Our goal is to provide these timely and meaningful services:
-Life essentials such as food, clothing & utility assistance.
-Prevent homelessness by providing financial assistance with rent or mortgage payments and improve access to stable and sustainable housing.
-Support participants in advocating for themselves and their families to attain economic stability.
-Help participants build deeper community connections so that in a time of crisis they have more resources for support beyond SCCC.
-Access to a healthy lifestyle through exercise, education, healthcare, and mental health support.
-Education and events that strengthen families using evidence-based curriculum and activities.
As a Family Resource Center and a member of the Family Resource Center Association, we follow a service delivery model with a primary focus to strengthen families which emanates throughout our programming.
Through strength-based advocacy participants learn how to identify and leverage their own strengths and gain confidence with every victory. Through educational opportunities parents learn how to relate to their children and become more nurturing. Development of life skills such as budgeting, how to prepare a balanced meal for your children, and how to prepare for an interview, are just some of the services we provide to our participants. All of these activities harnessed together help families usher in empowerment and self-directed positive change.
For nearly 40 years Sister Carmen Community Center has promoted self-sufficiency and provided basic needs to the residents of East Boulder County who are in need, without discrimination.
We have a strong partnership with Boulder County Health & Human Services and dedicated community support. We are considered an innovator in our community and a forerunner in the implementation of strength-based advocacy and adopting the Family Resource Center service delivery model.
Equipped with professional staff, strong donor base, and city and county support, SCCC is uniquely positioned to offer a full-range of services to support individuals and families in crisis.
1. Provide financial assistance to 200 or more households per year who are in crisis in order to prevent homelessness.
2. 25% or more of our participants who are working with an advocate receive supportive services, resources and referrals to help remove barriers from gaining employment or increasing income.
3. 100% of eligible participants are assessed every visit by trained staff to determine level of food insecurity and given the amount of food needed based on their circumstance and/or referred to additional resources as appropriate.
4. In our Rapid Re-housing program 50% of the participants that enroll are under employed or unemployed. 50% of those upon completion of the program have increased their earning potential or gained employment.
5. 72% of participants that are in a crisis or vulnerable situation who work ongoing with an advocate will increase their personal support system from to at least 1 to 5 more community contacts to help them.
Last year we:
- Prevented 238 families from becoming homeless
- Assisted 353 individualss in working towards or obtaining employment
- Educated 478 families on financial planning and budgeting
- Connected 213 families with health insurance
- Supplied nutritious food and reduced food insecurity for 2,467 families
- Educated 173 parents on nurturing parenting practices to help reduce abuse and neglect
- Provided mental health counseling for 100 participants with acute psychological needs
- Empowered 985 families with one-on-one advocacy to help them take steps towards self-sufficiency
- Supplied $17,000 in Thrift Store vouchers for essential items to families in need
We cannot measure the precise value of friendships forged, confidence gained, laughter shared, and life lived with dignity and respect.