The Orange County Health Department received two awards on Nov. 1 for their success with the Gateway Village Collaborative, a group of community organizations that work together to provide social services to residents of Gateway Village, an affordable housing complex in Hillsborough.
The OCHD was awarded the NC GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Child Health Recognition Award and the Dr. Sarah Taylor Morrow Health Department of the Year award for their health programming, specifically the programming that focuses on children.
Gateway Village is a 64-unit apartment complex led by the OCHD in collaboration with the County's Department of Social Services.
The department worked with the OCHD, community organizations and nonprofits to gauge the needs of families in Hillsborough and provide them with stable and safe housing, along with access to services, education and healthcare options.
“The awards were monetary and they go to supporting the community, use it to host various community support the community,” Dana Crews, the director of Family Success Alliance. “We use it for educational materials to support the tutoring program that New Hope Elementary uses.”
The Family Success Alliance is a program created by Orange County about six years ago to connect families who are in poverty with resources and assist in life transitions.
Along with the social services department and OCHD, the Hillsborough Police Department worked with the families in the Gateway Village community.
“Our big thing, as far as that goes, is as far as working with them, it's obviously trying to meet the needs” Scott Foster, a sergeant at the Hillsborough Police Department, said.
Hillsborough police help with running events for the children, ranging from field trips to school drives, Foster said.