The Helpline service can provide referrals to charity programs for low-income families in Macomb County. The agency helps vulnerable people in the community by providing food and utility bill assistance through a combination of grants and donations. If someone needs food, they can go to a food pantry to get groceries. If they need help with something else, they can call the main office and we will refer them to the right support service.
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There are a few different options for where residents can live. If they qualify, the charity can give them groceries from the food bank or a meal from the soup kitchen. Some seniors may be able to get a free meal delivered to their home.
Meals On Wheels is a program that delivers meals to elderly people who are homebound in Macomb County. Another requirement is that the applicant must be living alone and not with family, as well as meeting the income requirements that are in place. The people receiving this meal will not be able to move around very much, which makes it hard for them to cook a meal for themselves.
If someone uses the Helpline to get a hot meal, a driver from the Helpline organization or one of its partner charities will also check on the person’s health. The visitor may be the only companion they have over a period of time, so it provides them with company.
The food bank is a great option for getting food. These programs are designed to provide temporary assistance to people in need. This means that the food pantry cannot provide food for a long period of time and the food given out is limited. The centers may have a variety of items like fruits, vegetables, baby formula, and even personal hygiene items.
The food pantry is a good option to use when the household budget is not adequate and it will help to stretch it further. If they qualify, visitors will be given groceries that are healthy and have a balance of the main food groups. Or clients can get referred to food assistance programs that provide long-term help, such as the Commodity Supplemental Food Program or SNAP food stamps.
Information on funds for bills or rent from Helpline
This is only possible if there are private donations or government grants available. This financial aid will be targeted at families who are about to be evicted or have their power disconnected. The client must have some source of income and a plan for independence, as mentioned below in the case management.
These resources were designed to provide emergency financial assistance to customers or tenants who are behind on their rent or electric bill and unable to pay. For very low income households, any aid can be used together with cash grants from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The money from Helpine partners can be used for various sources of fuel, such as electricity, propane, natural gas, or other expenses.
There are agencies in Macomb County that can provide transportation to people who have a job but cannot afford a car. This can be addressed by giving people bus tokens for public transit, or gasoline vouchers.
This means that if you need help with things like budgeting, cooking, or managing your medication, someone on your case management team can help you. The staff at Helpline work with individuals on a variety of issues and take a comprehensive approach to avoiding hardship. This means that everythinng from finding a job to getting help with money matters is dealt with.
There will be an interview with the person seeking financial aid to determine what they need help with. The plan will cover all aspects of the person’s life, and it will be possible to track and measure progress. The case management process includes creating a plan that identifies any barriers to achieving goals. By identifying these barriers, they can be addressed and overcome, whether they are related to childcare, housing, transportation, or mental health. The participant’s progress will be monitored after they agree to it.
The Macomb County Helpline can provide referrals for many services. It can be reached at 1-800-552-1183.