START - SToughton Area Resource Team
A safety net for families in crisis
START - SToughton Area Resource Team - 248 W. Main St. Stoughton, WI 53589 - 608-577-5650
 

START provides a safety net for families in crisis. It links Stoughton families with community resources and provides support in housing, health, employment and financial assistance.

Client Story
In February START met with a 53 year old uninsured man. He lives with his wife, who receives disability benefits, and is unable to work. Currently their only income is $850 a month. He has significant cardiac health issues, limited mobility, and has been unemployed long-term. He has not had consistent medical care since losing his health insurance through a previous employer. His previous primary care doctor continues to prescribe medications, but he has been unable to afford to pay for them. He contacted START looking for prescription assistance. We issued a Stoughton Hospital Foundation medication voucher the same day to fill all of his life sustaining medications. He was informed of the $1000 lifetime maximum for this benefit, and information was given about St. Vincent De Paul Society's Madison Pharmacy, Dispensary of Hope. Most importantly, START advised this gentleman to apply for BadgerCare, as the family's income was under 100% of the federal poverty limit, and with the Affordable Care Act changes, a person without children now qualifies. We talked through options for free primary care health, including Shalom Holistic Health Care and Access Community Health Centers.

Equally important, we discussed the family's current and long-term income situation. Information was shared regarding Work Smart and other employment services offered through Dane County Human Services. A referral was made to Access to Independence for employment support and advocacy with a disability application. Instructions on applying for subsidized "disabled" housing were also given. START also made sure this couple knew how to navigate the local pantries to stretch their dollar as far as possible. As this household does not have their own vehicle, information was also given about Stoughton United Ministries Affordable Transportation Program to access these services.


 
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