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Where to Turn for Help in Oconee County

CENTRAL AGENCIES/UNITED WAY- Call 2-1-1 for free confidential guidance for services within Oconee County including free Tax Prep help, in English and Spanish

Department of Social Services- 223a Kenneth St., Walhalla; ph-864-638-4400; Office hours: 8:30-5 M-F. Services include: SNAP(Food Stamps), Family Independence Program (Financial aid to Families with dependent children).

Department of Health and Human Services: Medicaid - 223 B Kenneth St.,Walhalla SC, ph:638-4420 8:30-5pm M-F.

Veterans: Help w/VA benefits paperwork-each Wed; KOC Hall, 1-8pm; 112 E. N. 2nd St Seneca or call Terry at 303-501-4273

Legal Help-SC Legal Services -Free legal help for civil (i.e. non criminal) situations. Call 800-763-4825 M-Th 9am to 6pm

TEMPORARY/EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

Oconee Presbyterian Service Fund-115 W South 1st St. Seneca; 882-0504; 9:30-11:30 Tues/Th. Assist w/rent, utilities, meds

SHARE (Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources)-708 East Main St, Seneca; ph-864-882-3495; office hours-8:30-5 M-F. Services include rent and utility assistance; Must have received eviction notice for rent help. Twice a year limit for heating help.

Salvation Army- 311 S. John St. Walhalla; 882-1160; hours-M-Th. 9-noon & 1-4pm. Closed Fri. Emergency financial assistance, food and nutritional programs, clothing, disaster services, worship. Vouchers for victims of fire losses (requires fire dept./police report verifying within the last 30 days). Vouchers for food/clothes-Call 882-1160 for an appointment.

Golden Corner Food Pantry: 635 Business Park Drive, Seneca, 864-882-3610; 10-12 M-F & 1ST Sat. of the month. Provides emergency & supplemental food for seniors & families living in Oconee Cty. w/ income less than 150% of Federal Poverty level

College St. Baptist Walhalla: Food Pantry–M/T 10-1; 407 S.College St, 638-2986; Clothes Help M/T 9:30-2; 301 S. Laurel St.

St. Luke Methodist Food Pantry-4-6pm, 2nd and 4th Wed, 607 E Main St., Walhalla, 638-3628, Richard Reams pastor

American Red Cross: For disaster services call Beth at 864-449-7281

Our Daily Bread: 106 Jordan St, Seneca; ph-864-882-3308; hours 11:30- 12:30. Lunch for low income & homeless

Dot’s Kitchen: American Legion Bldg; 205 Lucky St. Westminster. Lunch served M-F 11:30 to 12:30pm - 903-4856

Oconee Humane Society: low cost pet spay/neuter voucher 1925 Sandifer Rd, Seneca 882-4719

We Care: 610 Piedmont St. Westminster; Food Pantry and limited free clothing. Thursdays only, 9am-3pm; 647-8458

Local Thrift Stores

Salvation Army- Thrift Store 104 Colonial Plaza Drive, Seneca, 882-7450, 10-5 M-F; 9-5 Sat. For vouchers call 882-1160.

Collins Children's Home Thrift Store: No special programs; 540 W. N.1st Street, Seneca, SC; 882-4250; 10-5 Tues-Sat

Goodwill Thrift- 1616 Sandefur Blvd (near Walmart), 882-2600, 9-9 M-Sat; 1-5 Sun. Sundays 1/2 price on some clothes

Potter’s Wheel Thrift Store: 119 S. College St. Walhalla. Also free clothing for families in need. Ph. 864-903-4983

Boys Camp Thrift. 714 W. North 1st St Seneca, 882-2734; 9-5 M-Sat & 111 E. Windsor St. Westminster, 647-4812; 9-5 Tu-Sat

Beacon of Hope Thrift-1797 Blue Ridge Blvd, inside Oconee Aluminum Products bldg. Sat 9-noon; “free” clothes, 723-4267

Mello Trends Thrift Store – No special programs. 722 W. North 1st St. Seneca; 793-9850; 10-6 M-Sat

Girls Camp Trading Post-304 W North 1st St. Seneca, 882-7008; 9-5 M-Sat & 9119 Long Creek Hwy, Westminster, 647-7014;

Bethel Baptist – 160 Bethel Church Road, Westminster; 972-3473, Free clothing and food; 4th Wed each month, 5:30-6:30 pm

Tamassee DAR Thrift Shop – No special programs. 9695 N. Hwy 11, Tamassee, 944-2660; 9-5 Tues-Sat

Wilderness Way Thrift Store – 142 Foothills Center Dr., West Union, 638-7049; Hours: M-T-W -9-5; Thurs-Fri-Sat 9-5:30

Habitat For Humanity Thrift Store - 130 Bountyland Rd, Seneca; 864-888-2118; hours 10-4 W/Th/F; Sat 10-1.

