United Way Agencies and Programs

 

 

Peer Court targets first time juvenile offenders between the ages of 10 and 18. This program provides opportunities for youth offenders to complete a comprehensive sentence that includes community service work, jury duty, a taekwondo class, tour of the Public Safety Building, and apologies or essays. Through the community service work, youth learn valuable job skills such as time management, work expectations, and are introduced to a variety of job-related fields. The community service work and taekwondo also offer the opportunity to learn the health benefits of exercise. Peer Court works with approximately 100 youth offenders per year.

The mentoring program serves children between the ages of 5-18, and most have risk factors including growing up in a single-parent home, living in poverty and struggling with academic issues. Mentoring relationships develop positive attributes and the survival assets that are critical in assisting children to grow into successful adults. Through One-To-One mentoring relationships, we are helping the children in our program achieve socioemotional growth and character development, the avoidance of risky behaviors, the avoidance of the juvenile justice system, and educational success and graduation from high school.

The heart of the Scouting program since its inception has been the physical and mental development of young people through an experience in the outdoors. Throughout Vermilion County, IL and Fountain County, IN, the Boy Scouts have programs for all youth ages 5 to 20. The Scout Advancement program is designed to provide a well-rounded educational experience in citizenship efforts, life skills, career options, and recreational adventures. At all levels of the Scouting program, young people are taught the value of taking care of time management, outdoor conservation, and financial stewardship.

The target population are all children (at-risk kids) ages 6-18. We aggressively provide supplemental educational assistance through Power for Life, consisting of four premier programs: Power Hour, Power Learn, Power Prep and Power Ahead. In Power Hour, Club youth complete homework with the assistance of staff and volunteers during their first hour at the Club. If they have no homework, we provide group high-yield learning, fun activities (Power Learn), they read, complete worksheets, or participate in other group learning program areas. By completing daily work and additional academic exercises, members not only obtain academic competency, but also establish structured and productive study habits, perform better in school, and gain an understanding that hard work leads to success in life.

CASA places volunteer advocates in the court system with abused and neglected children. These volunteers advocate for the physical, emotional, educational, and developmental well-being of their assigned children. CASA volunteers undergo the highest standard of training, must complete continuing education credits, and provide a unique service no other agency provides. The core of their mission is to improve the mental, physical, and emotional health of their children that they serve. There is a great need for their services in Vermilion County, and in order to serve all children, we need more volunteers. The money from United Way does just that, helps recruit and train more volunteers.

United Way Funded Programs at Crosspoint Human Services:

Danville Independent Living Center focuses on education. DILC is an eight-bed home that serves adults with developmental disabilities. 24 hours supervised care is provided. Residents learn social and living skills for total independent living in the community.

Domestic Violence Prevention & Intervention programs touch each impact category by providing education to adults and children who have experienced violence. In turn education leads to employment and income for self-sufficiency. Finally, a family free from violence and within its own home can devote time and resources to enhancing its health.

Infant Development Program focuses on education by providing universal evaluations and developmental therapy to delayed children under the age of three. The focus is to reduce or eliminate the long-term effect of developmental delays or disabilities.

Domestic Violence Partner Abuse programs focuses on educating abusers to recognize abusive behaviors, learn nonviolent interactive skills, and teach the responsibility for their abusive behavior and the effects of their abuse on their partners and children.

Homeless Transitional Housing programs touch each impact category by providing education to adults and children who have experienced being homeless. In turn education leads to employment and income self-sufficiency. Finally, a family that is not homeless and within its own home can devote time and resources to enhancing its health.

They provide professional and affordable counseling services to residents of Vermilion County. United Way funding is utilized to supplement the cost of services of clients who are uninsured or underinsured, regardless of their ability to pay. Counseling services increase family stability, decrease risk-taking behaviors, and expand the coping skills of participants.

Community Action Program of Western Indiana, MAC transportation program, provides transportation to and from medical providers and facilities. If this priority has been met, we transport to grocery stores, social service agencies, and senior centers. Their targeted population is the elderly and disabled population in Fountain and Warren Counties in Indiana.

CRIS plays a critical role in our community. Poverty continues to be a top concern in Vermilion County, while at the same time, our population is rapidly aging. The Meals on Wheels program serves the frailest of our senior population. Four nutrient-dense meals, each meeting 1/3 of the daily nutritional requirements, are delivered twice weekly. The meals are frozen to provide safe delivery and flexibility for our recipients. When seniors come to CRIS, Senior Information and Service/Coordinated Point of Entry is their standard starting point. Through SIS assistance, seniors are connected to the programs that offer the education, financial stability, and healthy aging information/services that best match their needs. Home delivered meals and other referral services provided by CRIS are vital resources, as they serve to protect seniors’ health and independence.

The Financial Assistance Program at the Danville Family YMCA allows families to use the facility at a cost that is achievable for them. The goal is to increase the number of youth and adults to live healthy lifestyles and avoid risky behaviors.

The G.I.R.L. Outreach Program serves students in statistically low-income areas through community partners. The curriculum is designed to encourage girls to achieve 5 outcomes proven to benefit the lives of girls, encourage leadership and contribute to socio-emotional health and long-term success in life, personally and academically. These outcomes include positive values, challenge seeking, healthy relationships, community problem-solving, and a strong sense of self.

The Prevention Department at Rosecrance has presented the “Too Good For Drugs” and “Too Good For Violence” curriculums as the evidenced-based, ten session curriculum in Vermilion County for the past nine years. Using these curriculums, our services meet the health impact category by helping youth live healthy lifestyles and avoid risky behaviors. We educate Vermilion County youth on alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and help youth develop healthy decision-making skills.

Your United Way dollars go to help fund the Rent/Shelter Assistance program that provides emergency/temporary shelter assistance. 

The Prevention Education Program through the Survivor Resource Center provides education to area children and adolescents with vital information on topics such as body safety, internet and social media safety, healthy relationships, bullying, and sexual harassment. The research based, age appropriate programs provided work towards the prevention of sexual abuse and sexual harassment by providing knowledge and skills to students throughout Vermilion County.

WorkSource provides social and vocational services to persons with disabilities in Danville and throughout Vermilion County. They offer Vocational/Educational programs in-house and out in the community, with the philosophy that working provides a source of achievement and self-worth that enable a person with disabilities to live independently in our community. They also provide a Day Program and Home-Based Services for those persons with moderate to severe disabilities. While work and total social and vocational independence is not the main goal, they challenge their Day Program Consumers to participate in their in-house vocational program.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) sends age appropriate books to the homes of any child, from birth to five years of age whose family applies, living in Vermilion County, IL, Fountain County, IN and Warren County, IN at no cost to the family. These books are top of the line children’s books and kick start a child’s education.

The PATH Crisis 2-1-1 line is a call center where someone can simply dial 211, much like 911, and receive help on the other end in the form of information to resources. Most calls are for people needing help paying their utilities or rent, needing a homeless shelter, or a food pantry. Of the 876 calls taken from Vermilion County residents last year, over 150 of those were for crisis intervention, suicide, emotional support, or someone looking for counseling services in our area. Being able to dial three digits, 211, is a lifeline to many from Vermilion County.