SWAG Family Resource Center A Strengthening Families Approach

SWAG Family Resource Center A Strengthening Families Approach

Presented by Katie Fields, MEd. EdS. SWAG Family Resource Center Manager SWAG A grassroots organization formalized in February 2010; non-profit as of August 2010. Focused on issues affecting low-income residents of 32607. Consists of SW Alachua County residents, advocates, and local agency providers. Service providers and leaders Bringing services to SWAG neighborhoods Residents Advocates SWAG Neighborhoods

SWAG currently focuses on six neighborhoods Harbor Cove Hidden Oaks MHP Holly Heights/Gordon Manor Linton Oaks Majestic Oaks Tower Oaks Issues and Needs Identified at 2/13/10 Community Focus Group County Commission support Local school buy-in

Business participation Resident participation Resource center space Activity space After school programs Summer programs Teen job preparation Job/vocational training Computers Late bus schedules Bus routes Bus fare Health care Dental care Medicaid quotas Health Department wait times

Medivan criteria Nutrition Social service access Sidewalks Burglaries Domestic violence Assault/battery Drug offenses Child abuse Robberies Sexual offenders/predators Child supervision Voter registration Candidate forums The Reality Issue themes: Local government support Institutional support Community support Support from neighbors Access to resources Social services Education Transportation Health care Nutritious foods Recreation

Safety Violence Parenting Representation Strategies for Transformation Issue themes: Local government support Institutional support Community support Support from neighbors Access to resources Social services Education Transportation Health care

Nutritious foods Recreation Safety Violence Parenting Representation Strategies: Gather data to present to the Board of County Commissioners Meet with school board and local principals Share data and ideas with local service providers Identify gaps in services and issues with access Recruit neighbors Create a neighborhood resource center, playground, and health services clinic Build responsibility and support within the community Discuss politics be seen and heard Reality Limited access to resources such as social & educational services, transportation, health care, nutritious foods, &

recreation Strategies Socio-Ecological Model: SWAG Collective Efficacy Explore individual, neighborhood & community assets; advocate for a resource center, playground, & health services clinic within the neighborhood Peer & intimate partner violence, child abuse & neglect, safety issues, limited exposure to diverse individuals Recruit programming related to building & maintaining healthy relationships; increase responsibility; create opportunities for diverse experiences & mentoring Limited support from local

government, institutions, businesses, & neighboring communities Collect data to speak the language of local policy makers & institutional leaders; build partnerships Feel powerless & unrepresented due to inequalities in race, gender, age, economic status, & education Create grassroots organization to discuss realities, develop strategies, & advocate for resources that address issues of inequality Shifting At-Risk into At-Potential Risk chance of something going wrong Loss Danger

Hazard Potential capacity to develop, succeed, or become something Possibility Promise Aptitude Chance Capacity Shifting At-Risk into At-Potential Chance Shifting At-Risk into At-Potential Capacity g? in k r o w s i t a h e? W c n

la a b s e d i v What pro Mapping Community Assets Individuals Youth Adults Seniors Neighborhood Design Amenities Image Community Organizations Institutions Government Opportunities for Building Capacity and Sustainability Youth

Individual Assets Variety of ages Eager to learn Active Interested in being future SWAG members Adults Variety of income levels Variety of skill sets Seniors Skills Time Experience Design Neighborhood Assets Interconnected (informally) SWAG Family Resource Center and Health Services Clinic in central location Amenities Recreation opportunities in every neighborhood

RTS transit Image Pride Community Assets Organizations (other than SWAG and their partners) Partnership for Strong Families Rotary Club Partners for a Productive Community Veterans Advisory Board UF HEROES Businesses Tower Hill Insurance Group Skinner, Vignola, McLean, Inc. CH2M Hill Oelrich Construction Institutions

Library District University of Florida Health Department Public Schools Government Board of County Commissioners Sheriffs Office Code Enforcement SWAG area Parallel Paradigms Top 10 Community Concerns Child maltreatment Domestic violence Health disparities Lack of recreation for youth Limited transportation and access to resources

Education disparities Dense poverty Crime Gangs Housing issues Child Maltreatment 32607 has the highest number of verified child maltreatment cases in the County. The number one type of child maltreatment in 2009 was family violence. There is an important connection between crime and health when discussing child maltreatment and family violence. Data from DCF Domestic Violence Mike Zone consistently provides the most number of domestic related calls for service and reports. Peaceful Paths data identifies 32607 as the source for the second highest number of calls to

the domestic violence hotline and adult and child shelter clients. Data from Peaceful Paths Health Disparities High number of Medicaid births. Low number of Medicaid providers. Unhealthy pre-pregnancy body mass index. Many low birth weight babies. Infant mortality higher than the national average. High rates of Chlamydia. High rates of Gonorrhea. Mike Zone Lack of Recreation for Youth Survey Results for Family Support/Child Development In the summer 2010 Majestic Oaks Prenatal services 10 door-to-door survey Parenting skills 13 of Majestic Oaks and

