Cochran Firm's Helping Hands Blog

Helping the Hungry

If you are struggling financially and are in need of assistance and support, the following organization can lend a helping hand to those living in the Columbus, OH area:

The Community Kitchen, Inc. of Columbus, OH understands that many economically disadvantaged families and individuals lack access to basic necessities such as food, clothing, housing and transportation. In fulfilling its mission to provide much needed assistance to the residents of Southeastern Columbus, the Community Kitchen offers a warm and welcoming environment for those seeking assistance.

1302623 kitchenThe primary goal of Community Kitchen is to provide at risk individuals with the proper services that they may need. Through Community Kitchen, residents in need are offered a variety of services through a “no questions asked” policy. This allows Community Kitchen to provide assistance to all their diners without judgment so that they might help them regain employment and obtain permanent housing. A summary of some of the services provided through Community Kitchen are listed below:

Food/Meals – On average, the Community Kitchen of Columbus served a staggering 90,000-100,000 meals/year.  This community kitchen offers both breakfast and lunch to individuals each week, Monday through Saturday. Additionally, the Salvation Army distributes boxed take-home meals onsite every Saturday and Sunday..

Clothing Room – Through the clothing room, Community Kitchen provides families with free clothing as well as household items, diapers, formula and toiletries items (when available). Clients may receive assistance through the clothing room every thirty days.

Bus Pass Program – In an effort to meet client’s transportation needs, Community Kitchen provides bus passes for individuals who need transportation for work, medical appointments and/or governmental social services appointments. Community Kitchen confirms all appointments and employment before issuing bus passes.

Referral Service – By establishing relationships with a variety of governmental and community agencies throughout Central Ohio, Community Kitchen is able to refer clients to other local agencies that may further meet their needs. Community Kitchen also helps clients to document qualifications and complete the paperwork that is essential to the referral process.

For more information about Community Kitchen or to receive assistance, call (614) 252-6428 or check out their website at http://communitykitchencolumbus.org/.

At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers we understand that for many clients, Social Security Disability benefits can't come soon enough. If your application has been denied, don't give up! Our experienced Social Security disability lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like assistance with handling your claim, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security disability benefits you deserve.

Helping You Get Your Life Back on Track

The following organization provides an array of counseling services to participants in both WarrAfrican-American Proffessional, 01-25-12en and Claiborne counties of Mississippi:

The Grace Christian Counseling center uses client-focused therapy to treat a variety of conditions and circumstances ranging from depression to marital conflicts. Unlike many crisis hotline services, all staff members at Grace Christian Counseling center are licensed professional counselors. An additional quality that makes this organization unique is that they do not turn away a person in need regardless of their ability to pay for counseling services with insurance or otherwise.

Founded in1998 by several local churches, this tremendous resource has grown to have three offices in Warren and Claiborne counties.  Two of those offices are located in Vicksburg, MS, and the other location is in Port Gibson, MS.  These locations provide professional counseling service options for individuals, families and groups suffering from mental health disorders like abuse, anxiety, and grief management.

Some of the many conditions and circumstances the center’s staff help their clients treat include:

Alcohol Addiction

Marital Conflicts

Anxiety Disorders

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Bipolar Ilness

Panic Attacks

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Personality Disorders

Eating Disorders

Schizophrenia

Depression

Suicidal Feelings

Drug Addiction

Self-Esteem Issues

In addition to the conditions and circumstances listed above, Grace Christian Counseling center hosts Gamblers Anonymous, Alcoholics Anonymous and Grief Recovery group sessions.

The counselors at Grace Christian Counseling center have office hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. There is a $90.00 regular fee for therapy.  However, as mentioned their offices are happy to bill your insurance company, provide Employee Assistance Program counseling, or provide assistance for people with no insurance.  With that being said, their practices belong to many (but not all) managed care and preferred provider health plans. 

For more information about counseling services or to request an appointment at Grace Christian Counseling center, you may call (601) 636-5703 or (601) 638-4463. Information can also be found on their website http://www.gracechristiancounselingcenter.com/

At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers we understand that for many clients, Social Security Disability benefits can't come soon enough. If your application has been denied, don't give up! Our experienced Social Security disability lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like assistance with handling your claim, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security disability benefits you deserve.

