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Pee Dee Catholic Charity and church based programs.

Emergency programs from Pee Dee Catholic Charities can help the working poor and elderly. The organization, working with a number of churches, can provide for basic needs such as food and clothing. There may also be direct financial aid for paying bills such as rent or utilities. All of his, and more, is available in Horry, Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Williamsburg, Georgetown, Lee, Marlboro, and Marion County.

Food pantries provide needy families and individuals with free groceries and food items. Some of the items passed out are provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (U.S.D.A.), local churches or there may be other goods that are purchased directly from the Lowcountry Food Bank and then distributed to those that are less fortunate. All government supplied commodities are passed out without discrimination to age, race, or background. The pantry may also pass out personal Toiletry Kits. This may be soap, razors, and similar goods.

Vouchers for gasoline may occasionally be available. When possible, Catholic Charities will offer them, or a bus pass, for a medical appointment at Charleston MUSC. Or in some cases there may be transportation for a job interview, a critical doctor appointment or to the pharmacy.

Pee Dee Catholic Charities will try to offer financial aid for certain emergency needs. Using donations or money from their general fund, the agency will try to help with paying for prescriptions, a partial rent payment or energy bill, doctors' visits, birth certificates, emergency shelter, or transportation. It is for a crisis only and all requests are closely reviewed on a case by case basis.

Telephone and Communication Assistance is offered from a federal program known as Trak phones. Very low income families from counties such as Horry or Georgetown may qualify for a free phone. It will have minutes on it, and more can be purchased by recipients, including domestic violent victims and to the elderly living alone. These phones and the minutes on them are purchased by Catholic Charities and other non-profits.

Case management services are provided by Pee Dee Catholic Charities to clients. Staff will work with clients on creating goals and lists. Then, they will follow up to ensure the consumer will achieve the goals. Referrals, linkage and information on other programs in Horry, Chesterfield, Florence and other towns are offered to individuals.




Help for the elderly is offered by the Catholic Charity Senior Care Management Services. The increasing number of older residents is being served by this comprehensive and broad program. Resources are offered for families, care givers, and individuals.

The program provides comprehensive assessment to create an individualized care plan, case management, advocacy, referral to programs such as Medicare, and coordination of services. Some fees may be needed from this elder services. They also work with other regional organizations, such as the Area on Aging in Horry County and other areas such as Dillon or Georgetown.

Medical care is arranged from several programs. They include the Mobile Free Wellness Clinic, which is part of the Conway Medical Center Health Outreach. There is also vision care and eye check ups arranged by Vision USA at Catholic Charities - Pee Dee. In some cases, referrals to free eye glasses may be available.

Low income and senior families can get advice on applying for Medicare or the MediApps-Medication Application Services. A modest fee is charged to clients in order to cover part of the cost of this service. No one will be turned away from advice because of inability to pay their bills.

Free diapers, cribs, and other items are from the Catholic Charity Children Ministry. Churches and the organization help new mothers and provide them towels, new outfits for the baby, bibs, clothing, maybe formula and usually a homemade baby blanket. All of these items are donated from the community at drives such as birthday for Jesus parties or a fund raiser called “Stitches from the Heart".

Other assistance for new or single moms includes free used or brand new infant and toddler car seats. There is also a children's clothes closet operating in South Carolina. These programs from Pee Dee support the counties of Horry (Myrtle Beach), Williamsburg, Chesterfield, and Florence.




They also operate various volunteer programs and ministries, knitting group that make items for the working poor such as baby blankets, hats, coats, and lap-ghans, and administer programs for immigrants and others from the Hispanic Outreach Ministry.

All resources are limited, and they will change based on county, funding levels, and even the season. More details are available at 855-377-1357.


By Jon McNamara

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