The Imperial County and El Centro Catholic Charities (760 353-6823) offers low income and needy residents access to several emergency programs. Some of the resources offered to qualified individuals includes Emergency Food Assistance, Baby Supplies, and Holiday Programs. They also offer senior assistance programs and help for the homeless. All funding, especially for financial needs, is limited by the church based group. More information.
Another organization to contact is the Neighborhood House of Calexico, Inc. They run an emergency assistance program that can provide aid to help people pay bills and other expenses. The services offered as part of this agency include:
Call the agency at 357-6875, or continue Neighborhood House of Calexico programs.
El Centro Salvation Army (352-4528) offers eligible individuals access to several services and resources. The programs include homeless outreach, rent and housing assistance, free food and meals, and senior program. They may also have limited funding to pay for utility bills and prescription medications. The Imperial Valley non-profit and their Family Services program can also offer more seasonal support, such as Christmas assistance, Thanksgiving meals, and maybe even back to school supplies. Senior citizens in the area can also get help. More on Salvation Army resources in Imperial Valley.
Senior Citizen's Emergency Fund provides the elderly and low income seniors with a wide variety of assistance that is aimed at helping senior citizen's and disabled adults in the community. Utility bill help, free food, prescription drugs, client assessment and information and referral to other charities and California and federal government programs are offered. 353-2620
The Imperial County community action agency is known as the Campesinos Unidos, Inc. Call them at (760) 351-5100.
Call or stop by the Imperial Valley Food Bank. This non-profit charity organization supplies donated and/or purchased food to charities and non-profit agencies that help needy families, children and other individuals throughout Imperial County and El Centro. Call 370-0966.
There are several other free food pantries in El Centro and the county. Each will have an application process. Not only may groceries, baby formula, and similar items be served, but locations will generally offer non-financial aid, such as clothing or school supplies.
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