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Assistance programs from Christian Aid Mission Partnership - Sweetwater Mission

Resources available from Christian Aid Mission Partnership or its partners, which is also known as Sweetwater Mission, may be able to help in a crisis. The charity attempts to offer everything from food to gently used clothing or personal hygiene supplies. The financial help is much more limited, but this too may include rent or deposit assistance along with grants for paying heating or utility bills.

Of course this is combined with case management in an effort to help the family gain stability. The organization only helps residents in a select area, which includes towns and regions around Austell, Lithia Springs, Mableton, Powder Springs, as well as Clarkdale.

Whether an applicant is a senior, single parent, veteran, or disabled, the non-profit will try to provide support. The programs available in Cobb County are very limited, especially when it comes to requests for financial aid for bills or housing needs. But referrals or applications to other government programs in Georgia or across Cobb County, such as food stamps or section 8, may also be provided by Sweetwater Mission - CAMP.

Sweetwater Mission - Christian Aid Mission Partnership Emergency Services Program provides eligible applicants with one-time financial assistance. While resources are limited, and a number of conditions need to be met, there may be cash assistance in the form of funds for paying utility bills, security deposits, or rent. Vouchers may be used for prescription medication or minor vehicle repairs, and there is also temporary shelter in Cobb County for the homeless.

Another focus is on housing. Developed in collaboration with a broad cross-section of the community (both non-profits and government agencies) and based on a thorough assessment of the needs of the homeless and the resources that are available to them, the Continuum of Care from Sweetwater Mission provides long-range solutions, with the goal of helping area homeless gain the greatest degree of self-sufficiency possible. This particular rent and housing program has been recommended by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a comprehensive and strategic approach to helping those who are homeless.

The Sweetwater Mission pantry as well as clothing closet provide a three-day supply of emergency food, emergency clothes and personal hygiene items. There are also meals on wheels service for seniors aged 60 and over and disabled adults aged 55 and over. Everything from a bag of groceries to a hot lunch or breakfast may be obtained. There may also be clothes for work or school for children.




Resources available from Sweetwater Mission (CAMP) in the form of referrals

Save money on utility and heating bills from the free Home Weatherization Assistance Program. While there is often a long waiting list, it has has proven to be a cost effective way to reduce the annual utility bills of low-income residents in Cobb County.

There will be a housing unit inspection that takes place by partner agencies of Sweetwater Mission - Christian Aid Mission Partnership. Based on the results, education as well as tips are given to the homeowner or tenants. Services provided by weatherization include installation of compact fluorescent light bulbs, air leakage detection, extra attic and wall insulation,, replacement of inefficient appliances with Energy Star models, faucet aerators and showerheads The end result is that it will reduce the environmental footprints of single-family homes and multi-family units.

Sweetwater Mission - Christian Aid Mission Partnership is a rich source of information about and referrals to numerous programs and services for the low income. They work to both prevention evictions or foreclosures and also rehouse families.

One resource, Homeless Prevention as well as Rapid Rehousing, will help families avoid becoming evicted. Or there may be money used to rehouse those who are homeless. The program also provides emergency financial assistance for expenses such as first months rent to qualifying clients. Initial assessment and referral to the appropriate HPRP contractor are completed via the 211 service.

Head Start is a comprehensive child development program serving three and four-year-old children from low-income families in Cobb County. Sweetwater Mission - Christian Aid Mission Partnership affiliated programming includes age-appropriate educational activities, as well as medical, dental, social, free food, mental health, and nutrition services.

The federal sponsored program also provides speech/language, educational and free health screenings for all enrolled children. It is a free service and case managers from CAMP will even offer support to the parent.

Working toward the goal of raising immigrants, minorities, and African American employment and income levels, the Sweetwater Mission - Christian Aid Mission Partnership offers access to skills for their needs as well. There are service employment and training centers and a career portal for both jobseekers and employers.





Additionally, the charity known as Sweetwater Mission (CAMP) has developed strong relationships and partnerships with local employers and training providers that enable us to offer a wide array of employment and internship opportunities. The bottom line is that these Workforce Development increases employability as well as long-term retention strategies.

Contact information

As noted, the charity only covers the regions of around Austell, Clarkdale, Lithia Springs, Mableton and Powder Springs in Georgia. The main number is (770) 819-0662.


By Jon McNamara

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