Our goal is to help low-income households become economically self-sufficient, thus boosting sustainability for rural communities in Siskiyou County. We provide services to meet the needs of residents, including: energy and weatherization assistance, food commodities distribution, and access to other helpful resources.
In most cases, self-sufficiency is not achieved in a single step. It requires strategies that build ladders out of poverty by providing assistance, guidance, and time to become self-sufficient.
GNS promotes four strategies towards self-sufficiency:
- Building Bridges to Economic Security — We unite organizations and bridge generations by creating a consensus-based framework of economic security spanning each generation.
- Individual and Family Economic Security — We partner with state and local coalitions to promote accountable policies and programs that assist low-income individuals and families in their journeys toward self-sufficiency and economic security.
- Elder Economic Security — We work with policy makers, aging advocates, and health care providers to develop policies and programs that assist elders with dignity, while also promoting their economic security.
- Workforce Development & Solutions — We partner to provide training that prepares workers for placement in quality jobs, rather than quick placements in less desirable jobs. We also partner in the education and training to foster equal employment opportunities, and strive to dismantle systemic barriers blocking individuals from these opportunities.
(Self Sufficiency Standard determines the amount of income required for working individuals and families to meet basic needs at a minimally adequate level, taking into account individual and family composition, ages of children, and geographic differences in costs.)