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Financial help from churches in Greenville County South Carolina.

Many churches in Greenville County South Carolina help low income and struggling families. The resources from each church will vary, but when possible, they may give everything from free food to emergency financial help for rent, electric, water bills and more. Many churches also operate clothing or furniture banks or they provide hot meals from soup kitchens. In general, churches support their immediate community or parish, whether the town of Greer, city of Greenville, or other municipalities.

In general, churches in the Greenville County support people in the region regardless of their age, race, immigration status, nationality, or religion. A free bag of groceries, box of clothes, or a few dollars to pay a utility bill to stop a disconnection can be available for anyone who qualifies based on their income or need. Many of the churches also operate seasonal services such as Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas meals/toys and they also give a place for the lonely, poor, and disadvantaged to go for a listening ear.

Financial help from regional faith based groups

There are two “umbrella” agencies. They include the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul as well as Catholic Charities. These churches will general offer a wide range of emergency rent or utility bill help, money to pay for gasoline, motel vouchers, and of course free food. The leading churches that are part of these organizations are listed below.

Catholic Charities of Greenville and the Piedmont Deanery is a regional churches that supports multiple cities, towns, and even counties in South Carolina. As many as 15 different services are offered. They also help immigrants and Spanish speakers.

Some of what may be offered includes low cost or free rides for senior citizens as well as Meals on Wheels. There is funds to pay water bills to keep it on, basic dental or medical care, clothes or food, support for seniors or the disabled, counseling, free legal aid, and identification support. Dial (864) 242-2233, or the main address is 204 Douthit St. in Greenville. More on Catholic Charities of Greenville.

Several churches are part of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. They are faith based ministries with emergency assistance as well as social services. They may help with medical needs, give free food or hygiene supplies, and even some grants for paying bills or housing costs. There are several that are part of the Society, including





  • Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 2 James Drive, Greenville, South Carolina 29605. Call (864) 422-1648.
  • St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, 2252 Woodruff Rd, Simpsonville, SC 29681. Telephone - (864) 288-4884
  • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church is located at 8 Gillin Drive, Simpsonville, South Carolina 29680. Call (864) 263-3445.
  • Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1209 Brushy Creek Rd, Taylors, SC 29687, phone (864) 268-4352.

Local churches in Greenville County

Several other churches also offer support. These generally do not offer money to pay the bills. But they help in other ways, such as passing out free groceries, baby formula, ensure for seniors and other aid. Some operate donor services or provide volunteer opportunities in Greenville County South Carolina. One example is Woodside Baptist Church and their Westside Crisis Center at 301 Woodside Ave, Greenville, SC 29611. Phone (864) 271-3740.

Church run food pantries and soup kitchens also feed the hungry. Both during holidays as well as year round. They are Salem United Methodist Church at 2700 White Horse Road in the city of Greenville. Call (864) 269-1191. Berea First Baptist Church operates a Reaching Center for the low income in the parish. Not only is food out there, but they also operate a free furniture bank to that also has household supplies. The address is 529 Farrs Bridge Rd, Greenville, South Carolina 29611. Main number is (864) 246-1921.

Many other churches are out there. For more information or referrals, find there here. Or call a parish near you.

By Jon McNamara

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