Several services are offered to those in need in Sarasota county by Trinity Presbyterian Church. The non-profit organization’s main goal is to show that they care by providing services both to fill the stomach and warm hearts as well as homes of the less fortunate.
The Outreach ministry administers these programs. Food assistance is provided for families in need for up to six months, and is given on a monthly basis. There may be groceries as well as special items, such as baby formula.
Utility assistance is available to residents who have had or could potentially have their water or power service disconnected. Clients of the church, who live in the parish, can receive one time financial assistance from Trinity Presbyterian to reactivate or prevent disconnection of power and water services.
Shelter assistance is offered to residents who are facing eviction or foreclosure. It will not only keep people off the streets, but the ministry will give them a meal or clothing. Clients can receive financial aid from Trinity Presbyterian Church as they have a viable plan for making future payments themselves.
Sarasota County residents who are seeking employment but do not have the means to travel to job interviews, could receive assistance from Trinity Presbyterian with paying for transportation to job interviews. Priority in regard to paid transportation from Trinity Presbyterian is given to clients working through the local Sarasota County Workforce Center.
The church also provides assistance through the navigation initiative. This is a service for individuals who are struggling to get on their feet financially, by providing help from trained volunteers who provide assistance, encouragement, and accountability. Trained volunteers will help the client identify the barriers to financial self sufficiency, and guide the client in developing an action plan.
Truancy prevention is an initiative taken by Trinity Presbyterian to help keep children in school. The staff at the church understand that lack of education can lead to poverty, which is why they have committed to working with the Sarasota County Court to help keep children in school. Trinity Presbyterian may provide mediation or family assessments on referred cases from schools where needed.
One-third of Trinity Presbyterian clients have no access to computers. So the church seeks to break the barrier that no computer access creates between employment and education. They help people overcome this challenge by offering a computer lab, which is open Monday through Friday. The computer lab helps clients find employment while also offering training in money management, tracking expenses, and establishing and following budgets.
In addition to basic needs and financial assistance, Trinity Presbyterian has been making a shift toward a more nutritious food drive as the organization is aware that a number of clients are obese to morbidly obese. The church is elated to receive any fresh produce, whole grain pasta, multi-grain cereal, low salt staples of every kind, etc. All of this is then geared towards providing more nutritional offerings to their clients.
To qualify for assistance from Trinity Presbyterian, applicants must be a resident of the city and county of Sarasota, and have income at or below 185% of the federal poverty level. Or they need to be facing a one time crisis that was not created by them.
Trinity Presbyterian is located in Venice Florida. To make an appointment, contact the office at 941-492-6384.
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