Part of what makes children and families vulnerable to abuse and neglect is a lack of resources. When a family does not have the healthy channels of connections necessary to meet their needs and overcome obstacles, they are at a higher risk for abusing drugs and alcohol, committing a crime, struggling with mental health issues and abusing their children.
When Compass begins working with a family, part of our job is to help identify and find solutions to the barriers they have. We give the family opportunities to choose success, but sometimes they need a little help to move forward. When families show us that they are working toward stability, we want to encourage their growth. For example, a dad is going to his visits with his kids regularly, and with his family specialist’s help, he got a job. His job requires that he wear khakis, but he doesn’t have any. Also, he does not have gas money to get to work. Our Community Assistance Fund is in place to help families with these specific needs. We can help him purchase clothing and get gas to travel to work. When these immediate needs are met, he is able to overcome one of the barriers to his family’s stability.
The Superhero Dash provides funding for our Community Assistance Fund. Some of the other things that we use this fund for include:
- assistance with emergency medical bills
- assistance with transportation
- assistance with housing& utilities
So put together your favorite or created superhero costume, gather your family and friends and join us for a fun 5k and 1 mile run, complete with a costume contest, food and games. It’s an event you won’t want to miss!
Be a hero for children and families!
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Friday, June 29, 2018 – Compass- 514 W. 11th St.
Saturday, June 30, 2018- Archway