Emergency & Community Services
Because we understand families dealing with crises and those on fixed incomes may struggle to maintain financial stability, we offer a range of emergency services to support those in transition as well as financial counseling and budgeting. All emergency services are approved and provided on a case-by-case basis.
In addition to emergency services provided to individuals, we are always looking for the best ways to fill the needs of our community. Recently, we even began a new program to help local children attending Hardin County schools. In order to help school nurses provide supplies for their young students, we send $100 gift cards three times per school year, helping to ensure each child has access to the tools and supplies they need to do their very best!
As the seasons change and utility bills rise, those on fixed incomes, including the elderly and disabled, and families facing financial hardship may struggle to cope with the higher bills, making them vulnerable to utility service disconnection. We offer emergency utility assistance to those in urgent need for up to 30 days, plus first-time connection fees for electricity, gas, and water to help them regain financial stability. Assistance for propane home heating is also offered for up to 30 days.
In times of hardship, families struggling to pay bills can face displacement from their homes. Once a family becomes homeless, it is even more difficult to regain stability and every family member experiences significant added stress and strain as the family struggles to get back on its feet. In order to prevent this from happening, we offer rent assistance to those in dire need for up to 30 days with rental deposits handled on a case-by-case basis.
For those who find themselves without a home, it can seem impossible to regain financial security. We know that a solid foundation and a stable home situation are critical for self-sufficiency, which is why we offer assistance with emergency, traditional, and permanent housing for homeless members of the Hardin County community. We also transportation to the nearest homeless shelter or to family members within the contiguous United States for housing.
As our children grow in years, they also grow in size, often outgrowing clothing during and between school years. For low-income families, it can be hard to keep up with growth spurts and provide new clothes for children as they age. We offer no-cost clothing vouchers to our on-site thrift store specifically for low-income, school-age children twice per year to help these families provide school clothes.
Income Based Medical Assistance
When it comes to urgent medical care, we know that costs can run high. Whether your care is local or out-of-town, we might be able to help. Low-income patients may be able to receive assistance with fuel for out-of-town care, long-term medical treatments, prescription costs, and other emergency services as determined on a case-by-case basis.
Financial Counseling & Budgeting
Without a solid foundation of financial knowledge, it can be hard for families to break out of poverty and establish long-term stability. We work one-on-one with clients to create household budgets and determine the ratio of overall expenses to income. We help to educate families in need on how to prioritize bill payments and differentiate between wants and needs to better make use of often limited resources. Job placement resources and referrals to payee representative resources also help to give those in need a stepping stone to financial security.
Barriers to financial security are not always obvious and are sometimes easily overcome with a little assistance. Among our other regular services, we also offer help to individuals who require things like proper documentation to receive additional assistance and gain employment or housing. We can help those in need complete requests for birth certificates, state ID’s, and more.
CAM Food Pantry Partnership
At the Hardin County Jesus Cares assistance office, you can also find the Christian Assistance Ministry (CAM) Food Pantry, another local nonprofit created to provide short term emergency food for the needy in our community. The organization is formed by a volunteer board of members active in local churches with food and financial support provided by church donations, 2nd Harvest Food Bank, local businesses, and community donations.
Those seeking food assistance through the CAM Food Pantry will need to come to our assistance office on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday and bring a photo ID and SNAP card if applicable. For same-day service, you must be at the assistance office before 2pm. Food is dispensed between 11:30am and 2:30pm on the above days.
We also accept financial donations as well as perishable and non-perishable food donations during these same hours. During non-business hours, food donations can be dropped off at our donation center at the same location. If you would like to help with our food assistance services, call our office at 731-925-6777 and ask about our annual food drive!