One of the needs in our community is the need for assistance in getting a legal identification. Almost anywhere you go today you need an ID. You cannot acquire a job, housing, apply for food stamps, or even utilize most food pantries in our community without identification Community Caring Council is trying to meet this need one client at a time.
There are many barriers to acquiring an ID. You must have a birth certificate, social security card, proof of residency, and funds to obtain an ID. Many people in the community do not have access to one or more of these items-either because of loss, theft, or reentering the community from incarceration. The Council is trying to assist clients overcome these barriers so everyone can have an identity.
The first barrier is often a birth certificate. If they were born in Missouri the Council can assist by transporting the client to the Cape County Public Health Department and purchasing a certified copy of their birth certificate. If they are born in another state the Council can assist by sending an application and funds to the other state’s vital statistics office. Once the client has their birth certificate they can go to the social security office and request a copy of their social security card.
Another barrier is proof of residency, the client may be staying with family or friends so do not have any bills or lease in their name. Sometimes the client may be homeless and staying on the street or in places not meant for human habitation. The client might be living in transitional housing or a shelter. These reasons might make it difficult for the client to get proof of residency. The Council assists the client with finding alternative ways to provide proof of residency.
Transportation is another barrier that our clients find when they are trying to gather the items they need to obtain their identification. The Council works with the client to find ways to get around town. Sometimes that may be assisting with a city bus pass or having the community case manager take the clients to their destination.
Community Caring Council is assisting clients by hopefully easing this one, seemingly simple, barrier. The client can then find employment, housing, apply for food stamps, or utilize other resources in the community by having an identification.
-Shelly Grovenor, Community Case Manager