Connect is a collaboration, a synergic program between agencies, initiated through United Way to reach at risk children and families. Our goal is:
- to keep families stable and safe,
- to prevent child abuse and neglect,
- and to close the gap created when at-risk families do not meet the state's criteria for Child Protective Services intervention.
School teachers, social workers, and United Way partner agencies now have a venue to refer at risk kids.
CONNECT is a referral agency for concerned neighbors, family members, churches, health providers and other organizations, encompassing both private and public partners throughout Transylvania County.
Since August, 2012, Connect has:
- successfully resolved 91 cases,
- and has made referrals for housing, counseling, medical attention and other services.
The CONNECT collaborative has grown from the original three organizations: The Department of Social Services, our partner agencies The Children's Center and The Family Place, to include Transylvania County Health Department and Transylvania Cunty Schools and more.
Data suggests that every $1 United Way invests in the CONNECT collaboration, citizens of Transylvania County realize a $2.91 savings in costs associated with health care, homelessness, and foster care.
Of course, the real bonus is in providing our children their opportunity for an education, a great dream job, and a happy, healthy family of their own.
The power is in the collaboration. CONNECT is the first of many collaborations being forged by your local United Way.
If you have ever wanted to make a real difference in a childs life, an opportunity to impact poverty in Transylvania County, consider an investment in United Way today.
Making a difference today, for a better Transylvania tomorrow.