SEK-CAP’s Family and Community Engagement (FCE) department was created in 2012. Its primary objective is to partner with organizations and entities to combat poverty and improve communities in Southeast Kansas.
Community Planning – The FCE department seeks opportunities to work within communities throughout SEK-CAP’s 12-county service area on planning initiatives that result in change. Potential partners include (but are not limited to) County Commissions, City Commissions, School Districts, Pittsburg State University, Community Colleges, and Service Providers.
Resource Clearinghouse – Recognizing the need for a central base that provides specific information about resources including function and provider, the FCE department is positioning itself to become that source.
Life Skills Development – Through such activities as the Rapid Re-Housing program and the Poverty Simulation, participants receive education on life skills such as financial management (budgeting), goal-setting, problem solving, and inter-personal relations.
Homeless Services – Another core function of the FCE department is to identify and work with others to organize and produce services for the Homeless. In 2013, these efforts have included two significant events:
o To establish the dimensions of the problem of homelessness
o To help policymakers and program administrators track progress
o To inform public opinion
o To increase public awareness
o To attract resources that will lead to the eradication of the problem
Rapid Re-Housing – The Rapid Re-Housing Program (RRHP) is funded by the Emergency Solutions Grant and the Community Service Block Grant. Current funding levels allow the program to serve seven families with children. For eligible families, HHRP will provide up to one year of rental assistance and transition support. The financial assistance begins with 100% of the cost for rent provided by SEK-CAP, and diminishes by 25% every three months. Assistance with deposits or past due rent and utility payments is also available to participants in this program. Eligibility requirements include homelessness, gainful employment, and the presence of at least one child under the age of 18 staying with the applicant. Click here for more information.
Poverty Simulations – The Poverty Simulation is a large group activity designed to raise awareness of poverty in America, and inspire action to combat it in a manner that effects change. Click here for more information.
Special Projects – As the need and/or opportunity arises, the FCE department will selectively become involved with others to accomplish its purpose of combating poverty and improving the communities in Southeast Kansas.
Current Special Projects
Volunteerism – Working to determine if and how the FCE department can become a source for volunteers when they are needed by organized groups with specific projects.
FCE Manager (Life Skills Educator)
Housing and Homeless Services Coordinator (Homeless Services)
FCE Specialist (Life Skills Educator)