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Berkeley County West Virginia assistance programs.

When Berkeley County families are struggling, they can find financial help or free items. Find how to get assistance with paying utility bills or rent, homeless prevention assistance, free food, clothing, and even job training in Martinsburg and the County. Churches, charities, and government agencies provide emergency assistance for housing, medical or dental needs, and grants to pay other bills.

Emergency vouchers and financial assistance

CCAP (Community Congregational Action Project), which is based in Martinsburg, provides qualified individuals with emergency financial assistance, and funds are made available to Berkeley County residents. They meet the needs of local residents by issuing vouchers that can be used to pay for rent, water bill and sewer expenses, prescription medicine, and other basic needs that people may have. If you need help or want to learn more, dial (304) 267-2810.

Another group to contact is Catholic Community Services. If you can prove you have a need, you may be able to receive Rental and Housing Assistance, Emergency Financial Assistance; Prescription Medication Assistance and also Utility and Water Assistance. Call them at (304) 267-8837.

Martinsburg Salvation Army, which can be reached at (304) 267-4612, also offers numerous assistance programs and information to those who need help. Some of the services they offer to low income, the unemployed, working poor, and elderly include heating and utility assistance; food assistance; assistance with clothing, prescription vouchers, house wares, beds from donations; house wares, furniture; prescription drug assistance; referrals to West Virginia and federal government programs, Christmas assistance, and even gasoline.

This is also a regional Salvation Army center and supports the low income, seniors, and less fortunate in nearby counties as well. Another focus as well as in self-sufficiency and case management, which includes information on employment and education programs and also government aid. More on Berkeley County Salvation Army assistance programs.





Churches and Catholic Charities - A local outreach center of this charity organization is at 224 South Queen Street in Martinsburg West Virginia. Case managers can meet with families who need help and refer them to available resources. Income and other restrictions are in place. Some of the programs available include food pantries, clothing closets, assistance for utilities if faced with a disconnection, and more. Some services can help Berkeley County families deal with medical issues by coordinating eye or medical care from clinics and other centers. Read more.

Holiday assistance is available from the Salvation Army and other charities. Children and teenagers can apply for programs such as Angel Tree. There are also free Christmas as well as Thanksgiving meals, toys, clothing, gifts, and holiday parties help in Martinsburg and other towns. Find how to apply for resources including Salvation Army Christmas help.

Martinsburg WORK4WV Center has a location at 891 Auto Parts Place in Martinsburg, WV 25401. The location offers many social services to the needy. They focus on employment and job training needs. However some referrals may be given to local churches or charities that offer emergency food, financial aid for rent or security deposits, medical care, and more is available. Partners include Telamon and others that may offer this financial aid. Call (304) 267-0030

SVDP, or Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, has services in the region. There is a free food pantry with groceries, some meals, hygiene supplies and more. some basic household items may be passed out, like clothes, hygiene supplies, or blankets for the homeless. Much less common, but possible, is financial help. Maybe a few dollars for rent or heating bills, or some gasoline for work. All this is paid for using the thrift store. More on Berkeley County SVDP assistance programs.





Reduced cost health care

One of the local health clinics that offers medical services on a sliding scale is Big Otter Clinic. You can reach the health care center at (304) 286-4200.

Debt counseling and foreclosure assistance

The non-profit credit counseling agency that serves the area is Clearpoint Financial Solutions, Inc. Dial (877) 877-1995. This non-profit agency offer consumers and homeowners with financial counseling, free foreclosure advice, education, and debt management programs to help low income and other people take control of their financial situation. These voluntary debt management, foreclosure, and budgeting plans serve the dual role of helping clients repay and reduce their debts, helps people avoid a foreclosure, and offer clients low term financial plans. Find additional non-profit credit counseling agencies.

Food pantry and banks

The following charities, churches, and organizations distribute free food to low income and others who need help. They can also provide clothing, applications to food stamps, or even Christmas meals or toys. If one of the centers listed below can’t assist, then locate additional Berkeley County food pantries.

Eastern Panhandle Information & Referral Center ((304) 262-0048) they provide basic human needs and food.

Loaves and Fishes - While they do have an interesting name, this Berkeley County organization provides direct grant of food.

By Jon McNamara

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