CANHelp offers a variety of programs and services to help move families and individuals from crisis and vulnerability to a place of independence and stability.
Through donations provided by local churches, civic organizations, and individuals from our communities and as well as proceeds from our Thrift Store, CANHelp is able to offer clients emergency financial assistance for the purposes of paying bills such as electric, water, or gas service, rent & mortgage payments, prescription assistance, and occasionally lodging and travel assistance. *Individuals/Families are eligible for financial assistance once per twelve months based on need and available funding. Appointments must be made for financial assistance. Clients with disconnect notices, eviction notices, or other crisis situations may be seen the same day. Financial Assistance is currently offered for Hopkins County residents only.
CANHelp works with clients one on one and in group settings to help prepare them for employment. Services offered include resume building/skills assessment, interviewing strategies as well as mock interviews, tips on conducting job searches, and providing professional clothing through our thrift store if needed to ensure clients are dressed for success during interviews.
According to the North Texas Food Bank, 19% of the people living in Hopkins County are food-insecure. Having a job doesn’t mean that you can’t be hungry. Stagnant wages and underemployment are contributing factors to low family incomes. While CANHelp does not directly provide food, we work with multiple partners throughout our communities to ensure our clients have access to emergency food services.
The North Texas Food Bank also visits the CANHelp offices weekly to provide SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Outreach to our local communities. NTFB outreach coordinators answer questions about the application process and help clients complete and submit applications. NTFB's outreach team also assists with applications for CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program), TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and Medicaid. The assistance is free to the applicants.
CANHelp works with clients one on one and in group settings in partnership with Alliance Bank to teach financial strategies for saving, budgeting, and becoming more informed and educated about how to spend wisely to attain financial freedom and break the cycle of dependence on social programs.
CANHelp believes that education can lead people out of poverty. When essential skills, training and education are gained, more opportunities are created and people are empowered to achieve self- sufficiency. While CANHelp currently does not provide direct education services we work with a number of agencies that do and can help direct clients on the best path for them. However, with additional funding in the future, we hope to provide educational scholarships to clients looking to continue their education in a trade or at the junior college level.
Paris Junior College currently offers GED classes on our campus. Classes are available during the morning and evening hours. For more information, call PJC Adult Education at 903-782-0467.
Career Online High School is now being offered by the Sulphur Springs Public Library for individuals that prefer to receive a high school diploma instead of the equivalent. With COHS, students earn an accredited high school diploma, as well as a workforce readiness certificate in an 100% online program. Scholarships may be available from the Friends of the Library Foundation. For more information, contact the Sulphur Springs Public Library at 903-885-4926 or visit http://www.sslibrary.org/.
Representative Payee Program – CANHelp is working to create a Representative Payee Program that provides financial management for beneficiaries of Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits who have been deemed by the Social Security Administration to require a payee.
Case Management – CANHelp is also working to create an intensive case management model where we will be able to provide an individualized plan and roadmap of services specific to the needs of each client. Our community partnerships with area churches and other social service agencies will soon allow us to provide a range of services beyond the “quick fix” and holistically walk with families out of crisis.