Once you identify the organizations that provide the services you don’t, reach out to them to get connected. There are lots of ways to foster relationships:
- Host an in-person or online meeting to introduce staff and share information on programs and services; if possible, tour each other’s facilities to get familiar with what is offered
- Create a Community of Practice to share ideas and resources. Some organizations host monthly meetings or post things online using programs such as BaseCamp
- Invite other agencies to a workshop to learn more about the Benefits Wayfinder and how it can help support clients seeking access to benefits
- Connect with other types of programs and services such as health providers, food banks and settlement services, for while you are helping someone identify benefits or file their taxes, you may discover there are other supports that might benefit them.