Oconee Restoration Thrift Store-112 West Main St. Walhalla 638-3322; 10-5pm M-Sat; 10-3:30pm Wed.

LIFE CHANGING ASSISTANCE

EMPLOYMENT/EDUCATION


SC Works (Unemployment Office)—at Quickjobs Development Center -100 Vocational Dr., Seneca, hours: 8:30 to 5 M-F. Services: Job placement assistance, resource center for job seekers, resume preparation assistance, job preparation workshops; there are over 200 job openings in Oconee County, about half of which require only a high school diploma.

Goodwill Job Connection: 1616 Sandefur Blvd (near Walmart), Seneca, 864-482-7857: M-Th 9am-noon; 1-4pm (ask for Alison). Services: job employment help & on-line job applications, job leads/referrals, resume/cover letter help, copy/fax machine, Work readiness workshops, Job fairs. Personal counseling is available; Help available for non-computer literate.

Jobs for Seniors: Call toll free 855-850-2525. AARP free job search guide & sign up for info session at Tri County Tech

Jobs for those with disabilities-Vocational Rehabilitation of S. C. (SCVRD): 1951 Wells Hwy, Seneca; 882-6669; hrs: 8:30-5 M-F. Vocational & medical assessment of a person’s ability to work. Help find a job they can work at even if disabled. Train at the on-site factory and help locate a job with a local business. Personal assistance is available. All services are free.

Oconee Adult Education Office; 315 Holland Ave. Seneca, 886-4429; Assists adults in becoming literate, in the completion of a secondary school education (GED), and in improving their knowledge and skills relating to employment. Also ESL/GED Hispanic help. All levels of capability are welcome and will receive help. Palmetto Youth Connections – part of Adult Education Office; help youth 17-24 obtain workforce training (GED & occupational skills. Emphasis on obtaining employment, attending post-secondary or enlisting in the military. Supportive services/individual career coaching. Call 886-4467 (Lauren)

TriCountyTech/SC Mfg. Certification-requires GED, Work Keys Cert, drug/background screening; 8am-noon; M-F; 10wk-6mo training for a better paying job; fully paid scholarship available. 864-646-1718; Connect to College program 864-646-1461

FINANCIAL & LIFESTYLE COUNSELING-

Ripple of One- contact through United Way, 409 E. North 1st ST. Seneca, 882-8777; Services include: Financial & lifestyle Counseling to help families escape poverty using a plan to move toward self-sufficiency.

Heath’s Haven: 409 E North First St. Suite K, Seneca. Services include training that equips individuals with relationship building skills to promote healthy, nurturing relationships between children and adults.

Real Men: at United Way; 882-9743. Mentoring to help men achieve maturity and healthy relationships in various life situations.

FAMILY HELP

Affordable Child Care-Oconee County First Steps-985-4327 or 882-3236

Computers For Kids: Salem Lions Club. Free computers (monitors, keyboards, software, etc.) for children certified by their respective schools. The office at your child’s school can tell you whom to contact.

Family Friends: part of United Way. Helps families achieve well being by matching with a mentor who meets with the family, identifies needs (parenting, housing, educ., transp., etc) and works with family to address the needs. Call Sandra at 882-3130

Safe Harbor: M-F 8:30 to 5pm; 467-3636, Counseling/shelter for victims of domestic violence; 24/7 Crisis line 800-291-2139

FamilyConnection SC- 864-231-8100; Help for children with special healthcare needs including autism, ADHD, asthma, others.

Foothills Pregnancy Care Center: 207 Main Street, Seneca. 882-8796; hrs Monday - Thursday 9-12 and 2-5,Maternity and infant clothing, food and supplies, pregnancy test and confidential peer counseling, education on abstinence/fetal development

CUSucceed –200 Booker Dr. Walhalla, Fri 8:30-2:30; 864-656-3076 - helps pregnant teens complete schooling

The Parenting Place, 864-898-5583 Free home visits to help ensure a healthy pregnancy and child well being

Collins Home and Family Ministries:110 Collins Home Dr. Seneca; 882-0893; 8:30 to 5 M-F. Resident care for children 2-21, life skills for resident children and their families, foster care for children, counseling, parenting classes for “at risk’ families

Tamassee School:1925 Bumgardner Dr. Tamassee; ph-944-1390; Residential & outreach for children from families in crisis

Tribble Center: 116 South Cove Road, Seneca; ph-864-882-6347; hours 8-4 M-F. Services: adult day services, job coaching, living skills for intellectual disability, autism, and related disabilities. Early intervention for special needs children.

MENTAL HEALTH/SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Oconee Mental Health Clinic: 115 Carter Park Dr, Seneca. Call 885-0157 M-F 8:30am-5pm. Give your name, phone number, info and a counselor will get back to you within a day. Very low cost options available.

