The local branch of the Economic Security Corporation’s official Mission statement is: To provide comprehensive services that will instill hope and share opportunities to eliminate the conditions of poverty and help neighbors achieve self-sufficiency. We also feel that this is a vital and essential mission of the Library. In the spirit of that partnership, an Outreach Worker from the Economic Security Corporation is available once per month (every third Friday) in the Library lobby from 1 to 3 pm.
Economic Security is an incredibly helpful community hub for any and all sorts of help. Some of the most common needs they work to meet include rental payment assistance and energy bill assistance for those struggling financially. They can even help to assist in ways such as providing a no cost smart phone, finding insurance or low to no cost medical or dental care, or even to connect to legal assistance. Other helpful resources fall under the umbrella of case management. In this instance, an Outreach Worker builds a complete relationship with a family and assists all of their needs. This resource can include helping search for employment, assisting in transportation for the family, looking into free or reduced childcare options (Headstart), and more!
ESC also runs a program called Housing Connect for people experiencing homelessness. They have resources for job searching and programs in place to lead these vulnerable community members out of the dangers of being unhoused, and into a safer and more stable future.
Economic Security is a LARGE, complex, and incredibly helpful organization. If you, or someone you know, are experiecing any types of stressors or obstacles due to financial situation, please visit us at the Library on Friday, August 20 from 1 to 3 pm OR visit their home office at 302 South Joplin Avenue ( in Joplin) or call them at 417-781-0352.