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Helpful Links

 

Helping Hearts

Helping Hearts Website

The purpose of this website is to provide comprehensive emotional and mental health information/resources to assist with removing barriers to learning.

 

 

 

 

Benefind

benefind

benefind allows Kentucky’s families to easily access public assistance benefits and information 24/7 through an online application and account. The goal of Kentucky’s public assistance programs is to build strong families and obtain services such as food, cash and medical assistance to become self-sufficient. You can use benefind from any computer that has internet access.

Assistance Programs within benefind:

      • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) - helps individuals and families stretch their food budget and buying healthy foods.
      • SNAP Overview
      • Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (KTAP) - provides cash assistance to families with children to help pay for basic needs such as rent, utilities, and other household expenses.
      • Medicaid - offers assistance to help cover costs for needed medical care including preventive health care.
      • Child Care Assistance Program - offers assistance to working families to pay for Child Care services.
      • Kentucky Integrated Health Insurance Premium Payments Program (KI-HIPP) – offers employees reimbursement for premiums paid for employer sponsored health insurance, including Retiree Health/COBRA/United Mine Workers Insurance, if found cost-effective to the Commonwealth.

 

 

Preschool Links

Kindergarten Readiness

Provides important information on what it means to be Kindergarten ready and ways to know and increase your child's readiness for Kindergarten.

Warren County Preschool Home Page

Resources and information on Warren County Preschool including locations, eligibility, and resources for Preschool and early childhood development.

 

 

Parenting Help

Parenting Counts

Parenting Counts is a research-based resource developed to support parents and caregivers in raising socially and emotionally healthy children. Our approach is to provide parents, caregivers, and early learning professionals with information they can trust, understand, and use in their daily interactions with children.

Make sure to look at the Developmental Time Line and Parent Handouts for more ways that Parenting Counts supports Parents and Caregivers.

KIDS NOW

The main goals of the KIDS NOW Initiative are:

    • Support and strengthen families,
    • Assure that all children grow and develop to their full potential,
    • Provide high quality, accessible, affordable early care and education options, and
    • Promote public awareness of the importance of the first years for the well-being of all Kentucky’s citizens

KIDS NOW has parent guides to help families build stronger foundations that build stronger families and kids! Parent guides are available for Children 3-4 Years old, Birth - 3 Years old, and Kindergarten Readiness Checklist.

 

 

 

 

Educational Links and Resources

Community Action

Adult Education and Job Development provides basic literacy, GED preparation, personal life skills, and job readiness training for adults and out-of-school youth

Warren County Adult Education

Warren County Adult Education is located on the main campus of South Central Kentucky Community and Technical College. The Center's services include: GED preparation, ESL, EL/citizenship preparation, basic literacy, NCRC (National Career Readiness Certificate), employability skills training (include resume writing, letter of application, job interview skills, etc.), refresher classes for students entering post-secondary education, and basic computer skills. Students must be 16 years or older. If they are between the ages of 16-18, they must have an official withdrawal slip from the school they last attended. We have classes at South Central Kentucky Community and Technical College (day and evening), Parker Bennett-Curry Elementary School (evening only), and Warren County Regional Jail.

LifeSkills Industries

Lifeskills Industries provides community employment services for people ages 16 and older with a mild to severe disability; Consists of vocational evaluation, job preparation services, School-to-Work program, employment options services, individualized screening, job development opportunities, and follow-up services.

TRiO Educational Opportunity Centers

TRiO serves individuals interested in continuing education and can provide them with educational information, Financial Aid information, referral services, application assistance, academic advising, career counseling and workshops; preference given to those individuals who do not hold a four-year degree, are first generation college students or have low income.

WKU Literacy Center

Western Kentucky University Literacy Center provides personal, individualized diagnostic evaluation and continuing intervention to students in 1st through 12th grades and adult learners to foster the enjoyment of reading.

Imagination Library- Warren County, Kentucky

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth until they begin school, no matter their family’s income.

To register please go online to register or print the form at the bottom of this page.

Know How 2 Go KY

KnowHow2GOKy is designed to encourage Kentucky students of all ages to prepare for college and a career. Explore the site to learn more about the steps you need to take to be college and career ready. Adult Education information is provided for those wanting to earn their GED, first time college student, finishing college student, and those with over 80 credit hours. This site has helpful tips and study help for those wanting to further their education.

