"Ask for help. Not because you are weak. But because you want to remain strong." Les Brown
Resources for Food, Safety, and Other Essential Needs
Where God Has Me, has compiled a list of resources, non-for-profit organizations and programs that offer assistance in various areas and for varying needs. The names of each organization, a brief description of the services they provide, and their website has been listed (some of the organizations may have a phone number listed as well).
Also, note that the following resources have been organized based on who they claim to serve. So, if you, a member of your family, or someone you know are in need of help, please feel free to browse through the list and reach out to an agency that may be able to assist. Simply click on the "+" sign next to the group's name to reveal a list of resources.
We pray that this list of resources will prove to be beneficial and a blessing to those in need of their services. Please also note that some of these organizations are national; however, some are local to certain areas. If you are looking to donate (whether it’s time or money), also feel free to check out these websites, as many of them offer ways in which you can help support the cause of that particular organization.
Disclaimer:While Where God Has Me believes in the necessity and benefits of such programs; the views, missions and beliefs of these programs are their own, and do not represent the views, mission, and beliefs of Where God Has Me. Please note that these programs are not listed in an order that gives preference, nor are we endorsing any program. Where God Has Me is simply providing a list of resources, this is NOT a referral and we are not validating, guaranteeing, or promoting the effectiveness of the services offered through any of the programs or organizations listed. Where God Has Me is not affiliated with, nor have we been compensated in any way by, either of the organizations listed. Please conduct your own thorough research of the organization(s) listed, before you choose to utilize their services.
Instructions: Click on the "+" sign in the upper, right corner of each box to reveal a list of resources.
Resources for children
Child Care Aware of America (childcareaware.org)- This agency works to ensure that families from all backgrounds have access to childcare that is affordable and of good quality. They not only serve as a resource for families, but they also provide information for childcare providers. If you are a parent, guardian, or childcare provider the site also offers a helpful Child Care Resource & Referral (CCR&R) tool to assist with finding programs in your area (https://www.childcareaware.org/resources/ccrr-search-form/ ), as well as a list of contact information (phone numbers and websites) for varying needs.
StandUp for Kids (standupforkids.org)- This non-profit organization assists at-risk youth, and they work to help end childhood homelessness. The organization does this by providing America’s youth with housing support, mentoring, drop-in centers, and a street outreach program. If you, or someone you know needs immediate assistance, the program also offers a toll-free number (1-888-365-4543) and a resource locator for assistance in your area (https://www.standupforkids.org/get-help ).
STOMP Out Bullying (stompoutbullying.org)- This website offers information on ways to stop bullying and it offers a Helpchat line for indviduals that are victims of bullying, regardless of the type…i.e. cyberbullying, sexual harassment, or violence and mistreatment (https://www.stompoutbullying.org/helpchat).
Covenant House (covenanthouse.org)- This organization assists youth facing homelessness, or victims of human trafficking, by providing them with supportive services and housing. If you, or someone you know, are victims of homelessness or human trafficking, please visit their website for a list of Covenant House locations and phone numbers to call for help (https://www.covenanthouse.org/homeless-shelters)
Transitional housing programs for homeless youth (benefits.gov)- This is a program provided through Benefits.Gov. The program provides homeless youth with safe living accomodations for up to 21 months and services to help them gain the life skills necessary to be productive adult citizens. If you, or someone you know, are in need of these services, please visit the website (https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/619 ) or call, 1-800-621-4000.
Children’s Defense Fund (childrensdefense.org)- This organization fights to protect children from abuse and neglect, and they fight to ensure that all children have access to health care, and quality education. One program that helps children across America that live in poverty, is the CDF Freedom Schools program. This program offers summer learning programs in various states. Check out the website to find out if any of these programs are available in your area and get information on how to apply (https://www.childrensdefense.org/programs/cdf-freedom-schools/enroll-your-child/ ).
