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Lauren County South Carolina assistance programs.

Find the main churches, charities, and government financial assistance programs. Agencies can help with paying rent or security deposits, provide money for paying for car repairs or grants for utility bills, and much more. There is also free medical care from clinics and food from pantries. Find how to get help below as well as learn how to apply.

Free health care

Good Shepherd Free Medical Clinic is based in Laurens County, and the facility is a non-profit Christian ministry staffed by volunteers. There are nurses, doctors, dentists and medical professionals who give generously of their time to provide free dental and medical care to residents without private or government health insurance. Low income and other patients who do not have the financial resources to afford basic healthcare or pay medical bills may also qualify for aid. It is the only free medical clinic in Laurens County. Dial 864.833.0017.

Emergency financial assistance

Center for Community Services - Golden Strip Emergency Relief Center is a non-profit that offers financial assistance. There may be funds for Utilities, Cooling Bills, Prescription Medication, Rent, and Free Food. The charity may also offer loans as well as general financial counseling  to Laurens County residents who live above Highway 101. Phone (864) 688-2233 or 864.688.2242.

The local community action agency, GLEAMNS Human Resources Commission (call (864) 223-9456) offers several assistance programs.

  • Community Services Block Grant - Funds from this service have been used for General Emergency Assistance. Low income, working poor, and unemployed can get get help.
    As the result of partnerships, clients can apply for Rent Assistance or Rural Emergency Housing Resources. There is also free Community Food and Nutrition services or Mortgage and Foreclosure Programs.




  • GLEAMNS also coordinates utility bill help in Laurens County. There is the LIHEAP Support-Cooling and Heating grants. Or some households may get Direct Energy Bill Assistance.
  • LIHEAP Cooling and Heating - Vouchers for paying heating and cooling bills are provided for low-income persons on an emergency-heating or cooling situation. The funds are usually targeted at those individuals who are struggling as the result of a job layoff, plant closings, reduction in income, and severe weather conditions.
  • Weatherization Program - Free improvements are made to your home to help you save on your home heating and cooling bills.
  • Referrals are available from GLEAMNS. Case managers can often refer low income families or the elderly to local non-profits or churches for rent help, free food, and assistance with security deposits. They also have information on federal and state of South Carolina government benefits, such as food stamps or cash grants from TANF.
  • Providing job training is also available in Laurens County. Government grants that are part of the Workforce Investment Act are used to help the unemployed or residents looking for new skills. They can gain education skills, receive advise on resumes, job placement, and other support.

Call GLEAMNS Human Resources Commission at (864) 223-9456. Find more details on assistance from GLEAMNS Human Resources Commission.

Laurens County Salvation Army is located in the region. There are a couple main centers that may be able to assist the low income and families facing a crisis. Programs can provide electric bill assistance, free food, rent help, and more. Seasonal resources include free back to school items, Christmas gifts and toys for children, and more. Other social services include case management, transitional housing, and advice on finding a permanent home in the county. Read more on Laurens and Anderson Salvation Army.

Catholic Charities - Providing everything from referrals to low cost dental care and emergency financial support, the church can help families regardless of religion. Resources are focused on the elderly, immigrants, and very low income families. There is also help for migrant workers. If the charity can’t help, then referrals may be offered to other Laurens County non-profits or government programs in the Piedmont Region. Read more on Catholic Charities in the Piedmont region.





Housing expenses are often very difficult to pay. Laurens County South Carolina families may, on occasion, get help with their rent, deposits, or utilities among others. There are several rental as well as housing assistance programs available.

What may be offered depends on the applicant’s circumstances, but it may be grants for back rent, loans for some bills or utilities, or even security deposit help. Other aid is also available. More on housing and rent assistance in Laurens County.

Senior assistance programs

Senior Options runs multiple assistance programs for Laurens County seniors over 60 years old. Those programs include: Meals On Wheels, Transportation Assistance, Exercise, as well as free Adult Day Healthcare. Other elderly services include I-Care Counseling, Health Care, and the Foster Grandparent Program. Dial 864.938.0572 or (864) 681-0010..

By Jon McNamara

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