To those that are struggling, St. Vincent de Paul case managers offer their expertise and guidance in an effort to support income-eligible clients. They focus on those who are working to develop and achieve their goals in regard to financial management, housing, and help residents of the Georgia region, including the counties of Chatham, Macon and others.
The goal is to help people ultimately live more independent, meaningful, and productive lives. So to this end, both short term help (such as food, clothing, and financial aid) is provided along with long term guidance.
For those that enroll into programs from St. Vincent, it will be combined with case management services. This will include the development of individualized case plans that address the root causes of each client’s hardship, whether it is homelessness, hunger, unemployment, or something else. People will have an array of programming available to them that includes employment and educational support, necessary social services, and help with budgeting. If and when needed, referrals to other community service agencies and advocacy services are also available.
They also offer services in order to help the homeless in the Savannah metro area. Each client is matched with a case manager or coordinator from St. Vincent, who provide support and assistance, maybe even including financial aid for partial first months rent. Case management helps people in the areas of employment, mental and physical health care, substance abuse, and education and information in regard to daily living skills.
In most cases, the odds are stacked against those who are homeless, whether it is someone going through a short term hardship or that is chronically struggling. To help them get on the right track, the charity will assist with rehousing. St Vincent and its partner churches have a team of social workers, case managers, and other professionals provide assistance with renting, finding and furnishing suitable low housing in Chatham, Macon or in the surrounding region.
Even after someone moves into the new home, on-going, year-round support is still provided to them. This includes employment assistance, financial budgeting classes, and referrals to various other social services. The goal of this is to prevent future evictions and break a cycle of homelessness. For further information, stop by or call the agency.
Based on funding levels, cash grants and other types of emergency financial assistance can help with expenses such as rent or paying utility bills. This type of aid is limited, but it can be available from time to time. It is for eligible low income or working poor residents experiencing emergency situations, including impending or current disconnection of service or maybe they have an eviction notice from their landlord.
Funding sources typically include Emergency Food and Shelter (EFS or FEMA), private citizens, the state-funded LIHEAP Program, or other contributions from businesses. To qualify for any grant or financial support from the charity, applicants are required to meet income guidelines and other criteria.
Clients can sometimes get suggestions for medical needs as well. In some cases, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul partners with clinics or other providers in Savannah to operate solutions such as the Pharmacy Programs. The health care is available in an effort to assist low-income, uninsured, or under-insured residents of the county with obtaining prescription medications or other needed medical care.
Staff and volunteers from Saint Vincent are available to assist qualifying clients with completing the vouchers or accessing the assistance a clinic may offer. Examples of what may be offered include medical services, such as screenings for diabetes and other conditions, blood pressure checks, and nutritional counseling. This and more is available at the main Council office, and even at some of the local food pantries.
Free food and meals are prepared by various churches, charities and nonprofits that are part of the society. There may also be holiday meals or food for the homeless too. The goal is to end hunger in northeastern Georgia, in particular of the most vulnerable such as children or the elderly.
Many other services may be available from St. Vincent de Paul, mostly by referrals. The charity can offer free or reasonably priced legal aid to qualifying low-income or working-poor Savannah area residents. In addition, in many cases churches can have information on local automotive centers, which provide vouchers for low-income residents to access car repair and reconditioning services. For work related reasons. There is also information on public benefits and other support services in the region. For more information, dial the society at 678-892-6163.
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