El Puente, Community Resource Center and Latino Resource Center join forces for One22

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Three of Jackson’s health and human services organizations – El Puente, Community Resource Center and Latino Resource Center – today announced that they have merged to become a new entity, One22. The mission of One22 is to build a vibrant, healthy and diverse community by expanding access and opportunity among the underserved and by providing a place where people of passion and commitment can pursue this cause. The name One22 reflects the desire to obtain the highest quality of life possible for every individual in Teton County and surrounding areas, as well as create a community culture that supports access, opportunity and equity for everyone. By bringing these three organizations together, One22 will serve Teton County’s families across the areas of health care access, secure housing and issues affecting Latino families in particular – thereby providing a more comprehensive approach to some of our community’s most pressing social needs. One22 will provide the same services and community advocacy as the three separate entities, with the following improvements: - All programs will eventually be housed under one roof, making systems more efficient - Intake paperwork and follow up will be streamlined to save time and energy - One22 will gain perspective on trends across issues over time to better serve the community “The Community Foundation is honored to help build this new organization which will be greater than the sum of its parts,” said Katharine Conover, President of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole. “The merger will not only strengthen the existing programs of the three organizations, it will ultimately provide expanded services to a greater number of clients. Through One22’s increased capacity, effectiveness and advocacy, the entire Health and Human Services sector will benefit.” Mary Erickson, who previously served as the Executive Director of Community Resource Center, was hired by the three separate organizations’ Board of Directors to lead One22. “Our County includes so many hard-working families who are committed to living and working here but struggle to do so, due to financial, language and cultural barriers,” said Erickson. “One22 will be able to provide a comprehensive approach for our valued clients, create more organizational efficiency, and foster a more interconnected Teton County. Together with our community partners and dedicated donor base, we are making lives better one at a time, and for the community as a whole.” Founded in 2003, El Puente has managed programs and services including medical interpretation, women's health programs, and medical financial guidance. Also founded in 2003, CRC has provided emergency financial assistance, agency referrals, life skills education, client and community advocacy. Since 2000, LRC has administered programs to support newly arrived Latino families navigate civic life in Teton County. In addition to client services integration, the merger creates efficiencies and economies of scale that would otherwise be unattainable by each organization individually, and ensures the programmatic, financial, and structural sustainability of each organization for generations to come. *Feature Photo: One22 Logo. h/t Ingrid Krasnow / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news