Below is a list of local and state programs that may be of use for those facing difficult situations. You can click on the name of each organization and be sent to that organization's website. Please note that by selecting these links you will be redirected from the T&E Care website. We have provided these links as a service to those seeking extra help.
T&E Care does not endorse the views expressed, or the facts presented, on these sites. Further, T&E Care does not endorse any commercial products that may be advertised or available on these sites.
211 SEPA - this is a new resource site that lists all sorts of resources in Southeast PA. You can also call 1-866-964-7922 or just call 211 for assistance.
TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) - provides short-term assistance to low-income families and individuals; participants must agree to, sign, and follow through on an Agreement of Mutual Responsibility outlining a plan to find permanent employment.
Benefits CheckUp - is free service of the National Council on Aging (NCOA), a nonprofit service and advocacy organization in Washington, DC. Is a great resource for those 55 and older to get extra help with bills.
Benefits.com - a really great website that explains the various government benefits and which you may be eligible to receive.
Clarifi - a GREAT resource that lists all sorts of agencies that offer various types of assistance to local families. There are links for assistance related to housing, shelters, clothing, legal assistance, etc. etc.
Connect Points - this is another source that makes referrals to lots of different sources in Chester County.
The Children's Dental Clinic serves TESD students (as well as other districts) who qualify for free dental care. The service is offered in an office located right in T/E Middle School. If you have a student in the TESD who needs dental assistance, please check this out. Service can be obtained through your child's guidance counselor.
Community Health and Dental Care (Pennsylvania Dental Association)- If you need low cost health and dental care and live in Chester County then this is a great option for you! It's located in Pottstown, has good hours (weekends too), and offers lots of different services. You do need to show proof of income. For dental care: X-rays (~ $20) will be required for the first visit. Cleanings run ~ $20, fillings run ~ $20. Many major dental services are 50% off. Call 610-326-7405 for more details on dental care and 610-326-9460 for medical care.
FAMILYWIZE Prescription Savings Card - a discount prescription program available to anyone regardless of insurance status and is accepted by some 60,000 retail pharmacies nationwide. A card can be downloaded from www.FamilyWize.org or an App can be downloaded from an app store onto a phone. There is no application fee or enrollment process. Just present the card to a pharmacist and receive an average discount from list price of 40%. Someone with insurance can present both the insurance card and the FamilyWize card to the pharmacist and accept the lower of the two prices. There is no use limitation. The FamilyWize site also provides a tool to search for pharmacy providing the lowest cost of a prescription drug by zip code.
ShopRite - The ShopRite Pharmacy will distribute at no cost certain antibiotics (penicillin, amoxycillin, cypro, etc.) and certain diabetic medications (pills). Many other prescriptions are available at $4 or $10 (depending on the prescription). To confirm availability contact your local ShopRite (West Chester and Norristown are closest).
GENERAL MEDICAL CARE ESPECIALLY FOR KIDS
United Healthcare Children's Foundation (UHCCF) provides grants to families to help pay for child health care services that are above and beyond what is covered by the normal insurance; child MUST be covered by parent's commercial insurance plan (not Medicaid or CHIP) to be eligible. Grants up to $5000 are awarded. Applications must be done on-line.
CHIP - Children's Health Insurance Plan - offers access to health insurance to all kids up to age 19, regardless of family income
GENERAL MEDICAL CARE FOR ADULTS/KIDS
The Clinic - a medical clinic in Phoenixville serving the uninsured and underinsured
Medicaid - provides medical insurance for those unable to buy their own coverage
Catholic Social Services (West Chester), provides support to individuals or families; fees are adjusted for income, 610-344-7028
Bringing Hope Home - Wayne, a non-profit that helps families burdened by the cancer experience; nominate online for someone needing help; available only to those living in the Delaware Valley area. (Formerly called Great Guys.)
Nancy Cares - free mammograms to those who are uninsured. Available at UPenn's local facilities. Call 610-902-1800 to make an appointment through this program.
Another option for free screening and diagnostic mammograms for underinsured and uninsured women over 40 can be found at Crozer-Keystone Health Systems.
Another option for free screening and diagnostic mammograms can be found through Linda Creed - affiliated with Paoli Hospitaland other local hospitals.
Team Contiuum - Team Continuum is dedicated to helping cancer patients of all ages and with all types of cancer. They help them minimize the burdens of everyday life by providing immediate and vital assistance for non-medical essentials - like paying their rent and utility bills - so the family can focus on crucial medical care. Call 917-595-4169 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
OneRun Together - an organization that provides financial assistance to local cancer patients while undergoing treatment. Must live in Berks or Chester County to apply.
