Single Parent Association of Newfoundland
PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
INFORMATION AND REFERRAL
SPAN's first and core service, it links the single parent to professionals and agencies with which SPAN has established a liaison for assistance, e.g. legal, medical, financial.
SPAN offers support, assistance and/or referral to professionals, where necessary.
FOOD AND CLOTHING DISTRIBUTION OUTLET
Another practical help to single parent families - SPAN operates a "Thrifty Outlet" where single parents are able to puchase clothing, housewares, and many other items for just $5 a large garbage bag; food hampers are available for single parent families only. We receive ongoing support from Community Food Sharing with whom we are affiliated. Many retail stores also donate new clothing from older stock. In addition to this, many groups and individuals support the Outlet with donations of food, clothing, toys, books and small household items.
*****The SPAN Food & Clothing Outlets gratefully accepts the following:
- Toys (NO plush toys please)
- Books - no textbooks
- Food (not expired)
- Small Appliances
The Outlet does not accept:
- Large Appliances
- Car Seats or Booster Seats
- High Chairs
PROM DREAMS PROJECT
Thanks to the support of the general public, we are able to provide "lovingly used" formal dresses, suits, shoes, and other accessories, free of charge to young people for their proms. The items are distributed to any in need through the SPAN Outlet. It is not restricted to single parent families. The general public are invited to use this support as well, free of charge.
SESP - - SINGLE PARENT EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT PROGRAM
SESP is a program specifically designed to assist single parents in receipt of Income Support (social assistance), who need help getting started on their return to the workforce. Participants take part in 5 weeks of half-day classes which cover job search skills and personal life skills needed when working. Program participation is ongoing until the single parent becomes financially self-sufficient.
The Earned Income Supplement, continued personal help from our Employment Support Officers, assistance in job search, combined with all of the unique supports provided by SPAN have enabled over 1700 single parents to obtain employment.
Upon completion of classes, most participants quickly begin to decrease their dependence on government funding and by their third year of completion, at least one third no longer require Income Support.
+ Professional staff to assist you
+ Ongoing individual services
+ Earned Income Supplement
+ Work related financial supports
SESP is available is to single parents in St. John's and surrounding metro region at the SPAN Businesss Office located at 472 Logy Bay Road, St. John's.
For single parents living in Carbonear Bay North area, SESP is available at our SESP Carbonear office located at 27 Goff Avenue, Carbonear.
Contact Anne at 709-596-0783 for more information.
Peer support is given in a variety of ways - group meetings, by personal appointment, telephone, or email. Please contact our general office at 738-3401 for more information.
BACK TO SCHOOL PROJECT
School-age children (in Kindergarten-age 18) of lower income, single parent families are provided with a grade appropiate school supplies and bookbags. These kits are distributed in time for the start of the new school year in September.
Single parents are eligible to register by telephone provided they meet one of the following: (1) are a SESP Client, (2) used the previous years' Christmas program, (3) used the most recent Back to School Program or (4) are registered with the SPAN Food Outlet.
For others who have not had the above contacts with SPAN, in-person registration will be required. For further information regarding registration and date call the general office at 738-3401 by early July.
In partnership with many local businesses, organizations and individuals, SPAN provides many single parent families with much needed help at Christmas by supplying food and gifts.
WHO CAN APPLY?
Any lower income single parent.
HOW AND WHEN DO I APPLY?
Single parents qualify to register by telephone if they received Back to School support in the most recent year, Christmas support in the previous year, are registered in SESP or are registered with the SPAN Food & Clothing Outlet. Call 738-3401 in late September for the registration dates.
Telephone registration is availbale for those who are eligible. Call 738-3401 for further details.
Those not eligible to register by telephone must register in person at SPAN'S office, 472 Logy Bay Road. For registration dates call the general office at 738-3401 by late September.
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?
For in person registration, we require the same information as for the Food and Clothing Outlet - MCP numbers for every member of the family and proof of single parent status e.g. drug card, Child Tax Benefit Summary Document, or other proof of custody, such as court papers.
(NOTE: We register all families with the Community Food Sharing Association to avoid duplications.
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