Church free financial assistance programs in Sacramento County.

Churches across Sacramento County provide financial help, free stuff, and support to low income families. A number of assistance programs may be offered, ranging from emergency rent or utility bill help to free boxes of food, clothes, furniture, and much more. Find details on churches in Sacramento and how they can help below.

In general, a church has both (1) limited resources and (2) depends on volunteers. There are more wide ranging parishes, such as Saint Vincent de Paul as well as Catholic Charities, and more local one off churches too. Some offer emergency financial assistance for housing (rent, utilities, gas bills, etc.) while others provide just free goods (food, clothes, gasoline, etc.). However most churches in Sacramento County will at the least take in the disadvantaged, the poor, lonely, and struggling and refer them to resources they need.

Financial help, free items, food, and other assistance

Sacramento Southgate SDA Church offers a number of community resources from 2299 Meadowview Road. Some of it is basic, free health care which may include free blood pressure checks from volunteer nurses or doctors and basic physicals. There is also free food as well as baby formula and clothes for adults and kids. Low income families can also learn about financial aid for paying their bills or rent as well. SDA church can be reached at (916) 428-3027.

Several churches really focus on offering free food. It may be a pantry or it may be a soup kitchen. However they are scattered all across Sacramento County. All of these churches have limited resources and offer their own types of food and groceries, but it may include the following. There may be free infant formula, fruits, vegetables, USDA commodities, special dietary foods (like ensure for seniors) and more.

They also try to serve special holiday meals, including at Christmas, Thanksgiving, as well as Easter. Some free dinners or Christmas toys may be given out too, as well as clothes. Some of the options include Our Lady of Lourdes Church (1951 North Avenue, Sacramento, California 95838, call 916-925-5313), Del Paso Union Baptist Church (1335 Los Robles Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95838, phone 916-925-5939) and others. Find more information on free food pantries in Sacramento.

 

 

 

 

Sacramento churches can provide free or low cost furniture or household goods too. It may be a thrift store or free furniture bank, or some have free clothing closets. Whether it is a bed, toys (for birthday or Christmas), TVs, shoes, or countless other goods. Deseret Industries Thrift Store, based at 3000 Auburn Boulevard, Suite B in Sacramento, is but one options. That church can be reached at 916-482-1480. The thrift store is open to the public, regardless of income.

As noted, financial help for paying bills may be a possibility, but it is not common. It is emergency aid only, and as funds allow a church in Sacramento County may offer a few dollars for expenses such as rent or a light or electric bill. Or churches may help pay for a motel or hotel room in a crisis, or provide free gasoline for work or a medical emergency. One leading church – charity for more details is Catholic Charities in Sacramento. However any local parish may assist when they have funding.

More information and applying for help from churches in Sacramento County

In general, a church will help a struggling family regardless of their religion, ethnicity, immigration status, and even income. There can be assistance for single moms or married couples, women who survived domestic violence, migrants, and countless others. A focus is on low income households and the working poor in Sacramento county. But all resources, whether free stuff or emergency financial help for paying bills is limited. Dial 916-498-1000 for referrals and more details.

By Jon McNamara

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