GNS’s goal is to help low-income households become economically self-sufficient in order to boost sustainability for the rural communities in Siskiyou County. We provide a variety of services to meet the needs of residents; energy and weatherization assistance, food commodities distribution and access to helpful resources. GNS is also a strong public policy advocate.
For most individuals and families, self-sufficiency will not be achieved in a single step. It will require strategies that create ladders out of poverty—strategies that point to the assistance, guidance and time needed to become self-sufficient. From this recognition, GNS promotes Four Strategies towards self-sufficiency in the area of economics:
- Building Bridges to Economic Security – The goal is to find common language to unite organizations and bridge generations by creating a consensus-based messaging framework of economic security across the lifespan of each generation.
- Individual and Family Economic Security – The goal is to partner with state and local coalitions throughout the County and region to promote policies and programs that assist low-income individuals and families to move toward self-sufficiency and economic security in an accountable fashion.
- Elder Economic Security – The goal is to support policy makers, aging advocates, health care providers and others to develop policies and programs to assist elders to age with dignity while promoting their economic security.
- Workforce Development & Solutions – The Workforce Development goal is to partner to provide intensive or longer training to prepare workers for better placement in quality jobs rather than encouraging quick placements in less desirable jobs. The Solutions’ goal is to partner in the education and training needed to gain access to equal employment opportunities, and working to break down the systemic barriers that keep individuals from enjoying equal employment 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.)