Catholic Charities of West Tennessee (CCWTN) connected clients with resources in a collaboration with the Memphis Public Library May 23.
The “Start Here” mobile technology van visited Catholic Charities from 10 a.m. to noon, offering library card sign-up, a free book giveaway for children and outdoor children’s activities. The van contains multiple laptops, a 3-D printer and a flat-screen television.
The visit was coordinated through the CCWTN Driving the Dream program, which harnesses the power of the helping organizations in Memphis to support the poor on their path from poverty to self-sufficiency. Catholic Charities is one of four care coordination hubs leading this approach in Memphis, designed and funded by the United Way of the Mid-South.
Several clients signed up for library cards, said Deloris Clayborne, Driving the Dream care coordinator at CCWTN. "We had an audience, and we had interest.''
As a Driving the Dream hub, Catholic Charities serves as the clients’ point of entry, the data tracking center and the follow-up service to ensure accountability by both the clients and the supporting agencies. The care coordinator in each hub takes an in-depth look at the client’s goals and obstacles to reaching those goals, connects clients to the services they need and offers long-term follow-up.
For more information about Driving the Dream, please contact Deloris Clayborne at 901.722.4722 or Deloris.clayborne [at] acc.cdom [dot] org.