Church assistance programs Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley County SC.

Many churches in the Charleston South Carolina region, including Dorchester and Berkeley County, provide assistance to needy and/or lower income families. The faith based groups can provide a free box of food or serve a hot meal, give a few dollars to pay for rent or energy bills or maybe a tank of gasoline (such as Our Lady of Mercy), pass out clothes and more. Members of churches in the Charleston area are also resources and provide referrals in a non-judgmental way.

Generally, Charleston churches have limited resources, especially when it comes to financial help. Most churches or religious charities, such as Tri-County Family Ministries, are non-denominational. This means that anyone, no matter the religion, race, background or ethnicity, can get assistance. Most families or individuals may need to call around, especially when it comes to financial help to pay a mortgage, rent, utility or some other bills.

Financial aid from churches in Dorchester, Berkeley, and Charleston County

Some places have financial help and more monetary assistance. One of the leading church type organizations is Tri-County Family Ministries. They are located at 2105 Cosgrove Ave North Charleston, SC 29405. They have a free clothes house as well as some money that may help with basic bills – costs, such as housing or utilities or water bills. Some medical services are arranged too.

Our Lady of Mercy (on Johns Island at 1684 Brownswood Rd. (call (843) 559-4109) also can provide financial help. It may be medications, loans or grants for rent or deposits, free fans during the summer months or more. A free dental clinic is at this church as well.





A Christian church, in both Summerville (call (843) 851-2368) and Charleston, is the Salvation Army. This is really Christian Faith based church for the poor, disadvantaged, elderly, and anyone in need. They offer financial help along with vouchers for medications, clothing, and more. There is also shelter and senior care too. This church also is big around the holidays, with Thanksgiving and Christmas food and toys given out to struggling residents. Many resources are arranged by this church. Find details on Salvation Army in South Carolina.

Free food and basic needs from Charleston area churches

Free hot meals and food is also available at churches, whether in Charleston, Summerville South Carolina, Dorchester County, or other nearby towns. There are parishes like Bethel United Methodist Church (51 Pitt St, Charleston, SC 29401, dial (843) 723-4587) and Royal Mission Baptist Church in North Charleston. They have everything from free food pantries for groceries (canned or fresh) to soup kitchens and more. Many of them service holiday meals, including at Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

Furniture, thrift stores, donor services, and other basic needs can be met by churches too. There are places such as James Island Presbyterian at 1632 Fort Johnson Rd, Charleston, SC 29412, dial (843) 795-3111 as well as Christ Temple of Summerville (1815 Old Trolley, Suite 104, Summerville, SC 29485, (843) 647-7514).

There is bedding, lines, some emergency furniture, and clothes, both for work, school or everyday use. Many items may be given to low income families. Note some of these Charleston SC area churches may have thrift stores, so there will be a minimal cost for the goods in question.





There are many churches in the region, whether the county of Charleston or Dorchester, Berkeley, or nearby regions. Many of them are in the local towns and cities in those counties. For more information on where to go, dial 211.

By Jon McNamara

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