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.
In October START provided case management services to a young man who was recently diagnosed with diabetes. He was informed by his physician the seriousness of his diagnosis and was also educated on the importance of watching his eating habits in order to get to a healthier weight. With the fairly recent diagnosis he was struggling to find resources in the area that would assist him in his weight loss journey. He was also struggling with the costs of prescriptions which he did not need to prepare for in the past. With the help from START he was able to receive assistance with the cost of his prescriptions and also received information about clinics in the Dane County area that have weight loss programs. He currently has health insurance through BadgerCare and the importance of finding a provider that accepted his insurance coverage had been a barrier for him in the past. START also made contact with a local fitness trainer in order to advocate for him to attend weekly classes with the trainer at no cost. START also provided him with information related to support groups and education classes for individuals experiencing weight management issues. With the help from START he stated that he "finally feels as though he has been heard" and that the program has helped him to process through this difficult time in his life.