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Assistance programs in Warren, Sharkey, and Issaquena County.

Agencies can help the low income, seniors, and disabled with paying their bills, fulfilling their basic needs, and gaining self-sufficiency. There is everything from rental assistance to electric bill help, free food, gasoline vouchers and more. Some of the leading non-profit agencies and government programs to contact for assistance are below.

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The Community Action Agency supports the needy in Issaquena, Sharkey, and Warren County. A number of case management and assistance programs are administered. The non-profit takes a comprehensive approach to providing self-sufficiency services and they address the needs of the entire family. Get help in learning about available resources, applying for financial aid or grants. Case workers also offer intake, assessment, and help clients even learn about employment and job training programs. Or families can contact WWISCAA for information on loan programs for their past due bills.

  • They administer the federal government Emergency Food and Shelter Program. This will provide housing/shelter, clothing, free food, and counseling for individuals and families who are behind on their rent and who are in danger of foreclosure or eviction. There may also be grants for paying a security deposit. Components of the program also focus on the homeless, who can also receive food, shelter, case management, and clothing. There may be other free stuff provided too.
     
  • Families can get help from LIHEAP, or the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. This is another federal government grant program that can help pay for utility bills and offset energy costs. Hundreds of families in Issaquena and Warren Mississippi, as well as neighboring towns and cities, receive financial aid for utilities every year.
     
  • Seniors and the homebound can sign up for home delivered meals. This resource is offered for those people who are at least 60 years old or older. Applicants need to also meet the standards for services developed by the Mississippi Council on Aging. Meals on Wheels will also help people who are unable to prepare a balanced meal on their own due to physical or mental handicap.
     
  • Income tax preparation can be provided, and is known as VITA. The agency provides free income tax assistance to elderly, low-income, handicapped, & other qualified persons. Also learn about the Earned Income Tax Credit Program.

 

 

 

  • The WIA program can help meet education and employment needs. The Issaquena, Sharkey, and Warren Community Action Agency can assist students in completing their GED or high school education. Job training and counseling can help prepare students for careers or further their education and/or future job training skills. Also, gain access to employability skills including additional work experience, training, job placement and development.
     
  • Another option is known as Senior Select. This is a program for high school seniors that provides work readiness and job skills including career decision making, creating an employment portfolio, becoming knowledgeable of the labor market, and job search assistance.
     
  • Transportation assistance and rides can be provided to handicapped and elderly persons. They are free from community action and offered to those who need transportation to doctor appointments, food pantries, health care facilities and other locations.
     
  • The agency has information and locations on Community Nutrition Sites. The centers provide well-balanced and healthy meals for senior citizens every day. Recipients of the food and meals need to be at least 60 years old and also meet criteria set by Mississippi Council on Aging.

The Warren-Washington-Issaquenna-Sharkey Community Action Agency (WWISCAA) has multiple offices, including in Greenville, MS (dial (662) 378-5857) as well as at 132 Court Street, Mayersville, Mississippi 39113. Phone (662) 873-2595. Or read Warren-Washington-Issaquenna-Sharkey Community Action programs.

Vicksburg Salvation Army is located at 530 Mission 66, Vicksburg, MS 39180. Call (601) 456-4444 or (601) 636-2706. This non-profit agency is involved with providing emergency assistance and social services to the low income. Services offered include clothing, free food, furniture, and utility or heating bill assistance. there may also be limited help for paying rent.

The Salvation Army offers support for the elderly and disabled. Other services offered for children grades 1-12 include free meals, and visits to nursing homes and shut-ins. Limited transportation assistance can be offered for seniors.

The Salvation Army of Warren, Issaquena, and Sharkey County provides emergency services for the working poor, single moms and low income. Additional assistance programs include utility bill assistance for the disabled and elderly. For example, they provide help with paying electric bills using Entergy's Energy concern and meals through their soup kitchen.

There are other assistance programs available from the local Salvation Army centers. They can include free Christmas gifts, information on transitional housing units, emergency rent help, and educational services. Or apply for free back to school supply programs for kids from K-12. The staff do their best to support the low income and homeless. Learn more on Salvation Army in the region including Hinds County.

 

 

 

 

Good Shepherd Community Center – This is a medical clinic for the uninsured. This agency provides a holistic medical program for working poor and low-income children, youth, and families. Services offered include free clinic for uninsured individuals, childcare, after-school tutoring, as well as a free food pantry.

The charity also has a community center, family literacy training, GED preparation and English as a Second Language classes or workshops. Or get the use of free internet and wi-fi services. The location is 629 Cherry Street, Vicksburg, Mississippi 39183. Phone (601) 636-7687 for intake.

Cary Christian Center – The center offers basic needs and food. They provide a broad range of services and basic needs that are directed at the needs of the greater South Mississippi Delta. There are also free lothes, work uniforms, possible school supplies and more. Call 662) 873-4593 or (888) 668-1256.

Berachah Church Food Pantry / Life church Vicksburg offers a food pantry. Get free groceries, hygiene supplies and other stuff from 2918 Fisher Ferry Road, Vicksburg, MS 39180. Call (601) 638-1062 or (601) 638-1062

Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church Food Pantry / Trinity Baptist is a member of the Mississippi Food Network.  Meals on Wheels, cooking classes, holiday meals and other support is offered. Phone (601) 636-8121 or (601) 638-8108

We Care Community Services is a food bank. Location is 909 Walnut Street, Vicksburg, MS 39183. Telephone  (601) 638-6327 or (601) 272-2891

Jackson Clinic is a federal government Certified Rural Health Clinic. Telephone (662) 873-436. The uninsured and low income (among others) can get free medical care, dental cleanings and other support. Also learn about prescription drug assistance programs. Or click here for more on federal qualified government health centers.

By Jon McNamara

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