Mission: The CAP Agency assists and empowers people to achieve social and economic well being by providing services in partnership with our communities.The CAP Agency serves approximately 25,000 children, families and senior citizens each year. The CAP Agency offers a variety of social services in each county and continues to grow and evolve to reflect its commitment to address the unmet needs of the community.The CAP Agency began in 1965, as part of President Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty" movement.
Programs: Child education:head start is a preschool program serving families with children ages 3 - 4. The program provides education, social services, and health and nutrition services to more than 500 children living in scott, carver, and dakota counties. Early head start is a home-based program serving 20 children and their families. From fall 2013 - spring 2014, four year old children in our program had an average proficiency increase from 60% to 90% in social/emotional maturity, cognitive and physical development. Of the children enrolled in our program, 100% are up to date on medical and dental exams. 100% of our head start families participated in a goal setting process resulting in a family partnership agreement.
food programs:the food program includes wic, food support outreach, and senior nutrition. Women, infants, and children (wic) is a nutrition education program intended to promote good health. Wic serves women who are pregnant, nursing or postpartum. It also serves families with infants and children under the age of five whose households meet the income eligibility guidelines. Each month, wic served an average of 2,502 persons by providing nutrition education and distributing $1,783,000 in food vouchers. The food support outreach program provides education and assistance to residents of scott, carver and dakota counties. Over 21,489 individuals received information on the food support program and were screened for program eligibility. Outreach efforts included radio interviews reaching nearly 21,000 individuals, direct mailings to 7,433 households, and over 10,080 people attended presentations on food support. Senior nutrition provided 95,770 nutritious, hot mid-day meals at 18 senior nutrition sites throughout scott, carver and dakota counties.
energy assistance: the energy assistance program provides financial assistance to help renters and homeowners in scott, carver, and dakota counties pay a portion of their energy bills. Funds are also available for energy crisis situations and energy-related repair bills. The organization provided nearly 7,641 energy assistance services with an additional 2,625 crisis payments.
This agency has for 50 years done so many wonderful things for families in the three counties it serves. I have have seen and heard stories from clients who have benefited from receiving food, shelter emergency child care in crisis, and help with heating in the cold months of Minnesota. We have employees and board members who have received the benefit of CAP and now give back. I am very proud to be a board member and a donor for this outstanding organization.
What I admire the most about the Scott-Carver-Dakota CAP Agency is the dedication of the staff and the administration in serving those who are in need. The financial resources are hard to come by, but the community is willing to be there with their support to help those less fortunate to transition from hard times into self sufficiency. Our gratitude goes to the employees of the Agency for their hard work to assist those in dire need. Gino Businaro Board member since 2011
I have served on the CAP Board for a number of years. It is by far one of the most amazing organizations I have been associated with. The people are the heart and soul of the organization and they truly care about the clients they are serving. So very many families receive help and support from Head Start to Housing to Energy Assistance and more. It has been and honor and a privilege to serve on the Board. Without CAP, Carver, Dakota and Scott counties would be tremendously underserved.
I am always amazed at the scope of services offered by the CAP Agency. From Early Head Start to housing assistance to senior dining, they really do strive to serve people at all stages of life. Their staff are dedicated and knowledgeable and truly there to serve others. It's an incredible organization that does a wonderful job with partnering with other organizations in the community in order to best serve clients.
The CAP Agency is a strong organization in our community! I know several people who have received assistance from the CAP Agency. The CAP Agency is a great place to go when you are in need. I value the programs offered and support the Agency.