If you find yourself in need, please know that there is hope!
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.~ Romans 5:3, NLT
Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.~ Romans 12:12, NLT
WIC Women, Infants and Children
WIC provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/
SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps)
Find a Food Bank near you http://www.foodpantries.org/
Programs to Help you Further Your Education
A Federal Pell Grant. Unlike a loan, it does not have to be repaid. The amount depends on your financial need, costs to attend school, status as a full-time or part-time student, and plans to attend school for a full academic year or less. http://www2.ed.gov/programs/fpg/index.html
Programs for Housing and Utility Assistance
Housing Assistance http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/topics/rental_assistance
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/liheap/
Programs for Healthcare Assistance
Help from Domestic Abuse
Domestic Abuse Helpline for Men and Women http://dahmw.org/
Programs for Childcare Assistance
The Child Care and Development Fund http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/occ/ccdf/index.htm
Safe Families When crisis strikes, many of us rely on relatives and our church family for support. But for some parents, there isn't a safety net. Often problems such as drug addiction, domestic abuse, incarceration, or illness can be debilitating, making it impossible for parents to care for their children. Since 2005, Safe Families for Children has offered sanctuary to thousands of children, minimizing the risk for abuse or neglect and giving parents the time and tools they need to help their families thrive. The ultimate goal is to strengthen and support parents so they can become Safe Families for their own children. http://www.safe-families.org/
Programs for Expecting Mothers
Are you facing a crisis or "surprise" pregnancy? Find a Crisis Pregnancy Center near you for help and support. http://www.optionline.org/ 1-800-395-4357
Programs for Families in Crisis
Safe Families for Children has offered sanctuary to thousands of children, minimizing the risk for abuse or neglect and giving parents the time and tools they need to help their families thrive. The ultimate goal is to strengthen and support parents so they can become Safe Families for their own children.
Safe Families for Children strives to meet three objectives:
- Child Welfare Deflection: Safe Families provides a safe alternative to child welfare custody, thus significantly reducing the number of children entering the child welfare system.
- Child Abuse Prevention: Providing an overwhelmed and resource limited parent with a safe, temporary place for their child without threat of losing custody. By offering support, the goal is to avert potential abuse/neglect episodes.
- Family Support and Stabilization: Many parents struggle because of limited social support and unavailable extended family. Many Safe Families Volunteers become the extended family that a parent never had.
- Biological Parents maintain full custody
- Volunteer families are extensively screened and supported
- Six-week average length of stay (ranging from two days to a year)
- Average age of child in SFFC care is 4.5
- Close working relationships between Safe Families, the local church, and the referring organization
- Commitment to reunite the family as soon as possible