“The number of family visits to CARES (each visit by a family) was 7,119 in 2006 and was 8,153 in 2007. A 14% annual increase!”
seeking financial assistance must have documentation of residence in Pickens
County as well as identification for each immediate family member
receiving services. In addition, clients requesting financial assistance will be required to produce documentation of bills to utility companies, creditors, medical or prescription charges, etc. as is applicable. This brief application for services will be
required at the time of their first visit. A volunteer counselor will meet briefly with each client and
may make referrals to other community agencies or services, as appropriate.
In many cases where assistance is provided, there will be active steps required in exchange for financial assistance provide (for example: volunteer hours at the Thrift Store or other area charity) or in ordert o remain eligible for food assistance (for example: taking steps to register for G.E.D., devising a resume, or taking a budgeting class.
Requests for financial assistance are considered on a
case-by-case basis. Since CARES depends on donations and grants for
funding, available money from these sources can sometimes be a limiting factor
in determining whether aid can be given. Please note that funds may not be
available immediately at the time of request, as the committee generally makes
decisions within a few days of the request.
The phone number for financial assistance is (706) 253-4778.