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Providing Help, Creating Hope

If you are in need of a helping hand, the following organization in the Philadelphia, Pa area may be able to assist you:444047 happy_family

The mission of Catholic Social Services (CSS) of Philadelphia is to provide families and individuals with direct assistance, empowerment and advocacy. CSS has been meeting basic human needs in the Philadelphia area since 1797. CSS serves immigrants, the homeless, women in crisis, dependent or delinquent youth, senior citizens and those with developmental disabilities. The services offered through CSS include:

  • Clothing
  • Counseling services
  • Food pantries
  • Rent or utility bill assistance
  • Homeless services
  • Care for medically fragile men and women
  • Senior citizen centers
  • Educational programs for youth
  • Residential and community-based care for individuals who are developmentally delayed.

For more information about the services offered through Catholic Social Services, please call (267) 331-2490.

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.

Can't Find the Services You Need?

Having a hard time locating resources or services that meet your needs? If so, look no further! The following service helps Cincinnati residents with disabilities find the local services and/or resources they need:

1260785 laptop_workLiving with a disability can be a challenge in itself. With the added factor of having to find local services and or resources, life can become overbearing. More often than not, finding national and regional disability resources or services online is fairly easier than finding local services. As a grassroots effort, DisabledCincinnati.org brings the community together in an attempt to fix the problem by making local resources and services easier to find. DisabeldCincinnati.org allows members of the community to share the resources, services and/or information they’ve learned in their search for assistance. By sharing their knowledge, members of the community contribute to building a database of resources and services that are available to individuals with disabilities, seniors and caregivers throughout the Greater Cincinnati area.

In addition to connecting individuals to the resources and services that are available, DisabledCincinnati.org also offers the following programs:

PT Assistance – Through the PT Assistance program, DisabledCincinnati.org enables individuals with chronic conditions to continue receiving physical therapy treatment after they have exhausted their annual health insurance physical therapy benefits.

Equipment Assistance Program – In an effort to help families and individuals offset the cost of medical equipment, DisabledCincinnati.org operates the Equipment Assistance Program. With access to several outlets for used equipment, DisabledCincinnati.org helps individuals obtain the medical equipment they may need through their Equipment Assistance Program.

For more information or to find local services and resources, visit www.DisabledCincinnati.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). We are available day or night to help you receive the Social Security benefits that you deserve.

Nurturing and Strengthening Families

Many families find themselves in need of assistance due to a variety of reasons; if you are in need of help, look no further. The following organization offers assistance to families and individuals in the Philadelphia, PA area:holding hands

Committed to nurturing and strengthening the lives of all individuals, People’s Emergency Center (PEC) provides a wide range of supportive services to homeless women and children throughout the West Philadelphia community. By offering these services, PEC strives to help individuals reach their full potential and achieve long-term economic and personal self-sufficiency. Listed below are brief descriptions of the services and programs that are available through PEC.

Emergency Housing– PEC’s Emergency Housing program provides homeless families with a safe, warm and secure place to stay. They provide homeless women and children with basic needs such as: shelter, food, healthcare, clothing and safety.

Transitional Housing – As families in PEC’S emergency shelter acquire core life skills, they are then eligible to move to one of PEC’s eleven single-family transitional housing rooms. Transitional Housing allows families to gain more financial responsibility to help prepare them for independent living.

Permanent Housing – PEC offers permanent housing opportunities to families who have graduated from PEC’s transitional housing. These families are provided with case management for a full year who assist them on how to run a household and be a good neighbor, provide them with job tips, health care, mental healthcare, childcare, and addiction assistance.

Case Management– PEC provides families with case management for their first year of independent living. Case managers work closely with mothers and children to ensure that they are receiving intensive, individualized care. Case managers have a daily contact with mothers and children. The case managers support and encourage these individuals and help them to access the services and treatment in which they need to live a more successful and independent life.

Individual/Family Therapy- PEC offers a variety of family services that help families overcome adult and childhood trauma such as family violence and sexual abuse. PEC provides individual and group counseling for mothers and children in the emergency shelter and transitional housing.

Healthcare Programs – PEC provides on-site healthcare services to families. They offer health assessments, health screening for children, workshops on nutrition and child development, clinical services and prevention education for PEC residents and employment program participants.

Parents Programs- In hopes of helping mothers become better parents, PEC offers Effective Black Parenting Workshops as well as Life Skills Workshops. These programs teach mother’s how to handle situations, improve their self-esteem, learn how to cope with stress, manage their feelings and better understand how their behavior affects their children.

Children’s programs – PEC offers an afterschool program as well as a summer enrichment program. These programs are designed to help children perform better in school and encourage parent involvement in their children’s growth and education.

Employment & Training – The Job Opportunities and Business Skills (JOBS) program provides homeless mothers transitioning from welfare to work with the assistance they need to become successful. The JOBS program offers job readiness assistance, vocational training and certification, job placement opportunities and employment case management. The JOBS program also allows parents to transmit documents, report work hours and resolve problems with their welfare case workers through E-assist online.

