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Assistance programs Abbeville, Edgefield, McCormick, Newberry and Saluda County.

Low-income families in Abbeville, Edgefield, McCormick, Newberry, and Saluda County will get free stuff or financial help. There will be money to help with rent or utility bill payments or free food or gas vouchers to get to work. Or find free clinics for dental or medical care, job placement services and also free clothes or furniture. Get financial assistance near you in Edgefield, Abbeville, Saluda or McCormick County.

The charities, non-profits and churches below can provide help to struggling families and people with no money. Get help with housing, mortgage payment, electric bills, prescriptions, transportation and more.

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A Salvation Army branch supports residents of this area. Various forms of immediate financial assistance or provided, including vouchers for prescription medications as well as rent or mortgage payment assistance. There is also a low cost thrift store, energy and utility bill assistance, or free food as well as groceries from a pantry

The Salvation Army also has a homeless shelter and counseling as well as free school supplies and Christmas toy giveaways for kids in the Newrerry, Abbeville, and Saluda County regions as well as other nearby towns. Call (864) 229-3407, or click here for information on Salvation Army assistance programs in Anderson County region.

GLEAMNS Human Resources Commission, Inc. is the local community action agency of the area. They help the low to moderate income, working poor, elderly, disabled, and others who are facing a short term hardship. Some of the resources offered by the agency include free food assistance programs, including applications to WIC or SNAP. There are referrals to government or non-profit grant programs, including car repair grants.

There is also free or low cost care for kids from Head Start, job training and placement services, as well as repairs and/or replacement of heating and cooling equipment. Or get prescription drugs, weatherization, funds for paying utility bills and rent, and social services.




  • LIHEAP - Low Income Energy Program can provide vouchers and financial assistance for paying for heating and cooling bills. Assistance is provided for low-income persons, the disabled and elderly, and others. Get help to deal with an emergency-heating situation brought on by job layoffs, plant closings, reduction in hours, and severe weather conditions. More on emergency LIHEAP.
  • Job training - Workforce Job Development programs can help people find a job, acquire skills, and get back into the workforce. The services will also provide free work clothes, laptop computers as well as transportation services.
  • Weatherization - This is an assistance program that can help low income people save money on their energy bills. It provides free conservation updates to applicants homes.
  • Community Services Block Grant - Funds from the federal government can be used to pay for a number of services in counties such as Abbeville or Newberry South Carolina. The programs may change from year to year, but they can include rent, utility bill, or security deposit assistance as part of homeless prevention. Head Start is offered, as well as child care. There may also be applications for benefits such as SNAP food stamps and other benefits.

Call the GLEAMNS Human Resources Commission, Inc., which covers people in Abbeville, Edgefield, McCormick, Newberry, and Saluda, at (864) 223-8434. As noted, various other social services and emergency programs may be offered. More on GLEAMNS assistance programs.

Catholic Charities is another non-profit agency to turn to for help, including free or low cost items. While funds are often limited, they do offer several different assistance programs. They include limited rent and mortgage assistance for tenants or homeowners.

The low-income and uninsured will be able to use SAVE A SMILE (which is a restorative dental care dentures for low-income families with no or limited health insurance). Or get other free or low cost dental care, including information on a free root canal in SC.





The charity will have hardship funds for paying utility or cooling bills, referrals to South Carolina and federal government programs, as well as other local non-profits. Dial (864) 242-2233 or (864) 517-1044, or click more details on Piedmont area Catholic Charities.

Edgefield County Churches Helping Others is a partnership of local churches. They may be able to provide new or gently used clothing or free food boxes, including to kids or seniors. There is also limited emergency medical bill or expense payment, free emergency meals and groceries.

Or the low-income and single moms will be able to apply for emergency housing costs (receive rent help of up to $150 if person able to pay the remainder, mortgage payment assistance), utility and energy bill assistance, and personal hygiene items. The address is 300 Gray St, Edgefield, SC 29824, call (803) 637-5111

Abbeville Food Pantry is located at 300 N Main St, Abbeville, SC 29620. Call (864) 366-6525. A free food bank, including for holiday baskets, is offered. There may be baby formula, fruits, meat and more too. Learn more on cheap or low cost food.

United Christian Ministries provides various programs. There is a free medical clinic, including for eye exams, dental cleanings and emergency care. Or a free food banks has groceries and, in a crisis, emergency financial help is provided. The address is 101 Center Dr, Abbeville, SC 29620. Main phone: (864) 366-6525

Edgefield County Aging Agency helps feed the elderly and homebound in the community. Free groceries, Thanksgiving or Christmas meal and other support is arranged. There are also Meals on Wheels services, information on Medicare enrollment and other services. The location 400 Church St, Edgefield, SC 29824. Main Phone: (803) 637-4032

We Care Center Chapin Interfaith based at 1800 Chapin Rd, Chapin, SC 29036 is a group of local agencies that can help individuals and families in need. They can provides interdenominational assistance to individuals and families in crisis. The goal is to help overcome the hardship.

Counselors can refer individuals to appropriate community resources or government programs. Also there may be limited Financial Assistance, including for back rent, utilities, medical, prescriptions and other emergency aid. Call (803) 345-3244.

South Carolina Department of Social Services has offices in Saluda, Chapin, Newberry and throughout the counties of Abbeville, Saluda and others. Government benefits include SNAP food stamps, provides eligible low-income individuals and families with financial assistance to purchase food. There is also TANF cash assistance and social services to eligible low-income families with children, which help with housing, light bills, daycare for kids and more.





There is free employment, career counseling and training programs. DSS also offers WIC program provides supplemental nutrition assistance, healthcare referrals, Medicaid for the low income and nutrition education. Dial (864) 366-5481 in Abbeville or (803) 637-4040 in Edgefield, and Saluda County DSS is at (864) 445-2139. Or get details on free health insurance in SC from the government.


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