Community Action of Southeastern West Virginia assistance programs.

The non-profit agency known as Community Action of Southeastern West Virginia provides help, guidance, and support to low income families. Other beneficiaries of their services tend to be senior citizens, the disabled, and unemployed in the counties of Monroe, Summers, and Mercer.

Assisting the elderly is a key function. The Senior Nutrition Program is for residents of West Virginia age 60 or older. There is also support for spouses of the client, a disabled family member, or some other people facing a medical crisis. Congregate meals are provided at different sites in Summers and other counties.

The community action agency and the Appalachian Area Agency on Aging free Nutrition Program provides not only hot meals (such as lunches), but it is also a method for socialization for seniors. Staff and volunteers serve thousands of people per year at area Senior Centers.

Weatherization services are available across Monroe, Mercer, Raleigh, and Summers counties in West Virginia. Staff from Community Action of Southeastern West Virginia offer homeowners with free, efficient weatherization improvements. The fact is that many low income families struggle to pay their heating and utility bills, and the energy conservation program will help them address those expenses and alleviate the burden.

Transitional housing is available. One unit is known as Kennedy Center, and it is located in Mercer County. In nearby Summers County is the Hinton Center. The locations, and the staff at them, provide one stop services for clients. There are crisis intervention programs, eviction prevention services, and information for low income clients on rental and security deposit programs.

TPP - Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Project Yes is for students and teenagers in Mercer, McDowell, Monroe and Raleigh. Staff and counseling can help them deal with educational matters, teen pregnant, and much more, even including summer employment.

Case managers that are part of Family Assistance can help people deal get referrals, information, and apply for financial aid. Clients can get information on the state of West Virginia Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). Get help in applying, understanding, or keeping, your government benefits and public aid.




Family Assistance provides referral, information, advice and guidance to individuals who need details on state public assistance benefits. Clients can get help with Medicaid, Basic Food/food stamps, ADATSA, SSDI Disability, TANF, Lifeline and others. Additional social services and outreach is through food banks, shelters and other direct service programs. Basically Community Action of Southeastern West Virginia will try to help the less fortunate gain self-sufficiency and address their concern.

Community action has a school that is affiliated with the West Virginia Board of Schools and Universities.  Computer training and certification is available in a few topics. Training in certificate based programs and K-12 teacher skills enhancement is offered too.

Early Head Start/Head Start is part of what CASEWV administers. It operates as a Federal government funded program designed to help the children and parents of low-income households in West Virginia. Free services for a number of needs are provided to children under the age of 6. There is also support for pregnant women. Basically, entire families who are income eligible as defined by the Federal poverty guidelines can explore Head Start services. It offers Health, Education, Nutrition, Parent Involvement, Mental health and Disabilities, and Social Services.

Community Action of Southeastern West Virginia is based at 307 Federal Street, Bluefield, WV 24701. Call 304-324-0450.




By Jon McNamara

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