A family of four was finally granted a spot at a Housing Authority. However, before they could move in, the father became seriously ill and permanently disabled. He was still at the hospital when it came time to secure the spot with payment, and unable to make the deposit and the meeting. CAPTAIN reached out to partnering agencies, and together, we secured the full deposit and worked with the landlord to guarantee the family's relocation.
Because of you, a family of four is safely housed today.
Through the generosity of the community at large, faith-based organizations, and civic groups, the Family Assistance program coordinates emergency financial assistance to provide temporary relief for financial needs including rental and utility arrears. Families served through Family Assistance are often invited to participate in the Family Development program, especially if they are interested and motivated to take active steps to help improve their life situations.
Family Development mentors are available to meet with individuals or families on a one-on-one basis. These trained volunteers provide confidential help to people in areas such as resume building, job searches, and budgeting. Mentors are aware of many resources in Saratoga County, and can be a great support to people who are going through a difficult time.
Getting Ahead - Bridges Out of Poverty
Our Getting Ahead program is a 12-16 week group workshop to help people stabilize their situations and build resources to improve their lives. The Getting Ahead program guides participants through the process of assessing their own resources and how to build those resources as part of their move to self-sufficiency. Getting Ahead participants create their own plan for a sustainable life, explore resources needed for sustainability, build healthy relationships with others, begin the process of writing their own future stories, and examine how they can change the legacy they leave to their families and community. For more information about this program, contact Bonnie at 518-371-1185.
Testimonial from a Getting Ahead Participant :
"My life now is a lot better than it was before I started this class. At the first class I told everyone, 'This is me; deal with it!' I have learned in my Getting Ahead class that that attitude wasn’t getting me ahead or even getting by. I set a few goals and accomplished one so far -- that was to learn my adult voice, and because of that I have better relationships with the people I need most in life. Not only am I getting by, I’m getting ahead. My next thing in life is to make more goals." - Nicole
Bike Works provides bicycles to residents throughout Saratoga County who are willing to invest some time to learn the basics of bike safety and bike maintenance. With the help of the Stewart’s Corporation, CAPTAIN provides new or lightly-used bicycles to deserving individuals for recreation, transportation, and as a means of promoting a healthy lifestyle. With a focus on education and developing a commitment to biking, CAPTAIN staff and community volunteers teach bike safety, maintenance, and repair to area youth throughout the year.
CAPTAIN is currently seeking donations of new or pre-owned bikes in excellent condition. When cleaning out your garage, basement or other storage areas, please consider donating outgrown bikes to our Bike Works program. Call 518-371-1185 for more information on donating or receiving a bike through this program.