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CAVILE SUPPORTIVE SERVICES PROGRAM FUNDED BY THE RESIDENT OPPORTUNITY SELF-SUFFICIENCY (ROSS) GRANT PROGRAM

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School of Public Health, UNTHSC-Healthy Start, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Texas Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76107; Cavile Place, 1401 Etta Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76105

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SPH Student (For Competition)

Research Presentation Category

Community Health and Prevention

Brief Narrative or Summary

The Cavile Supportive Services Program provides public housing assistance for individuals who are in need. Under the Resident Opportunity Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Grant Program, Cavile is able to coordinate activities to help families become independent. This is accomplished through job skill trainings, life skill trainings, and access to education opportunities among other trainings. Because of the ROSS grant program, many individuals have become employed and have also completed vocational training. Cavile is a great help to the community.

Scientific Abstract

CAVILE SUPPORTIVE SERVICES PROGRAM FUNDED BY THE RESIDENT OPPORTUNITY SELF-SUFFICIENCY (ROSS) GRANT PROGRAM Sharon R. Gutu BS*, LaShelle McNeal** *School of Public Health, UNTHSC-Healthy Start, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Texas Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76107; **Cavile Place, 1401 Etta Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76105 The Cavile Supportive Services Program, located in the Stop Six area of Fort Worth, Texas is funded by the Resident Opportunity Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Grant Program. The purpose of the program is to coordinate services for families to become self-sufficient. Activities are conducted to help men, women, and children gain access to education and career opportunities. Cavile provides a summer food program for children, early childhood education, and at-risk youth prevention programming. Several individuals have completed short-term vocational training to become certified nurse assistants and phlebotomists and have also attained gainful employment. Outside of the education and career aspects of the program, families have been reunited. Although Cavile has had many successes, it has not been without facing some barriers, such as the generational poverty mindset. This is a cultural barrier that affects many of the individuals who seek assistance from Cavile. Many are comfortable living in poverty because they never have experienced anything different, which makes it difficult for the ROSS program to help them become self-sufficient. Fortunately, through the assistance of Cavile, individuals have overcome this hurdle by gaining employment, pursuing higher education, and no longer depending on public housing assistance. In addition, ROSS program grantees are no longer required to make individuals participate in community service programming to live in the apartment complex, so participation numbers have been dropping. Cavile is actively working on new ways to increase enrollment. Cavile is a great asset to the community it serves and continues to work to positively impact lives. Keywords: Self-sufficient, job skills, life skills

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CAVILE SUPPORTIVE SERVICES PROGRAM FUNDED BY THE RESIDENT OPPORTUNITY SELF-SUFFICIENCY (ROSS) GRANT PROGRAM

CAVILE SUPPORTIVE SERVICES PROGRAM FUNDED BY THE RESIDENT OPPORTUNITY SELF-SUFFICIENCY (ROSS) GRANT PROGRAM Sharon R. Gutu BS*, LaShelle McNeal** *School of Public Health, UNTHSC-Healthy Start, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of North Texas Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, Texas 76107; **Cavile Place, 1401 Etta Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76105 The Cavile Supportive Services Program, located in the Stop Six area of Fort Worth, Texas is funded by the Resident Opportunity Self-Sufficiency (ROSS) Grant Program. The purpose of the program is to coordinate services for families to become self-sufficient. Activities are conducted to help men, women, and children gain access to education and career opportunities. Cavile provides a summer food program for children, early childhood education, and at-risk youth prevention programming. Several individuals have completed short-term vocational training to become certified nurse assistants and phlebotomists and have also attained gainful employment. Outside of the education and career aspects of the program, families have been reunited. Although Cavile has had many successes, it has not been without facing some barriers, such as the generational poverty mindset. This is a cultural barrier that affects many of the individuals who seek assistance from Cavile. Many are comfortable living in poverty because they never have experienced anything different, which makes it difficult for the ROSS program to help them become self-sufficient. Fortunately, through the assistance of Cavile, individuals have overcome this hurdle by gaining employment, pursuing higher education, and no longer depending on public housing assistance. In addition, ROSS program grantees are no longer required to make individuals participate in community service programming to live in the apartment complex, so participation numbers have been dropping. Cavile is actively working on new ways to increase enrollment. Cavile is a great asset to the community it serves and continues to work to positively impact lives. Keywords: Self-sufficient, job skills, life skills