Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, Inc.

Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, Inc. (Pro Action), is the federally and state designated Community Action Agency for Steuben and Yates Counties. As such, it is the largest and longest-standing organization dedicated to addressing the causes and conditions of poverty in these communities. Pro Action's vision is a strong community where all individuals and families prosper. In its 59th year of operation, the agency annually provides outcome-focused programs and services to over 12,000 individuals. The customer base consists of individuals and families from low-income households who seek the resources and supports they need to stabilize their life situation and become or remain self-reliant. The primary organizational goal is always to prevent, reduce, or eliminate dependence on government assistance and the need for more costly interventions associated with poverty. This is reflected in the agency mission to "work to build a community of resilient individuals and families who can meet their basic needs, overcome adversity, and prosper."

Pro Action serves as an "umbrella" agency that provides the overall leadership, policy guidance, coordination, and support necessary to successfully offer a wide array of essential services and actively contribute to local initiatives that are critical to building our community's capacity for positive change. Currently, the agency has more than 250 dedicated employees who provide programming to all age groups in the community, from pre-natal to the senior population. Long-standing programs include Head Start, Early Head Start, the Women, Infants, and Children's Program (WIC), Child Care Resource and Referral, Senior Nutrition, Office for the Aging (Yates County only) and the New York State Weatherization and Home Energy Assistance Programs. Additionally, Pro Action is home to a network of community-based family resource centers; adult/ youth employment; adult/ family literacy; teen pregnancy prevention; and home visiting programs.

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