The Social Services Safety Net is a partnership between Edwardsville Township and the Edwardsville/Glen Carbon Ministerial Alliance, which brings together area social service agencies, organizations, and churches that provide services to residents of Edwardsville Community School District #7. This partnership was designed to link together resources in an effort to catch residents that frequently fall through the cracks, hence a social services safety net.
On June 5, 2015, the Social Services Safety Net held a forum to discuss ways agencies can share resources effectively and efficiently to help those in need. Suggestions included working to create a single application for services that can be share across all agencies, creating an up-to-date and complete community resource guide, and establishing a working group of organizations or individuals who are passionate about collaboration. Agencies also expressed a desire for opportunities to network and learn from each other.
In response to the Forum, the Social Services Safety Net put together Lunch and Learn Workshops to educate organizations and individuals on various topics that affect people in our community. The first Lunch and Learn Workshop addressed homelessness in the community and how to assist clients dealing with this issue. The next Lunch and Learn workshop topic will be resources for those experiencing domestic violence, location and time TBA.
The Social Services Safety Net has also put together After Hours Networking Events in response to the Forum. Each After Hours Networking Event will have a theme for the evening, with those organizations associated with the theme being headliners for the event. So in addition to networking with multiple social service organizations and individuals, participants will get in-depth information about the theme and the organizations that are directly involved with it.
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