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Community Links: A Collaborative Model Point of Entry Program

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Publication Date: January 2002

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Cindy E. Block

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 78:2-3

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Keywords: Social Services; Jewish Organizations; Hunger

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Community Links is a model point of entry program born out of a collaboration between Syracuse Jewish Family Service and the food pantry at Temple Society of Concord. Its goal is to connect pantry patrons to existing human services that can reduce their dependence on emergency food. The Community Links worker functions as a case manager, without the negative stigma frequently attached to "official" case managers. By following up with clients regularly the worker is able to encourage and redirect them as needed, ensuring that they receive the assistance they need. The Community Links program is an easily replicable model.