Community Resilience and Recovery Initiative: Final Evaluation Report. Challenges


The most significant challenge with the grant reported by staff was the loss of funding in the midst of project implementation. Although Project ASSIST was able to accomplish many improvements through screening efforts, community outreach, and job support, it was not able to focus on all of its plans for this grant. For example, it had hoped to work with the faith-based community, to offer more of the Seeking Safety program to veterans, and to expand agency sustainability in the community. In addition, the shortened funding period placed many of the staff into a state of job-seeking. This reportedly was difficult for staff experiencing the stress of future unemployment while also working with individuals who were unemployed. The loss of funding also resulted in the loss of at least one position and several other staff had to leave the project early to find alternate work for themselves. The loss of financial support also created a morale problem, as remaining staff expressed disappointment with not being able to continue the advanced training that had been part of the grant plans. Finally, the loss of funding put SSTAR in a tricky position related to their rental of a building for project purposes. A multi-year contract had been signed, but with the project ending early, SSTAR had to find other ways to cover the rental of the building. Fortunately they were able to identify an organization to rent part of the space.

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