For more information about the services and programs of People’s Emergency Center, call (215) 382-7522, or for shelter services, call (215) 382-7523, ext 210 or 211.

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.

Living Well with Diabetes

With the help of the following organization, young Alabamians and their families receive the assistance they need to live well with childhood diabetes:

Diabetes is one of the most common known diseases.  It is a disease that causes the body to misuse or to not produce the proper amount of insulin that is required to convert food into the energy the body needs on a daily basis. While many individuals only know the disease as a condition that affects adults, it is becoming more prevalent amongst younger children and teens. The Cochran Firm understands that having diabetes at a young age can be challenging and wants children and their families to know about an organization dedicated to helping them.

661063 children_playingTrue to their name, the primary purpose of Southeastern Diabetes Education Services (SDES) is to educate children and their families on how to live with diabetes. In a leisure and recreational setting, SDES brings children and their families together with diabetes-related professions to form a supportive family network. Through the network, the goal of SDES is to provide the opportunity for families and children to socially interact with other children and families living with diabetes while connecting them with out-of-hospital access to diabetes care professionals, comprehensive diabetes management education and general emotional support. Children and their families are able to participate and receive the services offered by SDES through the following programs:

Camp Seale Harris – Camp Seale Harris is SDES’ residential family education and support program.Through Camp Seale Harris, individuals can participate in Spring, Summer and Fall Family Camp overnight diabetes education/recreation programs. In addition to offering a variety of recreational activities for children and their families, SDES also provides daily diabetes education sessions taught by health professionals. The program is available to children, up to 17 years old, and their families.

Camp Sugar Falls – Camp Sugar Falls is SDES’ summer day program. Like the Camp Seale Harris program, Camp Sugar Falls also offers a wide range of recreational activities and daily diabetes education sessions. The program is available for children with diabetes who are between the ages of 6 and 15. Depending upon availability, the program also allows children with diabetes to bring a sibling or a friend who is within the same age range. SDES offers the Camp Sugar Falls program in four locations throughout the state of Alabama: Birmingham, Mobile, Tuscaloosa and Dothan.

Community Programs – Through the Community Programs, SDES provide local activities for children with disabilities from birth to 17 years of age and their families. In addition to activities and social interaction with other families, the program also provides diabetes care from a diabetes healthcare professional. This program has grown to include the following Alabama communities: Auburn/Opelika, Birmingham, Florence/The Shoals, Mobile, Montgomery, Dothan and Huntsville.

Family Mentoring – SDES’ Family Mentoring program pairs parents and/or caregivers of newly diagnosed children with another parent of a child with diabetes. The goal of the program is to connect parents of newly diagnosed children with other parents to foster friendships and encourage support.

SDES desires for every child with diabetes to have the opportunity to participate in the programs and services it offers. For families and unable to participate due to monetary reasons, SDES offers several financial aid programs to help defray the cost associated with any of their programs. To learn more about Southeastern Diabetes Education Services and the programs that it offers, call (205) 402-0415 or visit their website at http://www.southerndiabetes.org.

If you or a loved one suffers from diabetes and is no longer able to perform basic daily functions or work related activities, you may be entitled to receive Social Security Disability Insurance.  To learn more about receiving Social Security Disability Insurance benefits or to receive assistance in filing your claim for Social Security benefits, call The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476). Our experienced attorneys are extremely familiar with the Social Security Disability application process and will work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve.

New Additions to Compassionate Allowances!

In an effort to continue fast-tracking decisions for individuals with the most serious disabilities, the SSA has added new conditions to their Compassionate Allowances program:

1277878 check_listThe application process for disability benefits can be lengthy; the average time spent waiting for approval can be over 300 days. Unfortunately, many individuals have serious debilitating conditions, families to care for or bills to pay and can’t afford to wait that long to receive benefits. In 2008, the Social Security Administration (SSA) introduced the Compassionate Allowances program to help individuals receive their Social Security Disability benefits sooner. In a continuing effort to expedite the process, the SSA recently announced the addition of 52 new medical conditions to the program. The new conditions, effective August of 2012, primarily include neurological disorders, cancers and rare diseases.

The goal of the SSA’s Compassionate Allowances program is to identify and fast-track the disability decisions for individuals with the most serious disabilities to ensure they receive benefits within days opposed to months or possibly even years. Through the use of highly developed new information technology, the SSA is able to distinguish diseases or conditions that undoubtedly meet the statutory standards for disability and quickly make benefit decisions. The disabilities included on the list of Compassionate Allowances include certain cancers, brain disorders, rare genetic disorders, immune system conditions, early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and a variety of other disorders that now, with the announcement of the 52 new conditions, equal a total of 165 disorders.

To date, the Compassionate Allowances program has helped nearly 173,000 applicants receive benefits the SSA to quickly approve disability benefits for nearly 173,000 applicants. For more information or to determine if your condition is included on the list, call 1-800-772-1213 or visit their website at www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances.

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 attorneys 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 that you deserve.


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