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Giles, Marshall, Lawrence, and Lewis County assistance programs.

Financial help

The community action agency is South Central Human Resource Agency, or SCHRA. The non-profit offers short term solutions and emergency financial aid for paying expenses such as rent or energy bills to low income families in a crisis. Any applicant will also need to agree to, and be on the path to self-sufficiency. There are several offices in the region, including Giles, Marshall, and Lawrence. The main resources from SCHRA are below.

  • Energy programs – The case managers can help clients apply for grants for heating and electric bill from LIHEAP. Or homeowners can save money from weatherization.
  • Food – Low income families, children, and seniors can sign up for assistance or they can turn to a pantry.
  • Housing – There may be ESG grants for paying rental expenses or funds for a security deposit on a new, low income home in counties such as Marshall.
  • Self sufficiency – The Human Resource Agency will help clients find a job or pay down debts and other bills.
  • Financial support can be arranged in the form of applications to government aid such as the Tennessee TANF program or no-interest loans.

There are dozens of other services offered by SCHRA. Some are run directly by the organization, and others are available in partnership with social service offices in Lewis or Giles County. The staff can refer people to SNAP food stamps for fighting hunger. Or clients can access child care and more. The main office can be reached at (931) 433-7182. Or find more details on South Central Human Resource Agency assistance programs.

First United Methodist Church of Pulaski has limited funds for paying a portion of back rent. In some cases applications to grants or deposits are issued. They also run the Matthew 25 Thrift Shoppe for gently used goods and also operate an emergency food pantry from their center at 1008 Mill Street. Call (931) 424-5599.




Salvation Army has multiple locations, including one in the city of Lawrenceburg in Lawrence County. There are Christmas programs from the charity such as the Angel Tree, money for utility bills or rent, and ongoing case management. Phone (931) 762-2766.

Giles County Help Center – The non-profit operates many resources. They include an emergency food assistance program. There is also financial help for low income families facing homelessness, including for housing or medications. The address is 314 N First St, Pulaski, Tennessee 38478, dial (931) 363-8655.

Good Samaritan of Lawrence County can offer grants for expenses. Clients may be single parents or the working poor. Funds can assist with paying rent or an energy bill. Other support can be clothing for work or a free bag of groceries to a family facing hunger. The address is 921 South Beckett Street, Columbia, TN 38401. Call (931) 388-3840.

Columbia CARES is a charity that will only offer food or arrange medical care for people with HIV/AIDS only. They also can place patients into housing and assist in other ways. Telephone - (931) 381-0114.

Abraham McKissak Senior Center offers emergency money for the elderly only. Other resources include free Meals on Wheels and referrals to clinics. Other they can get advice on applying for SSI or Medicare. Call (931) 363-7608 for details.

Find help for food and basic needs

Whether it is a box of food in an emergency, or a holiday meal, the pantries or clothing closets below may be able to assist. Clients can be given free groceries or application to benefits such as SNAP food stamps or WIC. Several locations are below, or locate more food banks and pantries in Tennessee.

Lewis County Food and Clothing Bank, 131 Hankins Drive, Hohenwald, Tennessee 38462, dial (931) 796-2588. Both clothing for work or school and free food is offered. Christmas programs and gifts are also offered.





God's Storehouse. The pantry is at 425 Frank Street, Lawrenceburg, TN 38464, telephone (931) 766-1265.

First Presbyterian Church Lewisburg. Call (931) 359-3398 for hours.

The Wells Food Pantry is located at 1001 Chapman's Crossing, Spring Hill, Tennessee 37174. Call (615) 302-9355 for information.

Well Outreach. Location is 5226 Main Street, Spring Hill, TN 37174, (615) 302-9355. A soup kitchen and free pantry is on site.

The Family Center, 921 S Beckett St, Columbia, TN 38401, main phone (931) 388-3840.

Community clinics and sliding fee centers

Prohealth Columbia Community Care Clinic offers general care. Low income or uninsured patients will be billed on a sliding fee scale. Check ups, X Rays, physicals, and other support may be provided in counties such as Marshall and Giles. The clinic is at 180 Bear Creek Pike Suite A, Columbia, Tennessee 38401, or call (931) 381-7567 for appointments.

Edgehill clinic serves this area as well. Call (615) 227-3000.

Hensley Clinic may be able to offer affordable primary care. Medicaid and other health insurance is accepted too. The site is in Hohenwald, Tennessee and can be called at (931) 796-5943.



By Jon McNamara














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