This page is a portal to resources for my visitors who are in need of assistance. Feel free to email me if you need help that isn’t already on my blogs.I am here to help as much as I can with those of you in need.
LINKS TO VARIOUS PROGRAMS THAT OFFER ASSISTANCE
The problem with a few of these links is that they seem to be aimed at receiving donations and do not show
How to apply for their services…..
· Ashlee’s Toy Closet- http://ashleestoycloset.org/
· Samaritan House http://www.samaritanhouse.com/new/programs/holiday.shtml
· WUAH- www.wishuponahero.com
· Robin Hood- http://www.robinhoodfund.com
· Light A Life- http://lightalife.net/default.asp
· Santa VP- http://www.santavp.org/STO
· Toys For Tots- http://www.toysfortots.org/
Always check with Churches in your area as many do adopt a certain amount of Families each holiday season. To locate them in your area either Google search
www.google.com or use these church locators.
Be sure to check with local chapters of United Way, Salvation Army and the Catholic Charities as they will be able to direct you to many resources in your specific area that are offering Christmas assistance programs.
Check with your local department of Human resources, Family and Children Services, Community resource centers, etc. and also if you are a Medicaid, Food Stamp, Disability recipients always check with your case worker(s) they not only can direct you to help in your area but they can often times give you a direct referral for help.
Food For Others: http://www.foodforothers.org/
Food on Foot http://www.foodonfoot.org/
Project Giveback http://www.projectgiveback.org/programs/
American Charities http://us-cca.com/locations/
Helping Hands http://www.helpinghandsbelton.org/
Low cost Fast Internet, Low Cost PC & Free Internet Training if you qualify for Internet Essentials Program with Xfinity/Comcast.
PER COMCAST; Four ways Internet Essentials gets you connected — for less. While participating in Internet Essentials:
* You get fast home Internet service for only $9.95 a month, plus tax
* You never have any price increases or pay any activation or equipment rental fees
* You can buy a computer at initial enrollment for the low price of just $149.99 + tax
* You can get free Internet training — online, in print and in person
You also get these benefits:
* Top-rated Norton™ Security Suite ($160 value) for comprehensive online security, at no additional charge
* Parental controls to help protect kids while they are online
How to qualify: To qualify for $9.95 a month Internet service and a low-cost computer, your household must meet all these criteria:
* Be located where Comcast offers Internet service
* Have at least one child receiving free school lunches through the National School Lunch Program
* Have not subscribed to Comcast Internet service within the last 90 days
* Not have an overdue Comcast bill or unreturned equipment
How to apply
* Call 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855-846-8376) to request an application
* We will mail you an application. Complete and return it, along with lunch program documents from your child’s school
* We will notify you by mail about the status of your application. Allow 7-10 days for a response. Once you are approved, we’ll mail you a welcome package with everything you need to set up your Internet service and receive our free Internet training. If you choose to purchase a low-cost computer, your welcome package will provide details.
For those who need a Free Computer, here are some helpful links:
I know so many people are in need of a computer so I have located resources to help everyone to find either a free or a low cost PC. Here is what I have found and as I find more resources, I will build on this list:
Computers For Classrooms
315 Huss Drive, Chico, CA 95928 (530)895-4175
CFC provides good working computer systems for those who cannot afford to buy new ones. As Microsoft Authorized Refurbishers they can only place MS licensed computers with low-income families. http://www.computersforclassrooms.org/html/low_income.html
Computer Recycling Center
CRC Computer Recycling provides refurbished computers to Foster Youth, Home-Bound Elderly, Teachers, Community Nonprofits, and more.
PC’s for People
PCs for People creates new opportunities by providing personal computers and education to people who have limited experience with technology due to social, physical and/or economic circumstances. http://www.pcsforpeople.com/index.php/receive/eligibility
Accelerated Schools offers a computer loan program that makes computers available to families through two methods. After submitting a $100 deposit that will be returned when the computer is returned, families can choose a slide show computer or a word processing computer. Call (800) SCHOOL3 to learn more about the terms and conditions of this computer loan program.
Freecycle is an online network of charitable individuals who post gifts and donations of many things, including computers, so that others may benefit from their gifts.
World Computer Exchange
World Computer Exchange is a portal for rescuing used computers, refurbishing them and distributing them throughout the world. This company has benefited many communities and organizations that otherwise would not have been able to afford a computer or laptop. Visit their website for more information on donating or receiving a free computer.
