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Avoyelles Progress Action

Address:
641 Government St
Marksville, LA 71351

Map & Directions

(11 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


St Alphonse Catholic Church

Address:
3659 Main St
Hessmer, LA 71341

Map & Directions

(15 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 most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.

-- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

First Baptist Church

Address:
203 S Lexington Ave
Bunkie, LA 71322

Map & Directions

(20 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.


Philadelphia Baptist Church

Address:
722 Philadelphia Rd
Deville, LA 71328

Map & Directions

(25 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.


Melville Town Hall

Address:
516 Church St
Melville, LA 71353

Map & Directions

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

Telephone:
(337) 623-4226

Services:
Provides food and groceries to a variety of sites that help persons needing extra support.

Hours:
Fourth Fri of each month 11am-1pm (Food Pantry) Mon-Fri 8am-7pm (Toll Free Hotline Assistance)

Eligibility:
Individuals and Families with low income within coverage area


St Landry Parish Health Unit

Address:
226 Havard St # A
Melville, LA 71353

Map & Directions

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

Telephone:
(337) 623-4941

Website:
http://www.oph.dhh.state.la.us

Services:
keywords: WIC vouchers pregnancy testing family planning immunizations STD treatment kid med LaCHIP application tb screening health unit
St. Landry Parish Health Units operates four Health Units which provide the following services:
Child Health/WIC Services: provides regular nursing exams for well babies including measurements and systems review If income and nutritionally eligible, WIC vouchers are provided as a supplement to purchase some foods Nutrition education and counseling is done plus food demonstrations covering preparation and nutrients in foods Follow-up and some home visiting services are available Services are by appointment only and patients are seen on Monday all day and Thursdays morning only in Opelousas; on Tuesdays in Melville; on Wednesdays in Sunset; and on Thursdays in Eunice There is no charge for these services.
Full KidMed services are provided in Child Health Clinics.
Maternity Services: both medical and nursing services are available for the pregnant woman This includes pap smears, STD services and testing Frequent monitoring of fetal heart tones and uterine growth Referrals for problems are made to LSUMC WIC is provided with proper eligibility Services are by appointment only and available only in Opelousas on Tuesdays and in Melville on Tuesdays There is no charge for services.
STD Clinic: testing for sexually transmitted diseases and treatment. Counseling on prevention of STD and safe sex is given Medical doctors visits are available on Wednesday am weekly in Opelousas Treatment is available by trained nurse clinicians according to standing orders on a walk in basis daily in Opelousas and on Monday afternoon in Eunice There is a $5.00 administrative fee for services but no one will be turned away if they cannot pay.
Walk-in Immunizations: for both children and adults Flu and pneumonia vaccine in season $5.00 administrative fee but waived if unable to pay Overseas immunizations available at Lafayette Health Unit Blood pressure checks with MD order - no charge
Children's Special Health Services: admission to service in parish of residence but clinic visits to MD are at the Lafayette Health Unit Follow-ups are done in parish of residence There is no charge Must fit income requirements for program PKU's done on a infant as required by state law Follow-up thru state's Genetics Program is done.
TB Program: follow-up in parish of residence - reginal chest clinic is at Lafaytte Health Unit Diagnosed TB cases are given daily medication observed by Public Health staff MD available at Lafayette Health Unit for diagnosis and treatment but patient must contact parish of residence Health Unit first for referral. Contacts of cases are tested and medicated if necessary Some visiting is done when necessary Medication can be provided for pulmonary cases of TB from private MD's with orders and copies of records.

Hours:
8:00am-2:30pm/Tuesdays only

Eligibility:
Anyone needing services; eligibility for some programs is based on income

Documents To Bring:
Call for assistance; some clinics need appointments, others are walk-in


What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens.

-- Thaddeus Golas

Shepherd Center

Address:
1400 Jackson St
Alexandria, LA 71301

Map & Directions

(36 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

(36 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


Diocese of Alexandria

Address:
4400 Coliseum Blvd
Alexandria, LA 71303

Map & Directions

(36 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


Christian Care & Share Center

Address:
129 W Main St
Ville Platte, LA 70586

Map & Directions

(36 Miles Away - Go to: Ville Platte, LA Financial Assistance)

Telephone:
(337) 363-8041

Services:
Provides food to the needy (supplied by food pantry), household goods and furniture (based on availability) as well as clothes, help with rent and utility bills, transportation for emergencies and other emergency needs in urgent situations.

Food drop-off centers are Northside Civic Center on N. Soileau.

Hours:
M & Th, 8A-12P

Eligibility:
Serves the needy of all ages based on income meeting Fed. poverty guidelines

Documents To Bring:
Application required; documents needed are verification of resources and income; food stamp documentation


Aim at perfection in everything, though in most things it is unattainable. However, they who aim at it, and persevere, will come much nearer to it than those whose laziness and despondency make them give it up as unattainable.

-- Lord Chesterfield

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