Most of the support available from a church in Palm Beach County will be to feed the poor and low income, but other assistance may also be arranged. There is also help for senior citizens as well as the homeless. The parishes in Palm Beach County will only assist people that live within the boundaries of the church, so the programs are very local in nature.
Any assistance given, such as a free box of food or a few dollars for paying rent, will be available to all races, genders, ages, and nationalities. This means that an organization such as Project Hope at Trinity Church may support immigrants and non-English (or Spanish) speakers. There is also support for refugees or other newcomers to Florida.
Palm Beach County Florida churches provide food to the needy. The assistance can be provided in many different ways. There are several food pantries, soup kitchens, home delivered meals to the elderly, holiday meal services, and much more. Holy Redeemer Episcopal Church (3730 Kirk Road, Lake Worth, FL 33461, dial (561) 641-7845) is but one of the locations that does this, and they offer a hot soup kitchen.
One of the benefits to using a parish for a meal is the services given are usually extensive. A volunteer will often partner with semi-professional staff in order to help the client. The client will either get a meal or a box of food, or if they need some other type of item to eat (such as baby formula or Ensure for seniors) that can be provided too. Find other Palm Beach County food pantries to also apply at.
Volunteers from a few Palm Beach County churches also deliver meals. Generally, the recipient needs to be elderly, disabled, or homebound. They also need to have a low income and lack transportation. North County Churches is one such location, and they operate from their parish at Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418, (561) 248-1893. While it is not required, making a small donation to the driver to offset the cost of gasoline used to deliver the meal is always appreciated.
This is where housing needs can be met. PATH affiliated churches ((2735 Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL 33407, call (561) 383-9049) help both the chronically homeless and people that are in need of rent or mortgage help. Note that the assistance given is done at outreach sites in the community, including other churches or food banks too.
Now while a grant may not often be given from a church, some do in fact offer direct financial help. When there is money, it will normally be for housing to stop an eviction, medical, or employment needs. In other words, funds from a church may often cover the co-pay needed for a prescription medication, rent payments, or light bill. But as noted, Palm Beach churches will not often have money for this, but they can refer the client to some agency that may assist. As there are many programs that offer eviction help in Florida.
USDA programs, such as “Brown Bags”, are also available. These provide food to low income seniors or those living in poverty. Cason United Methodist Church (342 N Swinton Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida 33444, (561) 276-5302) runs the service. It can provide the elderly client the ingredients or food they need to prepare a meal on their own, whether it be breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Parenting, domestic violence, and other serious issues are tacked by Church World Service at 220 S Congress Park Drive, Delray Beach, FL 33445 (dial (561) 266-0624). The charity is focused on re-integrating survivors as well as well as individuals that caused the abuse. There is also support for parents in Palm Beach County (no matter their income), and the charity will help children that have been neglected or are facing other issues.
Children of families living in poverty can get free holiday help too. While a Palm Beach County church will try to hold a Christmas as well as Thanksgiving Easter meal, kids can in fact get small toys. This is also for children of an abusive situation or those that are just from poor households.
Churches that are part of Catholic Charities (100 West 20th St, Riviera Beach, FL 33404, dial (561) 345-2003) provide immigration services, including legal support. They help clients complete applications for citizenship while acclimating them to Palm Beach County. There are ESL classes for Spanish speakers, referrals to social services including grant based financial aid, advice on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) as well as Visas and much more. Generally these religious programs will charge the client a small amount of money.
Holy Spirit Episcopal Church (1003 Allendale Rd, West Palm Beach, Florida 33405, main Phone: (561) 833-7605) runs a Family Promise program, which gives overnight shelter and/or transitional housing. These programs are not just for the homeless though. Individuals that have been evicted, that have been foreclosed on, or that are just starting fresh may use a transitional housing program. The locations give the Palm Beach County resident every from case management to food, information on rent or job programs, and more. This church service will get the individual on a path to self-sufficiency.
There are dozens of churches, charities, and faith based groups that help the working poor or Palm Beach County residents in crisis. For a referral, use this link http://www.211palmbeach.org/crisischat-online.
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