Alachua Free-Net Computer Recycling Program
[Florida] Requests for computers are considered on a case-by-case basis by the AFN Computer Recycling Program volunteers. Some of the areas used for determination are as follows: Priority is given to local community organizations, schools, and non-profit organizations. Individuals with disabilities or hardships where it is demonstrated that the computer would enhance the person’s life.
Castaway Computers, Inc.
[Wisconsin] We accept donated computer equipment and software from companies, refurbish the equipment, load available software, and upgrade the equipment. Castaway donates the computers to individuals, families, schools, charities, and agencies including religious, scouting, genealogical, historical, and other nonprofit entities.
Call for more info (414) 221-3442
Computers for Families (CFF)
[Virginia] Computers for Families is a not for profit organization founded to place computer systems with and provide computer information access to individuals who cannot afford a computer system. Currently we are only able to help families in the SW Virginia localities. 540-745-6340
Computers for Homebound and Isolated Persons
[Tennessee] CHIPS is a non-profit project aimed at reducing the social isolation of persons who are homebound, by providing a computer and free Internet access through KORRnet, who manages the project. The primary participants in this project are persons who are elderly, or caregivers, although some recipients are also disabled and homebound. http://www.discoveret.org/chips/
First Chance Project
First Chance will locate used computer equipment and transfer it to rural women who do not have computers in their own home. Telephone: 720 855 0501
[Michigan] We place computers in homes (in low-income Grand Rapids neighborhoods) that could not otherwise afford one. To qualify for a computer, you must complete ten (10) hours of service to your community http://www.wherevergodwills.org/free_computers.htm
[Oregon] FREE GEEK is a 501(c)(3) not for profit community organization that recycles used technology to provide computers, education, internet access and job skills training to those in need in exchange for community service.
Santa Barbara Computers for Families
[California] The Computers for Families project is providing computers, Internet access, and training for Santa Barbara County students whose families cannot afford to purchase them. We believe that access to technology at home is critical to building the skills essential for success in the 21st century.
Southern Arizona’s Computer Bank
[Arizona] SACB is a community-based, non-profit 501(c)(3), charitable and educational organization, that helps those who are less fortunate. We acquire, upgrade and donate computers, and printers to under-privileged students K-12, who live in Southern Arizona.
Technology Assisting People In Need
[Ohio] TAPIN focuses on serving individuals who are economically disadvantaged or disabled, and who could benefit by owning a computer, and the agencies, which serve them.
Micrecycle Rochester, NY-
Free and Low-cost Refurbished Computers Available Now through Micrecycle:
Computers for Education Back-To-School Promotion
Location: 98 College Ave., Rochester, NY14607
Media Contact: Debra Jacobson (585) 697-1944 •
Computers will be available for pick-up a week or two after applications are processed.
For more information
About the program or to request an application, Call Alex Johnson at RMSC/Science Linkages, (585)256-3170.
Computers for Children (no website available) 2550 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY 874-3350 Hours: Monday – Saturday 10-6 pm
Can’t afford diapers for your child? Contact the Diaper bank for help.
The Diaper Bank (TDB) centralizes the fundraising and distribution of free diapers to poor families through existing service providers, including local food pantries, soup kitchens, daycare centers, social service agencies and shelters.
Through its extensive Diaper Distribution Network (DDN) of more than 50 agencies, TDB provides over 200,000 free diapers monthly to poor and low-income families in New Haven, Bridgeport, and Hartford.
If you are an individual or agency in the Greater New Haven area, Hartford or Bridgeport, please, call us at 203-934-7009 to find contact information for Diaper Distribution Network (DDN) Partner Agencies in your area. Each agency sets up its own hours of operation and a distribution schedule. For more information or help connecting with an agency, please, contact
- The Diaper Bank at http://www.thediaperbank.org or call us at 203-934-7009.
