Hendersonville Samaritan Association can be contacted for assistance. The charity, its staff and partners all work together to help the working poor, seniors, and unemployed in Sumner County. Some examples of services include, but are not limited to, job placement, one time rent or energy bill help, groceries, shelter, and more.
There will often be a waiting list, and only a small number of requests can be fulfilled. However the team at the non-profit may also offer referrals if they can't help. For example, they will often have lists of local programs that may be able to help struggling families address the needs they have.
Clothing, Supplies, and Hendersonville Samaritan Association Furniture Closet has items for income qualified households. There may be free used clothing, household supplies, hygiene goods, and furniture donated by Sumner County community members are available year-round.
Samaritan Association will also keep a list of wanted items, so if a client is in search of something that is not currently in stock, the staff will contact the person when that item is donated. They also ask all residents who are replacing gently used clothing, supplies, or furniture to contact them about either contributing or volunteering.
If a client does not qualify for free items, then they can shop at the Thrift Store. This is open to the general public. No matter the families income, they can stop by to shop for clothing and any number of other household items.
The Hendersonville Samaritan Association Emergency Food Pantry provides low-income Sumner County households with a seven to ten-day supply of nutritious food every 60 days. In rare cases a family can turn to the center more often, but this is on an exception basis. Those who are experiencing crisis situations are encouraged to contact the agency, and an intake is required. The non-profit also gratefully accepts cash donations, to be used for the purchase of bulk foods at wholesale cost, and those are passed out by the pantry.
Caseworkers from Hendersonville Samaritan Association are knowledgeable as to potential sources of financial assistance. There are programs that may be able to help people facing a crisis situation. However no one is guaranteed assistance as funds are limited. Some of what may be provided is below.
-Medical needs, including prescription glasses or drug co-pays, courtesy of non-profits such as Lions Club or local businesses.
-Utilities, heating, or electric bills.
-Housing and rent payments.
-Gasoline vouchers for local Sumner County medical appointments or an interview.
-Referrals to shelters, community clinics, and other sources of emergency aid.
Financial Literacy from the Samaritan Association offers practical education to low-income youth, the unemployed, adults, and seniors in Sumner Counties. The combination of partnerships with non-profit agencies, financial literacy programming, churches and support from an extensive partnership network helps lay the foundation for a strong financial future.
The assistance is presented in a workshop setting. In general, the course that is located on Dunn Street in Hendersonville features topics such as improving money management skills, setting goals, building assets and achieving financial milestones. Staff from the Association and its partners will offer advice on purchasing a vehicle or a home or paying for a college education. One-on-one financial counseling from a specialist from the agency is also available, as needed.
Various application criteria are in place, including income limits, especially for rental help. The location of the Association is 116 Dunn St., Hendersonville, Tennessee 37075. Dial (615) 824-7105.
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