Address: 405 Emmons Avenue, P.O. Box 610, Rock Falls, IL 61071
Phone: (800) 323-5434 / (815) 625-7830
Fax: (815) 625-7302
Web Site URL: www.tcochelps.com
Contact: Terri Lawrence, President, CEO
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The Tri-County Opportunities Council is the Community Action Agency serving the nine Illinois counties of Bureau, Carroll, LaSalle, Lee, Marshall, Ogle, Putnam, Stark and Whiteside. Its purpose is to investigate the frequent, location, character and causes of poverty and to coordinate efforts to prevent, alleviate and eliminate poverty through cooperation/collaboration with the entire community. More specifically, the Council’s goals are:
· To strengthen and enable low-income people to become self-sufficient through the attaining of necessary skills, knowledge, motivations and opportunities as well as improving the conditions in which they live.
· To better organize a wide range of services and outcomes related to the needs of low-income people by the utilization of innovative approaches in attacking the causes of poverty including the support of self-help groups and cooperative efforts of low-income people.
· To encourage the participation of low-income people in the planning, development and implementation of programs/projects and in the decision making processes of governmental entities affecting their lives.
· To increase the capacity of the agency and its community to achieve results by planning and coordinating federal, state, local and private assistance related to the elimination of poverty through partnerships with public officials, private organizations, business, industry and individuals.
The Tri-County Opportunities Council also offers services to Marshall and Stark Counties.
Hours of operation are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM on Mondays through Fridays. The TCOC offers many programs. The Community Services Block Grant Loan Program gives loans and helps with business plans to small businesses that are willing to hire low-income people or are low-income business owners. The Family and Community Development program helps families work toward their goals and become more self-sufficient by helping with money management, life skills, and individualized case management. The program also offers a Foster Grandparent program, a Head Start program, a Homemaker Program, Housing projects, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Micro-Enterprise Development, Outreach, and scholarship programs.
Transportation is provided