Christ Central Ministries: Ash Tree Substance Abuse recovery program for men – 873-7134; Families Fighting Addiction support - 1st Monday each month at 6:30 pm at 205 S. John St. Walhalla. 557-0391; also offer GED program

Anderson-Oconee Behavioral Health-691 South Oak St., Seneca, 882-7563; M-Th 8am-5pm; Provides substance abuse

assessment & treatment for alcohol, drugs, gambling, smoking, anger management.

SC Voc Rehab Substance Abuse Treatment- 866-313-0082 (toll free). Residential patient treatment center in Greenville.

National Alliance on Mental Illness- 864-882-5131- FREE educational meetings & courses;support groups. www.namiaop.org

Recovery Station-108 E. North 1st St. Seneca; 654-0322- Bible based recovery programs for addiction, dysfunction, abuse

HOUSING/SHELTER

Habitat for Humanity-130 Bountyland Rd, Seneca; ph- 864-888-2118: building homes for qualified low income

Our Daily Rest-864-482-2040; Corner of Jordan & Main, Seneca. Services include shelter, case management and counseling for transition for individuals and families seeking employment and housing. Interviews & applications on Wednesdays at 2 pm.

SC Regional Housing Authority-417 Tribble St, Seneca; 8-5pm; 882-8485; 200+ income based apts. Call to get on waiting list.

United Housing Connections (formerly Upstate Homeless Coalition)–864-908-3699-Service: permanent housing and care management for persons with mental illness or transitional housing if currently homeless or in a shelter

United Way Senior Home Repair program- Call 864-882-9743

SC Home Weatherization for low income. Call 864-229-8870 or go to www.gleamnshrc.org (program links->weatherization)

Safe Harbor-Emergency Shelter for victims of domestic Violence and their children-864-467-3636 or 800-291-2139

MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

Rosa Clark Medical Clinic:210 South Oak St, Seneca; ph-864-882-4664; office hours 8-4 M-F. Services include: free clinic with medical assistance and pharmacy; dental vouchers for critical dental needs; SNAP applications

Mountain Lakes Access Health: 298 Memorial Dr. Seneca, 864-885-7341; call for an appointment. Services: medical case management for low income residents of Oconee County and helps them get health care through member physicians.

Foothills Community Healthcare-1011 Tiger Blvd. # 400, Clemson. 722-0283; Low cost health care & Pharmacy

LIONS CLUB EYEGLASS & Hearing aide Assistance: In Seneca-Go to the SHARE office for an application-In Salem-Call 944-0337; Walhalla-Go to Alexander’s Office Supply, 118 E. Main St for an application; Westminster-call 882-1580 or 723-0313

Medical Transportation- if on Medicaid call 1-866-910-7688 for a ride to/from medical appointment. Call 3 days before: M-F 8-5

SPIRITUAL NEEDS & SUPPORT

Local Churches that support the Food Pantry- They would welcome hearing from you and have identified someone to help you with church support/spiritual needs. PLEASE contact the church of your choice and tell them the Food Pantry sent you.

Baptist – Contact Rev. David Shirley at Beaverdam Baptist Association, 882-7070. Covers 67 local Baptist churches.

Catholic – Contact Father Bill Hearne at 864-882-8551 Saint Paul the Apostle, 170 Bountyland Road, Seneca

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints –5003 Wells Highway, Seneca

Episcopal –Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 214 Northampton Road, Seneca, Rev. Carol Anne Marshall, 985-8758

Foothills Community Church- 505 Bountyland Road, Seneca, contact Bill Swindle at 864-888-8008

Lutheran – Eternal Shepherd Lutheran, 220 Carson Rd. Seneca, Pastor David Hammer, 882-3209

St. John’s Lutheran - 301 W. Main St., Seneca,

Methodist- St. Mark United- 616 Quincy Rd. Seneca, Pastor Todd Davis (864) 882-2603. Food box once every six mos./family.

Presbyterian- Seneca Presbyterian - 115 W South 1st St., Seneca, Rev. Nancy Morris, 882-2505 Fort Hill Presbyterian, 101 Edgewood Ave., Clemson, Rev. Laura Conrad; Oconee Assoc Reformed Presbyterian, 121 Rochester Hwy, Seneca

United Assembly of God- 11075 Watson Dr., Seneca, Pastor Stephen Stover

FOR SENIORS:
Senior Solutions:101 Perry Avenue, Seneca; ph-864-885-1510; hours 8-5 M-F. Services: transportation for seniors, senior activity center, congregational dining, home bound support, arts & crafts; home-delivered meals, adult day care information/referral service for senior-related topics-financial, legal and mobility issues; Medicare counseling, help with food stamps (SNAP)& Medicaid; Low-Income Subsidy (help w/ drug prescriptions); Finding senior housing/assisted living, home care; personal care items for the home; help with paperwork for insurance and other matters that are often confusing to seniors.