Canopy Children’s Solutions (Canopy) launched LINK to provide families with resources, support, education and the training needed to reach their full potential and safely maintain their family in their home.

LINK Statewide Coordinator, Yolanda Wooten, speaks with Parent & Kids Magazine about how LINK provides needed resources to Mississippi families

“Canopy’s LINK has connections with community resources in Mississippi that assist families,” Yolanda Wooten, LINK Statewide Coordinator, explained. “Our teams will assist families with obtaining home essentials, food stability, affordable housing, employment, utility assistance, mental health services, applying for government assistances, job training, adult education, GED classes, substance abuse classes, healthy family interaction and community education.”

LINK provides families and individuals assistance when they need it most. There are many reasons a family or individual would contact Canopy about LINK – if they’re in need of community resources, if there’s a family crisis, if the individual is finding it difficult to parent during the pandemic, or if there is increased stress in the home. The service is free to any family in need. A family can enroll in Canopy’s LINK by contacting a Care Coordinator at 800.388.6247 or by visiting mycanopy.org/link.

LINK’s network of Family Navigators and Family Advocates help identify potential stressors within a home and provide education classes to groups in their communities. Community education classes include:

  • Substance Abuse
  • Teen pregnancy prevention
  • Domestic violence
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Warning signs of suicide/mental illness
  • Child development
  • Parenting in a pandemic
  • Formation and maintenance of two parent household

LINK is offered statewide with teams in Jackson, Greenville, Olive Branch, Meridian, Tupelo, Hattiesburg, Starkville, McComb and Gulfport, Mississippi. LINK is funded by a grant through the Mississippi Department of Human Services.