- New Haven residents in need of diapers can contact the following agencies:
St. Luke’s (203) 865-0141
Mount Bethel Missionary Baptist Church (203) 787-3251
- Bridgeport residents in need of diapers can contact:
Hall Neighborhood House (203) 345-2000
- Hartford residents in need of diapers can contact:
Mercy Housing and Shelter (860) 808-2111
These Detroit Area Diaper Bank partners have agreed to provide an EMERGENCY SUPPLY of diapers to anyone in need (as resources allow):
- Detroit 2424 West Grand Boulevard PH (313) 831-2000 Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri 9am-4pm Wed 1-4pm, Sat 9am-12 pm
- Crossroads of Michigan (East) 14641 E. Jefferson (313) 822-1660 Mon, Tues, Thur, Fri 9am-4pm Wed 1-4pm
- INKSTER YWCA of Western Wayne County 26279 Michigan Avenue (313) 561-4110 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
- MONROE Heartbeat of Monroe 415 N. Monroe Street (734) 243-6550 Mon 12-4pm, Tues 10:30am-noon, Tues 7-8:30pm, Wed 1-4:30pm, Thurs. 6-8:30pm, Fri 10am-2pm
- OAK PARK Lutheran Child and Family Service of MI 15160 West Eight Mile (248) 968-0100 (ask for Mary Kosal) Mon-Fri 8:30am-5pm
- WAYNE St. Mary Community Outreach Center 34646 Sims (734) 326-2234 Mon & Fri 9:30am-2pm, Tue-Thurs. 9 am-noons
- WESTLAND Society of St. Vincent de Paul (in SS Simon & Jude Church) 32500 Palmer Road (734) 326-7323 Mon-Fri 9:30am-noon
You can also find additional diaper bank locations at the following link;
If you do not see one in your area simply go to Google search and type in diaper bank and your area and you will then be able to locate a diaper bank in your area.
The Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program for disability recipients.
The Ticket to Work and Self-Sufficiency Program is an employment program for people with disabilities who are interested in going to work. The Ticket Program is part of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 – legislation designed to remove many of the barriers that previously influenced people’s decisions about going to work because of the concerns over losing health care coverage. The goal of the Ticket Program is to increase opportunities and choices for Social Security disability beneficiaries to obtain employment, vocational rehabilitation (VR), and other support services from public and private providers, employers, and other organizations.
Under the Ticket Program, the Social Security Administration (also referred to as the Agency) provides disability beneficiaries with a Ticket they may use to obtain the services and jobs they need from a new universe of organizations called Employment Networks (ENs).
You can view the ticket at the following link;
To find out more or sign up for this program go to the following link;
THIS IS KIND OF OBSCURE….
but, what the heck…entertainment at it’s best!!!
We are far more free than we allow ourselves to be! No wish is impossible. Everything under the sun can and eventually will happen. If your wish is sincere, it is highly likely that your wish will come true.
Community Foodbank Locator
Times are so hard for so many that food stamp benefits do not stretch through the month because no one has money to supplement the stipend. Even coupon clipping and purchasing food through Angel Food Ministries to save does not keep many from falling short at the end of the month. If you are in need of food please use this Community Food Bank Locator and find a local food bank where you can get some food to make it through the month.
No person or child should go to bed hungry!
Childs Birthday Gift
If you have a child whose birthday is approaching and you have no funds to give them a gift there are resources to help you!
Ashlee’s Birthday Closet (serves entire United States) Contact us if you are in desperate need of toys for your child’s birthday. “A child should always have a birthday gift” said Ashlee. Contact us to see if you qualify!
Contact Ashlee Phone: (775) 527-2245
Mailing address: Ashlee’s Toy Closet 2145 Lenticular Drive Sparks, NV 89441
Birthday Bags 4 kids (serves areas in California)
Founded in January 2009, Birthday Bags 4 Kids is a Redlands-based 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide happy birthdays to children in need. You can read more about them at the link below; http://www.birthdaybags4kids.org/
Birthday Bags 4 Kids serves homeless, at-risk, low-income, and foster children throughout the Inland Empire through the following agencies:
* Family Service Association of Redlands
* Inland Temporary Homes, Loma Linda
* Childhelp, Redlands * Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino County, Family Development Program * AspiraNET Foster and Family Services, San Bernardino * Micah Houses, Redlands * House of Angels, San Bernardino * Valley Oaks Foster Agency, Hemet * Trinity Youth Services, Rancho Cucamonga
The Children’s Birthday Project (serves areas in Illinois)
This project is a commitment to reach out to the children of DuPage and Kane Counties who are living in poverty. Our goal is to create wonderful memories to last a lifetime. We place a very special and unforgettable birthday package in each child’s hands on their most special day of days … their birthday! We currently provide for 800 children every year.
You can read more about them at the following link;
The Humanitarian Service Project is an Illinois not-for-profit Corporation. Please contact us at: 465 Randy Rd. – Carol Stream IL 60188
phone: 630-221-8340 fax: 630-221-8371 email:firstname.lastname@example.org
For The Child- On the day you were born program (serves the Long Island, New York area)
On the Day You Were Born provides birthday baskets to children in need. Each basket contains new clothing, shoes, toys and a book. It is all wrapped and topped off with a stuffed animal, paper party supplies and a birthday cake donated by Creative Cakery. The program averages 25 birthdays per month and it’s goal is to make each abused, neglected or at-risk Long Beach child feel special and loved on their birthday. These birthday presents and gifts go to children from 2 to 12 from low-income families so they can have a celebration with their family. This project is entirely staffed by volunteers. You can contact them at the following link for more information;
Angel Food Ministries is a non-profit, non-denominational organization dedicated to providing food relief and financial support to communities throughout the United States
There are no qualifications, minimums, income restrictions, or applications. You can read more about the program at the link below;
You can even order your food selections online and they also accept Food Stamps/EBT/SNAP. You can order online at the link below;
Menus change every month so a variety is to be found as well! They offer a variety of things at a fraction of the cost of what you would pay at the grocery store! They have a great box for the kiddos to snack on after school and they even offer Holiday Food Boxes!
