CAC programs are designed to help families and individuals facing emergency situations meet the basic needs of food, shelter and clothing. Our goals are to prevent homelessness, alleviate hunger, promote self-sufficiency and enrich the lives of children whose families are struggling to make ends meet. Since CAC was founded 25 years ago the center has touched 16,000 families in our community. In 2011 we served 5,000 individuals and families.
Providing Basic Needs
We provide emergency financial assistance to an average of 80 clients a month to pay portions of rent or utility bills to prevent eviction or loss of utility services. The food pantry receives an average of 900 visits a month, and the thrift shop provides free clothes to about 250 people a month.
Life and Job Skills
Adult education courses are geared toward helping people become self-sufficient. Our classes enhance life skills such as money management and teach job skills such as computers. Classes are available to clients and the general public, space permitting, and they are free. About 300 adults a year enrol in our classes.
Our youth programs enrich the lives of children of local families that are facing difficult times. We offer summer camp opportunities, summer lunches, school supplies, and holiday gifts. These programs are popular and each serves hundreds of local children throughout the year.