A leading place to contact for information and support is the Family Support Center of Olympia and Thurston County Washington. The non-profit offers various resources for low income and needy residents, however the main one is referrals. They have information on charities, churches, and government benefits that low income families can turn to in their time of need.
Every person or maybe even an entire family will need a helping hand from time to time. When this occurs, Family Resource Services can be contacted. The agency will assist any Thurston County family with children, and case managers will help them learn about and apply for special assistance.
Work with a case manager on navigating local resources. Clients can get referrals to, and learn about emergency rent or mortgage assistance, food pantries, clothing, utility bill assistance, holiday gifts, healthcare, free child care, and more. Or access crisis intervention, advocacy, case management, counseling, or transportation.
Staff from the Family Support Center will help people apply for this and other aid. Clients can also get guidance in applying for federal government benefits such as heating bill assistance from HEAP or SSDI disability benefits.
If you can’t find the resources you need, or if you don’t qualify for a certain program, then the Thurston County Family Resource Coordinator is there to help you through it. Explore other options with a team member. Staff offer compassion, kindness, and treat applicants with dignity and respect. The center can be reached at 360.754.9297.
Homeless assistance is also offered by referrals from Family Services or its partners, such as LDS churches or Community Action. The non-profit is a lead agency in Thurston County and they are involved in fighting to prevent evictions, foreclosure, and the resulting family homelessness.
Case managers and volunteers work to ensure no family is left in the community as homeless or out in the cold. They reach this goal by providing low income housing assistance and emergency shelter. Other support can include case management, counseling, mental health support, life skills, and access to resources.
Some of the basic needs for clients will be warm clothes, the use of community voice mail, computer and phone access, free food, hygiene supplies, and transportation. Or work with a case manager on employment assistance, government benefits eligibility information and more long term self-sufficiency. The homeless, or Thurston residents facing imminent eviction, can dial the Homeless Family Services staff. The main number is 360-754-9297.
Case management, with a focus on Parent Education, is offered by the center. Like any job, a little training on being a parent helps a lot. The Family Support Center and its staff offer a variety of support opportunities and parent education classes.
The majority of the Thurston County Family Support Center parenting workshops provide for free childcare, activities and a snack for children. The agency will also provide evidence based Nurturing Parenting Curriculum as well as free Power Parenting Classes in partnership with Community Cafés or the Hands on Children’s Museum in Olympia.
Some of the case management services are as follows. Behavioral Health Resources, Child Care Action, DSHS Children’s Administration, Interfaith Works, Shelter, and more. Parents that are unemployed can attend job training or learn about programs such as SNAP food stamps, WIC or disability. Many resources are offered in partnership with other groups, such as Thurston County Food Bank, the Housing Authority, or YWCA.
For more details on any of these services or other programs, the Family Support Center is located at 201 Capitol Way, Olympia, Washington 98501. Call them at 360.754.9297.
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