Programs and Services
Stride provides families with support, advocacy, guidance and assistance that meet the family's individual needs. Stride accomplishes this through life skills and employment training and connecting families to educational and community resources that tailored are to meet each family’s unique needs and abilities. Programs include:
Community Assistance Program:
This program provides information, referral, outreach, limited in-kind assistance, and short-term assistance to connection to community resources to individuals and families in the community who are in need of assistance. We serve, on average, 30 people per month through this program. The goal of the program is to connect people in need with services already existing in the community and through Stride.
Roads to Opportunity Program:
Stride provides support, stability, life skills and employment training and connecting families to educational and community resources that tailored are to meet each family’s unique needs and abilities. Stride’s case management staff help families develop individualized service plans to establish goals that promote stability and self-sufficiency. This program includes the following components:
The staff provides assessment, individualized plans for training, employment skills, and guidance building a solid foundation for job readiness that will lead to better opportunities, job training, job retention, promotions and higher pay. Services include one-on-one employment, career and education training and guidance, support groups, small business development and administrative internships. On average, we served 15 families annually in this program. The goals of this program are for families to obtain employment, retain jobs, experience career mobility, and obtain needed education.
Building Financial Assets
Economic security requires not only the ability to spend money wisely and within ones means but also the development of financial assets that can protect families in times of need, and provide for their families for the long term. Stride provides counseling and down payment assistance for first-time homebuyers, access to Individual Development Accounts, financial education and credit repair. Stride has helped more than 41 former welfare recipients become homeowners by providing counseling and down payment assistance.
Computer Adoption Program
Since 2006, Stride has given away over 300 computers to the families in our programs. Families are given free computers that are refurbished by volunteers who also provide support when computers need repairs or upgrade. Recently Stride was approved as an official Microsoft Refurbisher Program allowing us access to more current Operating Systems and software. Stride’s aim is to close the technology gap experienced by families living in poverty and provide access to the technology that can help them find employment and their children can succeed in school.
Micro Loan Program
Stride provides participating families with gap or self-sufficiency promoting loans up to $200.00. Loans are interest free and can be paid off in increments as low as $1.00 per month.
Housing and Opportunities Programs
These programs provide affordable housing and support services to homeless and low-income families.
Transitional Housing for Homeless Families
Qualifying homeless families receive up to 2 years of rental assistance with services. Case managers provide intensive case management services monitoring the family’s progress through weekly, bi-weekly and monthly home visits. Each family’s goal for this program is to obtain and retain permanent stable housing and increase their earned income. On average, 30 families are served in this program annually.
Qualifying homeless families with multiple barriers receive permanent housing through a partnership with Jefferson County Housing Authority and case management services through a grant with Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. The goal of this program is for families to maintain their housing, achieve stability and, if possible, self-sufficiency. On average, eleven families are served in this program annually.
Qualifying low-income families are placed in this program through a partnership with Arvada Housing Authority, assigned a case manager who assesses the family’s needs and helps them set short and long term goals to help them achieve self-sufficiency. On average, Stride serves 23 low-income families with children in this program per year. Single mothers head 89% of these families. Each family’s goal is to be independent of all public assistance, including welfare benefits, Food Stamps, Medicaid, and housing subsidies.
Stride provides counseling and down payment assistance for first-time homebuyers, access to Individual Development Accounts, financial education and credit repair. Stride has helped more than 41 former welfare recipients become homeowners by providing counseling and down payment assistance.
All Stride clients have children, and their success is as important as their parents. On average, Stride provides in-kind nearly 700 – 900 holiday gifts to 200-250 kids. Stride, through its membership with ArtReach and Kroeneke Sports, provideds 150 - 250 tickets to art, cultural and sporting events. In addition, in partnership with the Salvation Army Stride is able to send 8-12 children to summer camp at a very low csot. The goal of this program is to make sure these children are supported, are successful students, and have access to enriching activities that can create a path for these children to become self-sufficient adults.
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