In addition to the Gemma Moran United Way Labor Food Center, Project Warm-Up, United Way 211 and Day of Caring, United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is a primary partner in these programs which further Community Investment efforts:
- New London County Fund to End Homelessness
- FamilyWize Prescription Drug Discount Cards
- Independent Development Accounts
The New London County Fund to End Homelessness
United Way of Southeastern Connecticut serves as the grantee, sub-contracting with local nonprofit service providers to implement rapid rehousing services for homeless singles and shelter diversion and rapid re-housing services for homeless families in the region. The providers include Mystic Area Shelter and Hospitality (MASH), the New London Homeless Hospitality Center, Thames Valley Council for Community Action (TVCCA) and Norwich Human Services. The partners in the Fund have developed a coordinated intake system that a homeless individual or family can access using the state’s United Way 211 Infoline as a portal. Once someone accesses the system, the partners work cooperatively to determine which provider is best equipped to offer services, and an assessment is performed to determine the best available solution. This may be shelter diversion, in which the provider assists the client in finding an alternative to shelter, such as staying with relatives or friends or providing financial assistance to immediately house the client; admission to emergency shelter and rapid rehousing, in which the provider helps to place the client in an apartment, using monies from the Fund to pay the security deposit, first month’s rent, or other necessary expenses. To date, the Fund has provided rapid rehousing and shelter diversion services for a total of 204 households in the county—including 140 families with 286 children. Funding for this effort has been provided by: the State of Connecticut Department of Housing, the Southeastern Connecticut Funders Collaborative, and the Liberty Bank Foundation.
FamilyWize Prescription Drug Discount Cards
FamilyWize Prescription Drug Discounts Cards are distributed by United Way throughout our community. The FamilyWize card helps lower the cost of medicine by an average of 35% or more for people without insurance or who take medications not covered by their plan. These discount cards can be used by everyone in the community, not just people without insurance. They can even be used by people with health benefits, including Medicaid and Medicare. To find out if your pharmacy participates in the FamilyWize network, please click here.
The cards are similar to insurance in that they are show to a pharmacist who then offers a discount which helps clients better afford their prescription medications. It is good for several years and an entire family can use it, even if members have different last names. To date, this program has saved New London County residents a total of $464,571 on their prescription medications!
To print a card text the word “family” to 700700 and get a free FamilyWize Prescription Discount Card sent to your cell phone by text. Then simply show the text to your pharmacist and they will automatically apply the FamilyWize discount to the cost of your medicine. To learn more about the program and where cards can be used visit the FamilyWize website.
Independent Development Accounts
The Connecticut IDA program is an initiative of the CT Department of Labor which strengthens families and communities by facilitating self-sufficiency and economic stability through financial education and asset development.
Our United Way and Liberty Bank partnership features a special interest bearing savings account which offers a dollar-to-dollar match up to $1000 by each Liberty Bank and United Way to assist low income families saving to buy a first home. Participants must meet with a case manager, make regular contributions to the account and complete courses on topics such as setting up a budget and understanding the mortgage process.
For more information about the program or enrollment call Antonio Gooding at Libery Bank at 860.892.2507.