The LINK is a non-profit organization that links community members with services, support, and partnerships in order to become healthy, productive and thriving. Founded in 1998 as a project of the Atascadero Youth Task Force, the LINK has become a full service Family Resource Center and a leading provider of Family Advocates in six school districts in San Luis Obispo County.
The Family Resource Center housed in the LINK’s facilities in Atascadero, offers several programs and services to support youth and families in need. Some of these programs include the following:
- The LINK’s Family Advocates
- Department of Social Services
- The Community Counseling Center
- Direct Services (CAPSLO)
- Parent Support through Parent Connection/Parent Helpline
- Teen Academic Parenting Program (TAPP)
- WIA Youth Employment Program
- ALPHA – Pregnancy and counseling support program
The Resource Center is open from 8-5 throughout the year, and available to all families in need of services and support.
The San Miguel Community Support Center is co-located with Community Health Centers and is open Monday, Tuesday and half day Fridays. A LINK Family Advocate provides services at the center on those days and at Lillian Larsen and Cappy Culver schools on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The Support Center attracts agency and other non profit resources to San Miguel and seeks to ensure access to and coordination of services for families and community members in need.
Family Advocates – The LINK’s Family Advocacy Program has become the foundation for the Organization’s success. The Family Advocates make contact with more than 1200 families each year across several school districts. Family Advocates provide families with in-home support, case management, and resources to help them become strong and stable. Schools also rely on Family Advocates to identify concerns and provide early intervention support to keep children healthy, safe, and in school. Since 2009, Family Advocates participate in Student Assistance Teams in six middle schools in our county through the Mental Health Services Act Prevention and Early Intervention program.