The Family Transition Team (FTT) is an inter-agency staffing team that has been in existence since 1999. Its original focus was to assist families with young children, sale ages 0-6, who were going through some type of transition and needed financial assistance for various unmet needs. At that time, the team was funded through United Way of Southeast Missouri and Community Caring Council.
Today the FTT members accept referrals from families and individuals throughout the community. While different funding sources are used for different populations, any unmet need brought to the team’s attention is considered by the team. Because of limited financial resources, team members strive to meet needs in any way possible before team funding is pledged. Collaboration with several churches, Ministerial Alliances, Salvation Army, several businesses and many other social service agencies is often combined to meet the need being resolved.
Currently, resources include Cape County Senior Citizens’ Tax Board Funds for seniors 60 and over residing in Cape County and a donation from Christmas for the Elderly Program for seniors 55 and over residing in Cape County. United Way of Southeast Missouri has previously provided funding for Transportation (bus tickets, taxi vouchers, and some gas vouchers) and Early Child Care Assistance (daycare assistance and other unmet needs of families with young children). Requests for future funding from United Way are presently being reviewed. Funding is also received from the Community Caring Council. An annual garage sale helps to raise money for additional needs as well as occasional donations from area churches and businesses.
Just to give you an idea of the scope of our services and our impact to the community, during this last fiscal year (July 1, 2009 – June 30, 2010) almost $14,000 was allocated to families and individuals in need, ranging from a $5 request for a prescription co-pay to a $200 request for daycare assistance for a single mom starting a job.
The FTT is facilitated by Jaime Ludwig, Community Case Manager of the Community Caring Council. Thanks to the following agencies for serving as team members: