The services that we provide to the community are made possible through our federal and state funding sources. It is this source of continued funding that allows this Agency to serve the citizens of Pickens County.
The Agency provides the following services:
Child Development Services
- Head Start: Is a comprehensive early childhood growth and development program of the Department of Health and Human Services that is designed to arm children from low income communities and children with special needs with the tools needed to effectively compete with their counterparts in the next education placement.
Currently the Agency provides services to 259 3-5 year-old children and their families throughout Pickens County, Alabama. Applicants must furnish proof of income and have a legal birth certificate. Applications are taken year round and maintained on a wait-list.
Registration Code: 350202
http://alprek.education/A for English
http://alprek.education/B for Spanish
Community Service Programs
- Community Services Block Grant (CSBG): Provides federal funding for Community Action Agencies and other programs that seek to address poverty at the community level.
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): Assists low income households, particularly those with the lowest incomes that pay a high proportion of household income for home energy, primarily in meeting their immediate home energy needs. Crisis assistance requires that at least one household member have a documented health problem and require a controlled environment.
- United States Department of Agriculture, Child Nutrition Program (USDA) – Provides healthy, nutritious meals and snacks to children enrolled in the Head Start Program.
- Alabama Business Charitable Trust: Provide financial assistance to low income individuals with financial emergencies i.e. energy assistance.
- Funds from FEMA (Emergency Food and Shelter Program) allows funds to assist clients with nutritional needs. The food pantry assists clients with emergency food
- American Red Cross-Project Share: Provide financial assistance for vital heating and cooling to the elderly and disabled.
Senior Nutrition Program
- Our Agency provides Seniors with brown bags that contain nutritious foods for a well balanced diet.
- Department of Labor Youth Build Program: Provide low income young people ages 16-24 work full-time for 6-24 months towards their GEDs or high school diplomas while learning job skills by building or renovating in their communities. Emphasis is placed on leadership development, community service, and the creation of a positive min-community of adults and youth committed to each other’s success. At exit they are placed in college, jobs, or both.
For more information contact James Granger at Ext. 23
- Diabetes Coalition: Funds from Marshall University Research Corporation to implement community-level evidence-based programs to reduce interrelated chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and poor oral health.