Providing Kids a Safe Haven

The following organization hopes to break the cycle of homelessness for many families in the Atlanta, GA area:

For well over 25 years, the Atlanta Children's Shelter (ACS) have provided a safe and loving day shelter for homeless children and have extended a helping hand to families trying to attain self-sufficiency. Their mission is simple; their shelter strives to offer homeless kids a safe haven, completely free of charge, for as long it is needed.

The system used by the Atlanta Children’s Shelter has a proven track record.  Since they began in 1986, they have successfully assisted in stabilizing nearly 5,000 homeless families and over 8,000 homeless children by transitioning homeless families into stable housing and sustainable employment.

The caring staff and teachers at ACS provKid on swingide their kids with hope, love and reassurance everyday by offering access to medical attention, educational and enrichment activities, daily meals, nutritional snacks, access to clothing, and even field trips for up to 40 children per day. Their goal is not only to expand so that they can serve more area families and children, but also to help families served achieve a lifetime of stability and self-sufficiency.  The following is a list of some of the programs offered by the Atlanta Children’s Shelter:

Early Childhood Education and Enrichment Activities – At the Atlanta Children’s shelter, they prioritize creating an environment where kids feel safe, can grow and learn.  To accomplish this, they provide access to basic needs like two daily nutritional meals, snacks and biweekly, medical evaluations. At the medical evaluations, kids can receive immunizations and referrals to primary healthcare providers. Children who attend ACS also have access to an education, whereas many public school institutions in the area require a permanent physical address.

These opportunities extend well past a basic education, which is customized to the specific needs of the homeless children in attendance. The Atlanta Children’s Shelter broadens the horizons of their students by offering foreign language classes, music and art education and activities that encourage dance and fitness. This enrichment program takes it one step further by giving children the option to participate in various cultural and enrichment activities, including weekly field trips to Fernback, the Atlanta Zoo and other fun places local children enjoy. 

Support Groups and Workshops – Parents taking advantage of the resources offered by the Atlanta Children’s shelter are provided the opportunity to attend hosted support groups and workshops.  These onsite support groups and workshops cover a variety of topics ranging from “Communication Skills” to “Nutrition,”  and they are provided with the hopes that participants will develop valuable life skills and learn ways to cope with the stressors uniquely related to parenting while in the homeless system.

Case Management Services – The case management services offered by the Atlanta Children’s Center are unparalleled. These services are tailored to the individual needs of the parents and families and start with assessment and goal setting. 

After a thorough assessment of family needs, an ACS case management representative and parent develop mutually agreed upon goals for self-sufficiency. These goals are formally stated on a Service Plan, which serves as a contract between the parent and the Atlanta Children’s Shelter for the length of enrollment.

Once the Service Plan is defined, counseling begins to ease stress relating to housing, employment, education, medical and emotional needs, and financial challenges.  Case management representatives also help parents connect with local resources to find housing, employment, food assistance, etc.

Job Track Employment Program and Transition to Permanent Housing – Jobs are limited, especially in today’s market.  Facing the challenge of finding employment can be a difficult journey for homeless parents.  Parents using services provided by ACS, not only can take advantage of the free childcare at the day shelter, but also become enrolled in the Job Track Employment Program. This terrific program offers job readiness education and counseling services to build life skills necessary to achieve permanent employment.  Some of the services provided include job leads, job search resources, resume workshops, interview training, access to professional clothing, and transportation assistance.

After employment, the next step needed in breaking the cycle of homelessness is leaving the shelter system and attaining permanent housing.  To help, ACS has a broad selection of services to help make the transition easier. Some of these services include credit counseling, money management classes, furniture referrals, home starter kits, and transitional childcare. Rent and utility deposit assistance is sometimes provided to participating parents when funds are available.

The Aftercare Program – This unique program provides ongoing care to families for up to one year after they have found permanent housing and employment.  Case management representatives help these families by monitoring their progress through follow-up appointments, counseling services and advocacy services. Emergency financial assistance can also be provided when funds are available.

For more information about the Atlanta Children’s Shelter, call (404) 892-3713 or visit their website http://www.acsatl.org/.  

If you or a loved one has a disability and would like more information about Social Security Disability benefits or need assistance in applying for Social Security Disability benefits, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476).

Places to Go, Things to Do

If you are living in the Washington, DC area and are searching for a way to get to the places you need to go, the following transportation service may be your answer:

The Washington Elderly Handicapped Transportation Service (WEHTS) offers basic transportabustion services for individuals who are unable to use traditional public transportation systems. WEHTS is a unique “curb-to-curb” service that transports individuals to essential medical appointments, group shopping trips, and personal errands related to income benefits, housing and medical concerns.

