United Family Community Services emergency assistance programs.

One of the charities in the Clark County region is United Family Community Services (UFCS). The organization does try to offer some form of support to families or individuals that are in a crisis. The intent is to support residents that are in a short term emergency and that were otherwise stable in the past.

This means that any type of emergency funding will more likely be for low to moderate income families that did not show a past pattern of homelessness or evictions. For example, if an applicant ran up debts in the past or did not spend their money wisely, then they are more likely to not qualify for financial aid.

In addition to a small food pantry that can be called on in a crisis, the long term Food Assistance provided by UFCS is known as SNAP EBT. It promotes the general welfare, good health, and well-being of working poor residents of Clark County and Las Vegas by improving their nutrition level. In addition to addressing overall health, SNAP Food Assistance stretches a families grocery budget so they can incorporate a wide variety of healthy foods, including grains (especially whole grains), milk, dairy, fruits, and vegetables, into the household's daily diet.

During an initial interview with a case manager and an applicant, the program staff members assess the family’s circumstances to determine eligibility for emergency benefits. The time period to be assessed is typically the month during which the household submitted their application for assistance. Those determined to be in need as they are facing a hunger can proceed.

People found qualified for emergency benefits receive their initial amount within seven days. On the other hand, those found ineligible for emergency SNAP food stamps receive help within 30 days of the application date. SNAP benefits help stretch the household's dollars at the grocery store. The bottom line is that health shopping can help people stay healthy.

UFCS is involved in many financial aid activities. The volunteers may be distributing food and clothing and offer referrals. There may also be money for housing costs such as rent or air conditioning during the summer. United Family Community Services is one of the largest emergency human services provider in Clark County, with a main office in Las Vegas (per below).




At this site are a number of trained as well as highly compassionate volunteers. There is also a small support staff of full time workers. They help families deal with an immediate crisis. They will try to prevent families from Clark County from going hungry or having their electricity shut off.

As part of the application process, UFCS volunteers will partner closely with each family to determine how to best resolve the emergency at hand. Based on the results, there may be grants for utility or energy bills, emergency food, medications for helping with a medical concern, short term loans for expenses such as rent, and other aid.

There are various holiday and Christmas services from United Family Community Services available including the Angel Tree, Coats for Kids, Kiwanis Club holiday party for children, and food baskets passed out in partnership with the Clark County Salvation Army as well as centers in Las Vegas. This form of Christmas or Thanksgiving assistance is generally for families with children who lack funds for basic living needs. This can assist on an as needed basis.

United Family Community Services education and employment programs

UFCS Adult Education is offered. This is available in the community to those individuals, no matter their background, who wish to further their education. These classes enhance life and job skills which makes participants more successful in their personal lives and in the job market.

The classes as well as counseling sessions are free of charge and are available to clients and the general public depending on the space allowed. Here is a list of some of the sessions available. There are workshops on how to use Microsoft PowerPoint, English for Successful Living, Microsoft Word, and Basic Computer skills.

For children or teenagers in low-income households, there is a United Family Community Services youth program that offers them assistance. When these disadvantaged children are off from school, free summer lunches are provided as well as uniforms and/or backpacks full of school supplies for the upcoming year. Referrals are made on their behalf for summer camp in Las Vegas Nevada.




The process will also involve exploring financial assistance with the parents and participation in holiday gifting through the Adopt a Family program. Another service available is vouchers to help pay for child and day care costs. The children must be between the ages of 5 years and 17 years and be pre-registered for the programs in order to participate.

Whether it is financial aid, referrals, or counseling, United Family Community Services can often help from their office at 3365 West Craig Rd. Suite 25, North Las Vegas, NV 89032. Call 702-649-5995.


By Jon McNamara

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