The unemployment rate in Noble County is about 18 percent. There are a variety of assistance programs available, from the government, non profits, charities, and others. Here is where help is available to Noble County families.
Avilla Food Pantry — Provides food assistance, and free food on Tuesdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the Calvary United Methodist Church, 101 Cherry St., Avilla. (260) 897-3190
Community Action of Northeast Indiana — Offer county residents utility bill assistance, help with childcare and minor weatherization projects, energy assistance (both heating and cooling). They can also help with some emergency needs and also provide referrals. They offer case management and family development assistance programs.
This is the leading non-profit to call for help in the region. Everything from low income housing to rent and free food may be offered. They also administer government aid such as Head Start and EAP energy bill assistance in Noble County. (260) 969-3701, or click more CANI programs.
Community Table — Provides free nutritious meals to anyone Mondays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m. at Trinity Church United Methodist, 229 S. State St., Kendallville. In addition, carryout is available. Also, a Sharing Table at the site is where donated clothing, food, and toiletries are available for free.
Community Table West End Cafe — Provides aid with food, free meals to anyone on Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to noon at The Crosswalk, 422 Townline Road, Ligonier.
Friendship Food Pantry — A pantry that provides food assistance. Free food is giving to clients from 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays and 2-4 p.m. Fridays at 303 E. Rush St., Kendallville. People may receive help every other week. The region is served by several other food banks, pantries, and clothing closets. Read more.
Orange Township Helping Hands — Provides free food, clothing, hygiene items, furniture, and even small appliances every other Thursday from 3-5 p.m. at 190 Front St., Rome City. (260) 343-8786
Common Grace — Provides assistance with paying for utility bills, rent help, and they may be able to help with prescription costs and offer discounted drugs at three locations: 303 W. Rush St., Kendallville, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays and 8:30 a.m.-noon Fridays. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 210 N. Orange St., Albion, 8:30 a.m.-noon Tuesdays. ; and United Methodist Church, 466 S. Townline Road, Ligonier, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursdays.
Community Harvest Farm Wagon — Food aid is provided by vegetables, fresh fruits, dairy products and also nonperishable foods. The aid will arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled distribution; 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Albion Wesleyan Church, 800 W. Main St., Albion; 3 p.m. Thursdays at Living Water Lutheran Church, 1197 S. U.S. 33, Wolf Lake; 1 p.m. Fridays at Restoration Lutheran Church, 500 E. Mitchell St., Kendallville; Trinity Lutheran Church, 207 W 4th St, Ligonier, Telephone (260) 894-3667.
Each town in the county is required by state law to have a township trustee, who provides low income assistance and poor relief. Basic financial assistance includes prescriptions, emergency shelter, housing, free food, funeral and burial expenses, medical bill assistance, rent, transportation, utilities and sometimes personal supplies such as hygiene and clothing. They can also refer individuals to government aid. Read more on public assistance, or find the addresses of the trustees below.
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