OCO adds third service intake site

Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) Service Delivery Specialist, Sandy Wells (seated) and Planning Coordinator Kristin LaBarge prepare to enter consumer intake information at the agency’s newest intake site located inside OCO’s Community Service Center, 5871 Scenic Ave. in Mexico.
Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) Service Delivery Specialist, Sandy Wells (seated) and Planning Coordinator Kristin LaBarge prepare to enter consumer intake information at the agency’s newest intake site located inside OCO’s Community Service Center, 5871 Scenic Ave. in Mexico.

For individuals and families in need of human services, contacting Oswego County Opportunities (OCO) is a good first move.

OCO, Oswego County’s largest human services agency, has made the initial process of accessing services easier than ever. To better serve those in need, OCO has added its Mexico Nutrition Center, 5871 Scenic Ave. (Route 3) as its third intake site.

OCO’s Intake sites provide community members with the opportunity to begin the process for accessing services.

“Our intake sites are the first contact. Our staff collects the necessary demographic and eligibility information, determines the individuals’ needs, and discusses what programs are available,” said Planning Coordinator Kristin LaBarge. “At that point, we assist them with connecting to the OCO service that best suits their needs.

“If we do not offer the service or program needed we will refer them to the appropriate service at another agency. While we cannot guarantee them services, we do whatever we can to better their situation,” LaBarge said.

LaBarge said visiting the intake sites expedites the accessibility of services.

“With the intake process completed in advance there is no delay in receiving services. We have procured all the information we need and quickly connected or referred them to the appropriate service. In cases of domestic violence or housing situations we connect them almost immediately as we have hotlines for these issues,” said LaBarge.

With OCO receiving about 45 intakes a month at Fulton and a significantly higher number in Oswego, the agency saw the need to continue its expansion of intake sites.

In addition to the OCO Oswego site in the lower level of the Midtown Plaza that receives intakes Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., OCO began earlier this year offering intake services at its main office, 239 Oneida St., in Fulton, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

OCO’s Mexico intake site, which offers intake services Wednesdays from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., is a continuation of an expansion they may see even more sites in the future

OCO’s intake services can offer assistance to those that need help with the following and more:

Affordable transportation

Reproductive health

Learning to read

Enrolling in a health plan

Proper nutrition

Finding a safe, stable place to live

Getting through an immediate crisis

Child care

Recovery from addictions

For more information contact OCO at 598-4717 or visit oco.org.

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