This program offers financial assistance to qualified families in Greene County that find themselves in emergency situations. Families are screened either by GRACE or by local agencies and community groups to determine the need. The criteria we look for is: (1) Is there a verified emergency, (2) Were the family’s bills current before the emergency, and (3) Does the family have a balanced budget and will they be able to maintain their expenses after our assistance. Because not all families meet this criteria and every situation is different, there are several aspects to this program:

 

Referral Service – GRACE first serves as a referral service, trying to connect families with resources that are already out there and available to them. Many referrals are made to local agencies and our partnership programs. GRACE strives to inform families of seasonal types of help as well as year round support.

 

Budget Counseling – GRACE goes over a Household Budget with families in order to help families become aware of and make changes in their financial situation. This is one of the most important services GRACE offers families who need financial assistance. It helps us to know what resources will make the biggest impact on the family and it helps the family to better understand their financial standing and where changes can be made. We offer budget counseling for families who need an accountability partner to help them develop better spending habits.

 

Household Items – GRACE likes to offer household items to families to help them free up their cash to pay their bills. Families are often very relieved to be offered these items since these items are not covered with food stamps and they are already strapped for cash. Items include toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, deodorant, soap, razors, shaving cream, female products, diapers, diaper wipes, laundry detergent, dish detergent and cleaning supplies.