Soup Kitchen: Tuesday-Friday 11:00 AM-12:15
Showers for the Homeless: Tuesday-Friday 9:45 AM-12:30
Thrift Store Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10:00-12:30; 1:30 – 3:00
The following services are provided Monday-Thursday 9:00-12:30 & 1:30-3:00 and Friday 9:00-12:30
A certified birth certificate is necessary for access to many services in our society, but the poor often do not have the means to pay for an official birth certificate. We complete the necessary paperwork to obtain one birth certificate for each family member, and we provide this service at no expense to the client, thanks to the United Way, which funds this program for us.
Having a birth certificate is necessary to access housing, food stamps, child support, disability, to enroll a child in school, and, and for identification purposes. We pay all costs of birth certificates to any of the 50 states. Costs range from $9-50, depending on the state. We also are able to do delayed birth certificates for people who were never issued one at their birth. In addition, we help people get a Georgia photo ID at no cost to them.
Available to Chatham, Bryan and Effingham residents. They may be obtained from any of the 50 states, or the US State Dept. for those born outside the US to American parents. Clients need a referral from either DFCS, Housing Authority, Social Security Admin, child support office or school system. A photo ID is required for birth certificates.
Georgia Identification Cards:
Available to Chatham, Bryan and Effingham County residents. The state of Georgia requires that clients must provide proof of identity, proof of social security number and proof of residence.
Assistance with Medicaid and Food Stamp applications and renewals; housing applications and SSDI/SSI applications (new applicants only). Client must call to schedule an appointment.
Available to provide clients the services and support needed to obtain meaningful employment. The following services are available as part of the program:
- Birth Certificates
- Georgia Identification Card
- Computer Lab and printing
- Work shoes or boots and clothing
- Transportation assistance
Emergency Grocery Assistance:
(Mon-Fri. 9:00-12:30 ONLY)
Clients must present a photo ID and one of the following in their name: electric bill, gas bill, water bill or a current rent receipt. All household members must be documented.
Emergency Prescription Assistance:
Clients must have a referral from a low income health clinic and a photo ID. We do not assist with pain medications, narcotics, mental health drugs, over the counter drugs, contraceptives or monthly medications.
Free clothing is available during Thrift Store hours for those involved in a job readiness, substance abuse, or other recognized program as well as families who have had a home fire or other disaster. Documentation of the program or disaster must be presented.
School Uniform Vouchers:
Available at the start of the school year. Clients must have a referral from the school social worker and a valid photo ID. Vouchers are only issued to the parent/guardian for up to three children.
Emergency Baby Needs:
Assistance provided with newborn layettes, disposable diapers, wipes and other baby items (as available). Baby needs are only issued to the parent/guardian of the child(ren).