SWAG is proud to partner with Partnership for Strong Families, which operates the SWAG Family Resource Center. Read this article from The Alligator to see how they are able to connect people to resources at the SWAG Center, as well as their other resource centers In the region.
The SWAG Family Resource Center has been providing unemployment help to the Gainesville community. When the pandemic began, Goldwire said she saw a greater demand for its services, especially residents needing assistance addressing issues such as food insecurities and unemployment applications. In May, the SWAG center assisted more than 900 Gainesville residents who had been looking for help amid the pandemic, Goldwire said. Due to the pandemic, the SWAG Family Resource Center now limits the number of individuals who enter into the center, but are continuing to provide services such as faxing, printing, computer use and emergency food and toiletry pantries, Goldwire said. Patty Carroll, Director of Communications and Engagement at SWAG, said they have assisted residents with pre-stamped envelopes and hard copy unemployment applications. They have also provided them a job board with updated positions throughout Alachua County as well as helped with creating or updating their resumes and cover letters.“ We know it’s going to be a very long road to recovery as a community, state and nation, but we’re here to assist in that,” Carroll said.From The Alligator’s “Unemployment rate rises in Alachua County” by Aurora Martinez, July 11, 2020