Wilmington area church assistance programs.

Struggling and low income families can receive help from churches in Wilmington North Carolina. The organization of parishes and religious groups, working with local churches and other charities, may have free food, social services, rental funds, housing, and other assistance. Programs cover all of southeastern North Carolina, including the counties of Brunswick, Pender, and New Hanover.

Resources are offered from a local parish as well as funds donated from volunteers. Professionals, volunteers, and case managers can support low income and needy families, individuals, seniors, the unemployed, and others. Assistance programs are offered regardless of religion, race, age, or background. If one of these groups can’t assist, then find other rent assistance from churches as well as other services.

Some of what is available includes financial literacy classes, emergency food, case management and advocacy services, budgeting and credit repair, limited financial help (rent or utilities), advocacy for the poor, and more. Social workers can provide referrals and services are offered from bi-lingual/Spanish-speaking staff as needed. The Regional Office in Wilmington supports a total of six counties in Southeastern North Carolina. They are Pender, Brunswick, Columbus, Bladen, Duplin, and New Hanover.

Family support is a main service offered. This includes general case management for struggling individuals. You can meet with a social worker to get information and referrals for a variety of needs. Learn about government and non-profit financial assistance for basic needs such as food, utilities, and housing. Receive guidance in how to apply for these programs, and get information on all available resources in the community.

Other social services address family safety and health, including access to affordable health care. For example, churches have information on clinics in the Wilmington and Brunswick area. Many of the regional medical centers in Southeastern North Carolina, which churches offer partnerships too, help the poor get the medical or dental care they need. They also assist uninsured as well as senior citizens. Or get help in reducing risks of family/domestic violence.





With the still weak economy in North Carolina and New Brunswick County, assistance programs are also focused on enhancing economic stability. Receive free employment and job search assistance, budget counseling, financial literacy workshops, and general educational programming. After all, a higher income is key to stability and self-sufficiency.

Churches in southeastern North Carolina is focused on empowering families to overcome barriers that restrict their economic, personal and community growth. They try to get individuals to advocate for themselves. A main focus is on connecting and referring low income and poor families to the non-profit and government resources they need to succeed and raise healthy successful children. The organization works with many partners in New Hanover and Wilmington North Carolina, including those that improve economic stability and success.

Other resources available include Emergency Food Assistance, Adoption Services, Free Diapers and Baby Clothing, supplies for infants, and Clinical Counseling. There may also be Immigration Assistance, and Disaster Response Programs.

Food pantries and clothing closets provide much of these basic goods. The local pantries are open limited hours, so call in advance. Emergency supplies of groceries in New Hanover County feed children as well as families in poverty. Or a church can refer a client to food stamp or WIC application sites. Special programs may be offered for senior citizens and children in the region as well, including services as home delivered meals.

Churches in the region often have holiday programs too. They may serve meals at Thanksgiving as well as Christmas. Another resource is toys for kids, and some of that aid may be given out too. All of these programs for food and meals are limited in capacity.





There are literally dozens of churches in the region. Some are in Wilmington, others are located throughout the area including in Brunswick County. Or try churches in Burgaw, Whiteville NC or other town. Each has very limited resources. But what is available is wide ranging, and other support may be given too. For details dial 211.

By Jon McNamara

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