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 July START began providing case management to a young couple with a 3 week old baby. Both individuals have significant personal barriers and the household relies solely on Social Security Disability benefits. For several months the couple has struggled, doubled up with friends. They have limited support from family. When I met them they had recently been approved for their own apartment, and had moved in just days prior. The couple has adequate income for their rent month to month, but they were unable to pay their entire security deposit. START completed a thorough budget assessment with the family, and assisted financially with the remainder of their entry costs. They were then referred to various community resources to stretch their dollar. This included applying for subsidized housing and connecting to St. Vincent de Paul for furniture voucher. START also initiated communication between this new family and Early Head Start, which can provide them with home-based on-going parenting support.

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