If you are in need of financial assistance, and also are struggling to get back on your feet for long term success, the place to turn to for both referrals to local programs and direct cash assistance is the Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency. The agency can be contacted at (269) 925-9077. They offer local residents the following services, and more. Call them to learn how to apply for help, or other options that may be averrable to you.
They offer three different programs, including CSFP Supplemental Food Program, the TEFAP Food Assistance Program as well as access to food pantries. CSFP allows for the distribution of supplemental food for new mothers and families, food for children under 6, and seniors. Monthly distribution is provided to qualified individuals. The food pantry provides emergency food, for free, to people who are facing a crisis situation. TEFAP is the last available component, and it allows additional supplemental food for needy individuals, and this provides quarterly distribution.
If you are facing a disconnection of your utility service, or if your energy bills are extremely expensive, you may be able to receive help from federal government programs, the state of Michigan, as well as assistance from your local gas or utility company. Call the community action agency of St. Joseph Michigan.
In addition to the programs and services mentioned above, the Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency also offers emergency help. For example, qualified people who are facing a crisis can access to financial assistance with rent, mortgage or utility bills.
In addition, they offer Information and Referral on other local Berrien County charities, non-profit agencies and the services provided.
Call the Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency at (269) 925-9077. Find more details.
The Salvation Army of St. Joseph and Berrien County Michigan provides emergency financial assistance. The charity may have grants for paying utilities, free food, clothing, personal needs, heating bills, diapers and disaster relief. Any type of support from the church based group includes extensive case management, which focuses on employment needs of the community. More Salvation Army Berrien County programs.
The location also offers additional social services. One important program from the Salvation Army is assisting children around the Christmas holiday by passing out free toys or presents. There may also be free meals, food, and referrals to local loan programs. Families in Berrien County can also find additional charities to turn to for help at Christmas. Call 344-6119
Tri-County Food Bank (phone 343-1269) can provide struggling individuals and families with free food. They need to have a referral from a local charity or human services group in order to get aid.
Family Health Center - Offers patients and low income people with emergency prescription assistance at most 1x per year, 8am to 8pm daily. Call 488-0813.
Berrien County housing programs are available to stop homelessness. Agencies provide short term rent help as well as other financial aid for paying utility bills. If an eviction is caused by water or heating bill arrears, this can be arranged as well. Or low income families can get help moving into a new, affordable apartment. More on Berrien County rental assistance.
Soup kitchen and food pantries - Anyone that is struggling, or that has a referral, can stop by one of the many Berrien County food pantries. Depending on what is in stock, there may be free groceries, fruit, baby formula and more. Most also provide food stamps applications and Christmas meals or gifts.
There are about 10 other charities to try for help. Or referrals may be given too. Find Berrien County food banks.
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