United Way- 2-1-1 is an easy to remember, three-digit telephone number that connects people with important community services to meet everyday needs and the immediate needs of people in crisis. It is a resource for finding assistance in your local community and can offer information on:
Affordable high-quality child care and after-school care
Counseling and support groups
Food, clothing, and housing
Services for seniors and the disabled
Summer Food Program Available
If you have a school-aged student in need of breakfast and lunch this summer (or know of someone who does), simply text "FOOD" to 877877 and receive a message back with a location closest to where they can get free summer meals or click this link, https://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program.
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MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
SC Department of Mental Health:
Assessment & Resource Center (ARC)
1800 Colonial Drive
Columbia, SC 29203 Phone: 803.898.1470 Fax: 803.898.1471
Federation of Families:.
Federation of Families is a nonprofit organization established to assist families of children with any degree of emotional, behavioral or psychiatric disorder. Through support networks, educational materials, publications, conferences/workshops and other activities, the Federation provides many avenues of support for families of children with emotional, behavioral or psychiatric disorders.
FOOD AND MATERIAL RESOURCES
Harvest Hope Food Bank:
The Cooperative Ministry:
SC Child Nutrition Programs:
Medical Homebound Guide:
CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
(Parents Reaching Out to Parents)
PRO-Parents provides information and training about special education law to families of children with disabilities and special needs. Not income based.
p. (803) 772-5688 or 1(800) 759-4776
P&A supports and protects the legal and civil rights of people with disabilities. P&A can advocate for a child’s right to services provided under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Not income base.
p. (803) 782-0639
TTY: (866) 232-4525
Helpline: (866) 275-7273
SC First Steps is a statewide education initiative to help prepare children to reach first grade healthy and ready to succeed. Each of the state’s 46 counties determines its greatest needs and implements or enhances the necessary services to boost school readiness of its children. Not income based.
p. (803) 734-0479
Toll Free: (877) 621-0865
SCSDB provides home visitation and care coordination services to children birth to three with sensory disabilities and their families. Not income based.
p. (803) 896-9789 OR 1(800) 984-4357
TTY: (803) 896-9844
enables eligible South Carolinians with disabilities to prepare for, achieve and maintain competitive employment.
Toll Free: (800) 832-7526
Columbia Area: (803) 896-6500
TTY: (803) 896-6553
SC Access Aging and Disability Information