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 February, START provided services to a young woman who was suffering from a terminal illness. Due to her frequent and needed hospital visits which included procedures and treatments she had become significantly past due on her medical bills. She had applied for and received help with a large portion of her bills through the Community Care program offered through one of the hospitals that she visits. With a significant amount of her bills paid for she was hopeful to pay the rest on her own, as she works part time. Due to her illness she was put on medical leave and was no longer receiving income from her part time job. After connecting with START she was able to receive assistance for a portion of the bills that remained. She also connected with Saint Vincent De Paul/St. Anne's in order to receive as much help as possible. While also working with JFF and START she was able to connect with other payment options offered through one of the hospitals that she visits. She has hopes to begin working again in the near future which will help her to continue to be able to stay current with her medical bills. START was able to provide this woman and her family with support during an extremely stressful time in their lives. The program was able to provide enough support in order to alleviate a portion of stress for the family throughout the month of February.