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Franklin County Missouri Assistance Programs.

Find emergency assistance for expenses, rent, energy and heating bills, and free food in Union and Franklin County Missouri. Numerous charities, non-profits and other agencies exist that provide services and resources to people in their time of need.

Information on crisis and emergency programs

Agape Help House and Food Pantry - This non-profit charity organization, which can be reached at (636) 271-5315, helps low to moderate income families and individuals, the disabled and elderly families obtain food, obtain clothing and also gain access to personal items in times of crisis or an emergency.

Community Outreach - This non-profit provides low income and other qualified individuals with emergency food, rent assistance, money for paying utilities and heating bills, prescription medications, GED kits and even debt and budget counseling. (573) 764-4357

Another option is Loving Hearts Outreach. This charity provides emergency aid, low income assistance and guidance to disaster victims and low-income individuals in the community. (636) 390-8300

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (phone number (314) 531-2183) serves individuals of all religions and faiths throughout the Franklin County area by providing rent help, utility and heating bill assistance. They provide loans or grants to those that qualify. Other resources may be free food, vouchers for prescription medications or gasoline and general assistance to those in need and who are struggling. Find other Saint Vincent de Paul church based programs.




Sullivan Emergency Assistance Fund is a more region organization that focuses its assistance programs needy persons who reside in the Sullivan School District. Applicants also need to be in a crisis situations such as eviction, utility shutoff, no food, etc. Call them at (573) 468-6847.

Washington Emergency Relief Fund ((636) 239-6633) provides low to moderate income, the unemployed, and other struggling people with a one-time financial assistance cash grant toward paying for delinquent utility bills, rent, or other emergency situations and crises.





Salvation Army Corp Centers are located in the region. The non-profit, which is one of the nation’s largest social service agencies, offers help with basic needs, referrals, and emergency assistance. Families from Union and Franklin County can use local shelters, access a food pantry or thrift store, and maybe get help for rent or utility bills. Case managers help the poor and less fortunate. Continue.

Help from the Franklin Community Action Corporation

This non-profit, community action agency is a great resource to learn about various assistance programs offered by the federal government, the state of Missouri, and other non-profits. Some of the programs and services they run are.

Weatherization Assistance Program - This is a free federal government program that is used for completing home energy conservation and efficiency measures, and the program is available for income-qualifying households. The weatherization program's primary goal is to reduce energy bills and costs by improving the energy efficiency in homes.

Energy Crisis Intervention and Assistance Programs - These two programs either help pay for the primary monthly heating/utility bill, or the crisis intervention programs will provide emergency financial assistance to an applicant to ensure their power is not disconnected.

Family resource centers are located in the Franklin County service area. Staff from JFCAC will guide clients on the path to self-sufficiency, and help them overcome barriers to education and employment, and components of this include Head Start for children and more.




Basic needs, ranging from food to grants for security deposits, heating bills or paying rent are available. The community action agency also administers a free school supply program for children and can refer clients to public aid such as section 8 or WIC vouchers.

Call the Franklin Community Action Corporation at (636) 789-2686 to learn more or apply for assistance or aid. Or click more details.

Children assistance programs

Call or stop by Community Response for Children. This organization assists children and their families. The programs and resources offered help those in need with providing school supplies, prescription drugs and medications and basic necessities. Phone (636) 239-1018.

Dental care for uninsured or limited health insurance

The Franklin County Dental Network is a partnership of dentists and other professionals that provides routine and general dental care to the uninsured and under insured populations in Franklin County and Union Missouri. Dial (636) 239-8397 to learn more or make an appointment. Learn more on dental programs.

Civil legal assistance

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri offers free, high quality legal assistance and aid to low-income people in the area. Call them at (636) 583-7877, or click here for more information on Missouri legal assistance.





Food and groceries

If you are in need, St. Peter's UCC Food Pantry provides nonperishable food staples and groceries to help people make it through a difficult period. (636) 239-7081

Union Food Pantry is an emergency source of food and a distribution center for people in the Union School District. Call (636) 584-7050.

About 10 other churches and food pantries serve the needy in the community. They coordinate short term support, such as groceries or hot meals, along with applications to WIC vouchers for single moms or food stamps. Another goal is to provide Christmas meals and toys to children. Find Franklin County food banks.

By Jon McNamara

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