Unite for Her - an organization that offers support for women with breast cancer
Paoli Cancer Center Free Wig Program - idividualized wig fitting sessions, patients do not have to be treated at Paoli to receive a free wig; make an appointment to be seen, 484-565-1600
COUNSELING, MENTAL ILLNESS, CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY, ETC.
Gaudenzia - works with people affected by chemical dependency, mental illness, and related conditions
Chester Counseling Center - a counseling center in Phoenixville to serve those with substance abuse and mental health issues, serves the uninsured, 610-933-8880
Daemion Counseling Center - provides short and long-term counseling for those who cannot afford traditional therapy fees, located next to T/E Middle School.
ARCH - Area Residents Caring and Helping - a resource for families in and around Tredyffrin and Easttown who need help with drug and alcohol abuse - especially with children
DART - Drug Alcohol Recovery Team at Berwyn United Methodist Church; call the church office for more details 610-644-5555 x 0.
Chester County CHADD chapter - (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder); information on local programs and support groups
Suicidal Assistance Centers - Chester County Crisis/Valley Creek Crisis Center (610-918-2100, 24 hr mobile crisis hot line); Warm Line (866-846-2722, support for mental health issues); Creative Health Services (Spring City, 610-948-6490); Fellowship Health Resources (Phoenixville, 610-415-9301); Human Services, Inc (West Chester, 610-430-6141)
EZ2C - this is a local organization (based in Wayne) that assists people with permanent vision loss to remain independent.
Educational assistance - general
Volunteer English Program - based in West Chester - free one-to-one tutoring in English; any level skills accepted; meet at time convenient for both tutor and person needing help; often a waiting list so sign up early! Go online or call 610-918-8222.
A GREAT source of free videos covering all sorts of educational topics to help give you tutoring assistance: http://www.khanacademy.org/; with help from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history
ESF Dream Camp (Bryn Mawr), after-school and summer camp programs to economically disadvantaged kids; must be nominated by teachers, 610-581-7100
Computer safety - this page on our website includes some great computer safety tips.
Educational assistance - college
Click HERE for a specific website all about college assistance.
WIC (Women, Infants, & Children) - PA Dept of Health - program that offers subsidies for food for pregnant moms, babies, and children up to age 5; income requirements; call 1-800-WIC-WINS.
Phoenixville Area Community Services, 610-933-1105, 257 Church St, Phoenixville, call for appointment (for Phoenixville residents only); food and other forms of assistance are given here.
Local Food Banks
(Please note that for many of these food banks in Chester County you must register and once you have registered for one, you can not go to others.)
For more information on local food banks, click HERE.
Chester County Food Bank - this explains how the Chester County Food Bank works, and gives the list of all of the local food banks; 610-873-6000.
Great Valley Food Cupboard- located at the Baptist Church in the Great Valley, 945 N. Valley Forge Rd, Devon; open every Tuesday from 11-2 and the 2nd Wednesday evening of each month from 6-8. Call 610-688-5445 for more information.
Trinity Presbyterian Church Caring Cupboard (Berwyn), must call for appointment, 610-644-0932
Paoli Presbyterian Church Food Closet (Paoli), call for information 610-644-8250
Church of the Good Samaritan (Paoli), food closet, 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 610-644-4040
Wayne United Methodist Church (South Wayne Ave in Radnor) - food pantry, available as needed, call 610-688-5650 for details (NOTE: This is NOT part of the Chester County Food Bank, so you can go here in addition to one of the other food banks.)
Assistance with utilities
Helping Hand - Aqua PA's low-income assistance program; offers programs and assistance for families needing help with water bills; household income must be less than 200% of the poverty level, account my st more than 21 days past due, and customer must have at least $110 in unpaid water bills; call 1-800-360-2998
PECO assistance programs - includes MEAF (Matching Energy Assistance Fund), CAP Rate (lower rate for low-income families), CARES Services, LIHEAP, and other programs. Many can be reached at 1-800-774-7040. The direct number to MEAF is 800-403-6806. MEAF is especially important when you have a shut-off notice.
LIHEAP - low income home energy assistance program - helps with utility bills from PECO, oil, or whatever energy company is used; applications start each November (and run through early Spring), 1-800-344-3574
Internet Essentials - a low-cost program for low-income families who need internet. The program is run by Comcast. If certain required qualifications are met you can receive internet connections in your home for as little as $10/mo. The site includes free tips on how to use the internet to find a job and to do homework, as well as how to avoid viruses.
More tips on saving on your utility bills can be found by CLICKING HERE.
