Boynton Beach – Through a unique program that combats poverty by building social capital, local families are developing the financial skills to buy cars and homes, start new businesses and network effectively.
Most importantly, they’re building confidence.
At its monthly meeting Thursday, Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County’s board learned more about Circles, a national model operating in 20-plus states and parts of Canada, which CSC has funded since 2013. This year, CSC is providing match funding to Circles with about $122,000.
Through the program, run by Pathways to Prosperity, participating families attend 12-18 weeks of training to build financial, emotional and social resources, as well as an Economic Stability Plan. Families, called Circle Leaders, also partner with trained middle- to high-income community volunteers, called Allies, who support the families’ efforts through networking, listening and guidance.
Both the Circle Leaders and the Allies attend weekly community meetings for support and networking – as well as monthly Big View meetings to address systemic barriers to escaping poverty. The program aims to engage 188 families per year for the next 10 years.
In other business
Dental Services: The council approved an additional $25,000 in dental services provided by C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics to families participating in Children’s Services Council’s Healthy Beginnings nurse home-visiting programs and Project DULCE. Dental care is very important to a woman's overall health, and could impact her baby's health, as well. Research has shown a connection between a mother's dental health and whether her child is born too early.
During the first quarter of fiscal year 2018-19, the dental program served 95 clients who were expecting a baby or had recently given birth – expending 48 percent of its total budget. Based on that, the dental provider anticipates serving about 400 clients through Sept. 30, 2019, the end of the fiscal year, which would exceed its original $32,000 budget. The additional $25,000 will help the Brumback Clinic meet the dental needs of the local families its serves through its contract with CSC. The clinic may seek an additional $25,000 next month after a contract review.
About Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County
The Council is a local, special-purpose government created by Palm Beach County voters in 1986 and reauthorized in 2014. For more than 30 years, it has provided leadership, funding, services and research on behalf of the county’s children so they grow up healthy, safe and strong.
For more information about Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, please visit us at https://www.cscpbc.org or contact Shana Cooper, Public Information Officer, at 561.374.7570 or by clicking here.