Our Approach

YCCAC’s mission is to alleviate the effects of poverty, attack its underlying causes, and to promote the dignity and self-sufficiency of the people of York County, Maine.  We have identified three agency results to further this mission.

First, we address the needs of all of the clients and patients we work with, and ensure that they receive high-quality services. This can range from a person struggling to heat their his/her home in the winter, to a person unable to get to work because they don’t have transportation.

Second, we are committed to helping clients and patients lead healthy, secure, and independent lives. YCCAC is a unique organization, managing a potent range of resources, from primary health and dental care, to income support, early childhood education, transportation, and housing.  We are uniquely positioned to help clients and patients overcome the barriers to self-sufficiency by seamlessly integrating these resources – and partnering with other organizations when needed.

Our founding document says that our communities “can achieve their full economic and social potential only if every individual has the opportunity to contribute to the full extent of his or her capabilities and to participate in the workings of our society.” YCCAC is focused on making this become a reality.

Third, we recognize that in order to achieve our mission, we must strive to help not just our clients and patients, but also those in the community who face similar challenges.

For example, we must ensure that all children living in the Biddeford area are ready for school, not just those enrolled in our Biddeford Head Start program.  We have identified four population results to guide this work:

  • All York County residents are healthy
  • All York County residents achieve and maintain financial stability
  • All York County communities offer economic opportunity
  • All York County residents have the opportunity to participate fully in the community

These are ambitious goals, and they can only be accomplished in close partnership with others.  But we believe that, working community by community, they are possible in time.

We are driven by the belief that when our communities are strong, all of its members have opportunities to thrive – and, in turn, that when an individual achieves personal success and independence, our communities grow healthier, stronger, and more vibrant.

YCCAC’s resources and efforts – focused by these three agency results – are directed at making this become a reality.

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