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
During the month of July 2015, START was able to provide funds which helped to maintain stable housing for a family of 4 residing in the Dane County area. The family relied solely on the mothers fixed income of Social Security Disability. With unexpected costs related to their vehicle the family had become past due on their rent and had received a 5 day notice. After connecting with the Stoughton Area School District Social Worker, START was able to begin intensive case management in conjunction with the School Social Worker for this woman and her family. She had 3 school aged children, 2 of which were in high school preparing for graduation. After working with this family to ensure that their eviction process would not continue, START was able to utilize funds to prevent this family from becoming evicted. An intensive budget was discussed and implemented for future planning related to paying her monthly bills. The children were not disrupted in their education as they were able to remain in the schools which they were already attending. START funds provided this safety net for this family.