Impact and Programs
Tri-CAP’s initiatives impacted the community through the achievements gained as a result of work toward the following six areas.
1) Tri-CAP impacted the community by helping 43 low-income people gain employment through case work and by training 119 individuals with pre-employment competencies.
2) Tri-CAP impacted the community by improving the conditions low-income people live in by creating and improving 165 safe/weatherized affordable housing and providing 119,145 rides increasing accessibility to transportation.
3) Tri-CAP impacted the community by increasing the stake of low-income people in their community providing volunteering opportunities for 593 low-income volunteer hours and opportunity for 10 individuals to participate in a formal community organization. In addition, assisted 6 and 8 respectively in acquiring businesses and homes of their own. Tri-CAP provided voter education to 202 individuals to increase voter registration and participation.
4) Tri-CAP impacted the community by expanding partnerships among supporters and providers of services to low-income people creating 291 partnerships over 315 provider organizations.
5) Tri-CAP impacted the community by increasing our own capacity to achieve results by increasing the number of Nationally Certified Community Action Professionals, by providing 1314 staff training hours, and by providing 218 hours of board member trainings.
6) Tri-CAP impacted the community by providing support, especially to vulnerable populations, by supporting independent living to senior citizens and individuals with disabilities by providing 4052 individuals with access to reliable transportation, 5175 individuals with energy assistance, and 104 weatherization assistance.
Tri-CAP utilizes the following six national goals for community action agencies.
1. Low-income people become more self-sufficient.
2. The conditions in which low-income people live are improved.
3. Low-income people own a stake in their community.
4. Partnerships among supporters and providers of services to low-income people are achieved.
5. Agencies increase their capacity to achieve results.
6. Low-income people, especially vulnerable populations, achieve their potential by strengthening family and other support systems.
Community or Constituency Served
Tri-CAP serves the residents and communities primarily in the counties of Benton, Sherburne, and Stearns in Central Minnesota. The constituency served by Tri-CAP varies by program ranging from Transportation, which is available to anyone with a confirmed reservation in the counties of Benton, Sherburne, Stearns and Morrison, to Energy Assistance and Self Sufficiency case work for income eligible individuals and families. The programs of Tri-CAP are generally focused on low-income people, especially vulnerable populations, with a focus on providing assistance in achieving their potential by strengthening family and other supportive systems.
Geographic Area Served
Tri-CAP operates primarily in Stearns, Benton, and Sherburne counties with certain program services available through Tri-CAP in expanded areas including the geographical area of Morrison, Benton, Chisago, Isanti, Pine, Kanabec and Wright counties.