Libraries are helping to meet the needs of communities in unique ways.
The San Jose Public Library (CA) library has social workers available for one-to-one information and referral sessions twice a month. Topics include: health care, immigration, domestic violence, and crisis support.
Pima County (Tuscon, AZ) has the nation’s first ‘library nurse”. With a faltering economy and high unemployment, some find themselves without housing or access to healthcare. They come to the library for shelter and information. Now they can get health screenings, information, and referrals. "It is new thinking," the Public Library Association's Warner said. "We are so used to passing out information, but we don't always do such a good job with following up on that information, making sure people are getting the help they need."
North Fulton Community Charities was recently awarded a $200,000 grant from Bank of America. NFCC has purchased an RV and converted it into a rolling office to provide assistance to those in areas not served by public transportation – Johns Creek in particular. The mobile outreach program will travel to partner sites; several area churches and Ocee Library .
“The van will extend our ability to offer critical programs and services that help struggling North Fulton families move toward self-sufficiency,” said Barbara Duffy, executive director, NFCC. “And the van also will serve as a traveling ‘billboard’ to help raise awareness of the growing level of need in our community.”
Call NFCC 678-387-4463 to make an appointment (required) or for more information.