Hot Springs Help
We are increasing the capacity of our community partners, who are working directly with the low income to overcome barriers. Y.C.A.N. will coordinate financial assistance (bundled services supporting multiple domains) and housing, and education services directly with Help Center & Hope Agency to meet the immediate-short and long-term needs of their clients in poverty.
The Help Center at Common Ground
The Help Center at Common Ground, coordinates with, High Country Behavioral Health Service, which provides mental health services in Hot Springs County. The Help Center is housed in their annex. The Help Center also coordinates with Central Wyoming College which proves tutors and guidance to our adult education programs.
The Help Center at Common Ground in Thermopolis is the point of contact or “front door” for the Yellowstone Country Assistance Network of Park County, Wyoming’s CSBG. services in Hot Springs County, as well. This partnership allows CSBG applicants a place to go for services and help to complete the application in a county with a small CSBG allocation. This partnership assists in reducing the duplication of services in Hot Springs County.
The Help Center supports those who come in with information on available resources, budgeting, and help filling out paperwork. This community center has the provision of computers, internet services, phone, copier, and fax services. Their volunteers offer advice, a cup of coffee, and a friendly face. The Help Center also provides boxes of emergency food and Salvation Army financial assistance services.
The Community Needs Assessment for Hot Springs County showed a lack of financial support for low-income residents to obtain; adult literacy services, high school equivalency resources, and financial literacy supports. The identified needs will be provided by the Yellowstone Country Assistance Network of Park County, Wyoming’s 2021 CSBG grant. The services will complement the Help Center’s one-on-one tutoring, books, and materials for the Wyoming High School Equivalency Test, and free transportation to the testing site.
The goal is to increase the number of individuals obtaining education-related outcomes and increased self-sufficiency. This partnership ties directly to the mission of YCAN. “In partnership with local service providers, empower people living in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming to enhance health, housing, and employment status, overcome obstacles, and end economic hardship.”
Hope Agency Partnership of Hot Springs County
The Yellowstone Country Assistance Network of Park County, Wyoming, coordinates essential services with the case manager at Hope Agency, the domestic violence program in Hot Springs County. The mission of the HOPE Agency is to provide the resources to meet the needs of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking victims in Hot Springs county, through help, opportunity, partnership, and empowerment. The Yellowstone Country Assistance Network assists with CSBG funding to help low-income domestic violence victims’ transition from temporary transitional housing to permeant safe and affordable housing. The goal is to increase the number of individuals with increased safety from domestic abuse in their homes.