The Agency has dedicated resources to enable low-income, disadvantaged and disabled families and individuals of all ages and ethnic backgrounds to attain skills, knowledge and motivation to become fully self-sufficient.
Blue Grass Community Action Partnership was asked on numerous occasions to meet challenges that were very new to us in several of our programs. In 2008, our Weatherization program funding was only enough to complete approximately 50 homes. With the Federal Stimulus money allocated to this program, we were asked to complete more than 200 homes a year. This involved hiring and training additional crew members and purchasing enough equipment and vehicles to get the job done. Since its start we have met or exceeded the production that has been expected. Another major challenge that we faced was bidding on the majority of our aging services that we provide. For the first time in more than 30 years, Title III (Senior Centers), Homecare, and Adult Day Services went up for bid. This was a grueling task to turn in 19 bid packets in a 10 day period. All staff pulled together to make this happen and we were successful in keeping every program we had previously been administering. Another accomplishment was the creation of two inter-city routes for our transportation department. These routes provide clients a way to go from Frankfort to Lexington or Louisville with drop offs at the airports or bus terminals. This is important to those not having transportation and very economical for individuals that do. Our goals are simple, we are always looking at the needs in our communities that affect the low income and elderly and try to help them overcome these barriers by providing needed services or working with partners to do so. We are also upgrading our Transportation scheduling software to make us more efficient and reduce client wait times. Our last goal for this year includes all of our programs looking at social enterprising ventures. With the possible reduction of federal funding to the majority of our programs we have to look for new ways to generate revenue to continue to provide the services that are so desperately needed to our clients.
The goal of the Aging Service Programs of Blue Grass Community Action Partnership is to see that elderly clients receive the necessary services to help them remain independent in their homes. The Senior Citizens Centers in Anderson, Bourbon, Garrard, Jessamine, Mercer, Scott and Woodford counties provide meals, transportation and an outlet for socialization.
The Homecare Program located in each center, provides in-home services to the frail elderly, sixty years or older and is designed to help at-risk clients remain in their homes.
The Adult Day Program in Anderson, Jessamine, Garrard, Mercer and Woodford counties provide relief for the caregiver. The program provides a stimulating and supportive environment, individual personal care and therapeutic activities. The participants are afforded an opportunity to continue to meet their social, emotional and physical needs while improving control of physical and mental functioning.
The Senior Community Service Employment Program (Title V) trains persons 55 and older at one of the host agencies to help them become more employable. This program provides training that assists with finding unsubsidized private employment. Each SCSEP participant works twenty hours per week performing various job duties at their host agency.
The Senior Companion Program provides supportive person-to-person services to the homebound, frail elderly who are at risk of institutionalization without assistance. The program provides volunteer service opportunities for active low-income seniors. The volunteers are provided benefits which include a tax-free stipend, an annual physical exam and reimbursement for travel cost.
The Elder Nutrition Program for the elderly provides management for congregate and home delivered meals for twenty nutrition sites in seventeen counties.
Senior Citizens Centers
65% of the participants receive a hot meal in a comfortable environment. 60% of the participants are able to obtain health and wellness services by attending regular scheduled events and classes.
80% of the Adult Day family members and/or caregivers maintain or seek employment and attend to personal matters.
95% of the participants will receive employment training to enter/re-enter the workforce.
After one month of free in-home care and assistance provided by Senior Companion Program volunteers, clients are eating regular nutritious meals and remembering to take medications at the prescribed dose and time. Clients receiving help with light housekeeping are now living in a more clean and safe environment. Primary caregivers are feeling more positive about continuing their 24/7 care giving role due to the respite services they are receiving through SCP.
90% of the families and caregivers are able to avoid placing loved ones in a facility or institution. 60% of the clients will maintain a healthy diet 5 days a week for 6 months.
35% of the participants will obtain unsubsidized employment.
95% of the clients who receive services from the Senior Companion Program are able to maintain their current independent living status. They are happier living in their own homes or in the home of a loved one and maintain a high level of physical, mental and emotional health.
Client/Caregiver Surveys, Bi-Annual Reassessments, Care Plans, Nurses Notes, Attendance Reports, State Database, Activity sign in sheets, monthly and quarterly reports, one-on-one meetings with volunteers and phone calls to clients and volunteers
Participants remain in their own homes longer when they can utilize the services that BGCAP Aging Services offers.
99,464 meals are served to congregate clients at 20 senior centers in 17 counties FY 10/11.
177,811 meals were delivered to frail elderly homebound clients FY 10/11.
329 families and/or caregivers received respite services.
Blue Grass Community Action Partnership’s Community Services activities in Anderson, Boyle, Franklin, Garrard, Jessamine, Lincoln, Mercer, Scott and Woodford counties are designed to work with eligible low income clients to alleviate their crisis situations. The staff works closely with the other social service agencies within the county in an effort to meet the needs of residents and eliminate duplication of services. Some counties in the service area have a Self-Sufficiency Program which focuses on families or individuals who show a sincere desire to become self-sufficient but lack the financial and emotional support to do so. The local staff works with the total family unit to establish priorities and goals necessary to achieve self-sufficiency. Case Management is provided by staff for any client who wants to participate. During case management meetings, the client designs a plan of action with incremental steps to achieve self-sufficiency.
