Case Management (Individual & Family) MYCAP has various services and programs to assist people with their needs. These services are explained to our customers in easy to understand terms and everyone is provided with information on how to apply for these programs. In addition, there are several other community services available that are explained by trained and dedicated staff.
Computer Literacy: This program aims to help people learn the basic use of how to operate a computer and how to find information over the internet. This is available to adults.
Employment & Education: The primary purpose of this program is to help eligible applicants remove barriers that prohibit them from obtaining employment or employment advancement. A number of different training classes are offered so it will help create a path to employment or advancement with a current employer.
Financial Stability Strategies: This program is geared toward assisting low income individuals with a development plan that will lead to economic stability. After learning these strategies, individuals will learn how to become self-sufficient. Also, they will learn how to navigate their way through current issues and barriers.
Nutrition: Children and parents are educated proper nutrition and ways to eat healthy. The children in head Start/Early Head Start are provided with USDA quality meals during breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack.
Parent Engagement: This program enables parents to get involved early in the education of their children. When parents work with teachers for the betterment of their children, children are more likely to be prepared and ready to begin kindergarten with the proper attitude and necessary tools to be successful. The Head Start and Early Head Start programs encourage this type of commitment for parents.
Youth Engagement: This program includes various state and local agencies that have partnered with MYCAP to help the youth in the community. MYCAP acts as a liaison with the business community to teach youth how to overcome the barriers they face, the importance of education and a positive plan of action to pursue.
Designed for children 0-3 years of age, this full-day program provides enrichment and sensory stimulation to young minds, preparing them for the learning process. Unique to this program is services to pregnant women, providing them with support and education to assist them on their journey to motherhood.
A comprehensive preschool program for children 3-5 years, with degreed teachers who provide a nurturing learning environment that leads to the social, emotional and physical growth of the child. Head Start students have access to dental care, vision screening, immunizations, and developmental screenings.
The HEAP program provides a one-time payment of up to $175 per heating season to restore or retain home heating services. Households eligible include those that have had their utility service terminated, face the threat of disconnection of have less than a 10-day supply of bulk fuel.
This program is designed to reduce the energy burden of low-income households, particularly those with disabled, elderly or young residents. The goal is to promote energy conservation and increase energy efficiency. Services include a home weatherization review, safety inspections for heating appliances, tune-up/repair/replacement of furnace/hot water tank, sealing and insulation services and personalized energy management plans.
This program provides home energy audits to help lower electric consumption. Residents are helped to develop an energy conservation plan through Energy Efficiency Education. Residents may also be eligible to receive a refrigerator or freezer replacement.
The Summer Crisis Cooling Program provides electric bill assistance for seniors (60 years or older) and individuals with breathing conditions during the summer months. An air conditioner may be provided under the program guidelines if the applicant is eligible. Eligible households must include a senior member or a member with a medical condition that is verified by physician documentation stating that the individual would benefit from an air conditioner. Annual household income must be at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.
MYCAP volunteers participate in the Internal Revenue Service’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) by helping prepare taxes for low-income individuals. All tax preparers receive three days of formal training at Youngstown State University. An important component of this VITA assistance is making Mahoning County residents aware of the availability of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) on their federal income tax form. EITC is a tax credit available to lower-income individuals and families that can substantially reduce their federal tax obligation.
This program is geared towards developmental strategies that assist low-income customers in the development of financial plans that includes identification of the multiple barriers that hinder the path to economic stability. It is the intent of this program to develop a plan of action that will ultimately lead to or improve self-sufficiency.
As part of Senior Outreach efforts, MYCAP volunteers frequently visit clients in their homes to help them fill out the many forms needed for them to participate in various programs.
The Male Involvement Program provides service to fathers and significant males in the lives of children by strengthening their relationship with their children and families, as well as the community. In this program trainings are provided to help fathers and males improve their parenting skills, and provide them with the necessary resources to ensure that each child has access to a dedicated, resourceful, parental team. Our agency recognizes and celebrates the important role fathers play in the lives of their children.
Activities in this program include reading to children in Head Start classrooms; workshops on health literacy; recreational activities such as bowling, roller skating and football, etc.
Foster Grandparents are individuals who are 55 years of age or older, have limited income, good health and love children. Participants in this program volunteer an average of 15 hours a week in the Head Start sites classroom, giving children much-needed attention that can positively impact their lives.
For more information on becoming a Foster Grandparent call 330-480–0352
MYCAP provides services to individuals and families living in the rural communities of Berlin, Ellsworth, Lake Milton, New Springfield, Smith, Sebring and Goshen through its Rural Services office located in Sebring, Ohio. The agency directly provides Head Start Enrollment, HEAP services, Senior Transportation Services and WIC Services at the location. In addition, MYCAP Rural Services partners with other agencies to bring services to this location. Partners include Mahoning County Jobs & Family Services, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Blood Pressure Clinic and the Sebring Unit of the Salvation Army.
MYCAP is a member of Ohio Benefits Bank (OBB) Network.
Computers are made available during regular business hours to the public. This provides them access to programs which may be available to help them.
These programs can possibly provide additional resources or services to individuals and families.
New to Ohio Benefits Bank (OBB) is the Veterans Education & Training Program.
The (OBB) helps veterans find the specific resources, including assistance in filling out application forms for housing, tuition fees, books and training.
For additional information please contact: Francine Jeffries at (330) 747-7921 (EXT) 1738.