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Empowering Individuals

Due to many different circumstances, countless families and individuals are currently facing hunger or at the risk of facing hunger. The following organization serves as the largest, nonprofit hunger and nutrition education resource in the Washington Metropolitan area.

1180813 serving_foodFounded in 1980, Capital Area Food Bank annually distributes nearly 30 million pounds of food to more than 478,000 people through the help of their partner agencies. Due to tough economic times, rising unemployment rates and high food prices, nearly 633,000 Washington area residents are left hungry. This organization strives to uplift those in need by providing them with the best services possible. They are committed to help nourish and empower individuals, families and the community by providing them with healthy food, nutrition education and advocacy for those at risk of hunger. Capital Area Food Bank offers many different programs. A few of these programs include:

  • Brown Bag
  • Direct Distributions
  • Hunger Lifeline
  • Kids CafĂ©
  • Sister Hookup
  • Food Stamp Initiative
  • Mobile Pantry
  • Grow A Row
  • For more information about the services and programs that are available through Capital Area Food Bank, call (202) 526-5344.

    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.

    Winter Clothing

    683636 clothes_3Are you in need of warmer clothing to survive this cold Atlanta winter? The following program can help make this season much more enjoyable for you and your family:

    Many people are often forced to choose between a winter coat and a proper meal for the family, but thanks toReal Life Center Inc. you no longer have to choose. The Real Life Center is a non-profit organization that strives to help those in need throughout the Metro Atlanta area.

    The Real Life Center collects and distributes gently used clothing for both children and adults. If you are in need of winter items such as coats, gloves, hats, scarves or other articles of clothing, The Real Life Center is there to provide you and your family with these items.

    The Real Life Center also offers food assistance for struggling individuals. Local businesses often donate bread and pastry products to the program. The Real Life Center also has a food pantry stocked with both perishable and non-perishable food items as well as paper goods.

    In addition to offering clothing and food assistance to those in need, The Real Life Center also offers a variety of other assistance areas. These services include:

    • Financial and General Assessment Counseling
    • Mentoring
    • Auto Repair
    • Furniture and Household Items
    • Financial Assistance


    For more information about the services and programs that are available through The Real Life Center, call (770) 631-9334.

    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). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security benefits that you deserve.

    Convenient Transportation

    If you have no means of transportation and struggle to get from place to place, the following service in Lake County, Ohio may be what you are looking for:

     

    shuttlebusLaketran serves as the regional transportation service for Lake County, Ohio. Laketran provides three types of bus services that are open to the public. These services include: local fixed routes, commuter express routes and demand response. In order to receive local routes services, a fare of $1.75 is required. Seniors, children ages 2-12 and citizens with disabilities with a Golden Buckeye, Medicare Card, ADA or Student Reduced Fare card may pay a reduced fare of $0.75. Children under age 2 may ride at no cost. Individuals who wish to ride the Commuter Express Routes 10-14, must pay a regular fare of $3.75. Listed below is a brief description of the agency’s door-to-door, assisted transportation shared-ride service:

    Dial-a-Ride – This unique transportation assistance service will take riders anywhere in Lake County.  Dial-a-Ride may be used by any Lake County residents. This transportation service will pick up riders at their homes or other location and drop them off at work, medical appointments, or any other destination in Lake County.  Reservations are however required for individuals who wish to use the Dial-a-Ride service. Reservations can be made up to a week in advance, but must be made at least two business days in advance.  If you need to cancel your ride, you must cancel at least two hours in advance to avoid being considered a “no-show.” To cancel a Dial-a-Ride reservation, please call (440) 350-1099.  Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

    Dial-a-Ride Fares: In order to receive Dial-a-Ride services, fares must be paid when boarding the bus. Riders must pay the regular fare of $10.00.  Seniors, children ages 2-12 and individuals with disabilities are offered a discount, and may pay $2.50 with a Golden Buckeye, Medicare Card, ADA, or Student Reduced Fare Card. Children under age 2 or personal care attendants for ADA eligible trips may ride at no cost. Dial-a-Ride also offers medical service to Cleveland medical facilities.  Individuals who wish to use this medical service may pay a regular fare of $20.00. Seniors and people with disabilities with a Golden Buckeye, Medicare Card, or Student Reduced Fare Card may pay a fare of $5.00. When paying a discounted fare, an I.D. must be presented each time bus is boarded and must present you Golden Buckeye Card, Medicare card or Laketan-issued ADA or Reduced Face Identification.

