Community Resource Navigation

What is a Community Resource Navigator?

The goal of the Community Resource Navigator is to help you and your family access social services and other community resources that are available to you. Identifying benefits and services you might qualify for can be difficult. Understanding where to go, complex applications and timelines to apply for assistance can be confusing and overwhelming. A Navigator is there for you to provide information and support in order to improve your access to these programs and services. A Navigator serves as a one-stop information and referral resource to the many programs available in our community.

What does a Community Resource Navigator do?

  • Improves access to programs and services
  • Identifies community resources to remove barriers to successful employment
  • Determines what social services/ community resources you may qualify for
  • Answers questions about services and benefits
  • Helps coordinate multiple services
  • Assists you in developing an action plan, clearly detailing steps and timelines to follow
  • Assists with applications
  • Attends appointments with you to help enable better communication
  • Provides referrals to community agencies
  • Educates people about Health & Wellness Issues
  • Acts as an advocate for you

When should I schedule an appointment with the Navigator?
If you have questions about or need help with any of the following areas:

  • Access to Healthcare and Mental Health Services
  • Housing Assistance
  • Food Assistance
  • Transportation
  • Government Benefits (TANF, SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, Medicare)
  • Child Care/ Parenting Resources
  • Emergency Assistance
  • Victims Assistance Resources
  • Health & Wellness Services
  • Independent Living Skills Training

Want support navigating community resources?

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Mission In Action:

A common term in social services that is used to describe how we make ourselves available for our clients is that we “meet them where they’re at.” ‘John’ is a 34-year-old father of two that was supporting his family through manual labor jobs. When a spine condition made it impossible for John to continue working and he needed surgery that would make his type of work impossible for the rest of his life, John was immobilized and still in need of a way to help his family survive. Our Bayaud Navigator met with John, fresh off of surgery still in his hospital bed, and went to work getting support systems set up so that John could continue receiving the care he needed while providing for his family. The mother of John’s kids was already providing his in-home care using her CNA skills. The Navigator provided a referral to a local resource that would pay her to provide that in-home care which provided the increase in her income needed to help with buying winter clothes for their growing children. Additionally, the Navigator and John have begun working through the intricacies of the Social Security Disability application together to ensure John and his family continue having the income they need to thrive.

“Social workers have the unique responsibility of helping people and sometimes that means meeting them where they’re at. In John’s case, a little extra effort went a long way to helping stabilize a Colorado family.”