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Champaign County Regional Planning Commission

1776 E. Washington, PO Box 17760
Urbana, IL 61802
Executive Director: Cameron Moore
Telephone: 217-328-3313
Fax: 217-328-2426
Website: www.ccrpc.org

People Served: 12,000
No. of Employees: 170
No. of Volunteers: 696
Service Area: Champaign County

Success Story

Crystal came to the No Limits program for assistance with improving her self sufficiency.  She moved from Chicago and needed to develop a support network in the Champaign/Urbana area for her family.  She has two children that she is raising on her own.  She had no after school child care for her children and was struggling with employment because of it.  Crystal was enrolled into the No Limits program on June 10, 2009.  She completed an assessment and scored a 64 on the Illinois Family Self-Sufficiency Scale.  By March 4, 2010, she raised that assessment score to an 82. 

Crystal’s goals included earning her Associate’s degree from Parkland College in the nursing program and continuing on to a 4-year university; working part-time, learning about community resources and becoming involved in the community, and finally repairing her credit and begin saving.  Crystal has made many gains during the time she has worked with her case manager toward becoming more self-sufficient.  She is attending Parkland College full-time and working part-time through the work study program with financial aid.  She has connected with local resources in order to provide after school care for her children, as well as finding affordable activities/services for family support. 

Crystal’s Case Manager has been there to assist her with information and help connecting with any resources that she may need.  CCRPC was able to get her a season bus pass, with which Crystal is able to get to and from school every day.  Together Crystal and her case manager work on her budget each week to plan for her future.  Crystal has learned to manage her expenses on-line through her bank account.  She has opened an IDA matched savings account through CCRPC. She also received a CSBG scholarship to help with her expenses while she is attending school.  Her case manager assists Crystal with researching other possible scholarships as well as getting planning for employment upon completion of her degree.  Crystal was very proud to graduate from the Effective Black Parenting Program and pleased to earn all A’s during her fall semester at Parkland College.  She is well on her way to being self-sufficient.

Programs

Head Start; Police Training, Housing Rehab; Community Development; Economic Development; Transportation; Senior Services; Rental Assistance; Family Child Care Training; Scholarship; Housing Advocacy; Information and Referral; Family and Community Development; Individual Service Coordination.: Head Start, Police Training, Housing Rehab, Community Development, Economic Development, Transportation, Senior Services, Rental Assistance, Family Child Care Network, Scholarship, Housing Advocacy, Information And Referral, Family And Community Development, Individual Service Coordination & Court Diversion Services.