Alternative discipline techniques 14 Alachua County Schools information 17 Linton Oaks, the Relatives as caregivers 19 number one need was Stress management techniques 21 Drop-out prevention 21 activities for kids. Residents believe kids will stay out of trouble if they have recreation and structured activities. There are a number of dilapidated tennis courts in the area, but no basketball courts or fields to play football in. Coping strategies Activities for teens Linton Oaks Prenatal services Relatives as caregivers

Alternative discipline techniques Parenting skills Coping strategies Stress management techniques Alachua County Schools information 23 30 7 9 11 12 15 16 17 Drop-out prevention 24 Activities for teens 24 After school programs 32 Summer programs for teens 28

Play activities for children 5-10 32 After school programs 28 Mentoring 33 Mentoring 28 Tutoring 34 Tutoring 28 Summer programs for teens 35 Play activities for children 0-4 Play activities for children 0-4 Summer programs for children 38

29 Summer programs for children 31 40 Play activities for children 5-10 31 Limited Transportation and Access to Resources SWAG neighborhoods are located on the number 75 bus route. A trip to Kanapaha Park takes 20 minutes each way. Walking takes 55 minutes. A trip to Forest Park takes 30 minutes Walking takes 32 minutes. A trip to the Health Department in SE Gainesville takes 1 hours each way on

three different buses. 75 bus route Education Disparities Children in the SWAG neighborhoods attend: Terwilliger Elementary Chiles Elementary Fort Clark Middle Kanapaha Middle Buchholz High Data from Terwilliger and Chiles identify poverty and instability. Data from Buchholz identifies disparities between white and black children.

Mike Zone Dense Poverty 32607 is the 5th most impoverished zip code in the County. 100% of the residents living in Majestic Oaks have an annual income below $10,000. Zip Code Residents with income lower than the poverty level (2007) Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level (2007) City 32603 65.3 % 53.0 % Gainesville

32601 55.9 % 41.0 % Gainesville 32608 52.2 % 40.9 % Gainesville 32641 41.4 % 28.1 % Gainesville 32607 36.6 % 26.9 % Gainesville Crime

The Alachua County Sheriffs Office divides the County into zones based on the areas call load. The zone with the highest call load is named Mike Zone. This zone is just over one square mile and is located in zip code 32607. The main types of crime in this area are domestic violence, burglary, and assault/battery. This is a density map indicating crime reports. Green indicates the lowest density, red indicates the highest density. Gangs This area consists of both national and hybrid gangs: 3RD Lane Hybrid gang, juvenile members, Linton Oaks Outwest Hybrid gang, juvenile members, Holly Heights/ Gordon Manor, Cornerstone MHP Bloods

National gang, juveniles and adult members, Linton Oaks, Holy Heights/ Gordon Manor, Majestic Oaks, Corner Stone MHP, Tower Oaks Gangster Disciples National gang, juvenile and adult members, Tower Oaks, Majestic Oaks Latin Kings National gang, adult members, Majestic Oaks Density of Code Violations Housing Issues Project-based, income-based housing Majestic Oaks Section 8 rentals Linton Oaks Tower Oaks Holly/Heights/Gordon Manor Harbor Cove Hidden Oaks Individually owned buildings/apartments Linton Oaks Tower Oaks Holly Heights/Gordon Manor

Apartment complexes Tower Oaks Glen Harbor Cove Mobile Homes Hidden Oaks Holly Heights/ Gordon Manor Majestic Oaks Linton Oaks Tower Oaks Light Orange indicates the lowest density, Black indicates the highest density. Dots represent displacement of vouchers into the unincorporated area of the County. Density indicates crime levels, with red being the highest density.

Future Home of the SWAG Family Resource Center SWAG Family Resource Center Layout Building on What Works: The Library Partnership in NE Gainesville Entrance and Lobby Spaces for Adults, Teens, and Young Children Community Spaces Strengthening Families Approach The 5 Protective Factors: 1. 2. 3. 4. Parental Resilience Social Connections Concrete Support in Times of Need Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development 5. Social and Emotional Competence of Children Americas Promise Alliance The 5 Promises: 1. 2. 3. 4.

5. Caring Adults Safe Places A Healthy Start Effective Education Opportunities to Help Others SWAG Family Resource Center Partners providing services to facilitate the 5 Protective Factors and 5 Promises. Working toward a continuum of care for families. Utilizing the Library Partnerships Getting to Know You form to identify need for services. Creating a service plan to address needs. Follow-up to assess process. AH ea Eff Sta lthy Ed ec rt u c ti v at e io n Safe P laces P Re are s i nt lie a l

nc e 5 Protective Factors ng ri ts Ca ul Ad ns io ct t ne or on pp ed u e lC c ia t e S f N o So re s n c me Co Ti in K n an ow d le Ch d ild ge So

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Planning, and Follow-Up Additional concerns identified after discussing Patrons initial reason for visiting the SFRC Initial conversation with Patron Related to Parents Protective Factors SWAG Family Resource Center Patron Related to Promises for Child Identifies need for utility assistance Identifies need for tutoring for child Opportunities for strengthening family identified after assessment of Protective Factors and Promises Unemployed Parental Resilience

