Last year, BCOC helped almost 58,000 people, representing nearly 20,000 households, through its services: crisis stabilization, Economic Self-Sufficiency (ES) Program, food distribution, weatherization, and income tax assistance.
BCOC hears from people in crisis every day. The Emergency Services team works to stabilize crisis situations, maximize self-sufficiency, and limit or eliminate the need for future assistance. In addition to financial assistance, clients receive assessments and case management services. Last year, a total of 945 people were prevented from evictions, 306 homeless people were permanently housed, and 230 households-maintained utility services.
Once a crisis is averted, clients are encouraged to join BCOC’s ES Program, which has gained national recognition for its approach and success in tackling chronic poverty at its roots.
Clients meet with a coach and create an action plan to attain additional education and training to secure a job that pays a living wage to permanently leave poverty as opposed to merely coping in it. To date, 359 families, 1,010 people have graduated from the ES Program. They no longer rely on any government assistance. They are tax-paying members of the Bucks community.
Our food program distributed over 2.4 million pounds of food county-wide last year through over 60 public and private partnerships.
BCOC’s weatherization program helps reduce energy bills by making homes more energy efficient by eliminating leaks and drafts within the homes.
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program trains and certifies volunteers to prepare income tax returns for low-income families. This way they can maximize their returns and help more money stay in the Bucks County economy.
For more information on services, or to learn about volunteer opportunities, visit www.bcoc.org.
PHOTO CAP: BCOC’s Economic Self-Sufficiency (ES) program transforms lives and empowers families to leave poverty permanently.