All My Money Changed For The Better Program is designed to provide training on financial management using the Your Money Your Life curriculum and the FDIC Money Smart Program. This program offers “real life” training in budgeting, savings, building good credit, debt management, predatory lending and diversifying accounts. Participants who complete the classes are welcome to return for further assistance with one on one case management to continue their financial progress. The program goal is to bring about financial awareness in individuals to encourage better choices that will strengthen their families.
The program is offered through the agency on Saturdays in order to meet the needs of the working population. In addition, classes have been held during the day and evening times to accommodate a variety of participants. Classes are also offered through partnerships with organizations.
During these sessions, the participants will receive a notebook of financial material, participate in hands on decision making activities and receive detailed information that can offer life changing outcomes. We discuss real life management of money, the emotions of spending and lack of accountability with finances. Great time is given to the credit and debt section of the program. With the large amount of credit card debt, it is imperative that the participants see the big picture to purchasing on credit. The students are asked to conduct some homework assignments between the two sessions to encourage the concept of practicing good money management skills.
KCCSI’s Back to School Event is held annually at the beginning of the school year to provide children of Kankakee County with the supplies necessary to have a successful school year. The children may also receive book bags which are prepared for them based on their grade in school. Each child should have the opportunity to begin the school year completely equipped to learn as any other child. KCCSI’s event insures this happens for the children of our county. The annual event has been a huge success in the community. Neighboring businesses, churches, schools, elected officials, as well as individuals in the area, have contributed to this effort helping to make it a special community occasion for a number of years.
Kankakee County Community Services Inc. Scholarship Program provides money to low income, at risk individuals of high-academic attainment or potential, with a preference given to applicants of racial or ethnic minorities. Each year applicants throughout Kankakee County submit applications to receive assistance to attend a College of their choice in the State of Illinois.
KCCSI invests in the future of our community by supporting the educational endeavors of our residents.
The Senior Community Service Employment Program offers employment opportunities to seniors who are 55 years of age and older and meet the eligibility guidelines. The program gives preference to seniors who are income eligible, disabled, a veteran or the spouse of a veteran as well as additional criteria that would make them a perfect fit for the program. The goal of the employment program is to place senior citizens in unsubsidized employment positions within the community upon completion of their training period. These placements occur in community service organizations and governmental entities. Each senior is evaluated for their skills, interest and potential and then appropriately assigned to an organization that best meets their requirements. Through the training period, the individuals can enhance their abilities and skill level which increases the probability for the host agency to employ them unsubsidized. KCCSI maintains contact with each host agency to insure satisfaction for both the host agency and the senior aide. Participants are able to work up to 20 hours per week and are required to attend monthly employment preparation workshops. This program offers a wide range of opportunities to our senior population that allows them to remain connected to their community and to maintain a sense of independence.