    For more information about the services available through Laketran or to make a reservation, call (888) 525-3872.

    Meeting Families Immediate Needs

    The City Mission has been helping society’s sidelined for well over a century.  Today, The City Mission stands out as a comprehensive ministry purposed to meet the needs of thousands of individuals and families in Northeastern Ohio.  They help individuals and families, not only with their immediate needs, but also offer a continuum of care.  By doing this, the mission allows those disadvantaged to achieve the goals of maintaining a productive, stable life.

    FamilyCrossroads Men’s Crisis Center and Laura’s Home Women’s Crisis Center:

    These two crisis centers aim to help men, women and children in the Cleveland area with not only physical needs like food, shelter, and basic necessities.  They offer a 180-day long-term program, which provides 180 days of shelter to men and women, life skills training courses, educational classes, case management resources, and job placement assistance. Graduates are honored at the end of the program with an annual commencement ceremony.

    A woman can call (216) 472-5500 and press 4 on the day that she needs shelter. Rooms are not reserved. Accommodations allow only one family per room or suite. Four rooms are ADA equipped.

    A man can call (216) 431-3510 and press 5 on the day that he needs shelter. If beds are available, he or she will be told the time to arrive, what to bring and what not to bring.

    Pathways Family Outreach Services:

    Pathways Family Outreach Services offers a suite of multi-faceted programs geared to youth and their families.  Pathways have afterschool drop-in centers for grades -12.  These drop-in centers provide a safe and supervised place for kids to play and learn after regular school hours. Participants in the weekday drop-in or Saturday club are also eligible for Pathways Music Connection, which offer students free music instruction lessons in the violin, viola, guitar, piano and drums.

    Pathways encourages interaction between parents and their children.  For this, they offer Mother’s and Father’s clubs where mothers and fathers can hang out and discuss topics related to teaching and guiding their children as they grow.

    For more information about Pathways Family Outreach Services, Crossroads Men’s Crisis Center, or any of the other services offered by The City Mission, call the main campus at (216) 431-3510.  For information about Laura’s Home Women’s Crisis Center, dial (216) 472-5500.

    Are You Having Trouble Paying Medical Bills?

     

    The following organizations offer Medical Bill Payment Assistance in the Birmingham, AL area:

    The United Way of Alabama, through its 2-1-1 Connect program offers individuals a way to find programs and services to fit a variety of community needs.

    On the following pages, you’ll find a list of agencies and programs offering services for Financial Assistance, Bill Payment Assistance and Medical Bill Payment Assistance serving Birmingham area.

    Organization Name:

    AID TO HOMELESS CHILDREN

    PO Box 68
    Oneonta, AL 35121

    (205) 274-5206 Service/Intake
    (205) 625-4296 FAX

    BLOUNT COUNTY NEEDY SCHOOL CHILDREN

    204 2nd Avenue East
    Oneonta, AL 35121

    (205) 625-4102 Administrative
    (205) 625-4100 FAX

    ONEONTA CITY SCHOOLS NEEDY SCHOOL CHILDREN FUND

    27605 State Highway 75
    Oneonta, AL 35121

    (205) 625-5788 Service/Intake
    (205) 625-5509 FAX

    CARING CENTER - NORTHBROOK BAPTIST

    3691 Alabama Highway 157

    Cullman, AL 35058Senior Woman Being Visited by Her Doctor, 03-22-12

    Tel: (256) 734-6401 Administrative

    Tel: (256) 737-7757 Service/ lntake

    ZAMORA SHRINE TEMPLE                                               

    3521 Ratliff Road

    lrondale, AL 35210

    Tel: (800) 237-5055 800-Line Zamora Hospitals InfoLine

    Tel: (205) 956-3636 Service/ Intake and Administration

    PELL CITY NEEDY SCHOOL CHILDREN'S FUND

    25 Williamson Drive
    Pell City, AL 35125

    (205) 884-7962 Administrative
    (205) 884-4440 FAX

    SHELBY COUNTY NEEDY SCHOOL CHILDREN'S FUND

    410 East College Street
    Columbiana, AL 3505

    (205) 682-7072 Service/Intake
    (205) 682-7005 FAX

    The community resource directory information is up-to-date to the best of our knowledge. However, you should always call the provider to confirm this information and make an appointment. Be sure to confirm payment information with the provider, if payment is required.

    To search for other programs and services in your community visit 2-1-1 Connects Alabama on the web at http://www.211connectsalabama.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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