In January 2017, START was grateful to have received a donation as a proud partner through United Way of Dane County in order to provide families with children support during the winter months for basic needs items. START was able to assist and support 7 Stoughton based families with essential items needed to benefit these families with children. START connected with these families through referrals from the Stoughton Area School District Social Worker along with assisting current START case managed clients. START was able to provide 18 different children with new items including: clothes (pajamas, shirts, pants, underwear, socks, winter jackets, hats, scarves, gloves, shoes, slippers, winter boots) a baby crib, pillows, blankets, household items, personal essential items, groceries, cleaning supplies, school supplies, a baby crib, diapers and wipes. All of the families, including the children met with the START Program Director in person and were able to be present when purchasing the items in the store while the children were also able to try on the clothing and be present when purchasing these items to ensure that they fit. The children ranged from infants to senior high school aged students. All of the families shared their feelings of appreciation and gratitude to the START Program Director for the donations that were provided to them. START was able to deliver follow up to United Way explaining how the use of the funds had been dispersed throughout our community. While staying in connection with the families, START was able to create a relationship with several new clients/households on a case management basis.