We never know when or how disaster will strike in our lives. Whether it’s the loss of a job, an unexpected medical bill or a flood. In the midst of the chaos there is one constant: thanks to thousands of donors, the United Way Network exists to offer a helping hand.
Check out the services available to those of us in crisis through the United Way Network:
InterServ: InterServ offers emergency assistance in the forms of a food pantry, rent and utility assistance for those who qualify and a rapid rehousing program.
Legal Aid of Western Missouri: Legal Aid offers emergency assistance in a unique set of ways. The cases that typically qualify as emergencies are orders of protection, landlord v. tenant cases resulting in utility shut off or eviction and cases with a pending court date.
Northwest Missouri Community Services: This United Way Partner Agency is often the first stop for those seeking emergency assistance. The Help Me Hotline is operated by NWMO Community Services and acts as the informations and referral hub for the Greater St. Joseph community. NWMO Community Services also offers programs such as the Fab-U-Less Finds thrift store where indivduals can recieve vouchers for free items, the Diaper Depot, Soles For Christ, Lions Club Eyeglasses and the Adopt A Family Christmas program.
The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army has several emergency assistance programs including a food pantry, clothing vouchers, The Boothe Center which will house nine families, limited emergency assitance funds, a Christmas Toy Store as well as school supply and coat distributions.
YWCA: In St. Joseph, YWCA offers emergency assistance to women and children who are homeless and/or fleeing abuse in the form of shelter and victim services. Often times, this shelter has limited or no space available. YWCA also offers crisis care to victims of rape and abuse.
These programs are only possible because of donors and volunteers like you
who support United Way and our Partner Agencies!
Check out this article about emergency assistance offered through the United Way Network in this month's Regular Joe.