Cherokee County assistance programs.
How to get help with paying bills
MUST Cherokee is a local organization that is committed to providing services and assistance to individuals and families who are facing an emergency and will also help them get back on their feet over the long term. They have several ways for people to get help with paying their bills.
They have programs that provide utility and rent assistance. The organization receives tens of thousands of dollars per year to distribute to residents who need help. However the need for MUST's services are increasing rapidly.
Some of the other assistance offered includes:
- Christmas Toyshop – About 3,000 children are provided free toys. These kids would otherwise not have gifts to open on the holidays.
- Summer Lunch program - Over 2,000 lunches are served to children every day, which amounts to over 100,000 lunches provided per summer.
- Back to School Supplies are supplied for 3,000 children.
- Holiday Meals for over 8,000 families.
- Housing solutions from MUST range from grants for rental or utility deposits to advice on stopping foreclosures.
There are offices and service centers located in Canton, Cherokee, Marietta, and Smyrna that provide free food, clothing, employment assistance, financial aid, education, interview training, assessment and referral services, to individuals and families in crisis.
MUST offices are located in Canton, GA at 141-B W. Marietta St. and in Marietta, GA at 1407 Cobb Parkway. Phone 770-427-9862, or read more MUST programs.
Another option is to call the Salvation Army - Cherokee County Service Unit. The primary goal of this agency is to provide emergency cash and other assistance to persons who are in a short term hardship or crisis situation. the salvation Army can provide help in the areas of free food, clothing, rent and utility assistance, lodging, counseling, shelter, credit counseling, and referrals to other comprehensive crisis centers as well as both Georgia and federal government programs. (770) 720-4316. Learn more on Salvation Army programs in Cherokee County.
The North Georgia Community Action, Inc. (dial (706) 692-5644) offers the following programs and services to those in need of help.
- Home Energy Assistance - Aid for utility, air conditioning, and winter heating bills.
- Food assistance - Both surplus food and food banks are available. Also get referrals to free Georgia food banks.
- Early Intervention Program - This provides crisis type help for bills and expenses, but on a limited basis.
- Emergency food and shelter - This federal government program can help with housing expenses, including utility bills, and also offer food.
- Housing - Relying on federal government grants, NGCA may have funds to pay for rent or the homeless can learn about security deposit programs.
- Senior programs - The elderly in Cherokee County can receive low cost home delivered meals or free food at local senior centers.
In addition to what is noted above, various other emergency assistance programs are offered by the agency. Funds may be issued in the form of loans, staff provide referrals to local non-profits and other aid is disbursed. Learn more on North Georgia Community Action programs.
Cherokee County Service Unit of Salvation Army is a local non-profit that can provide emergency financial assistance to low income and qualified persons in a crisis situation. The agency may be able to help meet needs including clothing, food, lodging, rent and utility and cooling bill assistance. Of course the agency is a great place to call for counseling, social services and referrals to other comprehensive crisis centers and public aid in Georgia. For example, learn about resources such as food stamps, TANF, or Medicaid. 121 Waleska St., Canton, GA 30114, phone (770) 720-4316
Society of St. Vincent de Paul - St. Michael the Archangel is a local not for profit organization based in Woodstock Georgia. This church and charity organization provides services such as GED instruction, to a free food pantry, financial assistance (rent and utilities), and life skills education. (770) 591-4643.
The Cherokee County Lutheran Church offers referrals and most importantly a food pantry for struggling, unemployed, and needy families. 556 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock, Georgia 30188. Call (770) 591-5515 for hours.
Papa's Pantry, Inc. – This non-profit organization provides non-financial resources like life skills education, credit advice, and financial/budgeting tips & techniques. They also run a food pantry for struggling families who are faced with an abnormal setback in their finances or are faced with a crisis. Dial (770) 591-4730. Find more information on credit counseling agencies.
NDO, or the Ninth District Opportunity, can provide some referrals and assistance in the region, including parts of Cherokee County. The working poor, seniors, or people with a disability may get information on utility bill assistance from LIHEAP or weatherization. Other programs include Head Start, referrals to low income apartments, shelters, and emergency food pantries. More details.
Timothy Lutheran Church operates a food pantry, often called a Cupboard, for Cherokee county Georgia residents in need of help. 556 Arnold Mill Rd., Woodstock, Georgia 30188, dial (770) 591-5515
Help for rent and housing expenses is provided by several Cherokee County agencies. Resources are available for low income families that are facing eviction. Find a listing of churches as well as non-profits in the region that can assist by offering funds or for past due rent or security deposits. Click here.
Locate agencies in Cherokee that provide free food and hunger prevention services. The resources range from a pantry to applications for government benefits such as WIC vouchers for buying formula or SNAP food stamps. Other programs can feed a family at Thanksgiving, offer clothing or meals for students, and referrals to local charities. Find the Cherokee County food pantries.
Community clinics in the Cherokee County region
Bethesda Community Clinic, Inc. provides free or low cost affordable medical care to the working poor in Cherokee County. Individuals with no or limited health insurance can receive help too. The medical services provided include, but are not limited to, DOT physicals, acute (sick) care, women’s health (paps, breast exam, pregnancy testing and counseling), chronic illness care, wellness counseling, physical examinations, blood tests, medications and limited immunizations. The free clinic is only open on Saturdays. 107 Mountain Brook Dr. Ste. 100, Canton, Georgia 30115, phone (678) 880-9654
Georgia Highlands Medical Services, Inc. - This community health center provides various medical and health care services including HIV testing, immunizations, women's health services, and counseling. Medical bills charged will be based on a sliding scale. Also most public and private insurance is accepted, such as Peachcare, Medicaid, and Medicare. Phone (678) 807-1050