What is Community Response?
In addition to providing administration and fund management for a variety of organizations and programs, Lift Up Sarpy County also provides the backbone for a collective impact project called Community Response.
Community Response brings government, non-profit and faith-based organizations together in one community to share resources, identify challenges and create solutions with the goal of strengthening the protective factors that help families raise happy, healthy children. Each community identifies the local needs and works on providing proven solutions.
A non-profit can provide a navigator who can work with individual families over time, identifying needs and helping them access resources; one church may focus on providing a food pantry, another a clothing closet, another school supplies. School Districts can work with mental health providers to identify needs, or partner with a health clinic to assist with health insurance sign-ups; a government agency may help with furniture storage or public transportation concerns, a bank can provide financial education.
Together, the community takes ownership of the problems and addresses them, building connections and strengthening families by increasing the available protective factors.
Funding to support local efforts is provided through Nebraska Children and Families Foundation. Some of the funds come from Nebraska DHHS, with the goal of reducing the number of children who are referred to the Child Abuse Hotline. Some funds come from Omaha area foundations, and some from a national foundation called Casey Family Programs.
Together the community takes ownership of the problems facing it and addresses each, building connections and ultimately strengthening families by increasing the available protective factors.
Sounds great, but what are “protective factors”?
Protective factors are conditions or attributes (skills, strengths, resources, supports or coping strategies) in individuals and families that help people deal more effectively with stressful events and mitigate or eliminate risk in families. The presence of these protective factors will enhance the stability, sustainability, and well-being of children and families. Lift Up Sarpy County is working to connect the resources we have available in our communities to help with families that need help to build their protective factors.
Nurturing and Attachment: Stable Caregivers who work to understand and meet the child’s need for love, affections, and stimulation.
Knowledge of Parenting and of Child and Youth Development: Understanding child development and parenting strategies that support physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional development.
Parental Resilience: Managing stress and functioning well when faced with challenges, adversity and trauma.
Social Connections: Positive relationships that provide emotional, informational, instrumental and spiritual support.
Concrete Supports for Parents: Access to concrete support and services that address a family’s needs and help minimize stress caused by challenges.
Social and Emotional Competence of Children: Family and child interactions that help children develop the ability to communicate clearly, recognize and regulate their emotions and establish and maintain relationships.