished in such a short period of time and we would like to show-off our Partnership office to you anytime.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Lexie Fae Hodkins, Executive Director
Garfield County Community Partnership

Enclosure

 

Garfield County Community Partnership
Summary Page
 

Organizational Mission and Vision Statements:
The Garfield County Community Partnership exists to improve the quality of life for citizens of Garfield County. Our vision is to provide a safe and caring community which blends and integrates its resources in developing opportunities for children and families to assist them in reaching their highest potential in the pursuit of happy, healthy, and productive lives.

Our goals include matching community assets with community needs, acting as catalyst for community action, and being a clearing house for information availability and exchange. To this end, we employ a variety of methodologies. The primary dynamics of our mission are:
• To provide and facilitate quality and productive interactions among clients to service providers.
• To instill three principles to meet the needs of our clientele: Families are key to children's success, communities are supports for families, and good schools, supports, and services build strong families.
• To increase the efficiency of dollars spent on meeting needs in the community.

Target Market and Geographic Area Served:
Garfield County is located in Central Missouri and has a population of 39,403, with approximately 20,000 in Warrensburg, the county seat. From 1990 to 2000 the Hispanic population has increased 469.8%; and we know that many Hispanics were missed in the 2000 U.S. Census count. The Hispanic population in the county now outnumbers the African American population, which has only seen a 3% increase during the same period. Our county also welcomes the arrival of new residents from Russia and the Ukraine, an estimate of that population number is 600.

Apart from Warrensburg, there are five smaller communities within Garfield County. Each of these communities were included in our planning process by representation on our task force. These communities are Higginsville, population 445; Houston, population 275; Knob Noster, population 174; LaMonte, population 1064; and Centerville, population 510.

Organizational Description:
Garfield County Community Partnership is is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization organized in the State of Missouri in 1994. The organization is governed by a Board of Directors of nine (See Page 6). See attached 501(c)(3) I.R.S. Department of Treasury Determination Letter.

Primary Contact:
Ms. Lexie Fae Hodkins, Director           (660) 747-6390, voice
Garfield County Community Partnership (660) 111-2222, cell
P.O. Box 1225                                     E-mail: lfh@gccp.org
Warrensburg, MO 64093                       Website: gccp.org

Financial Request and Purpose:
The needs of an expanding organization like ours are substantial. Our current and immediate needs are such that we are asking you for a grant of $ 50,000 toward our general operating budget (see Organizational Budget on Page 5). TOTAL AMOUNT REQUESTED: $ 50,000

Evaluation and Accountability:
The progress and effectiveness of Garfield County Community Partnership will be determined by ongoing analysis and oversight of staff, Advisors, and Board of Directors. Because we are committed to integrity, we are willing to complete any reasonable evaluative measure that you request.

 

Garfield County Community Partnership
Proposal

The Need:
Families and their communities are the lifeline to provide protections and opportunities for children to be safe, healthy, and ready for adulthood. Children need strong families. Strong families need viable communities. Today’s families want services that are diverse, flexible, and easy-to-access. They want services that are delivered by individuals who understand and respect their strengths and culture.

Human service systems are woefully inadequate for today’s children, families, and their neighborhoods. Designed in a previous era to respond to a different set of circumstances, these systems are a maze of rules and restrictions. Services are limited in scope, inadequately financed, and geared to measure the delivery of services, not the results of the services delivered. Increasing recognition of the needs of families, the shortfalls of the service delivery systems, and the limited involvement of communities in decisions that affect families spurred the search for better ways for communities and state government to collaborate.

Citizens recognized that changing the way services are delivered goes deeper than making services easier to access. It is about being family-focused versus individually-focused, preventing harm rather than repairing damage, and integrating services. Linking jobs, schools, and services emerged as the framework for change. We became the avenue to bring services closer to where families live and children go to school.

The Community Partnership was established to oversee the Caring Communities initiative and to develop comprehensive strategies to improve six core results for the children and families–40,210 residents of Garfield County.

The Community Partnership addresses the poor performance of children in schools, the problems that disrupt and separate families, and the threats to children growing up healthy and safe. We map assets of our community, mixing resources to bring more opportunities to children in their neighborhoods, and revitalizing their schools. Citizens now have a larger role and a louder voice in shaping priorities for children and families.

Our Strategic Response and Overarching Role of a Caring Communities Partnership:

Garfield County Community Partnership was created to address these issues in our community. The primary role of the Garfield County Community Partnership is to facilitate local decision-making and advocate community change and leadership. Our role is to:
• Engage community members in creating a community-wide agenda to link resources and services.
• Target priorities to improve results for children and families through addressing the Six Core Results.
• Assure active involvement of diverse community members in the Partnership and on the Board.
• Develop, leverage, and redirect public and private resources to better help families.
• Be accountable for tracking, recording, and reporting annually on progress towards the Core Results addressed in our Multi-year plan.
• Serve as a parent board for Caring Communities councils.
• Ensure compliance with legal requirements and guidelines for non-profit organizations.
• Promote best practices and lessons learned with other Community Partnerships, state agencies, and the FACT Board.
• Engage/collaborate with local agencies to find new ways to achieve results for children and families.
• Serve as an information clearinghouse for all service providers into our community.

Organizational History:
GCCP has come a long way from three people sitting together around a table to discuss the possibility of forming a community collaborative in 1995. . . conducting a needs assessment survey in the spring of 1996. . . hiring the first full time employee in October of 1996. . . beginning the program Faith In Action in 1997. . . and hiring two Caring Communities site coordinators in 1998 to having twelve staff and numerous outreach endeavors by 2002.

