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.
Contact the START Program Director:
Cindy Thompson, MSW, CAPSW - START Program Director
In March, START provided case management services to a young woman who suffers from severe physical disabilities which impair her ability to work and perform many essentials duties needed in order to maintain a self-sufficient lifestyle. She has been disabled for her entire life and has had a difficult time managing her monthly finances and responsibilities. In the past, she had received help in managing her monthly bills but recently had changes in her support system which caused a transition in this help that she normally received. With these drastic changes in her life she found herself in a situation where she was unable to manage her bills and could no longer afford the cost of rent within her current home. With the help of START she was able to receive case management services to help guide her through this transition in her life. She was able to receive security deposit assistance for a different housing unit which was more affordable for her, especially with her monthly fixed income. She also received referral information for several other agencies and organizations which she can utilize for assistance that will be beneficial for her. START was able to help guide this young woman to the resources available to her which will help her to become more self-sufficient in order to maintain her housing and monthly finances.