Warren-Washington-Issaquenna-Sharkey Community Action assistance programs.
WWISCAA supports several counties in the region, including Washington, Issaquenna, Sharkey, Yazoo and Warren. The non-profit Community Action organization provides income qualified residents, and those seeking stability, a number of services. Details on many of them is at their Resource Center. Whether it is information on government aid, such as LIHEAP, or referrals to the programs run directly by WWISCAA, support may be offered.
They provide many state and federal government programs, such as utility or heating bill help from LIHEAP. Another focus is on senior citizens in the region, and resources for them include Dial a Buddy or Meals on Wheels. There is also shelter, grants as part of emergency financial aid for paying rent or energy bills, and more. Additional information on this non-profit and the programs is below.
Senior programs from WWISCAA
Food for seniors and the homebound is arranged by WWISCAA. The main primary options are below.
-Meals on Wheels is a delivery service. Volunteers from Warren-Washington-Issaquenna-Sharkey Community Action will go directly to the homes of seniors who are unable to get out and visit the congregate meal sites in the area, due to ill frailty, health or disability.
-The Senior Nutrition Program serves as a central contact for older adults in counties such as Washington Mississippi. WWISCAA is involved in referring qualified seniors to Meals on Wheels programs that are located in the appropriate areas of the county.
-Free meals, such as lunches, are served at area congregate sites. Seniors from the service area as well as their spouses have the opportunity to participate in activities and take advantage of other resources, which include counseling, nutrition-oriented education, and health care screenings. Some of these may take place at the Wisdom Exchange and Recreation Center.
Homemaker Services from Warren-Washington-Issaquenna-Sharkey Community Action Agency can help seniors as well. Staff will undertake chores and activities for them, such as light cleaning or cooking duties. The disabled or shut ins may also be qualified. This is similar to the respite that can also be arranged.
For those living along, Dial-A-Buddy is for daily contact. This is a telephone service that offers clients a kind and caring ear. Or seniors living in a nursing home in Warren or nearby counties may be qualified for a visit as part of the Ombudsman service from WWISCAA. Another option of local transportation is arranged for a low cost, and the non-profit provides a ride to health care facilities or an appointment.
Emergency financial assistance and self-sufficiency
Every year, the need for financial help with rent and utilities grows in the country as well as counties supported by Warren-Washington-Issaquenna-Sharkey Community Action Agency. WWISCAA is sometimes able to help a small number of needy, working poor families. There may be funds to help people pay their rent and utility costs as funding is available.
For potential clients seeking financial assistance in the form of a grant, they must bring in proof of identity, residence, income, copy of a lease and a copy of their late bill. The payments are then made directly to their landlords or utility company. Please note any form of financial help for rent and/or utilities is not provided to those who come in as a walk-in, and a formal appointment is needed.
WIA (Workforce Investment Act) is for both the unemployed in counties including Issaquenna and Washington as well as youth ages 16 to 21. Other participants may be senior citizens or parents that were caring for a child that want to re-enter the workforce. WWISCAA, partnering with job centers, will help the person and maybe place them into position to land a new or better job.
- The youth can enroll into a Summer Work Experience Program or internship.
- Clients can be given hands-on experience working within certain fields.
- IT skills can be enhanced, ranging from basic computer skills to Microsoft applications such as Excel. This is often in partnership with Mississippi Department of Human Services.
- Resume review, counseling, cover letter creation, and other services are arranged.
Shelter can be used to get a family off the street, and more importantly, start the process towards stability. Warren-Washington-Issaquenna-Sharkey Community Action will assist the homeless as well as people in imminent threat of eviction or foreclosure. They can apply for grants for rent and their bills above, or stay in the shelter to stabilize. There is also clothing, meals, medical attention, and more arranged.
WWISCAA also help clients enroll into federal government programs, namely Weatherization, energy crisis services, or LIHEAP. These will do everything from provide cash aid for utility or cooling bills to help a homeowner replace doors and insulate their homes.
Other support is also offered from the Family Support Service Center as well as Frank Carlton Education Station. There is everything from GED enrollment to counseling, educational classes, a computer lab for use, and more. All of these are provided by WWISCAA case managers to foster growth and stability.
Sharkey as well as Issaquena County address is 132 Court Street, Mayersville, MS. Call 662.873.2595.
Warren County is at 2022 Cherry Street, Vicksburg, Mississippi. Phone – 601.638.2474.
Yazoo County residents have an office at 516 Grand Avenue, Yazoo City, MS. Phone – 662.746.1517.
Families in Washington County address is 1165 S. Raceway Rd, Greenville, Mississippi 38701. Dial 662.378.8663 for information.