Garfield County Community Partnership was established in 1995 as a 501 (c)(3) non_profit agency and is a strong community collaborative of over 500 private businesses, educators, private and public agencies, and caring individuals. Through true partnership efforts, GCCP strives to improve the quality of life for all residents, to eliminate gaps and duplications in service, mobilize resources and combine dollars to better help families, align agencies, and forge alliances so that all work better together.

Initially, representatives from Garfield County Counseling, Garfield County Health Center, the Center for Human Services, and Regional Center came together in 1995 to look at the possibility of working together on community issues in an effort to avoid duplication of services. The Garfield County Community Partnership was borne out of this collaboration. A community needs assessment was conducted and published in 1996. The first full time employee was hired in October 1996. GCCP evolved into an umbrella organization where many programs and services fit comfortable beneath. In 1997, GCCP was invited to partner in Missouri’s Caring Communities initiative involving seven state agencies. Capacity building activities during 1997 resulted in Caring Communities sites being selected and staff hired in January 1998.

The efforts of GCCP have grown rapidly during the past few years. Through the receipt of five grants, the partnership has been off and running. In October of 1998 we moved into an office located at 515 S Kentucky, which allowed for a large conference room which is used by many different local agencies as a neutral meeting ground for collaboration and by others such as the School District, DFS, Foster Parent Assoc, and Reality Therapy for trainings. We provide in-kind office space for Community College Family Literacy Center and University Outreach and Extension for their Family Nutrition Specialist.

We work with many different populations, but the one seeing the most change is the Hispanic population. It is growing rapidly and is very fluid. We have supported the community in dealing with the impact of this trend by providing aides for elementary classrooms, full-time translators, and Espanola for Gringos classes, just to name a few.

In response to public concerns, we convened a group of community, state, and federal agency representatives to discuss the impact and issues associated with the burgeoning Hispanic population in the Garfield County area. The group chose to call itself the Missouri Multicultural Forum and continues to be a vital working group. GCCP now has the responsibility of being the coordinating agency for this initiative. Efforts were made to include participation of members from the Hispanic families. Focus groups for the following issues were formed: Law Enforcement, Business and Industry, Health and Welfare, Education, Transportation, and Government. These groups meet to consider the needs, concerns, and opportunities and recommend appropriate community solutions and action.

Budget Summary and Plan:
The Garfield County Community Partnership Budget is $ 355,541 for 2001-2002. Because of funding cuts, we are seeking immediate partnerships to continue provision of services to the under-served populations of our community.

Timing:
This program is ongoing and in process at this time. The only barrier to expansion to fullest is financial.

Brief Summaries of Services We Provide:
Garfield County Community Partnership partners with eight state agencies and the community to achieve the Caring Communities Core Results. Caring Communities is Missouri's systems reform initiative to achieve Core Results through partnerships between communities and state agencies. The Six Core Results are: 1) Children and Families Healthy, 2) Children and Families Safe, 3) Children Ready to Enter School, 4) Children Succeeding in School, 5) Adults Working, and 6) Youth Ready to Enter Productive Adulthood. The Caring Communities guiding principles are:
• Families are key to children's success.
• Communities are supports for families
• Good schools, supports, and services build strong families.

Garfield County Community Partnership is able to help the community accomplish the core results by offering help through the following programs:

Caring Communities Neighborhood Site Councils–help assess community assets and needs and propose a plan for addressing these neighborhood needs. Many strategies to support children and families are in place at our sites: Washington Elementary Neighborhood, Diversified Community Outreach and Latinos Unidos in Warrensburg, as well as the LaMonte community. Additionally, some county-wide strategies are also being implemented to address broader community issues such as teen pregnancy and mental health.

Putting Families First–provides intense mentoring to families who are transitioning from public assistance to work. Teams from local churches agree to provide one year of intense mentoring to the family, assisting them in learning skills such as budgeting and job interviewing. Team members also help the family learn to overcome barriers to keeping employment such as child care and transportation.

Career Closet–assists people entering the workforce by providing a source of clothing and accessories for job interviews and getting started in the workplace. Help with resumes, interview skills, make-up, etc. are available. Altrusa International of Warrensburg, a community service organization for professionals, has partnered with Putting Families First accomplish this much-needed service.

Educare–supports home-based and center-based day care providers in Garfield County through; professional development training; in-home provider visits; extensive resource library of educational toys; educational videos and materials for providers; Kiddie Corner newsletter for providers; and Parent Corner newsletter for parents.

RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program)–helps seniors put their skills and life experiences to work in our community addressing many critical community needs; volunteers provided 18,000 hours of service in 2000 in areas such as education, transportation, health, social services, conservation and assistance to not-for-profit organizations.

Faith In Action–matches volunteers from local churches with community needs such as minor home repairs, companionship, yard work, tutoring, transportation, building wheelchair ramps, gasoline assistance, moving, etc. Caring people give time, money, and services to help those in need.

Multicultural Services–strives to heighten cultural awareness of this rich resource and provide services to assist people as they endeavor to become productive citizens and live in our community. Services currently available are:

Family Literacy Center, Latinos Unidos, LaHora Hispana radio program, Spanish Interpreters, Global Village, Federal Nutrition Education Program, and the West Central Multicultural Forum.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention Coalition–brings together parents, teens concerned citizens, community organizations and area schools to address teen pregnancy and its related issues.

Baby Think It Over–utilizes computerized dolls that stimulate what it is like to care for an infant. The program also teaches abstinence and infant safety. This program is available to schools, youth groups, scouts, and other teen organizations.