 

 

Health/Wellness

The Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Program (KCHIP)

Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide no-cost or low-cost health coverage for eligible children in Kentucky. These programs provide health coverage for children so that they can get routine check-ups, immunizations and dental care to keep them healthy.

 

 

Clothing, Food, Financial Assistance

Goodwill

Locations: 808 Campbell Lane; 740 U.S. 31W By-Pass; 5395 Scottsville Road;

Salvation Army

Locations: 400 W. Main Ave

270-843-3485

Services offered:

Aid to Families, Disaster Services, Food & Nutrition Programs, Emergency Shelter, Seasonal Services, Casework Services, Emergency Shelter, Transitional Housing, Camping Activities, Christian Education, Women's Ministries, Worship Services - Sunday School, Worship Services - Youth Ministries, Worship Services - Children's / Teen, Worship Services - Church, Men's Ministries, Residential Camping Activities, Character Building Programs, Pathway of Hope, Food Pantry,

Hope House

Open Tuesday - Friday 9 AM - 4 PM

Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM

Our Community Store is a thrift store serving the downtown Bowling Green community and the greater Warren County area.

St. Vincent DePaul

Locations:

655 U.S. 31 Bypass; 1901 Russellville Road

Monday-Saturday 9 AM- 6 PM

Hotel Inc.

HOTEL INC provides Warren County citizens with pathways to stable housing, community resources, building relationships, quality food, and serving our neighbors.

 

 

 

Child Care Information

WKU Childcare Resource and Referral

The Western Kentucky University Child Care Resource and Referral is a community based organization that is dedicated to increasing the quality and accessibility of early care and education services for children.

We work with families, early care and education programs, businesses and industry, and the community.

The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)

The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) is administered by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Below are numbers and websites you can visit for more information.

What is CCAP?

The goal of CCAP is to provide access to quality child care to enable parents to work, further their education and job training and/or participate in the Kentucky Temporary Assistance Program. Child care subsidies also are available for child protective services.

Clients: 1-855-306-8959 or https://benefind.ky.gov/

To find you local Department For Community Based Service (DCBS) office, click here. Case changes shall also be reported to CHFS.DCBSDCCTechnicalAssistance@ky.gov or the number above.

 

 

 

International Center

Kentucky International Center

The International Center serves area foreign-born families through advocacy, facilitation of economic self-sufficiency, and empowerment of the communities, while supporting cultural integrity and family solidarity. Services include refugee resettlement, social services, immigration assistance, interpreting/translating, English language training, citizenship education/assistance, computer skills training, job placement, advocacy, community orientation, passport/green card photos, elder and youth programs, clothes and food assistance. It is recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals.

 

 

Legal Resources

Bowling Green Human Rights Commission, Inc.

270-782-7900

491 Double Springs Road

Bowling Green, KY 42101

bghrc@aol.com

The primary mission of the Bowling Green Human Rights Commission, Inc. is to promote fair treatment and equal opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, age (over 40), sex or physical handicap. Services include a Minority job bank, fair housing ordinances, conflict/mediation and other projects.

Kentucky Legal Aid

1st Time Callers 270-782-5740

Others 270-782-1924

1700 Destiny Lane

Bowling Green, KY 42104

The mission of Kentucky Legal Aid (KLA) is to assist and to enable low-income families, as well as the elderly, disabled and other vulnerable individuals in South Central and Western Kentucky, to resolve legal problems that are barriers to self-sufficiency, and to provide these individuals an opportunity for an improved quality of life. KLA utilizes attorneys and other staff to provide direct legal assistance; coordinates referrals to volunteer (pro bono) attorneys; and also addresses these client needs through programs for benefits counseling, domestic violence services, and housing counseling.

 

 

Other Helpful Links

Talking With Kids

Talking with Kids® was launched with the goal of leveraging the power of technology and media to support parents and caregivers in talking with kids about difficult issues and promote children’s health and well-being. Talking with Kids® provides an opportunity to re-imagine strategies for family engagement by supporting parents with the tools and resources needed to influence positive outcomes in their child’s well-being.

Connect to Resources - To Write Love On Her Arms

Use our FIND HELP Tool to locate free or reduced cost counseling and other mental health resources in your community. Select the level of care you’re looking for and enter your zip code. If you are needing help with Addiction, Depression + Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Self-Injury, Suicide, Trauma, LGBTQ+, or Veteran resources you can search by zip code.