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The Tri-County Opportunities Council is the Community Action Agency serving the nine Illinois counties of Bureau, Carroll, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Ogle, Putnam, Stark and Whiteside. Its purpose is to investigate the frequent, location, character and causes of poverty and to coordinate efforts to prevent, alleviate and eliminate poverty through cooperation/collaboration with the entire community. More specifically, the Councilís goals are:
∑ To strengthen and enable low-income people to become self-sufficient through the attaining of necessary skills, knowledge, motivations and opportunities as well as improving the conditions in which they live.
∑ To better organize a wide range of services and outcomes related to the needs of low-income people by the utilization of innovative approaches in attacking the causes of poverty including the support of self-help groups and cooperative efforts of low-income people.
∑ To encourage the participation of low-income people in the planning, development and implementation of programs/projects and in the decision making processes of governmental entities affecting their lives.
∑ To increase the capacity of the agency and its community to achieve results by planning and coordinating federal, state, local and private assistance related to the elimination of poverty through partnerships with public officials, private organizations, business, industry and individuals.
In 1981, Governor James R. Thompson designated the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs to administer the Federal Community Service Block Grant (CSBG) program. In its administration of this block grant, the department helps to alleviate both the causes and effects of poverty. There is an equal emphasis on long-range programs which lift individuals out of poverty conditions and programs which relieve the immediate problems faced by the poor.
Family Development Programs are programs designed to support and assist families in need of additional, more intensive services. These programs offer families the opportunity to achieve their goals and to work toward leading a life of self-sufficiency. These programs look at what strengths the family possesses and how to use its strengths to overcome the barriers that have been holding the family back.
From it inception in 1965, the Foster Grandparent Program has provided a chance for old and young alike to answer each otherís needs. As school based mentors, friends and role models, Foster Grandparents work one-on-one with children or in small groups in classroom settings assisting with academics, social skills or other special needs. They display an abundance of personal warmth, emotional maturity and social responsiveness. Foster Grandparents help children learn to succeed and be happy.
The TCOC Head Start Program is a comprehensive family development program for low-income families. The main goals of the program are to foster social competence and enhance self concept and self esteem. Implementation is accomplished through a balance of center and home activities shared by teachers and parents which recognize a childís family as the main influence on his/her development.
For many Illinois households, energy costs place a severe and continuing stress on the familyís budget. In some instances, the household is forced to make painful decisions regarding which bills to pay and which necessities to survive without. The LIHEAP Program is designed to help eligible low-income households pay for winter energy services.
The Weatherization and Housing Program is designed to provide home weatherization services for eligible low-income households within the entire service area and concentrates on weatherizing homes to reduce the amount of fuel it takes to heat the home comfortably.
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405 Emmons Avenue, P.O. Box 610, Rock Falls, IL 61071
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