Programs from Arlington Community Services.
Get help from resources available at Arlington Community Services. The charity administers assistance programs for families facing a crisis. Clients range from senior citizens on a fixed income to the underemployed as well as disabled. The organization operates a food pantry and thrift store/clothing closet, provides transportation, and may assist income qualified residents of Duval County with housing expenses ranging from rent to utility bills, though the funds are usually maxed out at around $100.
The case managers from the agency will also help people locate affordable permanent housing or enroll into job training or placement. The charity can also provide support for basic medical needs in the form of linkage to dental or health care clinics and prescription discount programs.
A food pantry is on site. Arlington Services provides this for families of all religions, races, and ages. There may also be food to meet any special dietary meals for senior citizens as well as the increasing number of immigrants in Duval County.
Arlington Community Services Meals on Wheels / Home Deliveries uses volunteers. The drivers deliver well-balanced food directly to the homes of seniors, the disabled, and homebound who are unable to prepare meals for themselves. The client also can't be able to shop for the food they need. Another criteria is the person seeking help can't be able to leave their homes to visit a Congregate Meal site.
A variety of meals are available from the Arlingon Service, including hot, frozen, supper sack, and liquid meals. All assistance is based on each client’s dietary needs. In addition to ensuring that the elderly in Duval County receive regular nutritious meals, volunteer drivers provide needed human contact and are able to keep an eye on the seniors citizens overall health and welfare.
With the aging population, including retirees in northern Florida and Jacksonville, this service expects to see an increasing demand. So in these cases a small cash donation is appreciated from clients, though it is not required. Additional volunteer drivers are also always needed for Meals on Wheels.
Arlington Community Services offers numerous programs to assist the low-income population in Duval County. The non-profit will provide a comprehensive set of services. Some of them are financial in nature, and others are more social services.
- Financial aid from ACS includes temporary emergency housing, money for rent to prevent evictions or utility disconnections, and food vouchers.
- Social services range from budgeting help, courses in teen pregnancy prevention, college scholarships, debt reduction, and other programs that benefit the entire family.
- Basic medical needs are addressed from clinics or vouchers for equipment, such as wheelchairs, medications, or crutches. All of these items and more may be loaned out.
Any funds are combined with Counseling Services. Clients can get access to information and other types of assistance to individuals coping with financial difficulty. In addition, members of the non-profit have received training from local non-profit credit counseling agencies to offer basic tips on financial guidance.
The charity operates a thrift store. The items are sold by Arlington Community Services at a reduced rate, and it features clothing, coats, used toys, books, kitchenware, linens, diapers, baby car seats, and other household and personal-hygiene items among its inventory. The store, which is supported by community donations and also has a clothing closet section, is open to the general public and serves dozens of customers each day.
Arlington Community Services supports students and children from the community. One resource is the English as a Second Language (ESL) class, as well as state-wide public education and outreach campaigns. These are done for the purpose of educating immigrants so they can get a better job. This also helps them understand federal government anti-discrimination employment provisions that were enacted for their protection.
Summer Programs are held as well. The non-profit and local schools organize field trips; tutoring; and homework assistance for classes ranging from math to social science and reading. This often leads to after-school tutoring or youth employment assistance. This will help children build self-esteem. There is also recreational activities as well as academic and social counseling.
While Arlington Community Services does have very limited funding, and only a small part of an overdue bill will be addressed when possible, the organization is based at 1450 Rogero Rd, Jacksonville, Florida 32211. Or call (904) 743-7402.