Canines for Disabled Kids (caninesforkids.org)- This program is just as it sounds. They offer education for various groups about how service dogs can benefit children with disabilities. The organization also provides scholarships for the purchase of service canines for eligible children with disabilities. If your child, or a child you know, is interested in applying for a scholarship, go to their website for more detailed information (https://caninesforkids.org/change-a-life/scholarship/ ).
Travel for Care and SuperSibs (alexslemonade.org)- Both of these programs are a part of Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a foundation that helps fight against childhood cancer. Travel for Care is a program that provides financial assistance to families who have children that must travel to receive treatments, clinical trials and experimental therapies because they do not have access to such treatment in their local area (or treatment facility). Travel expenses may include transportation and lodging assistance for eligible families. The website includes an application for families who may be in need of these services (https://www.alexslemonade.org/childhood-cancer/for-families/travel-for-care ). SuperSibs is a program designed for siblings of individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer. For more information on this program or to sign up, visit their SuperSibs page (https://www.alexslemonade.org/childhood-cancer/for-families/supersibs ).
Cerebral Palsy Support Organizations (www.cerebralpalsyguide.com/community/)- This resource is for parents, or caretakers, who are caring for children born with Cerebral Palsy(CP). The website offers live chat for individuals seeking more information and guidance on where to begin getting the help needed for their child. There are also options for parents and caretakers to join in-person support groups, or online support groups. In addition to that, parents or caretakers, may find helpful information in regards to symptoms to look for, treatment and costs, community organizations that offer support (both financial and education), as well as legal information. If you, or someone you know, has a child born with Cerebral Palsy and are looking for more information and assistance, please visit the website listed above.
Some of the more common organizations are:
The March of Dimes (www.marchofdimes.org)- Get information on pregnancy, care and feeding your baby, as well as information on pregnancy complications and dealing with loss and grief.
St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital (stjude.org)- While acceptance to St. Jude may require a referral from your child’s physician and eligibility for an open clinical trial, the site does offer information to families on how to get your child admitted for treatment (https://www.stjude.org/patient-referrals/seek-treatment.html ).
National Runaway Safeline (1800runaway.org)- This is a crisis hotline for youth who may have already run away or are planning to run away. This program also offers offline resources and a family reunification program. If you, or someone you know may need this service, please visit their website or call them at: 1-800-RUNAWAY (or, 1-800-786-2929)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (suicidepreventionlifeline.org)
National Child Abuse Hotline (childhelp.org)- 1-800-4-A-CHILD (422-4453)
Resources for victims of Abuse or Individuals struggling with addiction and mental health illnesses- These are resources that offer assistance to children, women, and men who are victims of abuse. For most of the organizations listed, there are no descriptions because they all share common goals…to stop abuse and offer victims of such crimes help with safety/escape plans, support, hope, and healing. There is also information provided for individuals who may be struggling with an addiction and mental illness.
National Domestic Violence Hotline (thehotline.org) and National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (ncadv.org)- The first site offers privacy for individuals who visit by explaining how to safely contact them and how to delete browser history. The second website offers individuals a Safety Exit link so that site visitors may safely exit the website without leaving a browser history. The National Domestic Violence Hotline also offers live chat services, and text services (per the website: Text the word “START” to 1-800-799-SAFE ). Both websites offer the option to call them and speak to a live person (1-800-799-SAFE  or TTY: 1-800-787-3224); as well as information on ways to identify abuse, support others you may know that are experiencing abuse, and a safety plan.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children- 1-800-THE-LOST
National Human Trafficking Hotline- 1-888-3737-888
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline- 1-866-331-9474
The Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN)- www.rainn.org or call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
Stop Abuse for Everyone/SAFE (stopabuseforeveryone.org)- This site offers informational resources on domestic abuse. The organization has a crisis text line (741741), which is available in the United States 24/7. Once individuals text this number, a trained counselor will get in touch with them and offer assistance. They also offer online support groups through their Support and Discussion Forum (http://www.facebook.com/groups/7967669438/).
