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Abbeville, Edgefield, McCormick, Newberry and Saluda assistance programs.

Some or all of the assistance programs and non-profits below can provide help to families and individuals in Abbeville, Edgefield, McCormick, Newberry, and Saluda South Carolina. Get help with rent, your mortgage payment, utility bills, food, prescriptions, or other financial aid.

A Salvation Army branch supports residents of this area. Various forms of assistance and provided, including prescription medication as well as rent and mortgage payment assistance. There is also a low cost thrift store, energy and utility bill assistance, free food and groceries. 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 food assistance programs, Head Start, job training and placement services, repairs and/or replacement of heating and cooling equipment, prescription drugs, weatherization, funds for paying utility bills and rent, and other forms of aid.

  • 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 programs.
  • Job training - Workforce Job Development programs can help people find a job, acquire skills, and get back into the workforce.
  • 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 and support. While funds are often limited, they do offer several different services and programs. They include limited rent and mortgage assistance, SAVE A SMILE (which is a restorative dental care dentures for low-income families with no or limited health insurance), funds for paying utility or cooling bills, referrals to South Carolina and federal government programs, as well as other local non-profits, and other forms of support. Dial (864) 242-2233, or click more details on Piedmont area Catholic Charities.

Crossroads Ministries / My Brother's Keeper of Abbeville South Carolina (phone (864) 366-3484) runs a program that provides emergency food assistance.

Edgefield County Churches Helping Others is a partnership of local churches. They may be able to provide new or gently used clothing closet, emergency medical bill or expense payment, free emergency food and groceries, 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. Edgefield South Carolina (803) 637-5111

Johnston Food Bank (phone (803) 275-1953) provides food to people in need of help. Learn more on cheap or low cost food programs.





Newberry County Interfaith Community Services 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. Counselors can refer individuals to appropriate community resources or government programs. Also there may be limited Financial Assistance, including rent, utilities, medical, prescriptions and other emergency aid assistance. Newberry South Carolina. (803) 321-2155


By Jon McNamara

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