|Contact: Sue Rux
Address: 2455 St. Lucie Avenue (14th Avenue), Vero Beach, Florida, 32960
Phone: (772) 562-4177
Fax: (772) 794-7597
The mission of EOC is to partner with all aspects of the community in the creation of opportunities for low-income families to become self-sufficient, own a stake in their community and achieve their full potential as contributing members of society. Our motto is: "Helping People, Changing Lives."
EOC provides the following programs:
* Head Start -- comprehensive school readiness for low-income children
* Energency Assistance
* Food vouchers
* REACH Program -- provides vocational skills training, employment assistance, money management education
* VITA -- tax preparation for low-income & elderly
EOC employs 85 staff of which 91% of staff is dedicated to the Head Start Program. Head Start is conducted at 5 Indian River County sites & 1 Head Start site in Okeechobee.
* During calendar year 2010, EOC assisted 2000 low-income households with electric bills.
* Through the availability of stimulus funds under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, EOC is able to assist 83 low-income participants with employment, training, job placement & support services. 66% obtained employment. These funds provide the opportunity to comprehensively assist people to become self-sufficient.
* Of the 13,000 residents in IRC who reside at 100% below federal poverty levels, EOC assists at least 50% of these residents with rent, energey assistance, food, clothing, Head Start, tax preparation, information & referral.
* Maximize financial assistance available to help low-income residents obtain job skills/competencies for employment.
* Maximize assistance for low-income participants for whome barriers to initial or continuous employment are reduced or eliminated (i.e. child care, food, housing, money management, energey assistance etc.)
* Maximize assistance for low-income participants to achieve an increase in financial assets and/or financial skills by completing & maintaining a budget for 90 days.
* Low-income people will become self-sufficient.
* The conditions in which low-income people live are improved.
* Low-income people own a stake in their community.
* Partnerships among supporters & providers of services to low-income people are achieved; EOC will demonstrate a leadership role in community collaborations to eliminate poverty in Indian River County.
* EOC will increase its capacity to achieve results on behalf of low-income people.
* Low-income people, especially vulnerable populations, will achieve their potential by strengthening family & other supportive systems.
EOC was chartered in 1965 and began as a result of the 1964 Economic Opportunities Act as a part of the nation\\'s \\"war on poverty\\". As a community action agency, EOC has been on the forefront over the last 45 years assisting low-income families & individuals with basic needs (food, housing, clothing, education, and employment). Many of these services continue today funded through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and Head Start (funded by the Department of Health & Human Services).
EOC administrative officers are located at: 1456 Old Dixie Hwy. in Vero Beach. Head Start sites are scattered throughout Indian River County.