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Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, Ripley, Switzerland assistance programs.

Salvation Army - They have branches and offices that provide help all across Indiana. The main assistance program they administer is known as Service Extension, which provides help to the needy and low income for emergency needs, such as rent help, food needs, clothing, shelter, emergency lodging, heating or utility assistance, medical care and other critical needs. Call (812) 926-1585

Batesville Food Pantry - They run a food pantry one per week, and also provide emergency assistance. Get access to rent and utility help, free food pantry, prescriptions, and other aid. It is limited. Phone (812) 934-2622.

Town Trustee in Ripley, Dearborn, Franklin, Ohio, or Switzerland Indiana. Call your local town office. Each town and county has a Township Trustees, which may be able to offer assistance, counseling, and information on resources and programs for the needy. The programs are limited in nature, and a Trustee will review each application. Assistance provided by your town is usually provided on a-one-time-per-year basis, and the most common type of aid is rent, heating, or utilities. Individuals should also apply for any types of seasonal program assistance or federal programs that they are eligible for from community organizations or charities such as Energy Assistance or federal government subsidy programs. Call your local town and ask about the Trustee program and poor relief.

Southeastern Indiana Economic Opportunity Corporation - This non-profit serves the entire region. Programs focus on providing short term financial aid, or directing people to assistance programs. At the same time counselors from this community action agency work one on one with residents to help them achieve long term success.


  • Emergency Assistance and Grant Program - This resource offers a variety of financial assistance and grants to low to moderate income-eligible individuals and families in a crisis situation. Assistance provided from the program may include financial assistance for paying rent, medical bills, utilities, food, prescriptions, debt counseling or even money for gasoline!




  • Energy Assistance Program (EAP) - The utility program provides assistance to qualified individuals with the high cost of home energy bills. Help is offered to income eligible families or those experiencing utility emergencies or a potential disconnection. EAP includes Heat Assistance as well.
  • Food - Commodities and food such as bread, baking mix, peanut butter, frozen foods, canned pork and beef, pears, peaches, whole tomatoes, green beans, corn, peas, and fruits.
  • Head Start program - Educational opportunities, health care professionals, and teachers can provide schooling and access for any health issues including hearing & vision tests and immunizations.
  • Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program - This can help people find low priced housing.
  • Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) - Funded by the federal government as well as Indiana. The goal is to increase the energy efficiency of dwellings, homes, and apartment. It will help them save on their utility bills.

Southeastern Indiana Economic Opportunity Corporation is headquartered in Aurora and can be reached at (812) 926-1585. Learn more.

Christian Outreach Assistance Center - Offers winter and baby clothing, Holiday Gifts/Toys, Food, counseling, and more. (812) 438-3805,

S. Vincent De Paul - The charity is located in Aurora Indiana. It offers clothing, food, and prescription vouchers. (812) 926-1637




Food Pantries and Bank - Some of the location to stop by for free food, groceries, holiday meals, and commodities includes First Baptist Church of Greendale, (812) 537-1642, Community and St. Paul United Methodist Church ((812) 623-2382), Versailles Church of Christ ((812) 689-6515).

Community clinics and medical care

Kings Daughter Hospital and Health Services, which is based in Versailles Indiana, is another local community clinic. They offer outpatient care and other services. (812) 689-5101

Switzerland County Nurse Managed Clinic - Offers health care on a sliding fee scale. Will also accept government or private insurance. Call (812) 427-4038

Franklin County Health Department - The organizations runs and provides for a Community Clinics, Adolescent/Adult Immunizations, Childhood Immunizations and other medical needs. Brookville Ohio. (765) 647-4322



By Jon McNamara

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