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Local Family Services programs and services.

Families in the Birmingham Alabama region that are facing a hardship can contact a local Family Services agency. The faith based charities can assist people facing a challenge. Of particular focus is on seniors and the elderly in Jefferson County. No direct financial assistance is provided from Family Services, but instead an individual can get referrals.

Information and Referral services can help clients, including low income families and others in the Jefferson County community in accessing resources to meet their needs. You can explore both private, non-profit programs and government benefits such as SSDI disability or food stamps. A qualified staff member from the center matches the callers needs to the most appropriate assistance programs that are offered. The agencies is located in Birmingham, AL 35213. Call or text 888-421-1266 for more details or resources available. As indicated, they will not disburse financial aid themselves.

Assistance may be available for food. This is limited and is only an option as supply allows. In addition, the individual needs to have a licensed social worker from another agency pick up the food items. Clients who request it receive credit counseling and budgeting from a local non-profit and its case managers. Much of this counseling consists of referrals to other Jefferson County non-profits and charities.

Caregivers, seniors, or the disabled can get help from the agency. There are a number of local Family Service agencies that want people to keep an independent and dignified lifestyle. If you live in the Birmingham region and are responsible for the care of an ill, disabled or senior relative, the agency can assist. They offer personalized coordination of care, including medical, food and more. Licensed social workers are available to assist.

A needs assessment will take place. Based on the results of that, a personalized treatment plan will be developed using recommendations from the social worker. Assistance from Family Services and other community partners are available. Some of what is offered includes.

  • Transportation to medical appointments or a needed trip.
  • Coordination of in-home personal care, including arrangement of doctor appointments.
  • Financial counseling, such as budgeting or payment of monthly bills.
  • Caregivers can get help in applying for community resources or referrals as well.
  • Counseling for both the individual and/or family members.





Other support is offered as needed for the senior or disabled individual. Local faith based Family Services sessions provide for peer support, the exchange of coping skills, and information on programs such as Medicaid and counseling. The goal is to first analyze the crisis that the Jefferson County Alabama client is facing and then to find some sort of solution.

Care Management can be coordinated by a local agency for those with an aging relative but maybe they live outside of Birmingham Alabama. Staff will work with the family on development and implementation of personalized care plans, offer information on financial aid programs to pay for the medical care, and other support.

Transportation programs in Jefferson County include Buz-A-Bus. This service is limited to clients over age 60 or those with documented disabilities that prevent them from driving, and is only for rides needed within a 5-mile radius of the Family Services office. It can provide rides for Medical Appointments, work activities, or critical shopping.


By Jon McNamara











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