Home of the Sparrow - provides housing and supportive services to single women, women with children, and senior women 55+ who want to improve their lives and become self-sufficient. There are a number of good programs to offer; you must live in Chester County to qualify.
Bridge of Hope - for those in Lancaster or Chester County only - an organization that helps homeless single moms and their children by helping them find long-term housing, financial stability, and healthy relationships.
Connect Points - a service of Decade to Doorways, Chester County’s Community Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. ConnectPoints conducts in-depth assessments of individuals and families throughout Chester County who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. They work with Community agencies to identify the services they offer and then aid people in finding the most appropriate fit for their housing needs; 1-800-935-3181.
Housing Partnership of Chester County - helps with low-to-moderate income residents of Chester County who are first time home buyers, need one-time utility assistance, need home rehab assistance, etc. Call 610-518-1522.
Job tips and job leads - click HERE for more information on local job opportunities and lots of job tips. This page is updated regularly.
Budgeting - click HERE for lots of great budgeting tips. This page is updated regularly.
Philadelphia Bar Association offers free legal advice to residents of Philadelphia and the surrounding counties the third Wednesday of every month, from 5pm-8pm. It's all done by calling the hotline at 215-238-6333. Any aspect of the law can be discussed - including family law, landlord-tenant law, worker's compensation, etc.
Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCACares.org) - great website for all sorts of help offered to senior citizens in Philadelphia. While much of the information on this site is just for Philadelphia residents, there is some that applies to senior citizens throughout the state.
National Council on Aging - great site for all sorts of resources for those 55+ in our community. Call 800-677-1116 or fill out email on the website.
Great Valley Senior Center - for any families living in the Great Valley School District region - this is a great place to turn for socialization and support. Call them at 610-889-2121 for more details.
Trinity House - an apartment for low income senior citizens (62+) and disabled (18+). Your rent is 30% of your social security payment and the rest is subsidized, located at 15 Leopard Rd in Berwyn, 134 units - some 1 and 2 BR, there is often a 2-3 year waiting list - but it's worth it to get on the list; the application period is Sept 1-Oct 31, call 610-296-3337 or email email@example.com
YMCA - Y Cares program - helps families who need assistance for children to attend programs at the Y in Berwyn
CCIS (Child Care Information Services) - is a government program that provides childcare assistance to families who qualify through the COMPASS website. It is for working parents who need assistance covering daycare bills. There is often a long waiting list for this - so if you think you will need the help - get going on the application ASAP!
Youth Mentoring Partnership - a mentoring program offered at the UMLY for students in 6th-12th grades. This is a fitness-based mentoring program - to help youth develop work ethic, mental toughness and goal-setting skills. Students must apply to be in this program.
Paoli Presbyterian Church - Freebies for Babies Shop - in the Frazer Village Shopping Center (corner of Rt 30/352); open Saturdays 10-12; free toys, strollers, books, games, kids and maternity clothes; call Susan Mayes 610-251-9742 with questions.
Birthright - located in West Chester - this is an organization that can help a family with resources related to babies. Their phone is 610-436-0773. They are at 112 S. High St. and are generally open M-Th, 9am-3pm. They have baby clothes, diapers, and other resources.
Ways to Work - a non-profit that can sometimes offer a low interest loan for the purchase of a used car, for a family that is low-income. 1-800-221-3726
Ride Rover - transportation assistance to elderly, handicapped, or people without cars, call 610-594-3911
Mercy Medical Airlift - if you every have a family member who is very ill and needs to be transported to another location - this organization can help you get funding to cover that trip (including airplane trips).
Free Store - where you can get furniture and other household items for FREE - run by the United Methodist church in Media, PA. Located at 350 West State Street in Media. Hours vary but oftern they are open 12-4. Closed Tue and Thur. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. with any questions.
Impact Thrift Stores, Inc - takes donations of good condition merchandise (including clothing, furniture, books, appliances, etc.) and sells it at a very reasonable price - located in Norristown.
First Presbyterian Church (West Chester), 610-696-0554, free clothing for newborns through age 14.
Wings for Success (Frazer) - clothing for women going on job interviews; requires referral by supporting agency (call us first - we might be able to refer you!)
Birthright - maternity and baby clothes up to 9 months, by appointment, Pottstown (610-327-2626) or West Chester (610-436-0773)
Team Children - in Audubon - they take (working) used computers, refurbish them, and then sell them at low cost to families in the Philadelphia area.
Paoli Presbyterian church - if you have specific furniture needs call the church at 610-644-8250 and ask for doris; they MIGHT be able to help you out.
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