Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas.
While a number of assistance programs and referrals are available from Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas, the focus is on offering low income, affordable and safe housing. The non-profit operates across both North and South Carolina and will assist people of all religions, income, and backgrounds.
In the Raleigh, Durham and research Triangle portion of North Carolina, assistance, including housing, is for the disabled and those suffering from a mental illness. The Lutheran Services Assistive Community Treatment Team, or ACT Team, will work with clients to give them the support and services they need to maximize their opportunities and quality of life.
Some of what is offered is prescription medication management, clinical counseling, job skill development, psycho-educational groups, and various other social services to those living with mental illness or a disability.
The goals and assistance will ideally help reduce the utilization of inpatient treatment facilities, lessen and/or eliminate the symptoms of mental illness and to minimize or prevent recurrent acute episodes of the illness. As indicated, one focus of Lutheran Services, both nationwide and in the Carolinas, is to improve the stability and quality of the client's housing. Other basic needs, clothing, employment resources, and more is provided by the ACT Team. The address is 101 Conner Drive, Suite 302, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, call (919) 968-2552.
Residential services for North Carolina adults coping with developmental disability, autism, mental illness, and symptoms from traumatic brain injury all have access to housing and self-sufficiency. This is available statewide, including in Greater Charlotte, the Triad as well as Triangle.
In the Triad, the housing is the Lippard Lodge in Clemmons, NC. This is specialized facility for traumatic brain-injured adults. Another option is the Wilson Smith Cottage in Winston-Salem, NC. Twenty four hour Intermediate Care Facility is open for the Mentally Retarded. Personal care needs, medical care, and treatment plans are available. Additional locations of housing are as follows.
- For residents of the Greater Charlotte, there is the Mountain Ridge Group Home which is based in Gastonia, NC. Housing is for the Mentally Retarded and they can access other support too.
- Raleigh - Durham residents can look into Green Level Apartments in Cary. This is an enclosed, independent living apartment complex for adults in the area with developmental disabilities.
- Durham NC Raynor Street Apartments is also for residents with a severe and persistent mental illness, or SPMI) It is a supervised living center.
- Whittecar Home in Raleigh North Carolina is another local residential program for adults with developmental disabilities from Wake County. The housing facility will coordinate 24-hour care, offer medical check ups, and personal care.
- Opportunity for Supervised Apartments is in Durham. Lutheran Services oversees a supervised apartment for young adults under the age of 21 that have aged out of the foster care system. The program provides participants with employment, education, healthcare and other supportive personal and community relationships.
Low income housing sites
Mecklenburg County and Greater Charlotte Lutheran Family Services Carolina programs offer low income housing. Often times many people that make minimum wage just can't afford to pay the rent or cover the costs of a one or two-bedroom apartment. For many low income families and those faced with poverty, one sickness or expense (such as a car repair) can lead to eviction and homelessness. So LFS in the Carolinas tries to help.
The organization works with charities, human service providers, non-profits, governmental agencies, congregations and others to coordinate services for the low income and seniors. These community support service programs help people become self sufficient.
Get assistance with daily needs such as rent, food, shelter, medical care and transportation. Other programs are Intensive Case Management, Aftercare Planning, and referrals to community resources. The support may fill the gap for someone that misses one paycheck due to a crisis. Assistance offered was designed to work in conjunction with existing low income and/or government subsidized housing programs.
Transitional Apartment Program, or TAP, will set up a secure and safe living situation for homeless adults with persistent or a severe mental illness. Those residents that qualify are provided with rent assistance, transportation for up to a year, and other aid. This is available while they are accessing social services, going to job training or school, or attending therapy sessions or volunteering.
Basic clinical services can provided to them by an outside doctor or medical provider of their choice. During their stay in these transitional housing units residents will be encouraged, and sometimes required, to budget and save their money. They may also need to attend credit counseling workshops. This is for those that have a security deposit and that may able to pay rent for an apartment of their own. LFS Transitional Apartment is very successful in stabilizing housing situations.
Apartments for those with Traumatic Brain Injury also include additional services such as Community Support Services and Case Management by an outside provider of their choice. Residents of the TBI will be able to live rent free and learn to utilize other Mecklenburg County and North Carolina community resources and transportation. Residents in the Lutheran Services apartments obtain a job or training, learn independence, apply daily living skills, can attend free therapy sessions and complete household chores.
Veterans housing programs operate in both South Carolina as well as the Greater Charlotte. Some studies show that as many as one-third of all adult homeless people have served in the military and some branch of the U.S. armed forces. Some veterans may also be disabled, injured or may have a diagnosis of post traumatic stress disorder. They may also have some type of other combat related illness making it difficult to find consistent housing and work. Lutheran Services in the Carolinas provides shelter and transitional housing facilities for homeless veterans through transitional facilities in North and South Carolina.
The program is wide ranging. It also gives them employment and government benefit assistance, counseling, free transportation to and from medical appointments and interviews, and in general will help with re-integration into the community. They can also get support and referrals from local faith groups.
The objective of LFS Carolina to transition the veterans and maybe even their immediate family members to independent living as soon as possible and also ensure they have extensive follow up services available to them too. Some of the other centers are.
- Angels House in Columbia, South Carolina is for homeless female veterans and the clients will need to be referred to the housing site through the WJB Dorn VA Hospital in Columbia, SC.
- Kinard Manor in Greenwood, SC is for homeless male veterans.
- Dallas, North Carolina can try the Faith Farm. This is a small, transitional housing facility for veterans.
Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas / LFS Carolina has several regional offices in both South and North Carolina. The main centers are below.
Regional Office, Albemarle Center, 4822 Albemarle Road, Suite 240, Charlotte, NC 28205, call (704) 940-3333
Charlotte Counseling Center, 1001 Queens Road, Charlotte, North Carolina 28207, telephone (980) 613-3400
W. Piedmont Foster Care, 2126 Bess Town Road, Bessemer City, NC 28016, main number is (704) 922-4250
Regional Offices include Brittain Center, 616 Hutton Street, Raleigh, NC 27606, (919) 832-2620
LFS ACT Team, 101 Conner Drive, Suite 302, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27514, main number is (919) 968-2552
Cauble Center, 1118 Union Street, Columbia, SC 29201, call (803) 750-9917