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Decatur area churches emergency programs.

Several churches in the region provide support to the low income in Montgomery and Limestone County from the their Benevolence department. In some cases, residents of nearby Lawrence, Cullman, and Madison can apply. The case management process will not only provide advice to help stabilize the client, but this also incorporates a number of assistance programs for everything from rent to energy bills. The clients that can be supported also come from many backgrounds, and may be unemployed or senior citizens living on a fixed income. Others can also get help from a local Church Of Christ.

Referrals to financial support

Tenants behind on their rent, or homeowners that are facing foreclosure, can take part in Homeless Prevention. This is a program that provides a combination of guidance (most often from Decatur Housing Authority) and possible financial support as well.

In order to receive a grant for rental or mortgage costs, the issue faced by the resident needs to be a one time crisis. The applicant also needs to have a plan in place for long term stability as well as a source of income. They need to be able to make future housing payments on their own.

Local Decatur area Churches have counseling, which is also available. This will be some form of guidance from professionally trained staff. They will offers tops on entering into payment plans with either an apartment community or landlord, and offer other support services to clients.

Volunteers can offer help in the form of low cost Home Delivery of Meals. This was created to offer an affordable meal service to those who are homebound and unable to cook or shop. Clients may be the disabled, those with a short term medical condition, or a senior citizens in Decatur Alabama. Not only does the client of this affordable service receive a hot nutritious meal but they are also contacted throughout the week from the person who visited their home to bring them the food.

Other residents can use the Church Of Christ food bank. While a delivery of items is not available from this site, it can still offer food in an emergency, such as breads, pasta, and similar items. The hours and number of times someone can use the site are limited.




When needed for work or school reasons, a clothing allowance is provided. During the winter, Coats Because We Care will also pass out free items. It can also assist victims of fire or flood. This is available as the result of partners with local thrift stores as well as clothing banks. Applicants will need proof of income and more.

Vouchers for non-pain prescription drugs may be disbursed. This assistance is provided to uninsured as well as low income recipients when no other payment options are available to them. It is also focused on families with a medical conditions. Verification from a doctor of emergency need for the medications as well as proof of income are all required by the Church Of Christ, and some of this aid is available in partnership with Decatur General Hospital.

Christmas Toy Give-Away is available from a Decatur Church Benevolence department congregation. It is for residents under the age of 13, and it can provide them with toys, games, or their families with meals. There is a day of given away in which volunteers take part in helping the less fortunate.

Other financial support programs available by referrals include weatherization and the Low Income Energy Assistance Program. Another source of funds or loans for rent and other housing expenses is the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, which is available nationally. Or homeowners can look into the
low-income Weatherization assistance service, which will help struggling individuals in the form of from free energy efficiency and conservation measures.




Self-sufficiency guidance from Decatur Churches

Specialists from the church and their local Benevolence Departments are involved in offering a provides an array of career advice and employment services. This can help the unemployed or people looking to gain new work experiences or skills. The guidance is also for youth and veterans in Montgomery County, and is available in the form of  face-to-face case management.

A key partner in this effort will be local Job Stop Centers or organizations such as community action. Examples of these services include job placement and training, which can lead to an increased income. There is also development, career counseling, and resume preparation. Additional services, such as transportation to an interview, may be arranged by volunteers.

Decatur based Domestic Violence Service Centers are available for all adult victims, whether men or women, and their children. It is for survivors of domestic violence who need support or just want to develop healthier, more positive lifestyles. A Decatur Church Of Christ can offer referrals to this, which touches upon crisis intervention, emergency and transitional housing, legal assistance, and much more.

For more information on local Decatur churches, dial 888-421-126.



By Jon McNamara











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