Interfaith Community Services (ICS) is a local organization whose mission is to help people in need achieve stable, healthy, and independent lives. Partnering with SVP Tucson has supported ICS’s commitment to dive into 2Generation programming to support multiple family members at the same time. Their Self-Sufficiency programs aim to create wrap-around and lasting support to help individuals and families recover and thrive. ICS programs link together as a robust referral network, building upon each layer of support, to offer more than short-term help; they work with people to build long-range solutions that promote sustainability. These programs include:
• Single Mom Scholars provides scholarship funds as well as other assistance ranging from auto repair to computer access to qualified single mothers with at least one child under the age of 11 in Pima County to help them earn college degrees. Single Mom Scholars was ICS’s entry to 2Gen work, which began four years ago as Helping Hands for Single Moms and is now a program of ICS.
• The RESET Program is a long-term support program with the goal of providing individuals and their families with guidance, crucial life skills, and support over a 12-24-month period. This program includes trauma informed support, human capital development, financial assistance, personalized plan management, and more.
• Workforce Development Center is a year-round job readiness, soft skill development, and self-efficacy program. This program supports people on their path to develop the skills and confidence needed to secure a job and stay employed.
• Tax Preparation Assistance provides free tax preparation for individuals and families with low to moderate incomes. In addition to this free tax preparation assistance, participants receive help to determine their eligibility for the Earned Income Tax Credit and ensure they get the full tax refund for which they qualify.