The purpose of the Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG) is to provide assistance to Community Action Agencies for the reduction of poverty, the revitalization of low-income communities, and the empowerment of low-income families and individuals in rural and urban areas to become fully self-sufficient.

The CSBG program is made up of Emergency Stabilization Programs, Family Development Projects, and Community Programs funded by the State of Missouri Community Services Block Grant Unit. All programs are subject to income eligibility guidelines.

The Community Services Block Grant helps fund two full time positions within our agency, allowing us to offer high quality direct-client services to families and individuals who come to the agency via the service center.

A few of the services we can provide via our Service Center are:

Emergency Funding Assistance

Direct Client Services

Senior Tax Fund Assistance

Program Enrollment Assistance

Our Service Center is located at

1506 Oklahoma Ave
Trenton MO 64683

Community Development Programs

Second Chance Mentoring Program

The Second Chance Program, managed and overseen by the United States Department of Justice, was signed into law on April 8th, 2008. This program was designed to improve outcomes for  people returning to communities from prisons and jails through intensive case management and adult mentoring. Services include resume preparation, basic needs assessment, job searches, counseling costs, and community resource locating just to name a few.

It has been shown that ex-offenders in programs such as the Second Chance Mentoring Program are 70% less likely to reoffend in 3 years time and 50% less likely to reoffend in 10 years time.

Put a Little Green In Your Life

The Put a Little Green in Your Life program is a "green" education program, offering workshops, seminars, and other opportunities for families to learn how they can make use of green incentives to save money and lead healthier lives.

Community Gardens

The GHCAA community garden project features free garden seeds and gardening skills classes (dates/times to be announced) for qualified residents of our entire 9 county area. The project also features a flagship on-site community garden in Trenton, Mo which will be located on land owned by the First Christian Church just north of the food pantry in Grundy County. GHCAA will teach gardening skills, as well as food preservation. Garden seeds, tools, and soil amendments will be provided for participants. Interested persons wishing to receive seed packets, plant an on-site garden, or sponsor a family in the program are asked to call Kim Brashear at 855-290-8544 ext 1020.