Programs ranging from rental and food assistance to free bus passes for employment reasons are arranged by Catholic Social Services of Augusta. Any family seeking financial help needs to know that resources are very limited and it comes with an extensive application process. Also, any support in Richmond County is first come and served.
When financial aid is passed out, it will come in the form of an application to a government grant for back rent or maybe a box of food. Other funds are paid out as a result of donations from local churches. Or vouchers may be given to acquire medications or staff from Catholic Social Services (CSS) will also help clients enter into payment plans with an energy provider or landlord. So many forms of assistance are arranged, as long as the client is striving towards long term self-sufficiency.
Financial assistance can be provided to residents at risk of homelessness or families facing a crisis. If CSS does decide to help, then funds are only issued to individuals or families who meet strict eligibility requirements. This is also limited in how many times someone can seek help.
Their assistance is also combined with Education/Training via Workshops and Counseling. Topics covered by case managers include Tenants Rights/Responsibilities per state of DDD law, sessions on getting off Welfare and going to Work, Domestic Violence Resources, Credit Repair, and many others.
Food Bank furnishes weekly supplemental and emergency supplies to low-income individuals and families residing within the bounds of the churches service territory. Over the last year, hundreds of struggling individuals were provided food, either for free or a low cost from CSS.
Approximately 90 percent of the items in the Catholic Social Services Augusta Food Bank are donated by individual community members, restaurants and local grocery stores that participate in the Grocery Rescue Program. Through this service, volunteers visit the local stores to pick up donated frozen meat, produce, fruits, and other items. All volunteers are trained in proper food handling to prevent thawing and spoilage.
Each weekday, CSS MOW - Meals on Wheels Program has volunteer drivers going across the Richmond County community. The goal is to assist the homebound, and ensure they are both fed and have some form of companionship. These services help participants from across Augusta and the county maintain or improve their health. The meals also go a long way to preventing premature institutionalization.
Catholic Social Services brings hot, balanced meals to homebound seniors and others who are recovering from an illness or disability. In some cases, either holiday or Saturday delivery is available for qualifying participants.
Besides delivering these free nutritious meals, volunteer drivers provide a vital link to the outside world for many homebound clients. They also partner closely with the Area Agency on Aging network of home nutrition providers, churches, and charities.
Job search assistance and help in providing for basic needs for employment is available through the CSS Center. It also also combined with Case Management, and all clients are encouraged to participate in the process. The social workers partner with each individual to set achievable goals and get a start on the path to self-sufficiency. Referrals to partnering agencies are available, as needed.
As examples of the basic needs portion of this, staff from CSS can help people obtain Ids such as a Birth Certificates or driver's license. They can also pass out gasoline vouchers for a local job interview or free bus tokens. Or work clothes, such as boots or suits, can be provided by Catholic Social Services Augusta.
GED Classes are also part of the job programs. Clients can work with CSS staff to take the next step toward completing your education by enrolling in workshops. Enrollment is ongoing.
Other programs are also run by CSS of Augusta. For more information, the location is 811 12th St., Augusta, Georgia 30901. Or call (706) 722-3661.
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