VictimConnect Resource Center (victimconnect.org)- this is a program of NCVC (National Center for Victims of Crime) and they offer victims support via a hotline (855-484-2846), and/or an online chat platform (https://chat.victimsofcrime.org/victim-connect/ ). This program offers to connect individuals with translators if they speak a language other than English or Spanish.
La Casa De Las Madres (lacasa.org)- This organization is located in San Francisco; however they offer a 24-hour hotline (1-877-503-1850 for Adults and 1-877-923-0700 for Teens) and a Text Support Line (415-200-3575). They offer support to abuse survivors of all ages.
Project Safe (project-safe.org)- This organization is located in Georgia and offers support to any individual leaving an abusive situation. They have services that include: a Breaking the Silence program for teens, confidential shelter, housing and financial assistance, legal advocacy, a thrift store, bilingual services and a 24- hour helpline (706-543-3331), as well as a teen text line (706-765-8019). The website also offers a Safety Exit link so that individuals may safely visit their site without leaving a search history.
The Recovery Village (therecoveryvillage.com)- This organization offers treatment and counseling services for individuals struggling with alcohol and drug addictions, in addition to mental health illnesses. They offer treatment services in various states and they have a 24/7 confidential helpline for individuals who may be struggling with an alcohol addiction, or for anyone who may be impacted by alcohol addiction (877-878-3201). If you, or someone you know, are struggling with an addiction and a mental health illness, please reach out to this organization for more information. Also, if you are a professional looking to learn more about how to identify and help individuals who you believe are struggling with addiction and mental health, please also reach out to this organization for more information, as per their website they offer educational services that may be able to assist you.
Resources for Families and Individuals
Family Promise (familypromise.org)- Provides assistance to families who are suffering from homelessness and poverty.
Family to Family Network- In most cases, each state has it's own Family to Family Network that works with families to provide support in various areas. Some states offer support for raising children with disabilities; while some work with families to enhance parenting skills, equip families with tools necessary for economic success, child abuse prevention, and other areas of support. Each state seems to share a common goal of helping families receive care and education to provide a healthy, safe, and stable home life for their child(ren). To find out if your state offers assistance through a Family to Family Network, simply type in your browser: family to family network, followed by your state.
Hand in Hand Parenting (handinhandparenting.org)- Offers information and resources to families who may need parenting help and advice.
Mercy Multiplied (mercymultiplied.com)- A Christian-based organization with locations in various states across the country. They provide biblical-based counseling services, residential programs and outpatient services to men, women, and teens.
National Military Family Association (militaryfamily.org)
Feeding America (feedingamerica.org)- Their website helps individuals locate local community food banks. They also offer information on other programs that may help individuals and families in need of support.
The National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC)- nafcclinics.org
Family Reach (familyreach.org)- This organization provides financial support to families facing cancer.
Healthwell Foundation (healthwellfoundation.org)- Helps uninsured individuals who need critical medical treatments.
Christian Healthcare Ministries (chministries.org)- Offers a health cost sharing program to families. There is a cost for this program, but if you are in need of affordable healthcare options, it may be worth checking out.
Salvation Army Soup Kitchens (salvationarmyusa.org)- visit their site to find a food pantry near you. The Salvation Army also provides assistance to individuals who need help with paying bills.
Meals on Wheels America (mealsonwheelsamerica.org)- visit their website to find a Meals on Wheels program near you.
Working Cars for Working Families (workingcarsforworkingfamilies.org)- this program may only be available in certain areas, visit the website to find out if it is available in your area.
Good News Garage (goodnewsgarage.org)- This program is only available in certain states, visit the website to find out if it is available in your area.
Modest Needs (modestneeds.org)- This organization provides short-term financial assistance to low-income families and individuals in a temporary financial crisis. The website provides an online application for eligible individuals. If you are not sure if you qualify for assistance, visit the website for eligibility guidelines.
Correctional Re-entry Resources
Volunteers of America (voa.org)
American Hope Resources (benefits.americanhoperesources.com)
Prison Fellowship (prisonfellowship.org)
Help for Felons (helpforfelons.org)- this site offers a list of states and their organizations that have reentry programs.
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