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Community Needs Assessment for P.E.A.C.E., Inc.

Jul 26 2011

P.E.A.C.E., Inc. is a non-profit community-based organization providing a continuum of services for the entire family from infants to the elderly with the mission of “helping people in the community realize their potential for becoming self-sufficient.” As a recipient of Head Start / Early Head Start and Community Services Block Grant funding, P.E.A.C.E., Inc. is required to complete a community needs assessment every three years and use it to ensure that the agency meets the needs of the community.   This year P.E.A.C.E., Inc. retained Apter & O’Connor to complete the assessment.  Cynthia O’Connor & Dianne Apter, along with their Associate Dr. Donald Cibula worked with a small management team at P.E.A.C.E., Inc. They completed the assessment last month and presented the results in July to their executive leadership staff.  A&O consulted numerous agency documents and reports as well as a myriad of federal, state and local data bases and reporting systems. Applicable measures were compared with regional, state or national benchmarks to provide context for the interpretation of findings.  Several key stakeholders were interviewed and agency staff and program recipients were surveyed to collect further information and perceptions regarding community assets, resources, needs as well as barriers to services. The final report presents a comprehensive review of the Onondaga County community, with a particular focus on information of importance to adults, children and families served by the Agency.   The Assessment includes in-depth profiles of demographics, education, housing, economics, nutrition, senior citizens, disabilities, child care, health, mental health, child welfare and crime.  The full report is available from P.E.A.C.E., Inc.