Lakes & Prairies has a federal mandate to measure impact of programs and services through use of the National Performance Indicators - Results Oriented Management Assessment process. Measurements include, number of those receiving services, as well as number of services provided. Outcomes of having received those services, and how we as an agency fulfill this role with the support of volunteers, technology, fund development, and building effective partnerships to achieve results. Within Lakes & Prairies, more than 30 specific programs and services are offered to help people help themselves and each other.
Lakes & Prairies will be a community and statewide partner in expanded efforts to assist individuals and families, especially those Medicaid eligible, and those who are under insured or not insured to sign up for health insurance coverage under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act. We will work to expand the number of counties we serve with Child Care Assistance programs and expand child care information and services to this low-income population. We are also committed to ensuring that rural and more distant communities in our service area have access to a broad range of services through outreach, extended services and expansion of services (such as our free tax site.) We are also in the process and working toward a single point of entry process shared with many other agencies providing homelessness and related emergency assistance throughout the greater Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area.
Community or Constituency Served
Lakes & Prairies Community Action Partnership has a primary role of serving low income children, adults, families and seniors. It does this through such programs as Head Start, Clay County Seniors, Family & Community Services and Child Care Aware (formerly called Child Care Resource & Referral). Not all programs are limited to low income. There are no income guidelines for Child Care Aware and other programs have sliding fee options where fees are charged. Homelessness prevention, operating a VITA tax site, food support services including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Nutritional Assistance Program for Seniors (NAPS) are among these programs.
Geographic Area Served
Lakes & Prairies areas served are program specific. Programs predominantly serve Clay and Wilkin Counties in MN. Programs such as Child Care Aware serve 24 counties in easter North Dakota and 21 counties in Northwest MN. As an agency in a border community with ND, a number of our programs and services work in partnership with others in the greater Fargo, ND and Moorhead, MN area.
Impact and Programs