Community Resource Kits available at Ashland Library August 14 – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News

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Starting August 14, the Ashland Library will offer community resource kits to guide adults and youth in need to basic services.

Each kit will include information on crisis support, food aid, financial aid, health and wellness, addiction services, transportation, employment, legal services, library and age-appropriate services, such as resources for homeless youth and older people.

The kits include information on easily accessible services for people living in Ashland and Talent, said Ellie Anderson, Ashland Library Adult Services Manager.

Crisis support resources cover sexual assault response, emergency housing, and mental health services. Those looking for financial help will find resources to help them navigate small business loans or pay utility bills, Anderson said. Information on the Maslow Project, which serves homeless youth and their families, will also be included.

Ashland Library staff plan to compile 25 English kits and 15 Spanish kits, which will replicate the English kits as closely as possible, Anderson said.

Library staff catalyzed the idea of ​​offering materials organized in a kit that people can pick up, after seeing community resource flyers pile up in the adult and referral services section of the library. over time, she said.

“A lot of times when someone has a need like this, they also have others,” she said. “We know that not everyone will need all of these resources, but there are often overlapping needs, and it doesn’t hurt to have them on hand or to be able to pass them on to someone. else.”

Some organizations providing information to the kits include Options for Helping Residents of Ashland, The Clinica, Ashland Senior Center, Southern Oregon Head Start, and Jackson County Library Services.

The ongoing informal partnerships with local agencies are a critical part of achieving the library’s community goal, Anderson said.

“What is very intrinsic to what libraries are is that everyone is welcome and that there is something at the library for everyone,” she said. “We connect people with books and that kind of information, but we think of information very broadly in terms of connecting people with all of their needs. “

The Community Resource Kits complement the Jackson County Library Services social worker position, which focuses on building long-term connections and deep understanding of available community resources, Anderson said.

Information and resources can also be found at jcls.org/services/social-services.

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