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Are you in need of assistance but unsure of what programs you may be eligible for? Thanks to the following service, the process of finding the appropriate assistance program is now both easier and quicker.

There are several public and private benefits programs available to individuals and families in need. Unfortunately, several of these individuals are unaware of the various types of assistance programs and/or services that are available to them. To help individuals find programs and services to meet their needs, The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has developed BenefitsCheckUp.org. As the nation's most comprehensive web-based service, BenefitsCheckUp screens individuals for more than 2,000 public and private benefits programs from all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia. Through BenefitsCheckUp, individuals can quickly find federal, state and private programs that are available such as:

Prescription Drug Assistance
Nutrition/Food Assistance
Energy Assistance
Financial Assistance
Health Care
Housing
Transportation
In-Home Services
Educational Assistance
Tax Relief

BenefitsCheckUp was created to help the elderly and individuals with disabilities in finding the resources that are available for them. However, the service is available for all those in need. For more information about BenefitsCheckUp, call 1-800-243-5463 or visit their website by clicking here .

At The Cochran Firm 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 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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Partners for Hope

Here's an organization that offers services to individuals and families in the Los Angeles, CA area who are in need of emergency/urgent assistance:

Holding true to its name, Inland Valley Hope Partners is a partnership which consist of churches, individuals, businesses, foundations and community groups with a collective mission of empowering those in need. As a not-for-profit organization, Inland Valley Hope Partners has been providing assistance to families and individuals for over 40 years. Through an array of programs and services, Inland Valley Hope Partners helps families and individuals break the cycle of poverty and attain the hope they need to lead self-sufficient lives. Services and programs offered through Inland Valley Hope Partners include:

Emergency Food Assistance Program
Emergency Housing Program
Farmers Market Program
Supportive Services
Like Skills Classes
Motel Vouchers
Emergency Rental/Utility Assistance
Employment and Housing Search Assistance

Services provided through Inland Valley Hope Partners are available to families and individuals with little-to-low household income who live in the following areas: Chino, Chino Hills, Diamond Bar, Claremont, La Verne, Montclair, Pomona, Ontario, San Dimas, Upland, Walnut, Rancho Cucamonga and Mt. Baldy.

For more information about Inland Valley Hope Partners, call (909) 622-3806.

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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Meals for a Happy Thanksgiving

As the holiday season approaches, many families and individuals are faced with the heartbreaking reality of being unable to afford holiday traditions due to various circumstances. Thankfully, several organizations, communities and local neighbors have joined together to ensure that no family is left out of traditional holiday celebrations.

For your convenience, we have provided a list of FREE Thanksgiving Dinners that are available to families, individuals with disabilities, the homeless and those in need:

Atlanta, Georgia
Hosea Feed the Hungry & Homeless (HFTH): This year HFTH will host its annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Georgia World Congress Center. In addition to providing a free traditional dinner, HFTH will also provide a phone center, a clothing center, a beauty and barber area, showers and entertainment. Dinners will also be delivered to individuals with disabilities and the elderly within the area. The dinner will take place on Thursday, November 24, 2011. For more information, call (404) 755-3353.

Birmingham, Alabama
Jimmie Hale Mission: Like every year, the Jimmie Hale Mission will be serving a traditional Thanksgiving meal for those in need. In addition to providing a meal for those in need at the mission, meals will also be delivered to local seniors and shut-ins. For more information about the Thanksgiving meal, call (205) 323-5878.

Dayton, Ohio
3rd Annual "Feast of Giving": Dayton's News Source, along with other local sponsors, will hosting the 3rd Annual "Feast of Giving" at the Dayton Convention Center. The dinner will take place on Thursday, November 24, 2011 at 11:00AM. The dinner is provided FREE of charge and is open to all individuals, including the homeless, those in need and individuals who may be spending the holidays alone. There will be free parking at the Convention Center's garage and free bus transportation services offered by the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority. For more information, click here .

Detroit, Michigan
Ram's Horn: This Thanksgiving, Ram's Horn will be providing a free community-wide Thanksgiving Dinner for those in need. The dinner will be held on Monday, November 21, 2011 from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the Rochester Hills location. For more information, call (248) 651-7900.

The Senior Alliance : The Senior Alliance's Holiday Meals Program (SAHM) is providing hot, home-delivered meals for individuals with disabilities and seniors 60 years of age or older. Dinners will be delivered door-to-door on Thursday, November 24, 2011. For more information about the program, call (734) 727-2071.

The Baldwin Center: Throughout the Pontiac community, The Baldwin Center will be distributing Thanksgiving food baskets/boxes to those in need. Each box will contain non-perishable goods as well as fresh items such as milk, eggs, bread and of course, turkey. The boxes, which should provide enough food for a family of four for approximately three weeks, will also include paper towels and toilet paper.

