We do anything we can to provide children and families with help to be successful and to keep them from falling through the cracks, like identifying areas where they need support and using the resources in our communities to point parents in the right direction. When a family is maybe at risk of not providing for their children and the certain needs have been identified, they can send out an alert: ‘We need these specific items for this family.’ It could be clothes, a bed, laundry detergent, or a refrigerator that’s broken. The alert just goes out, people will respond to the coordinator, and they can get in touch with the social worker working with the families. Then whoever can provide those things can give them to the family to help keep the kids in the home with the parents who might not have the money to do that. It’s helping families take care of the needs they have where they’re at. And that’s a big thing because there are so many people that don’t have the basic necessities to get through.
Our communities are only as strong as our people. And our people—our families, friends, and neighbors—are strong when they have access to the food, shelter, health care, and economic support they need to lead healthy lives. This is true no matter who you are or where you live. When we look out for one another, we all see #TheNetBenefit. Learn more about the safety net in Missouri.