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Avoyelles Progress Action

Address:
641 Government St
Marksville, LA 71351

Map & Directions

(20 Miles Away - Go to: Marksville, LA Financial Assistance)

Telephone:
(318) 253-6085

Services:
A non-profit Community Action Agency. Services provided include: Head Start, Energy Assistance, Commodities, Weatherization, LaHeap Energy Assistance, Community Food and Nutrition, Child and Adult Food, and Information and Referral.

Tax Preparation and EITC:
By appointment only Monday - Friday, 9a - 3p from January 24 - April 12

Hours:
M-F, 8A-4:30P; Tax Preparation: M-F, 9A -3P

Eligibility:
Anyone meeting federal poverty guidelines

Documents To Bring:
Call for information and to schedule tax assistance appointment; items needed for tax assistance: Photo ID; original SS card or ITIN; last year's tax return; all W-2s, 1099s, and other income forms; receipts for child care along with provider's name, address & tax ID number, receipts for any charitable donations, any other tax-related documents; a voided check for direct deposit

To the sick, while there is life there is hope.

-- Marcus T. Cicero

Philadelphia Baptist Church

Address:
722 Philadelphia Rd
Deville, LA 71328

Map & Directions

(23 Miles Away - Go to: Deville, LA Financial Assistance)

Telephone:
(318) 442-0754

Website:
http://www.pbcministry.com

Services:
We distribute food once a month to seniors and families. We also meet emergency needs.

Hours:
Church office: Monday-Friday 8am-4pm.
Food Pantry 1st Wednesday of the month 10-12

Eligibility:
None.

Documents To Bring:
None.

St Alphonse Catholic Church

Address:
3659 Main St
Hessmer, LA 71341

Map & Directions

(26 Miles Away - Go to: Hessmer, LA Financial Assistance)

Telephone:
(318) 563-4550

Services:
Keywords: Food Assistance Food Pantry
A catholic church serving Avoyelles Parish. Services include: Food Bank based on income guidelines on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, Senior Food Box on the 4th Friday of the month. Also an Emergency Food Pantry.

Hours:
M, T & F 8A-3:30P; W, 8A-12P

Eligibility:
Anyone needing food and meeting the income, age and disability guidelines

Documents To Bring:
Call for information
Food Bank on 3rd Tuesday of the month
Senior Food Box on the 4th Friday of the Month

The greatest waste in the world is the difference between what we are and what we could become.

-- Ben Herbster

First Assembly of God Church

Address:
4810 US-84
Vidalia, LA 71373

Map & Directions

(29 Miles Away - Go to: Vidalia, LA Financial Assistance)

Telephone:
(318) 336-8748

Services:
Food Distribution once a month.

Hours:
8am - 12pm, Monday & Thursday
Distribution is the last Saturday of each month.

Eligibility:
Based on income and how many in the family,

Serves any area(including other states), if they show up they will be helped if they are eligible.

Documents To Bring:
Walk-in or Telephone.

Family Support Office

Address:
3683 S 1st St
Jena, LA 71342

Map & Directions

(32 Miles Away - Go to: Jena, LA Financial Assistance)

Telephone:
(318) 992-4181

Website:
http://www.dss.state.la.us/departments/ofs

Services:
Louisiana State Department of Social Services for family support Determines assistance for:
Food Stamp Program - Monthly benefits provided through an electronic card that helps low-income households buy the food they need for good health.

FITAP - Cash public assistance program for families with children when their financial resources are insufficient to meet subsistence needs. Benefits are provided through an electronic card. The overall goal is to decrease long term dependency on welfare assistance by promoting job preparation and work.

Kinship Care - Public assistance program that provides cash assistance for eligible children who reside with qualified relatives other than parents.

Child Care Assistance

STEP Program - Strategies to Empower People Program (STEP provides opportunities for work eligible recipients of Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP) to receive job preparation, work and supportive services to enable them to leave the program and become self-sufficient. Program activities include (1) any paid employment, including subsidized employment (2) unpaid work experience programs (3) on-the-job training (4) job search/readiness (5) vocational education and job skills training (6) secondary school attendance, GED preparation and education related to employment supportive services may include: childcare, transportation, eyeglasses, hearing aids, medical exams/drug tests necessary for employment, uniforms/clothing, equipment, tools needed for work or training.

Hours:
8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday

Eligibility:
Meet low income requirements.

