Emergency Assistance The Emergency Assistance program helps area residents pay their rent or utility bills in order to prevent them from becoming homeless. This is a one-time assistance. The recipient must demonstrate the ability to maintain a normal payment schedule in the future.
Volunteer Opportunities in the Emergency Shelter include answering phones 9-5, transporting and assisting clients, and minor maintenance and repairs. The shelter is in operation 24/7, at 701 S Marion. The Emergency Shelter has the capacity to house 30 persons.
Volunteers at the Food Pantry stock shelves and fill orders from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, Monday and 9:00 am - 11:00 am Friday, at the University Baptist Church, 700 S Oakland. The Food Pantry provides canned goods and perishables to people in need. Area churches and civic organizations provide food and augment federal commodities. We also need volunteers for pick ups.
Opportunities in the Soup Kitchen include picking up food and helping to prepare and serve it. Meals are served at 8:00, 11:30 and 5:30, at 701 S Marion. Our Soup Kitchen provides nutritionally balanced meals served three times a day, every day of the year, to residents of the emergency shelter. We also welcome people from the community who are hungry.
Transitional House Some individuals staying in the Emergency Shelter are not prepared to live independently without additional basic life skills training. The Transitional House helps these people by providing support services for up to 24 months to prepare them for a smooth transition into the community. The Transitional House has the capacity to house 12 persons.