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 in 1987 the center has touched 16,000 families in our community. In 2015 CAC served 5,500 individuals from 2,300 households.
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 1,200 visits a month, and the thrift shop provides free clothes to about 300 people a month.
Enhancing Life and Job Skills
Adult education courses are geared toward helping people become self-sufficient. CAC adult education classes enhance life skills such as money management and teach job skills such as computers. Classes are FREE and available to clients and the general public, space permitting. Classes are offered at three locations in the community. About 300 adults a year enrol in our classes.
Enriching the Lives of Children
Our youth programs enrich the lives of children from local families that are facing difficult times. CAC youth programs provide seasonal assistance to families that may otherwise have difficulty providing to their children such as summer lunches, school supplies and holiday gifts. These programs are popular and each serves hundreds of local children throughout the year.