Documents To Bring:
Applications must be completed and return before phone interview.

The real secret to success is enthusiasm.

-- Walter Chrysler

La Salle Baptist Ministry Center

Address:
2618 N 1st St
Jena, LA 71342

Map & Directions

(32 Miles Away - Go to: Jena, LA Financial Assistance)

Telephone:
(318) 992-8864

Website:
http://www.lasallebaptist.org/

Services:
Emergency services: food, disaster assistance.

Clothing sold for $.25 each.

Hours:
8 am - 12 noon, Monday - Saturday

Eligibility:
Meet low income guidelines.

Documents To Bring:
Telephone or walk-in.

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First Baptist Church

Address:
203 S Lexington Ave
Bunkie, LA 71322

Map & Directions

(33 Miles Away - Go to: Bunkie, LA Financial Assistance)

Telephone:
(318) 346-7602

Services:
A Food Bank for Avoyelles Parish residents; food is distributed the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Applications are taken at the office

Hours:
M-Th, 8A-4P; F, 8A-12P
Food Distribution: 2nd Tuesday of each month.

What I am looking for is a blessing not in disguise.

-- Kitty O'Neill Collins

Shepherd Center

Address:
1400 Jackson St
Alexandria, LA 71301

Map & Directions

(38 Miles Away - Go to: Alexandria, LA Financial Assistance)

Telephone:
(318) 448-3752

Services:
The Shepherd Center is an ecumencial ministry of churches, synagogues and religious organizations in Rapides Parish We are a ministry of last resort for persons experiencing economic distress We are a multi-purpose, non-profit centere dedicated to helping people who want to help themselves We provide emergency assistance for people in time of crisis through: food pantry; utility assistance; rent assistance; prescription medication; transportation; household furnishings; referrals and advocacy; and spiritual counseling by ministers of participating congregations when appropriate We also provide case management for homeless prevention We accept applications for assistance Monday through Friday, 8AM to 12 noon and 1PM to 4PM.

Hours:
Monday thru Friday 8AM - 4PM

Cenla Community Action

Address:
1335 Jackson St
Alexandria, LA 71301

Map & Directions

(38 Miles Away - Go to: Alexandria, LA Financial Assistance)

Telephone:
(318) 487-5878

Website:
http://new.dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/directory/detail/3956

Services:
The mission of the Cenla Community Action Committee, Inc. (CCAC) is to alleviate immediate suffering caused by poverty. Information and Referral, Summer Youth Jobs, Head Start, Adult Education / GED, Financial Counseling, Housing, Utility Assistance, Rent / Mortgage Assistance, Food Assistance, Commodities, Prescription Assistance, Medicaid Applications.

*Disaster*
VITA:
CALL FOR AN APPOINTMENT

Hours:
Monday-Friday 7am-4pm.
Call for VITA hours.

Eligibility:
Eligibility is determined by the guidelines of the program from which services are requested.

VITA:
VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE (VITA)SITE
Who's eligible?
VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX ASSISTANCE (VITA)SITE
FREE TAX PREPARATION FOR ANYONE WHOSE 2011 INCOME WAS AROUND $49,000 AND IS A U.S. CITIZEN OR LEGAL PERMANENT RESIDENT.
APPOINTMENT MAY BE NECESSARY.

Documents To Bring:
Application process.

VITA: What should i bring to my Free Tax Assistance Appointment?:
*Photo Id
*Social Security card or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number(ITIN) card or letter for your self and each person to be claimed on your tax return
*Birth dates for every person to be claimed on your tax return
*W2 or 1099 forms for all jobs held in 2011
*End of the year statements for other income you received (including bank interest, social security income, unemployment, etc.)
End of the year retirement plan statements (401 (k), IRA, etc.)
*Child care provider name, address and tax ID number
Record of expenses (child care, education, medical, dental, etc.)
For a faster refund, a blank check or deposit slip, with your account number and bank routing number
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

It's always too early to quit.

-- Norman Vincent Peale

Diocese of Alexandria

Address:
4400 Coliseum Blvd
Alexandria, LA 71303

Map & Directions

(38 Miles Away - Go to: Alexandria, LA Financial Assistance)

Telephone:
(318) 445-2401

Website:
http://www.diocesealex.org

Services:
Provides social services and family programs for residents of 13 parishes.

Hours:
Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm

Eligibility:
Depends on program

Documents To Bring:
None

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