THAMES VALLEY COUNCIL FOR COMMUNITY ACTION

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Thames Valley Council for Community Action
Thames Valley Council for Community Action
About:
For over 50 years, TVCCA has provided low to moderate income residents of Southeastern CT access to critical basic human needs services like food, shelter, child care, employment and training, and heating assistance. Each customer that comes through our doors is connected to the tools, resources, programs, and services they need to move toward short- and long-term economic self-sufficiency. Services include:

Housing: TVCCA Housing Services provides assistance to families/individuals facing the possibility of losing their current rental housing. Housing Navigators are available to explore options and funding sources to stop an eviction, provide mediation services between tenants and landlords and, possibly, help search for a new living space. Housing Services can also help with the search and application process for senior housing options in New London County.
Energy Assistance: The Connecticut Energy Assistance Program serves low income households in need of assistance with their home energy bills. Program services include: financial assistance toward a household’s energy bill; emergency assistance if a household’s home energy service is shut-off, about to be shut off, or out of fuel; and a range of other energy related services including heating system repair and replacement, budget counseling, and referrals for weatherization improvements.

Nutrition Assistance: The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program is a supplemental food and nutrition education program for income eligible pregnant, postpartum, breast feeding women, and infants and children to 5 years of age. Nutrition education, counseling, and food package vouchers average $60/month. In addition, TVCCA’s Meals on Wheels delivers hot, nutritious meals to seniors, allowing them to remain independent in their home. Drivers make daily contact and check on the well-being of seniors they visit. Meals are delivered hot and provide 1/3 of the recommend dietary needs.

Case Management: TVCCA’s Case Managers assist clients with accessing programs within the agency, the State of Connecticut Department of Social Services, and throughout the community like food banks, furniture banks, and housing applications. TVCCA also helps to prepare new DSS applicants for eligibility determination interviews by explaining DSS programs, assisting with assembling necessary eligibility documentation, and, upon the client’s request, helping complete the DSS application.

Financial Education: TVCCA’s Financial Education and Self-Sufficiency Program provides supportive services designed to foster and develop positive household budgeting and credit management skills, and to assist households with overcoming their current hardships by taking command of their financial futures. The program provides financial education through a combination of classroom and/or one-on-one services, basic needs case management supports, and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program.

Childcare and Preschool Programs (Early Head Start, Head Start, and Little Learners): TVCCA provides affordable, quality, comprehensive infant/toddler, pre-school & childcare programs that serve children from birth through age five. Our programs are child-focused and increase the school readiness skills. All sites are NAEYC accredited and have a sliding fee scale.
Employment & Training: TVCCA staffs the American Job Center – Eastern CT, which is a partnership of agencies. Whether you are a job seeker, under-employed, or switching careers, we can assist you with your job search and career development.

Mission:
TVCCA's mission is to increase self-sufficiency and economic security for low income individuals and families in Eastern Connecticut through a broad spectrum of community based collaborations, promoting community awareness, and providing comprehensive, quality services.