Hot Springs Help
Apply at The Help Center at Common Ground
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 12:00 noon – 3 pm
Address: 124 North 5th Street,
Thermopolis, Wyoming 82443
Phone: (307) 864-3851
CSBG in Hot Springs County
In 2018 Yellowstone Country Assistance Network applied to be the county’s eligible entity when no local organizations agreed to use it. As a result, YCAN added a board position for a Hot Springs County resident. The Hot Springs County grant is around $29,000 annually, limiting the number of services YCAN can provide if the budget pays for full-time staff or rent. To maximize benefit, YCAN partnered with the volunteers at Help Center at Common Ground to serve as the “Front Door” for CSBG services in Hot Springs county to ensure more funds went to low-income community members. Hot Springs County residents visit the Help Center to apply for CSBG financial assistance and COVID-19 financial assistance and case management. YCAN uses limited staff time to provide eligibility determination and grant coordination services in Hot Springs County.
The Help Center at Common Ground
- The Help Center helps people, either directly or by helping them find someone who could provide the assistance they needed tp over 25 state and local agencies and organizations including YCAN.
- Free telephone, FAX, and computers with internet access.
- Free tutoring for a (GED). Coordinating with the nearest authorized testing center at Central Wyoming College (CWC) the Help Center pays all testing fees and transportation costs. The Foundation of the Diocese of Wyoming funds $1,000 scholarships to graduates who go through the Help Center program.
- Responding to short-term food needs, the Center developed a food box program. Small boxes containing about a day’s worth of easily prepared food are given to anyone who asks.
- Coordinating through the Help Center, the Hot Springs County Senior Citizens Center the Heart Mountain Volunteer Medical Clinci provide free medical care and medications to persons who have no medical insurance and meet income guidelinesagreed to provide free transportation to the clinic about ninety miles from Thermopolis.
Impact and Outcomes
The Community Services Block Grant goal for FFY2022 is to provide 20 unduplicated Hot Springs County residents with grants-in-aid. As of February 2022, we have assisted eight unduplicated Hot Springs residents by providing $6,053 in financial assistance.