Topic outline

  • General

    • Addiction


      SMOKING

      Quit Smoking Community provides extensive information on smoking and chewing tobacco as well as Marijuana use, methods for quitting and what you can expect during the process. 

      DRUGS

      Recovery Well believes that the greatest challenges people suffering from addiction face is the stigma surrounding their disease. Recovery Well shares stories of addiction and recovery for the purpose of giving hope to those combating their own addiction. 

    • Child Safety

      Resources to help you protect your child in both the digital and real worlds. 

      We also offer training on the following:

      Protecting Your Children While They are Online

       

      If you would like to be registered for these contact the administrator to be enrolled.  

    • Employment

      A further reading on determining how to find employment opportunities, career planning, and more.  

      Typingweb is a free resource that teaches beginners how to type and advanced users how to become faster.  With computer use being an important part of most positions in the workforce, having good typing skills is a must.

      Resume templates provide people with the basics of how to make a professional resume,  in most cases all you have to do is fill in the blanks and hit print.  Remember to make sure your information is consistent, use at most two fonts, and try to keep your information to one or two pages.  If you need assistance or someone to proofread your resume you can ask your apartment manager, Stepping Stones center staff or email it to steppingstonesresumes@gmail.com.

      Job Searches

      The following are search engines that give you access to job listings within your area.  It is recommended to try more than one site to find which suites you best.  Craig’s List is very popular, it offers free job postings which attract many potential employers and business owners.

      Careerbuilder.com

      Monster.com

      Craigslist.org

      Indeed.com

      If you are looking to start or change careers O*Net provides useful tools to explore your options, see what is in demand and determine what a career path in that field would look like.

       
    • Financial matters

      These publications cover personal financing, banking, and your credit.  They can provide a wealth of information to help you improve your financial situation with saving tips, how to repair your credit and much more.  

      We also offer training on the following:

      Financial Fitness

      If you would like to be registered for these contact the administrator to be enrolled.   

      Budgeting and Banking

      Building Wealth was designed by the Federal Reserve of Dallas to provide a tutorial on how to budget, save and plan for the future. It explains the benefits of various types of saving plans and how each effects money earned from savings.

      Hands on Banking covers everything from basic checking all the way up to how to prepare for buying your first home. Their online tutorials are designed for different age groups including kids, teens and adults.

      Mint.com is a free site that allows you to track your monthly spending and see how it lines up with your budget. It is web based which means it is accessible anywhere there is internet access. Be aware that this website does tie into your bank account to monitor your spending but is read only meaning that it will not alter your account or allow any changes or financial transactions to be made. With the same security as a bank website it is secure from hacking and has been recommended by the New York Times, ABC and Money Magazine.

      Credit Info

      Credit Karma offers free access to your credit score, shows your debt amounts and your auto insurance score. This free site also lets you monitor your credit score and helps alert to changes that may take place. Looking at taking out a loan, adding a new credit card or other event that may change your credit? Plug the numbers in and see just how much it will affect your credit score. Although the site is completely free be aware that there are site recommendations that could lead to outside companies that may charge a fee for their service. If you have questions please ask your center director.

      AnnualCreditReport.com is a government trusted website that allows you to access your credit report once a year for free. It is important to review your report yearly to spot potential fraud and false reporting by the credit agencies. There are three main reporting agencies that are used when a credit check is run. Your report will allow you to look at the same information available during a credit check.

      Debt Reduction

      The Federal Reserve has set up a debt calculator that will allow you to put in your current amount owed and interest rate to determine just how long it will take to pay off your debt with minimum payments.  The time frame is always longer than many people suspect, it can be a great way to determine which debt(s) to pay off first.

      Debt Reduction Services provides credit counseling to those who have extreme credit issues. This service can be used to help repair your credit and get out of debt faster. This service should be used as a last resort, if not needed it can have a negative impact on your credit report. If you have questions feel free to talk to your center director or financial institution in order to ensure it is needed.

      Volunteer tax assistance:

      Taxes can be confusing, for those who are unable to pay for a service and qualify we have listed two resource agencies below.  Both  have volunteers that will be happy to assist you with your tax preparation needs.

      VITA

      Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) will assist individuals who make $51,000 or less in preparing their own tax returns. Volunteers are IRS-certified and offer free basic income assistance with electronic filing.  They will also be helpful with navigating qualifying tax credits.

       

      TCE

      Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) offers free assistance for individuals who are 60 years and older.  They specialize in pension and retirement issues and are IRS-certified volunteers. They will also be helpful with navigating qualifying tax credits and assist with electronic filing.