Needs assistance with budgeting Concrete Support in Times of Need Illiterate Effective Education Opportunities for strengthening family identified after assessment of Protective Factors and Promises Parental Resilience Partners who can provide services to address identified Protective Factors and Promise opportunities for improvement Florida Works' Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA program) Patron goals developed out of contact with service providers Earn GED Get computer skills

training Find opportunities to volunteer in the community and gain experience Earn a job that provides income to pay expenses Concrete Support in Times of Need Catholic Charities' Step Forward program Reduce expenses by sharing resources with others in the community Service Plan created incorporating goals and partners committed to providing services Encourage family to participate in upcoming community events Meet child's teachers every year and contact them regularly for

updates Effective Education UF HEROES' NaviGator to provide tutoring and assist parent with access to child's teachers and school Regularly discuss school progress with child Gap in services identified: adult literacy resources Read with child nightly Follow-up with families to ensure familys progress and success Research community resources to bring an adult literacy specialist to the resource center SWAG Family Resource Center Management Structure Patron goals developed out of

contact with service providers Continuing Community Building using Photovoice Opportunities for strengthening family identified after assessment of Protective Factors and Promises Partners who can provide services to address identified Protective Factors and Promise opportunities for improvement Earn GED A tool for community engagement and collective action Parental Resilience Florida Works' Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA program) Initial project: Get computer skills training Find opportunities to volunteer in the

community SWAG Family Resource Center focus group Earn a job that provides income to pay expenses Concrete Support in Times of Need Effective Education Service Plan created incorporating goals and partners committed to providing services Open Catholichouse Charities' Stepevent for the community Forward program Reduce expenses by Discuss resource sharing center history resource with others in the community SWAG, advocacy, and success Discuss resourceMeetcenter purpose child's teachers every

year and contact them regularly for updates Community development NaviGator Service provision UF HEROES' to provide tutoring and assist Regularly discuss school parent with access to progress with child Discuss resource center future child's teachers and school Photovoice Gap in services identified: adult literacy resources Read with child nightly Follow-up with families to ensure familys progress and success Opportunities for strengthening family identified after assessment of Protective Factors and Promises Partners who can provide

services to address identified Protective Factors and Promise opportunities for improvement Project outline Photovoice Florida Works' Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA program) Parental Resilience Patron goals developed out of contact with service providers Earn GED Get computer skills training Identify community issue of interest Identify resident facilitator Define goals and objectives for project Plan created Recruit residents to participate Service incorporating goals and partners committed to Develop a schedule/timeline providing services

Find opportunities to volunteer in the community Earn a job that provides income to pay expenses Concrete Support in Times of Need Effective Education Catholic Charities' Step Forward program Reduce expenses by sharing resource with others in the community Follow-up with families to ensure familys progress and success Take photos Develop photos Discuss photos

Identify action goal Identify action schedule/timeline Evaluate action and act again/continue acting or proceed in a different way Meet child's teachers every year and contact them regularly for updates UF HEROES' NaviGator to provide tutoring and assist parent with access to child's teachers and school Regularly discuss school progress with child Gap in services identified: adult literacy resources Read with child nightly Opportunities for strengthening family identified after assessment of Protective Factors and Promises Parental Resilience Partners who can provide services to address identified Protective Factors and Promise opportunities for improvement

Patron goals developed out of contact with service providers Photovoice Florida Works' Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA program) Earn GED Get computer skills training Project presentation and next steps Find opportunities to volunteer in the community Present Photovoice project at SWAG monthly potluck Earn a job that provides income to pay expenses Concrete Support in Times of Need Catholic Charities' Step Forward program Discuss projects Provide updates

Recruit residents to participate Reduce expenses by sharing resource with others in the community Meet child's teachers every year and contact them regularly for updates Service Plan created incorporating goals and partners committed to providing services Display projects in the SWAG Family Resource Center UF HEROES' NaviGator to provide tutoring and assist parent with access to child's teachers and school Regularly discuss school progress with child Gap in services identified: adult literacy resources Read with child nightly Effective Education Follow-up with families to ensure

familys progress and success Opportunities for strengthening family identified after assessment of Protective Factors and Promises Parental Resilience Partners who can provide services to address identified Protective Factors and Promise opportunities for improvement Florida Works' Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA program) Patron goals developed out of contact with service providers SWAG Earn GED Get computer skills training Find opportunities to volunteer in the community Earn a job that provides

income to pay expenses Concrete Support in Times of Need Catholic Charities' Step Forward program Reduce expenses by sharing resource with others in the community Service Plan created incorporating goals and partners committed to providing services Follow-up with families to ensure familys progress and success Meet child's teachers every year and contact them regularly for updates UF HEROES' NaviGator to provide tutoring and assist parent with access to child's teachers and school Regularly discuss school progress with child Effective Education

Gap in services comes right down to identified: it, were Read a with group that decided to trust each child nightly adult literacy resources ~Dorothy Benson, SW Thank you to SWAGs Partners Our partnerships have made this project a success! Platinum Partners Golden Partners Partners for a Productive Community Silver Partners Skinner, Vignola, McLean, Inc. Veterans Advisory Board Members CH2M Hill

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