For additional cash assistance. They are located at the following link;
Modest Needs is not for everyone, but for those who need basically a little help digging themselves out a hole. It is more so a place for people who had a setback, not people who are completely down and out and need ongoing assistance.
- They also offer a current referral list for other assistance resources
Free Landline and Cell Phone Assistance
If you cannot afford phone service you can actually get free cell phone service or discounted landline service for your home through the Government if you qualify .
Typically if you have income that is at or below 135% poverty level which in most states except Alaska and Hawaii varies but is from $14,621 for a family of one to $49,964 for a family of eight. For every person past 8 in the family you add an additional $5,049 and/or if you receive any of the following you will automatically qualify;
* Medicaid * Food Stamps * Supplemental Security Income (SSI) * Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8) * Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) * Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) or * The National School Lunch Programs Free Lunch Program
HERE ARE SOME OPTIONS YOU CAN CHECK OUT
Having phone service is crucial and people need to be able to contact and be contacted by their place of employment, be reached by their children’s schools, their Doctor’s and be able to phone for help in the event of an emergency.
There are several resources for foreclosures available to the public. And these links do not lead you on a wild goose chase like most government assistance leads do. If you go to www.recovery.gov then type into the search box ‘foreclosure’ then click on the tab marked recipient reports, there will be links to your states resources.
Government programs at the federal, state and local levels are beginning to make grant money available to local organizations to help homeowners avoid foreclosure.
Details vary from place to place, but in general, you’ll need to be in serious financial trouble to qualify for assistance. This can include:
–being several months behind in mortgage payments
–having received, or about to receive, a foreclosure notice
–owing more on your mortgage than the actual value of your house
–a recent financial shock, such as loss of a job, or large medical expense.
· Go to http://makinghomeaffordable.gov/
|Home Affordable Modification
Many homeowners are struggling to make their monthly mortgage payments perhaps because their interest rate has increased or they have less income. A Home Affordable Modification will provide them with mortgage payments they can afford.
Need urgent help? Contact the Homeowner’s HOPE™ Hotline: (888) 995-HOPE
I send my blessings to everyone who is in the process or who has lost their home since the recession took over.
There is information on how to stop evictions
www.1evictions.com – CA
www.tenantevictionhelp.shopping.officelive.com?/default.aspx – CA
www.caltenantlaw.com/Eviction.htm – CA
www.delayeviction.com – CA
www.ctnla.org/self-help-guides/housing/?evictions – CT
www.guides.gottrouble.com/Stop_Eviction_–_Rent_Out_A_Room – NV; MO
www.nycourts.gov/courts/nyc/housing/?stopeviction.shtml – NY
www.freeadvice.com/law-questions/how-to-?stop-an-eviction – FL
www.nslawservices.org/eviction1.shtml – NY
www.rentlaw.com/eviction/mdeviction.htm – MD
www.rjabankruptcy.com/articles/?bankruptcyandeviction.html – TX
www.evictionlasvegas.com – NV
www.atlantalegalaid.org/eviction.htm – GA
www.rentlaw.com/eviction/?paeviction2.htm – PA
www.washingtonlawhelp.org/WA/?StateChannelResults.cfm – WA
www.chiff.com/legal/eviction-laws.htm – BY State
www.jmsmithlpa.com/lawyer-attorney-?1323243.html – OH
www.guides.gottrouble.com/Fighting_Eviction_New_Jersey-r – NJ
www.ezlandlordforms.com/attorneys/IN – IN
www.expertlaw.com/forums/?showthread.php?t=70307 – IN
www.rentalprotectionagency.com/blog/?renter/stop-eviction – WY
www.ehow.com/info_7910735_?nebraska…rights-evictions.html – NB
- New Free Service Online Fundraising Idea Helps Charities, Churches and Schools Increase Donations, TypoBounty.com (prweb.com)
- Resources and Links When Good People Fall Short (homelesshousewife.wordpress.com)