Find information on how to get help with bills, rent, and other expenses in Wakefield and Washington County Rhode Island. Get information on where to apply to for assistance, and who to call.
Saint Mary's - Saint James' Community Food Pantry - A wide variety of assistance programs and resources are offered to people who need help. Among the options available include Rent Payment Assistance, Food Pantries, Diapers, Clothing, Holiday Donations and Meals, A Soup Kitchen, and Information and Referral on Rhode Island and federal government programs. Charlestown. Call (401) 364-9413
South County Community Action helps the working poor, low income, and others in need in Washington County. The number and types of programs and resources offered are extensive, and include some of the following.
Some of the other programs offered include Tax Preparation Assistance, Help for Paying Utility Bills, Head Start, Home Rehabilitation and Repair Services, and Government Benefits Assistance among others.
Call the Wakefield based South County Community Action at (401) 789-3016
Non-profit Jewish Services – The agency can offer referrals and maybe some direct financial aid. Case managers can offer information on financial assistance, including eviction prevention, heating bills, and grants for paying rent. Home care may be coordinated for the disabled and elderly. Other programs in Washington County include a food pantry, Lifeline RI medical alert, home delivered meals, and more. Click here.
Free toys, meals and gifts at Christmas may be offered across Washington County. Children from low income households may benefit. The homebound in the area may also register to have a volunteer drop by as well to bring them a meal or gift as well as some form of holiday joy. These also run at Easter and Thanksgiving. More holiday help in Washington County.
Salvation Army in North Kingstown offers information on short term and long term assistance programs. The charity, which operates as a church, can pass out free food boxes or seasonal items, such as school supplies or Christmas gifts. There is also shelter, vouchers, and ministry services. The non-profit also offers referrals to financial help, including loans, such as for paying heating costs, rent or housing expenses. and other bills. More on Washington County Salvation Army.
There are two other options and places to turn to for help, advice, and assistance. While the following two agencies do not necessarily focus on Washington County, they do have some programs that cover the entire state. Call Comprehensive Community Action Program at (401) 467-9610 or the WestBay Community Action, Inc. at (401) 732-4666.
Non-profit Crossroads - This is another agency that may be able to assist. A wide range of assistance programs and services are available. They range from self sufficiency type resources (such as free credit counseling, job placement, and education) to emergency housing. The agency can support Washington County families and individuals that are homeless or facing eviction. Shelter, transitional housing, and other resources are available to low income qualified residents.
If Crossroads can't help you, then they may have referrals. The organization can be a place to turn to for details on government benefits and public aid as well. Read CrossRoads Rhode Island.
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