Los Angeles, California
Thanksgiving Dinner-In-The-Park: Union Station Homeless Services (USHS) will be spreading cheer and providing a warm and healthy holiday meal for the community, individuals who are homeless and those in need. USHS will host its annual "Thanksgiving Dinner-In-The-Park on Thursday, November 24, 2011 in Pasadena's Central Park. The menu for the dinner will include traditional favorites such as: turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, corn, green beans, macaroni & cheese and sweet potatoes. For more information, call (626) 240-4550.

Memphis, Tennessee
27th Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner: This year marks the 27th year for the City of Memphis' Thanksgiving Day Dinner. The dinner will be held on Thursday, November 24, 2011 from 10:00 am until 1:00pm at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. In addition to receiving a Thanksgiving dinner, individuals will also be able to receive free health screenings and flu shots through the Baptist Operation Outreach Mobile Health Care Clinic and place FREE phone calls to anywhere in the US through Verizon who will be onsite. There will also be a distribution of hats, gloves, scarves, socks, snacks and water for the homeless. For more information, call (901) 690-9615.

Mobile, Alabama
The Salvation Army: The Mobile Area Command will host its annual Thanksgiving Meal on Thursday, November 24, 2011 from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm. The meal will be held at its headquarters on Dauphin Street and will include traditional favorites such as: ham, turkey, yams, cakes, pies and dinner rolls. For more information, call (251) 438-1625.

Turkey Take-Out: Through a joint partnership with Foley Elementary, several Baldwin County residents have joined together to create "Turkey Take-Out". Turkey Take-Out delivers holiday meals to area families who can't afford the traditional "turkey and trimmings". In addition to providing families with Thanksgiving dinners, Turkey Take-Out also provides families with food to have after Thanksgiving too. For more information, call (251) 943-8861.

Thanksgiving Banquet: This year, like all the years before, the Waterfront Rescue Mission/Mobile Mission will host its Annual Thanksgiving Day Banquet. The dinner will be held on Thanksgiving Day and will include a traditional holiday feast (turkey and all the trimmings) for the homeless and those in need. For more information, call (251) 433-1847.

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If you've been denied health insurance due to a pre-existing condition, don't lose hope! You may be able to receive insurance through the following program:

When it comes to health insurance, individuals with disabilities are often limited in their options for adequate coverage. Now, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, individuals may be eligible for health coverage through a new government program. Under the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP), individuals previously denied insurance coverage, due to a pre-existing condition, may be eligible to receive coverage for a variety of medical benefits. The PCIP program is available in all states to US residents who, because of a pre-existing condition, have been denied or without insurance for the past six months regardless of their age or income. PCIP, like other insurance plans, may require individuals to pay a monthly premium, a deductible and some cost-sharing expenses. However, unlike other insurance plans, individuals will not be charged a higher premium because of a medical condition.

The video below provides more information about the PCIP program, the program's eligibility criteria and the application process.

 

Unable to view the video? Visit www.pcip.gov or call 866-717-5826 (TTY: 866-561-1604) to find out more information about the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan.

If you, or a loved one, suffer from a physical, mental, developmental and/or emotional disability, don't give up! The experienced attorneys of The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers can help you receive the Social Security benefits that you deserve. Our team has helped thousands of individuals in receiving their Social Security benefits and we are ready to go to work for you! For more information or to receive a free case review, contact The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers today at 1-800-THE-FIRM (1-800-843-3476).

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Do you or a loved have a mental impairment or developmental disability? If so, the followign organization offers a variety of services and programs to individuals in the New Orleans, LA area:

From offering early intervention programs for infants to elderly services for seniors, STARC helps individuals become contributing members of their community. As a local nonprofit organization, STARC's mission is to help individuals with mental impairments and/or developmental disabilities maximize their potential to lead meaningful, productive and fulfilling lives. With services and programs available to individuals of all ages, STARC's approach is to integrate their clients into the community as much as possible in an effort to help them build independence. Through their services and programs, STARC trains, advocates, connects and provides clients with a variety of resources. Services and programs that are available through STARC include:

• Early Intervention Program
• Noah's ARC Children's Daycare Services
• Adult Daycare Services
• Supported Employment Program
• Residential Services
• Waiver Services
• Elderly Services
• STARC Art
• Better Way Services Program

In addition to participating in the services offered through STARC, individuals also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities. Activities include: bowling, picnics, Special Olympics, STARC's annual Starlight Ball and more.

STARC's services and programs are available to individuals and their families throughout East and West New Orleans in the following parishes: St. Tammany, Washington, St. Helena, Tangipahoa and Livingston. For more information about STARC or its programs and services, call (985) 641-0197.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a mental illness or developmental disability, don't give up! Our experienced attorneys are extremely familiar with the application process for Social Security Disability benefits and they'll work hard to help you get the benefits you deserve. If you would like to learn more about receiving Social Security Disability or need 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 benefits that you deserve.


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