Service and Faith-Based Organizations
American Red Cross chapters provide services that help targeted groups within the community be safer, healthier, and more self-reliant. Some programs include:
- transportation to medical appointments and other essential trips
- food pantry and hot lunch programs
- homeless shelters and transitional housing services
- food and rental assistance
Contact your local American Red Cross chapter to find out the community services they offer. If they do not offer the services you need, they may be able to refer you to other local agencies that provide the service.
In addition to a clean bed and a hot meal, some shelters offer life skill development assistance including budget development, parenting classes, counseling, and support groups. Transitional housing programs allow for more in-depth assistance, for periods of up to a year.
American Red Cross National Headquarters
2025 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Tel: (202) 303-4498
Goodwill Industries is North America’s leading nonprofit provider of education, training, and career services for people with disadvantages, such as welfare dependency, homelessness, and lack of education or work experience, as well as those with physical, mental and emotional disabilities.
Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
15810 Indianola Drive
Rockwell, MD 20855
Tel: (301) 530-6500
AARP volunteers educate older persons with limited incomes and resources about federal, state, local and private benefits programs and services. To see if there is an AARP chapter in your town, use the online chapter locator.
AARP Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service available to taxpayers with low- and moderate-income, with special attention to those ages 60 and older.
AARP Community Networks
601 E St. NW
Washington, DC 20049
Toll free: (888) 687-2277
Catholic Charities USA is the nation’s largest private human service network. Its agencies and institutions nationwide provide vital social services to people in need, regardless of their religious, social, or economic backgrounds. Your local chapter can provide services such as rent and mortgage assistance, food, and other services.
If you are looking for individual assistance, or have questions about programs, services, jobs, or volunteer opportunities at Catholic Charities agencies, contact your local Catholic Charities agency.
Catholic Charities USA
66 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 600
Alexandria, VA 22314
Tel: (703) 549-1390
Fax: (703) 549-1656
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic lay organization that leads men and women to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering. Services include food programs, emergency financial assistance, rent/mortgage assistance, help with low-cost housing, and help with low-cost or free prescription drugs.
To secure assistance, contact the nearest Catholic Church in your community and ask if they have a Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conference in their parish or know of one in the vicinity. Or, look for “Society of St. Vincent de Paul” in your local White Pages. To find the District or Diocesan Council closest to you, click here.
LSA is an alliance of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and their related social ministry organizations, and their nearly 300 health and human service organizations. Together, these organizations touch the lives of more than six million people—one in 50 Americans each year.
LSA National Headquarters
700 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21230-3850
Tel: (800) 664-3848
Fax: (410) 230-2710