With the weak economy leading to many more families experiencing economic struggles, more people are asking for help from nonprofit groups, charities, and government agencies in order to keep a roof over their heads and get funds to pay the bills. Two places that people can turn to for help include Catholic Charities and also the Sangamon County Department of Community Resources.
Springfield Catholic Charities - This organization is seeing hundreds of people who have never asked for assistance before. These families and individuals are struggling due to the weak economy, and they are at the point where they have no where else to turn to. Almost 7,000 families received help from the organization in fiscal year 2009, and the demand has been increasing since then.
Catholic Charities provides several different programs, including food, rental assistance, utility and heating bill assistance, emergency medications and various other services to families throughout the entire year. Contact them at (217) 523-9201. More on Catholic Charities Sangamon assistance programs.
The Sangamon County Department of Community Resources administers both of these federal government funded programs.
Other programs offered by the Department of Community Resources includes:
Contact Ministries is now assisting almost 1000 families per month, and they have several different programs and resources for people in need. They can provide grants for paying rent, free prescription drugs, mortgage counseling, free clothing and more. They can also refer people to other programs and help people deal with debt collectors.
In addition to these programs that are directly offered by Contact Ministries, the agency can also help process people receiving assistance through City Water, Light and Power’s PROJECT RELIEF program, which helps customers pay electric and water bills.
The agency is located at 1100 East Adams Street in Springfield, Illinois. Or you can call them at (217) 753-3939 to apply or learn more about their assistance programs. Learn more.
The Sangamon County and Springfield Illinois Salvation Army is another local non-profit charity organization. They can be reached at 217-525-2196. Every year thousands of people receive aid. Some of the resources provided include free food, vouchers for clothing, assistance finding a job, and limited financial assistance for bills, such as utility, heating, and rent. Locate more Sangamon Salvation Army programs.
The Salvation Army provides a wide range of services in the county and statewide for that matter. While they do their best to assist the less fortunate and offer them direct financial aid, in some cases loans may be issued for paying the expenses the client has or they offer referrals. Find more Illinois Salvation Army centers.
Capital Township – The center offers a number of resources and assistance programs. Among them include the following. Receive emergency rental help. The location also provides transitional assistance so people can find new, affordable housing. Other services help with paying utilities and clothing and food assistance. Health care services include medical and dental care, eye wear and prescriptions, and physician services. A workfare program can also help people find jobs.
Food assistance is available in an emergency by Capitol Township. It is offered for perishable food orders, and low income can receive help. Limited amount of dental care is provided. The clothing is limited to up to $25, and eyeglasses are only offered if the need was verified by Catholic Charities. For people to get help from many of the programs, they need to be referred by a social service office. The programs are run from an office at 901 South 11th, call 525-1736.
Helping Hands Of Springfield, Inc. is a leading social service agency in Sangamon County. Their mission is to, among other things, provide shelter for homeless adults in Springfield Illinois and help people meet a variety of other needs.
The agency provides support services aimed at helping the working poor, low income and homeless overcome personal problems and achieve a higher level of independence and self-sufficiency. So this can include job training programs, short term financial help, and other support. The address is 200 S. 11th St., call 522-0048, or learn more on Springfield Helping Hands programs.
Fishes & Loaves Outreach Ministries is based at 1319 South 13th. The non-profit distributes financial assistance, food, clothing, counseling, baby items, and household items. Dial 787-2800
Hope Thrift Store sells low cost items such as clothing, furniture, and household supplies. Stop by 1800 Dirksen Parkway, or call 793-8414.
Kumler Church Neighborhood Ministries – May be able to provide prescription medications for low income and uninsured people with long-term, life-threatening medical problems. Main number is 523-2269
Abundant Faith Supportive Services administers several services. They include childcare, Transitional housing, Rent/utility assistance, Transportation, Food and clothing, GED classes, Job and computer training, Legal assistance, and other housing services. 2525 Taylor Avenue, phone number 527-1006
Rental and utility assistance may be offered from these charities, government agencies, or non-profits. Funds can help prevent evictions or a disconnection of your power. Or work with a case manager on finding housing in Sangamon County.
There are several other agencies available as well that may offer funds for back rent or a deposit. Low income families can seek help from these non-profits. Locate rent help in Sangamon County.
Senior Services of Central Illinois, Inc. may be able to help residents over the age of 60. They often will have government FEMA funds for paying rent, security deposits, or utility bills for the low income. Address is 701 W. Mason Street in Springfield. Telephone (800) 252-2516.
Clear Lake Township may offer emergency assistance. It is for residents that have demonstrated a verifiable life threatening circumstance or a work related expense. Food, medications, utility bill/rental assistance, transportation and more may be provided to people from the area. 4260 Old Route 36, Springfield, Illinois 62707, (217) 523-4210
Central Counties Health Care can help the under and uninsured. Access high quality, affordable primary dental and health care. Services can include immunizations, chronic disease management, well-child visits, school physicals, pre-natal care, and general dental assistance. Phone for appointments is (217) 788-2300.
Sangamon County Medical Society is made up of doctors working with St. John's Hospital and Memorial Health System to help low income families with medical needs. Screenings, check ups, and referrals to specialists are available, as needed. The center is based in Springfield Illinois. Phone (217) 726-5106
A number of centers are located across the county, including in the following regions. Or click here for more food banks in Illinois.
Several other food banks and pantries are focused just on the county. Or very low income families can seek assistance from government programs, such as WIC vouchers or USDA food stamps. Click Sangamon County food pantries.
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