The Excelsior Springs’ Good Samaritan Center assists over 1,500 families each year in Ray County Virginia. And the number helped continues to increase each year. In addition, families that live in Clay County beyond the Liberty and Kansas City zip codes can also receive support. Most of the families who apply for aid are low and mid income, and work full time but whose income just isn’t high enough to pay the bills. In addition, the center will support others who need assistance, including people who are unable to work due to disability or age. Some will also lack education, childcare coverage, or transportation to be able to get a job.
The center will meet basic needs first, such as rent help, offering a food pantry, utility bill assistance, free prescription drugs and medicines, gasoline vouchers and also household and clothing items. All of these types of aid are offered under the Emergency Assistance Program.
When a family or individual comes in for assistance with bills or life’s expenses, the Excelsior Springs’ Good Samaritan Center builds a relationship with them to ensure people can get back on their feet. They do not just want to offer short term aid, but also ensure that long term needs are met, and ensure the family is self sufficient.
Some of the other support offered includes a free medical clinic is open from 8 – 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays, under the current care of Dr. Brad Hoffman, who is an emergency doctor who is based at Liberty Hospital. He will provide prescription update and acute care and services. If you can’t pay for the prescription, a voucher is available so you will get the medicine for free. Find other free medicines.
Other aid offered includes some weatherization assistance is available to eligible seniors. Weatherization can help a homeowner lower their energy bills and the program will upgrade the home with free energy conserving improvements.
If you need help with paying rent in the Ray county area, the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development is one of the leading statewide organizations to call. They run the Homeless Intervention Program which may be able to assist a renter who is faced with a crisis situation. Call them at (804) 371-7100.
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