Lakeshore CAP — Who We Are
Welcome to Lakeshore Community Action Program!
- We believe everyone wants the best for themselves and for their families.
- We believe the community wants compassionate assistance for the less fortunate.
- We believe assistance for individuals and families in need can yield benefits for the community by establishing and promoting a caring environment where everyone is assured of support.
The words “Community Action” within our name describe our philosophy of operation. Our mission is to help individuals and families achieve economic self-sufficiency and well-being through results-based programming in Manitowoc, Door, Sheboygan and Kewaunee counties. For many residents a number of conditions and situations work against achieving this objective. However, sometimes the greatest creativity emerges from the most difficult circumstances! We will continue to focus on our goals and to ally ourselves with community partners in addressing these conditions and situations.
Lakeshore CAP follows the Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA) initiative designed to preserve the anti-poverty focus of community action and to promote greater effectiveness among state and local agencies receiving Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds. The six broad goals that have been established by ROMA are:
- Low-income people become more self-sufficient
- The conditions in which low-income people live are improved
- Low-income people own a stake in their community
- Partnerships among supporters and providers of services to low-income people are achieved
- Agencies increase their capacity to achieve results
- Low-income people, especially vulnerable populations, achieve their potential by strengthening family and other supportive systems
We are a known leader and integral partner in creating stable, vibrant communities where people have the opportunity to reach their full potential. For those who have worked with us over the years, we pledge our continued support and uphold the commitment to our alliance. For new partners in our initiatives, we look optimistically to our combined future efforts and pledge our skills, resourcefulness and dedication to meeting the challenges facing the communities in our service area.
(Click title to open in a new tab) Read our recent Community Needs Assessment; it is how we determine where our focus will be for the next three years. This assessment covers the counties of Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, and Sheboygan. The qualities assessed are the conditions affecting the low-income population in the four-county area. The information used in the report is gleaned from surveys of low income participants including the elderly, minority populations, the homeless, and single parent households. The details of the data collection address the requirements of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) statutes and provides an opportunity for both the impoverished and civic leaders to participate.
The survey was distributed throughout the months of June and July 2019. Surveys were made available at Lakeshore CAP’s facilities for completion during intake, and made available online and through agencies such as Catholic Charities, WIC program offices, local health departments, food pantries, domestic violence agencies, homeless shelters, mental health support services and other partner locations throughout the four counties. Low income survey respondents totaled 202 and stakeholder respondents totaled 112.
In the spirit of the original act passed more than 50 years ago authorizing community action agencies, Lakeshore CAP will continue to work on the problems associated with poverty, families and hunger — for they will require our individual and collective attention.
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Helping People, Changing Lives
Lakeshore CAP, Inc. is incorporated in the state of Wisconsin and is exempt from federal income taxes under IRC 501c(3) as a nonprofit corporation.