LCFS is keenly aware of the intensive needs in the community. The impact of poverty/food insecurity, opioid abuse, and untreated mental health conditions have converged to create the perfect storm, rendering existing systems and approaches less than optimal in resolving social concerns. LCFS has a long history of service, collaborative approaches, established relationships with other service providers, and a mission-focused service delivery model poised to fully implement 2 Generation (2Gen) Services through the innovative, collaborative INSPIRE (Identify Needs, Support Potential, Increase Resiliency & Empowerment) program.
LCFS, in collaboration with Community Health Network initially partnered with Paramount Schools of Excellence (Paramount) in 2019 to pilot this program that utilizes a 2 Gen Services Approach. While LCFS has substantial experience working with family units as well as individual members, the organization has found that services are maximized through collaboration and promoting a synergistic approach to meeting family/community needs. Through INSPIRE, LCFS helps families gain the skills/resources needed to escape the cycle of poverty via improved education, enhanced employment, increased health and wellness, and expansion of social capital.
LCFS plans to take INSPIRE to new heights with the next phase: INSPIRE - Sharing PLUS and INSPIRE-MORE in 2020/2021. INSPIRE – Sharing PLUS will expand service to current Sharing Place food pantry clients by offering key INSPIRE program supports; we will engage people currently served by the Sharing Place as well as youth/families referred by the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township (MSD-LT). Through collaboration with multiple community partners, LCFS will strengthen the service impact - clients receiving assistance with food insecurity will experience an added PLUS (Promoting Life-changing, Uplifting Solutions); INSPIRE-Sharing PLUS will offer the educational supports, employment skills development, economic advancement opportunities, social capital capacity building, and access to health services necessary for transformational client experiences.
INSPIRE-MORE represents the expansion of current INSPIRE programming; we will be creating More Opportunities by broadening our scope to include additional youth and families served by LCFS/CHNw through residential/home-based services, currently enrolled INSPIRE participants, as well as new youth and families referred by Paramount. LCFS will make increased efforts to promote Restorative Encounters with the families and youth served. Family visitation will be focused and intentional, helping us provide not only the healing services our residential clients require, but also the additional resources, support, and assistance that their families need to promote family goals and increased economic prosperity. Home-based services will fully embrace the 2Gen Model to serve not only the youth placed in care, but their adult caregivers and the family as a whole.