Cochran Firm's Helping Hands Blog

Eliminating Poverty

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 Jackson, MS. area:

fruitbasketStaying true to its mission, Mississippi Food Network (MFN) strives to relieve poverty-related hunger throughout the community. The organization distributes donated and purchased food and grocery products to various churches and nonprofit organizations. MFN also offers various Child Feeding Programs that are available to those in need. Listed below are brief descriptions of the programs offered:

  • BackPack Program-This program exists to provide food to children in need. These food-filled backpacks are given to children to take home with them. The backpacks are discreetly distributed on the last day before the weekend or before holiday vacation.
  • Afterschool “At Risk” Snack Program-This program is designed to provide healthy snacks to children in afterschool programs in low-income communities.
  • Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)-The Summer Food Service Program was started in 2008 and provides hungry children with breakfast and lunch for eight weeks.
  • Nutrition Education-The goal of this program is to teach people about healthy food choices, healthy snacks and exercise. Nutrition education is offered to children participating in the programs and senior citizens participating in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP.)
  • For more information about Mississippi Food Network or to receive assistance, call (601) 353-7286 and someone will direct you to an Emergency Food Box site near you.

    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.

    A Better Life for the Disabled

    Caregivers and guardians for children and adults with disabilities are often simply trying to help give their loved one some semblance of a normal life. If you are in need of help, look no further. The following organization offers assistance to families and individuals in the Augusta, GA. area:

    The fundamental goal of Easter Seals East Georgia is to help people with disabilities achieve independence.  To accomplish this goal, Easter Seals East Georgia offers a variety of services targeted to assist children and adults with disabilities and their families.  

    The programs that Easter Seals East Georgia offer include:

    • Vocational Evaluation
    • Work Adjustment Training
    • Jobs 2000
    • Skills Training
    • Job Placement
    • Janitorial Services
    • Champions for Children

    The information below will provide a brief overview of some of the programs listed above offered by Easter Seals East Georgia.

    Vocational Evaluation:898215 family_

    Everyone is different. Vocational evaluations are used to assess a participant’s abilities and interests.  The evaluator is tasked with determining what specific employment solutions are available to each participant and pairs them with the necessary tools to meet their goals.

    Work Adjustment Training:

    This workshop serves as an opportunity to build confidence and learn new skills.  After the workshop is completed, job placement personnel works with participants to place them in a stable job within their community where they can flourish.

    Jobs 2000:

    High school students that have met graduation requirements, but struggle with senior math and English, can spend one full semester with Easter Seals.  There they will gain both academic and vocational skills tailored to enhance life and vocational skills.

    Champions for Children:

    This program was established to help children and families not eligible for TEFRA/Katie Beckett Medicaid and offers them direct financial assistance and support services.

    For more information about Easter Seals East Georgia or to receive assistance, call 706-667-9695 or visit them on the web at www.ga-ea.easterseals.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.

    Helping those Hardest Hit

    If you or someone you know is having a hard time keeping up with their mortgage payments in the state of Alabama, the following organization may be able to assist you.

    The difficult economic conditions over the past few years have affected many Americans causing them to become unemployed or underemployed.  With this being said, it is no surprise that some homeowners have gotten behind on their mortgage payments. Hardest Hit of Alabama (HHA) is a Couple in Love, 01-26-12federally-funded program committed to provide assistance to those currently drawing unemployment compensation to prevent the foreclosure of their homes within the state. The fund was created in February 2010 by an endowment from the U.S. Department of Treasury under the Emergency Economic Stabilization act of 2008. Eligible applicants receive help with their current mortgage, and HHA will contribute up to twelve monthly payments up to $15,000 per household. 

    To Qualify for Hardest Hit Alabama, you must:

  • Be receiving Alabama unemployments benefits
  • Have a household income of $76,440 or less (for all members of your household 18 years or older)
  • Occupy the home as your primary residence
  • Owe $258,690 or less on your mortgage
  • To Appy:

    Visit Hardest Hit Alabama’s website at http://www.hardesthitalabama.com/index.html and click “Apply Now.”

    For more information about HHA, call 877-497-8182.

    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. 

    Meeting Needs

    The following organization of Memphis, TN is known for helping the homeless, hungry and hurting. If you are in need of a helping hand, look no further.1178513 samaritan

    Serving as Memphis’ oldest and largest rescue mission, Memphis Union Mission exists to assist men, women and child who are homeless, addicted, and in crisis. Memphis Union Mission has been changing lives since 1945. The organization strives to reemerge these individuals as self-sufficient members of the community. Memphis Union Mission offers specific programs from men and women and also family programs. The organization also offers emergency services for those in need. These services include the following:

    • Food
    • Shelter
    • Day Shelter
    • Hygiene
    • Clothing
    • Extended Stay
    • Medical Services

    For more information about the services and programs that are available through the Memphis Union Mission, call (901) 526-8403.

    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.

    Affordable Health Care

    Are you looking for free or low cost health care for your child? The following organization located in Atlanta may be just what you’ve been searching for:

    411998 preschool_girl_learning_3PeachCare for Kids is a Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) sponsored program that provides free or low cost comprehensive health care to children through the age of 18 who do not qualify for Medicaid and live in households with incomes at or below 235% of the federal poverty level.

    PeachCare for Kids health benefits include the following preventive services:

  • Immunizations
  • Regular check-ups
  • Specialist care
  • Dental care
  • Mental health care
  • Vision care
  • Emergency room services
  • Prescription medications
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    Parents will have a choice of a Georgia Families Care Management Organization, which is a private health plan that is responsible for coordinating your child’s health care. Parents will also be able to choose a primary care provider for their child. For eligible children under age six, there is no monthly cost for PeachCare. However, for those older than six the monthly coverage ranges between $10-$35 for one child and a maximum of $70 for two or more children living in the same household.

    For more information about PeachCare for Kids, call (877) 427-3224.

    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.


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