Purple Binder identifies the social and medical resources in your community.

Our team manages all of the listings and keeps them updated.

Every Purple Binder deployment starts by identifying the needs that you see in your population. Then, our research team gets to work.

1. Merging existing resources into a master list

The first step in community research is to identify all of the existing lists of community resources and merge them into a master list. The research process can be customized to target service types and data points that are of particular importance to our partners. We use many sources for research, including web scraping and paper directories.

It’s amazing to have a validated tool to find referrals, instead of searching Google where you can't be sure if it's a good place to go.

-- Paul K., Analyst, Pediatric Managed Care

2. Contacting all service providers to gather detailed information

The Purple Binder research team contacts every single service provider. Rather than relying on websites — which are usually out of date — we establish a contact at every organization. For each service, we record details including who is eligible for the service, their intake process, and other crucial details.

3. Staying up to date through outreach and user input

Each service provider is contacted every 3-11 months to keep their information up to date. Additionally, users of Purple Binder can suggest updates and new services. These messages go directly to our research team for immediate response.

Purple Binder covers all of the services your population needs

Research is customized for each Purple Binder deployment to make sure that we are targeting the care that your population needs most. Here is an incomplete list of the service domains that we often cover for our partners:

Employment

  • Career counseling
  • Supportive services
  • Interview training
  • Resume development
  • Job readiness
  • Resource centers

Goods

  • Clothing closet
  • Furniture
  • Free eyeglasses
  • Baby/parent pantry
  • School supplies
  • Hearing aids
  • Lending closets

Health

  • Urgent care
  • Substance abuse treatment
  • Mental health counseling
  • Substance abuse prevention
  • Domestic violence
  • Low-cost dental
  • Low-income/no-insurance medical care
  • Medication assistance

Food

  • Food pantry
  • Soup kitchen
  • Nutrition education
  • Meals on Wheels

Legal

  • Legal aid
  • Legal advocacy
  • Eviction prevention

Money

  • Help applying for benefits (SSI, SSDI)
  • Financial education
  • Emergency money for food, clothing, supplies
  • Utility, rental, mortgage assistance
  • Medicaid/Medicare websites and info
  • Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP)

Care

  • Child care
  • Drop-in centers/day shelters
  • Senior care (Dept. of Aging, adult day care, LifeLine, private agencies)
  • After school
  • Summer camps
  • AA/NA meetings
  • Child abuse hotline
  • Elder abuse hotline

Education

  • Literacy classes
  • ESL classes
  • Citizenship preparation
  • Abuser intervention
  • Computer classes
  • Parenting classes
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Patient support groups (cancer, heart, lung, sickle cell)
  • Caregiver support

Housing

  • Emergency shelter
  • Domestic violence shelter
  • Interim housing
  • Transitional housing
  • Shelter for people with medical needs
  • Subsidized housing
  • Recovery & sober living housing
  • Senior housing (ECF, assisted living)

Transit

  • Paratransit services
  • Reduced fare/free rides
  • Transportation to medical appointments