BGCAP’s housing programs although targeting different populations all want to accomplish the same overall goal; and that is to alleviate homelessness. Though ending homelessness is a lofty goal that may never be fully realized the programs that BGCAP administers are making a difference in accomplishing this goal on a small scale. Eligible clients are moved from shelters, the street, and living in places not meant for human habitation into safe, clean, affordable housing. The Agency’s approach to provide wrap around services through itself or through partner agencies further support this mission.
All clients of BGCAP are entered into a state wide data based known as CASTiNET. This data base is used by 22 of the 23 Community Actions across the state of Kentucky. Utilizing this system helps us to prevent duplication of services, capture client demographics, render reports, and to create scale assessments and goal plans for clients. The scale assessment is a tool that aids staff in tracking participant’s progress and in determining areas of improvement. Case notes are utilized, certificates of completion and other documentation to substantiate the participant’s progress. Housing Program participants are also tracked in an in-house data base to ensure timely recertification reporting and to accurately process timely housing assistance and utility allowance payments. The scale assessment is a tool that aids staff in tracking participant’s progress and in determining areas of improvement. Success stories are written about participants who move into self-sufficiency or make marked achievements in meeting their goals. Kentucky Housing Corporation and the Department for Housing and Urban Development mandate that Annual Progress Reports (APR’s) on client’s success are submitted annually. Participant success and program success must be achieved and maintained at high performing levels for the Agency to continue to be funded.
A single, unemployed, mother of four walked into a local BGCAP office seeking assistance with her utility bill. She was within hours of being disconnected and had no other resources to pay this bill. Since that day she has participated in case management services, obtained rental assistance, and through self-sufficiency programs continued her education. She was first connected with all of BGCAP’s programs that she qualified for and then referred out to partner agencies for their assistance with services such as KTAP and health care. As she remained in compliance with her case management, and funding allowed; although it took several years, she obtained her Certified Nurses Assistance certification and became a licensed Phlebotomist. She now has a full time position in her chosen profession at a local physician’s office and she has maintained her position for over two years. She is now in permanent housing and has her own transportation. She and her four boys are doing very well and they boys are all heavily involved in sports. She is still continuing her education and already in her 3rdsemester she is on the Dean’s list.
The Blue Grass Head Start Program, promotes early language, literacy and numeracy skills and inspires creativity in the development of preschool children; encourages self confidence and self-sufficiency in families and strengthens partnership with existing community services. When needed services do not exist, the Blue Grass Head Start Program serves as a catalyst to create the delivery systems essential for healthier and stronger families. Head Start provides educational opportunities for both the children and their parents. Head Start also provides health services (medical and dental), nutrition, special services for children with disabilities, transportation, social services and parent involvement. Head Start parents are involved in the administrative and programmatic operations of the centers. Parents are recognized as the prime educators of their children and by participating in the program, they are provided the opportunity to enrich their parenting skills.
The BUS Program has been in existence for 35 years and has traditionally been a successful provider of non-profit transportation utilizing many funding sources. The ultimate goal is to provide all persons in the operating area who are transit dependent with every type of transit service needed. To accomplish this goal the program will need additional funding both capital and operating. Affordable BUS circulating routes would be set up in every county seat to accommodate persons, who do not have a Medical card, for trips to medical facilities and nearby shopping centers. In addition the operating authorities of all non-profit (Kentuckyfunded transit systems) would be linked together to form a seamless transportation system across the state.
The success of the BUS program is monitored by the number of trips provided in each funding category and the amount of revenue plus Federal and State funding utilized to provide the trips. The number of late, no-show trips and complaints received are also monitored and utilized to improve service. The Kentucky Transportation Office of Transportation Delivery and the Non-Emergency Medicaid Transportation Programs monitor and review the BUS program semi-annually to assure that all requirements are being met. They also inspect the vehicles to assure that they are in good repair and meet all requirements.
The BUS program has increased their ridership 13 percent in the past 2 fiscal years. While increasing the ridership the mileage increased by 20 percent. The average trip length two years ago was 8.09 miles. The average trip at this time is 11 miles. The success for the program is the distribution of the trips to the newer programs such as New Freedom for disabled persons and the JARC (Job Access and Reverse Commute) program. The program has also started a new service, Inter-city, that connects the rural sections of our operating authority toLexingtonandLouisvillein order for persons to connect with Greyhound Lines to further destinations.
Her utility bills never seemed to go any lower than the month before and she wasn’t sure just what to do. During the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) in December of 2010, Mrs. Thompson went into the local Blue Grass Community Action Partnership (BGCAP) to get assistance with her electric bill and the Community Developer in Garrard County, asked her if she had ever heard of the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). She took a list of the paperwork she needed to get and called the next week to set up an appointment to do the application process at the office.
The WAP received extra funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, allowing Blue Grass Community Action Partnership to spend up to $6,500 per home on making repairs, replacing windows, doors, shower heads, and light bulbs, to name a few. These things are replaced or repaired to help lower energy consumption and utility bills.
The evaluator set up an appointment with the very grateful Mrs. Thompson and upon completing a pre-inspection informed her that she needed several new items and the process would take only a few days of work.
The completed work took a total of 3 days and once it was finished she was so very thankful for everything she had been given that week. She called into Central Office and informed the Administrative Assistant how much she appreciated all of the hard work and what a pleasure the crew workers were while there at her home. She also informed us that the measures done had lowered her electric bills by 50 percent. BGCAP can definitely say this is a success story!
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