When you are faced with a crisis and need some short term help, the Salvation Army may be able to assist. The non-profit has locations across western Georgia, including in Macon and the Houston County region. Some resources are directly offered and others are done from referrals.
One of the primary assistance programs in the region can help with paying a number of bills in a crisis. The resource is known as Project SHARE. A formal application process is in place, which includes meeting with a social worker, going through an interview, and providing all required documentation and proof of need.
Throughout this process the case manager will need to get full insight into what caused the crisis. If funds are available, grants or money can be used to pay for some of all of the following. If the Salvation Army can't help you then they may refer individuals to other non-profits and government programs in Bibb County or the central/western part of Georgia, including Peach County.
-Utility bills or deposits can be paid, in particular if faced with a disconnection and if you have a so called at risk individual living at home.
-Housing needs can be met by Project Share in Macon. This can include rent or mortgage payments.
-If you have a serious medical condition, the Salvation Army may assist with prescription medications.
-Basic needs such as clothing or food can be passed out to working poor Georgia families.
SHARE is for people with a temporary hardship. It will also attempt to target the most urgent need of the low income in the community. A focus is on assisting families, individuals, and seniors in the Houston and Macon County Georgia area that have been overwhelmed by a short term crisis. This can include, but is not limited to, illness, a house fire, a layoff, or other emergency. Many people have never asked for help before, but are struggling with paying their rent, providing food, and meeting other needs. The level of financial assistance provided is based on available funding and the applicant's need.
While the program is administered by the Salvation Army, it is offered in partnership with other businesses and non-profits in the western part of Georgia. Many utility companies also support it. Please donate to the program if you can.
Thrift stores operate in the various counties and cities too. They are stocked by donations and open to the general public, regardless of income. The centers offer great bargains and goods at a low cost to people who would otherwise struggle. For example, in Macon you may be able to purchase clothes for work or your child at school. Other goods such as furniture and household products are open to people who are trying to get their lives back on track. The Salvation Army Family stores rely on donations and volunteers from the community, so contribute any surplus goods if you can.
Christmas and seasonal assistance is offered throughout Georgia. What is offered can include assistance with free food, meals, and groceries for the holidays. This can include Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas too. Also look into gifts and toys for children, home visits for seniors, and delivered meals to shut ins and the home bound. You will need to apply and register at your local Salvation Army corp center.
Emergency Disaster Services can help families impacted by events out of their control, such as a fire, flood, or hurricane. Food, clothing, water, shelter and more may be offered. The Salvation Army can provide financial or material assistance to those in the region.
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