If you need help, find ways to get help with your rent, energy bills, free food, debt counseling, and foreclosure prevention. A large number of non-profits, charities, and community action agencies in Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey North Carolina may be able to provide assistance.
One of the leading places to contact is Banner Elk Presbyterian Church. If you have no other options or resources available to you, then this facility may offer emergency financial assistance and cash grants to families and individuals when other resources and options have been exhausted or are inappropriate. Assistance provided to qualified individuals may include financial assistance and cash to help with paying rent, utilities and energy bills, and they may have free food too. Banner Elk. (828) 898-7615
Reaching Avery Ministry - They both partner with local churches, and refer individuals to local charities and non-profit organizations in this region of the state. Programs run can offer free or inexpensive clothing, depending on need; utility, cooling or heating bill help; help with rent and/or mortgage assistance as well as foreclosure prevention advice.
Other support from RAM includes an emergency food box that feeds four people for up to four days total. There are also gasoline vouchers for transients and emergencies; emergency shelter for one night and housekeeping basics. The charity is in Newland, North Carolina. Call (828) 733-5127, or find more details on Reaching Avery Ministry assistance programs.
Casting Bread Food Pantry - They just offer food and groceries. Call (828) 295-8333
Hunger Coalition of Watauga County - Offers several financial assistance programs, and also non-monetary help. Among them include emergency food assistance and groceries to individuals and families in emergency or crisis situations; assistance and emergency help to families in emergencies needing heat, utilities, etc.; supplemental food assistance to selected families; .prescription medicine, vouchers and help for medical bills; information on debt counseling programs, and more. Boone North Carolina. (828) 262-0154
W.A.M.Y. Community Action, Inc. - May have aid for paying short term expenses and bills if someone has a crisis. But the community action agency does focus on helping people and families in Watauga, Avery, Mitchell, and Yancey County over the long term.
Programs administered include housing assistance, such as weatherization and heating and air conditioning services. The agency may have grants as form of rent assistance, or other funds can be used for a deposit. The case management from WAMY includes family self-sufficiency program, ranging from financial literacy to credit rebuilding and foreclosure prevention counseling. There are also thrift shops; gardening assistance; food banks, small business loan programs; after school programs.
Immigrants in counties such as Yancey and Avery can get help too. This includes homelessness assistance. There is also counseling and financial assistance to Hispanic populations. They can even help with treatment of minor medical and dental issues that people may have. Career counseling and job finding programs are offered too. Call (828) 264-2421, or more WAMY community action assistance programs.
The low income and uninsured can contact Community Care Clinic. This community clinic provides primary health care, counseling, and preventive medical care to uninsured persons in the region. Services offered at the site include general medical care, acupuncture, behavioral health counseling, and chiropractic services. Boone North Carolina. (828) 265-8591
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