       

      The following information from the IRS website will help you prepare for your visit.

      Note: Majority of the VITA and TCE sites are open annually from late January/early February to April 15. During this time, you can locate a site near you using the above locator tools.
      To have your tax return(s) prepared at a VITA or TCE site you need to bring the following information with you:

      • Proof of identification – Picture ID
      • Social Security Cards for you, your spouse and dependents or a Social Security Number verification letter issued by the Social Security Administration
      • Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) assignment letter for you, your spouse and dependents
      • Proof of foreign status, if applying for an ITIN
      • Birth dates for you, your spouse and dependents on the tax return
      • Wage and earning statement(s) Form W-2, W-2G, 1099-R, 1099-Misc from all employers
      • Interest and dividend statements from banks (Forms 1099)
      • A copy of last year’s federal and state returns if available
      • Proof of bank account, routing numbers and account numbers for Direct Deposit, such as a blank check
      • Total paid for daycare provider and the daycare provider’s tax identifying number (the provider’s Social Security Number or the provider’s business Employer Identification Number) if appropriate
      • To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

      It is extremely important that each person use the correct Social Security Number. The most accurate information is usually located on your original Social Security card. If you do not have an SSN for you or a dependent, you should complete Form SS-5, Social Security Number Application. This form should be submitted to the nearest Social Security Administration Office.

    • Furthering Your Education

      This section will cover resources to help you take the next step, college.

    • Food and Nutrition

      This section will cover found resources that will increase your understanding of the nutritional needs of you and your family.  It will provide resources for healthy meal options, tips on healthy eating, and other food related topics.  

      WhyHunger.org has become a national resource to help people throughout the country battle hunger and food insecurity.  They offer resources and a food locator to help find free meals and food pantries throughout the United States.

      Nutrition Data is the ultimate resource for nutritional information.  You can find the benefits of certain foods and how what you eat relates to your overall health.  You can also find useful tips and advice, analyze a recipe to see how it measures up and find healthy recipes.  If you have a nutrition question this site has the answer.

      NutritionFacts.org is a wonderful resource for video information pertaining to nutrition.  They present odd facts, what foods are best to eat and much more.

      Nutrition.gov is a government run website with great resources and provides basic nutrition facts such as eating healthy, effective shopping plans and effective healthy weight loss.  It is also a great website to learn more about federal assistance programs and food safety.

      For those unsure how to read a nutrition label the Mayo Clinic has provided an interactive guide to understanding these important food labels.

      Oregon State University has developed Food Hero, a site that provides healthy recipes and nutritional facts.  It is also worth checking regularly to find healthy ideas for weekly meal planning.

    • Elderly Resources

      The National Council on Aging is dedicated to improving the lives of our nation’s aging population.  They provide numerous resources for the elderly and those assisting them.

      Medicare Interactive is great tool for those looking to clear the confusion that many people have with Medicare.  It covers everything from a basic introduction all the way to answering in depth questions such as how Medicare interacts with other plans and much more.

      Eldercare Locator allows users to search by zip, city and state, or specific topics to find a wide range of helpful resources.

      Meals on Wheels provides meals to seniors throughout the United States.  Many partnering organizations provide meal delivery to home bound seniors.  To learn more about Meals on Wheels or to locate services in your area click here.

      Is it time for Assisted Living? This Website helps individuals ask the right questions about moving to an Assisted Living community. Is it time? Why types of care home are there? What does it cost? What is the right option for you? 

      • Supporting Those With Disabilities

        Foundations and Organizations

        American Lung Association is dedicated to making the lives of individuals with lung problems a little easier.  Their goal is to improve lives, educate on lung health, and prevent lung disease.

        American Childhood Cancer Organization provides a wealth of information, support and resources for families, children and adolescents who’s lives have been impacted by cancer.

        Leukemia and Lymphoma Society provides you with everything you need to know about these two dangerous types of blood cancers, including what they are and how they are treated.  Their site offers support groups and valuable resources for those combating these conditions.

        The National Alliance on Mental Illness provides access to resources dedicated to helping those affected by mental illness and their families.  Links to their current newsletters and local support groups may also be found by visiting their website.

        National Tourette Syndrome Association brings the national Tourette community together and provides valuable resources for friends, family and those with the condition.

        Informational Articles

        Best Mattress Reviews provides a Mattress and Bedding Guide for people with disabilities.
        • Veteran Resources

          Military.com is a hub of topics of information for Veterans including: Benefits, News, Jobs, and Discounts. 

          • Websites

            Here you will find a list of website resources where you can find and in some cases order publications free of charge.  

          • Ada County Education Map

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