In addition to the “curb-to-curb” service, WEHTS offers a “Call & Ride Program.”  Much like a taxi service, WEHTS will deliver you to the location of your choosing.  However, taxi vouchers are provided to senior citizens at deep discounts.  The hours to participate in either program are Monday through Friday from 6:30 am to 6:00 pm.

All transportation requests must be made at least 96 hours (4 business days) in advance of the individual’s trip. Those who are unable to independently use WEHTS’ services may bring an escort along to assist them during the trip. Individuals who are wheelchair bound are not required to have escorts if they can use their wheelchair independently. However, all wheelchairs must be operational, mechanically safe and have standard features.

WEHTS’ services are provided free of charge to Medicaid recipients as well as those who are non-Medicaid recipients. To use WEHTS’ services, individuals must contact their wards Lead Agencies to request transportation services. For your convenience we have included a list of the Lead Agencies below:

Ward 1 – Terrific Inc. – (202) 234-4128
Ward 2 & 6 – Family Matters – (202) 289-1510
Wards 2 & 3 – IONA Senior Service – (202) 966-1055
Ward 4 – Barney Neighborhood House – (202) 939-9030
Ward 5 – Seabury Aging Services – (202) 529-8701
Ward 7 – East of the River Family Strengthening Collaborative – (202) 534-4880
Ward 8 – Family Matters of Greater Washington – (202) 562-6860

 

For more information about the WEHTS program, contact one of the lead agencies above or visit http://barneynh.org/wehts.html.

At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers we understand that for many clients, Social Security Disability benefits can't come soon enough. If your application has been denied, don't give up! Our experienced Social Security disability lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like assistance with handling your claim, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security disability benefits you deserve.

Guidance and Support for the Caregiver

Sometimes caring for a disabled or elderly loved one can be overwhelming.  We want to do whatever we can, but we don’t know where to turn for much needed answers and help. The following organization in New Orleans may be able to help.

It is not rare for a family member to wind up with the unexpected responsibility of caring for a loved one. Whether it is a grandparent raising their grandchildren or a loving person caring for an elder in their family, this new role may come with many unanswered questions and financial concerns. The National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) in partnership with the Newcaregiver Orleans Council on Aging has joined forces to provide many different supportive services to family caregivers.  In addition to many others, the following services are provided by the NFCSP:

Caregiver Support Groups – For individuals caring for a disabled or elderly family member, caregiver support groups are held on the second Thursday of each month. These sessions serve as a venue for caregivers to voice problems they may be facing in providing care for their loved one, learn about community resources, and meet other caregivers. 

For grandparents raising one grandchild/multiple grandchildren, support groups are held on the third Tuesday of each month. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) support groups can be unimaginably valuable to these caregivers by informing them about available resources they never knew existed and allowing them the opportunity to communicate with other GRGs facing similar circumstances.

Counseling – In addition to the support groups listed above, NFCSP provides individual and family counseling to better equip caregivers with information and resources needed to make informed decisions about their loved ones’ care.

Information and Assistance – The National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP) has an in-house case management team that is available to link participants to the most current program and community resources. Outreach workers can also provide home visits to those participants without adequate transportation.  Family Caregiver Educational Trainings are offered and provide the caregiver with information on available resources and supportive services. NFCSP also offers multiple forms of tangible assistance, which include:

  • In-home Respite – Provides the caregiver with a 4-hour break from their caregiving duties.
  • Personal Care Assistance – Offers assistance with personal hygiene needs, such as bathing, grooming, and using the restroom.
  • Material Aid – Allows clients to obtain adult incontinent items, personal hygiene supplies, and nutritional supplements.

Qualifications – To participate in the National Family Caregiver Support Program (NFCSP), the person receiving care must reside in Orleans Parish. Only persons 18 years of age or older who are the unpaid caretakers for an elderly loved one (ages 60 and over) or a developmentally-disabled relative requiring daily care (ages 21 and older) can participate.

For more information about the National Family Caregiver Support Program, part of the New Orleans Council on Aging, please call 504-821-4121 or check out their website at http://nocoa.org/.

At The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers we understand that for many clients, Social Security Disability benefits can't come soon enough. If your application has been denied, don't give up! Our experienced Social Security disability lawyers are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you or a loved one has a disability and would like assistance with handling your claim, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security disability benefits you deserve.


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