SAFETY NET STRATEGIES

United Way provides much needed support through community partners who are working to provide a foundation of care and support for our citizens. It is essential to maintain Northwest Arkansas as a livable community that cares for its own. Imagine having to make decisions about whether to buy groceries, fill prescriptions or pay the rent when it is impossible to pay for all of the bills. It only takes one circumstance – a divorce, a death, a job loss, or an illness – to force a family to seek help. Many families who seek help have never struggled like this before.
United Way of Northwest Arkansas works to provide Safety Net services for individuals and families so they may face unexpected challenges, experience a life of independence, and stay active members of our community. We will work hard to ensure that help exists for our most vulnerable citizens including, victims of disaster, people with disabilities, people in crisis, and the frail elderly. We believe individuals should be able to access the best supportive services through life’s challenges while always respecting their dignity. Programs focus on three areas:

GOAL: Low income individuals and families in need of food, clothing, shelter and other assistance are assisted.

BASIC NEEDS

Potential Community Level Performance Indicators:

  • Number/percent of people reporting food insecurity.
  • Number/percent of people reporting 3-5 days food needs had been met.
  • Number/percent of people who were able to spend money towards other needs.

GOAL: Individuals maximize their ability to live and work in a safe environment with independence and dignity (ie. seniors and people with disabilities).

Independence

Potential Community Level Performance Indicators:

  • Number/percent of people reporting satisfaction with individualized service plan.
  • Number/percent of people reporting satisfaction with quality of type of service (i.e. meals, health care, housing, transportation, etc.)
GOAL: Everyone in our community can easily access services during a personal crisis or disaster.

Crisis Supports

Potential Community Level Performance Indicators:

  • Number/percent of people receiving information about referral services.
  • Number/percent of people who felt the resources met their immediate need.
  • Number/percent of people who used the referred resources.
  • Number/percent of people demonstrating knowledge of how to prepare themselves and their families for a natural disaster.