Programs Designed To Empower

Our Center serves as a place where case management, transformative education, food and household subsidy, employment training and placement, personal empowerment training and active referrals to other collaborative social service providers occur.

Crisis Care and Assistance

The Crisis Care Program provides those in emergency situations with resources to address their immediate need and works to identify the chronic underlying issues and provide long-term support to address them through a case management model. If you are facing a crisis and do not know where to turn, please call Wendy McDaniel 772-770-0740 ext 203, email or stop by the UP Center.
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Workforce Development Programs

The Workforce Development Programs at the UP Center are focused on the importance of assisting those in need in our community in gaining and retaining employment. Our programs include the Success Training Employment Program (STEP) and Rapid Employment Program (REP) both which provide complete employment support programs including classroom training, certifications, job placement assistance and career development with the goal of moving the participant from economic insecurity to self-sufficiency. Learn more about STEP

Food Assistance

Our Member Share Grocery Program provides members who financially qualify unrestricted access to nutritious groceries. Members participate by providing a nominal handling fee that covers the cost of transportation and storage of the product. From January 1, 2018 to February 31, 2018, member families have saved an estimated $4.8 million in grocery budgets of our members; savings can be used to pay for other necessities such as childcare and rent. Additionally, the UP Center’s Emergency Pantry and ongoing Food Assistance Programs including programs provide emergency food and ongoing support to those in need.
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Our Education Program provides participants with educational opportunities and referrals that provide them access to GED Prep, GED testing, Vocational Training, Post-secondary education and Life Skills Workshops. If you are interested in completing your high school education, advancing your education through college or vocational training or are simply interested in on-going learning through workshops in computers, cooking, nutrition, finance or stress management, our educational programs are for you. Learn more about our education programs
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