North Bartow Community Service provides support to low income families in the community, with a focus on Kingston, White, Rydal, Adairsville and Fairmount Georgia. Using a combination of volunteers and full time staff members, the less fortunate can learn about places to turn to for free food, emergency financial aid, and, maybe most importantly, self-sufficiency.
The agency has a limited service area in Bartow County. So only certain towns and residents are supported. While of course it is not possible to help everyone that needs it, the staff will also try to offer the resident other, alternative ideas for obtaining financial help.
North Bartow Community Services Meals on Wheels (MOW) – This service delivers nutritionally balanced meals to elderly and/or disabled individuals who are homebound. MOW is funded by government grants, Agency on Aging Centers, and partners such as the United Way of Bartow County. The service also relies heavily on volunteers to deliver the meals.
This is only available if someone can't make it to the congregate meal site. Those locations are the first line of defense in addressing hunger among the elderly in the region. Locations will serve meals, bread, fruits, and healthy meals to senior citizens. There is also a Soup and Sandwich Supper help for anyone that needs a healthy meal.
Thrift Store and Training Center – This North Bartow Community Services location sells new and gently used items at very affordable prices. It relies on contributions, and all donations are carefully screened to ensure quality and cleanliness standards.
The merchandise available at the store includes household items; linens; school supplies; art; fiction and non-fiction books for all ages; furniture; clothing for infants, children, teenagers, women and men; shoes, hats and belts; pet apparel; jewelry; records, CDs and DVDs; small appliances; electronics; sports equipment; clothing; and Christmas toys.
North Bartow Community Services knows it depends on the community for help. Therefore pickup for furniture and large quantities of donated items is offered at no charge, and delivery is available for a small fee.
The North Bartow Community Services Food Pantry as well as resources such as Longhorn Harvest supports those facing hunger and general food insecurity. It operates on a first come and served basis to qualified clients. The center has been helping families for an extended period of time and is intended to be a dependable source of nutrition and education for the less fortunate.
For those that are found qualified to use the pantry, those clients can only access the pantry once every 30 days. They will also always have to have proof of residency. Due to the result of volunteers and the larger Georgia community, there may be a variety of free food items. Examples may be meat, fruits, vegetables, dairy, and more.
North Bartow Community Services offers a wide array of programs to serve local homeless population. Some are financial, others address additional needs. There is medical care such as chronic disease management, Acute care, medical equipment loaned out and basic prescription services provided by physicians and residents from local hospitals. These are more are available at the Homeless Clinic, which North Bartow Community Services can offer referrals too.
The homeless can get emergency food, which is available at the Food Pantry as well as soup kitchen. There are also baskets with groceries and gifts are distributed during the holidays to the homeless. Other goods include new and gently used clothing and household items are available at affordable prices at the North Bartow Community Services Thrift Shop.
There is emergency funding for paying utility bills to stop a shut-off. North Bartow Community Services can help people apply for the Low-Income Home-Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which assists needy individuals and families afford energy service. Or they can pay out small dollars of their own money. Prospective clients should call North Bartow Community Services to begin the application process for this, or they can seek other aid.
If someone is qualified for any program, payments are made directly to their electric or gas company for qualified households. LIHEAP is funded by federal government and state of Georgia sources. North Bartow Community Services also manages other programs. So there may still be assistance available when other funds have been exhausted. In order to eligible for any type of cash grant for utility or water bills, households must be in crisis and have a plan to maintain self-sufficiency.
For more information, the address and phone number is 2397 Hall Station Road, Adairsville, Georgia 30103. Dial (770) 773-3812. As noted, only a small area is served by the charity.
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