Addressing hunger includes addressing the root causes of hunger. Social Service Navigation is one of our most effective tools for breaking cycles of poverty that create chronic food insecurity.
Our long-term vision means we use every opportunity to address the root causes of food insecurity, which are tied primarily to intergenerational poverty. That means forging strong connections to other organizations to amplify the impact we can have together, both through our Navigation Services and our innovative partnerships.
What is Navigation Services?
Simply put, Navigation Services connects individuals to resources in our community—our Program staff serve as that liaison.
A Team of Community Health Workers
Our Program staff are on the frontlines of hunger every day and are the caring individuals that work directly with food insecure individuals to guide them on a path to increased self-sufficiency. All Program staff are working to earn their Community Health Worker designation, giving them the skills to provide better social service navigation services to our community. Often, our staff reside in northeast/east Houston, so they have a close understanding of the community being served. Using a people-centered approach, they build trusting relationships.
What Does this Mean for Someone?
When we can help a family enroll a child in the Children’s Health Insurance Program, for example, we can help parents reduce the cost of medical bills, freeing up funds for other necessities including food. Suddenly, that family can build an emergency fund, or save for a
first and last month’s deposit on an apartment so they can move out of a relative’s home. The more clients we can connect with through Navigation Services, the more we can do to stabilize their health, finances, and lives.