Collaboration: The New Competition
The fight to eliminate poverty in our communities is an ongoing battle. Research to identify root causes and find viable solutions has become a national objective. Fact-finding shows that a collaboration between community change-makers, the citizenry, and economic drivers must occur to make a difference for our most vulnerable. Highlighted are two models which blur the lines between traditional separation of social service programs and the for-profit world. Focus On Renewal and McKees Rocks Community Development Corporation brought together 40+ partners to respond to systemic challenges surrounding Mental Health Care in the community. Over the course of a year, the Sto-Rox Mental Health Providers Network met in action teams to form and open the Sto-Rox Community Resource Center while the Family Services of Western PA’s Ways to Work Program has connected social services with lending institutions and car dealerships to help people with poor credit obtain low-interest car loans to purchase reliable transportation providing increased access to employment.