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Assistance programs Summers and Monroe County WV

Low income families can receive advice, support, guidance, and maybe even financial aid from Community Action of Southeastern West Virginia. This may be the leading organization for the greater Monroe and Summers County region. Assistance is offered for seniors, children, the jobless, and others who are going through a difficult period.

The non-profit runs the local Commission on Aging program. This can coordinate transportation, information on Medicare, and other support for older adults and the elderly. The program is paid for by the state of West Virginia.

Support is offered people age 60 and older from a program known as Lighthouse. While some of the resources are free, others are based on a sliding fee scale.

  • Personal Care includes grooming, bathing, and dressing for the homebound.
  • Food and Nutrition - Grocery/Pharmacy Shopping, Meal Preparation, and Eating.
  • In-Home care for senior citizens and the home bound elderly. Receive transportation to health care, shopping, exercises, activities, and even free home delivered meals.
  • Mobility is part of home care. This is Transferring In/Out of Bed And Walking.
  • Environment services includes Light Housekeeping and Laundry.

One of the focuses of Community Action is on senior nutrition. The agency runs the Title III Nutrition Meals Program, which is for persons age 60 or older who live in Summers County and other nearby towns. This program is also open to handicapped/disabled individuals who live in housing facilities where congregate meals are provided. Also the younger spouse of a participant can get a meal too.

The federal government and state of West Virginia Nutrition Program provides not only free healthy meals but is also a method for seniors to experience interpersonal socialization. The food assistance program is an excellent tool for reaching the aged for evaluation of other needs. The non-profit agency is the primary Senior Citizen Meal provider in Mercer County West Virginia. Over the course of a year the community action agency may provide thousands of meals to the needy. Click more food assistance.




Some of these programs offered are partly paid for by the CASEWV Bureau of Senior Services. They work closely with the Appalachian Area Agency on Aging.

Housing assistance is available. This includes low interest loans for first time homebuyers. In addition, both renters and homeowners can sign up for Family Stabilization Services. Meet with a case manager to explore programs for housing, health care, utilities, food, day care referrals, eviction prevention, clothing, education/training, weatherization, and other senior services.

Job training and employment services are offered by CASE. Clients can sign up for vocational instruction for occupations including Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide. All components and resources include valuable support and training in job placement and life skills.

The main office of Community Action of Southeastern West Virginia is at 307 Federal Street, Suite 323, Bluefield, WV 24701. Telephone number is (304) 324-0450. For more details, click here.

Catholic Charities supports this section of West Virginia as well. The main office is in Princeton. Call (304) 425-4306 for intake and information. For applicants who meet income criteria they may be able to obtain utility bill and/or rent assistance. Read Catholic Charities West Virginia.

Princeton West Virginia Salvation Army runs several programs. They include Thrift Store for clothing and free school supplies. There is a free soup kitchen and a Food Pantry is operated, however a referral is needed from DHHR if receiving Food Stamps. Or apply for emergency assistance with paying utilities, rent; housing for transients, and prescription medications. Another program is the Angel Tree free Christmas toys as well as care for seniors, including low cost housing. The address is 300 Princeton Avenue, Princeton, WV 24740. Phone (304) 425-2971. Or more on Princeton West Virginia Salvation Army assistance programs.





Government aid is offered by the Department of Health and Human Resources. Low income and working poor can sign up for resources including food stamps, LIHEAP, and Medicaid. Social workers from these county offices can also help people apply for other public aid. To learn more on West Virginia public aid, click here.

The human resources offices are at Monroe County - 150 Maplewood Avenue, Lewisburg, West Virginia 24901, call (304) 647-7476 for intake. Summers County Department of Health and Human Resources can also be called at (304) 647-7476.


By Jon McNamara














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