The Wesley House Community Center Crisis Intervention Program assists low-income families, including seniors with a number of concerns. The goal of the multiple agencies that are part of this service is to help people help themselves by empowering them. Based on the resources provided in Lauderdale County Mississippi, or referrals, there may be help for avoiding utility shut-offs, obtaining free food and affordable medication, managing debts, working through emotional crises, and avoiding eviction or foreclosure.
Wesley House Community Center food pantries as well as “banks” for non-perishable goods provide individuals and families in need with support to get through a difficult period of time. Using a client choice model (which allows families to pick up only what they need) there may be free food and other personal care items, such as soap, paper items, cleaning supplies, and more. Eligible households from Lauderdale County may access the food pantry approximately once per month, and each person should call as needed to get the hours and application criteria.
The pantry will rely on donations as well as volunteers to keep it running. The staff will also provide nutrition assistance to individuals and families from the greater Lauderdale County region. There is guidance from nutrition coaches who will direct clients to the healthy foods that they and their families need and will use. Not only may this improve their overall health, but it will also increase the usefulness of what is given to them.
When donations allow it, the more people in their family, the more food they are given. In addition, by clients filling out minimal paperwork, volunteers from the churches that are part of the Wesley House can help them apply for long term aid, such as SNAP food stamps. This is more important for long term success as well as hunger prevention.
Donated clothing and school supplies is available to children from low-income families through the Children’s Clothes Closet. The center is managed by an RSVP worker, who works with area stores such as Wal-Mart, churches, businesses, and individual community members to coordinate the collection and distribution of clothing. The objective is to provide needed, for free or at a low cost, clothing to build kids' self-confidence. It can keep them warm, dry, and comfortable. Also, the school supplies given to them can improve their school attendance.
Wesley House Community Center will partner with people who can take the steps (on their own) to end poverty. Short term aid, or Social Services, is a one-time emergency financial assistance program that helps vulnerable, disadvantaged families living in Lauderdale County. Funding is available for things such as rental assistance, mortgage payment, boxes of food, and utilities. This supportive program was created to try and prevent individuals and families living in poverty from being evicted from their homes, becoming homeless or drowning in debt due to an unforeseen challenge.
Some clients of the center, when they lack insurance, may have some short term medical needs met. This is often addressed by providing the client with vouchers to pay for prescription medications. This will only pay for a portion of what is needed, and it is for critical health conditions only.
Case workers from the agencies associated with Wesley House Community Center meet with clients to help them assist themselves. The holistic process will assess strengths, address barriers, and provide connections with resources that provide support. Clients can learn about education, job training in Lauderdale County, and vocational services. There is also referrals to financial support, such as food, housing, clothing, and shelter.
The process will also tackle the following needs of Transportation, Budgeting Resources, Free Food, Help for Rental Needs (if applicable), Educational Resources, as well as local Vocational and Employment Resources. The process is long and in depth.
While multiple agencies combine to form the Wesley House Community Center, there is one place to contact to apply. The address is 1520-8 Avenue/Nell Grissom Dr., Meridian, Mississippi. Call the center at (601) 485-4736.
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