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Community Outreach and Mission
Hopefully everyone is keeping safe. Thank you for everything you are doing during these difficult times in our area. Please let everyone know that the Golden Corner Food Pantry IS OPEN 10am to noon M-F (and the 1st Saturday) and serving safely using a drive through process. We have been handing out this 'Where To Turn For Help' info sheet to clients.
WHERE TO TURN FOR HELP IN OCONEE COUNTY (October 2020 Update)
NOTE: CALL FIRST SINCE HOURS/SERVICES MAY CHANGE DUE TO COVID19 RESTRICTIONS
UNITED WAY- 528 Bypass 123 Suite C Seneca 882-9743 Call 2-1-1 for list of services. Also diapers, free Tax Prep help
Department of Social Services- 223a Kenneth St., Walhalla; 638-4400; Office hours: 8:30-5 M-F. Services include: SNAP(Food Stamps), Family Independence Program (Financial aid to Families with dependent children). Dept. of Health and Human Services: Medicaid -223 B Kenneth St.,Walhalla, ph: 638-4420 8:30-5pm M-F.
VETERANS: Office of Veterans Affairs: 638-4231, 223 Kenneth St. Walhalla, Help veterans w/ paperwork, home repairs, homelessness. DAV help w/VA benefits paperwork-each Wed; KOC Hall, 1-5pm; 112 E. N. 2nd St Seneca or call Terry at 303-501-4273; Purple Heart Home Repairs for veterans contact at ; Upstate Warrior Solution, connects veterans & families w/ local resources; 864-520-2073; 109-3 Sloan St. Clemson
LEGAL HELP-SC Legal Services -Free legal help for civil (i.e. non criminal) situations. Call 800-763-4825 M-Th 9am to 6pm PETS: Oconee Humane Society: low cost pet spay/neuter voucher 1925 Sandifer Rd, Seneca 882-4719
Oconee United Ministries 115 W South 1st St. Seneca; call 882-0504 Someone will call you back; Help w/ rent, utility, meds.
SHARE (Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources)-708 East Main St, Seneca; ph-864-882-3495; office hours-8:30-5 M-F. Services include RENT/UTILITY assistance; Must have eviction notice for rent help. Twice a year limit for heating help.
Salvation Army- 100 Debra St. Seneca; 882-1160; Assistance hours-M-Th. 9-noon & 1-5pm. Emergency assistance including utilities (call first for appt.), clothing, food, spiritual care, Christmas assistance, disaster services, victims of fire loss vouchers need Red Cross referral-For Red Cross disaster services call Beth at 864-449-7281
Golden Corner Food PANTRY: 635 Business Park Drive, Seneca, 864-882-3610; 10-12 M-F & 1ST Sat. of the month.
College St. Baptist: PANTRY-M/T10-1; 407 S. College St, Walhalla 638-2986; Must live in Walhalla
‘SON’ Flower Closet: free CLOTHING M/T 9:30-2; 301 S. Laurel St., Walhalla, 638-2986
St. Luke Methodist PANTRY-4-6pm, 2nd and 4th Wed, 607 E Main St., Walhalla, 638-3628, Must live in Walhalla
Our Daily Bread: 106 Jordan St, Seneca; ph-882-3308; hours 11:30- 12:30 M-F & Sun Free LUNCH (TO GO meals)
The Soup Kitchen at Potters House Church, Hot meal 4:30-6:30 pm every other Wednesday. 311 S. John St. Walhalla
Calvary Church Food Ministry Pantry: 10102 Long Creek Hwy, Westminster, 1st & 3rd Monday 4:30-6:30pm
Dot’s Kitchen: American Legion Bldg; 205 Lucky St. Westminster.LUNCH served M-F 11:30-12:30pm 903-1791 (To Go meals)
We Care: 610 Piedmont St. Westminster; Food PANTRY and limited FREE CLOTHING. Thursdays only, 9am-1pm; 647-8458
Ann Hope United Methodist: 702 Goddard Ave. Seneca; Wednesday evening DINNER at 6pm. 882-5502
LOCAL THRIFT STORES
Salvation Army- Thrift Store 104 Colonial Plaza Drive, Seneca, 882-7450, 10-5 M-F; 9-5 Sat. For vouchers call 882-1160.
Collins Children's Home Thrift Store: No special programs; 540 W. N.1st Street, Seneca, SC; 882-4250; 10-5 Tues-Sat
Goodwill Thrift- 1616 Sandifer Blvd (near Walmart), 882-2600, 9-9 M-Sat; 10-7pm Sun. Sundays 1/2 price on some clothes
Potter’s Wheel Thrift Store: 119 S. College St. Walhalla. Also free clothing for families in need. Ph. 864-903-4983
Boys Camp Thrift. 714 W. North 1st St Seneca, 882-2734; 9-5 M-Sat & 111 E. Windsor St. Westminster, 647-4812; 9-5 Tu-Sat
Girls Camp Trading Post-304 W North 1st St. Seneca, 882-7008; 9-5 M-Sat & 9119 Long Creek Hwy, Westminster, 647-7014;
Tamassee DAR Thrift Shop – No special programs. 9695 N. Hwy 11, Tamassee, 944-2660; 9-5 Tues-Sat
Habitat For Humanity Thrift Store - 130 Bountyland Rd, Seneca; 864-888-2118; hours 10-4 W/Th/F; Sat 10-1.
Dream Center Resale Store- 11011 N Radio Station Road, 10-6 M-Sat 864-614-8008; Earn Dream $ to spend at store by attending Lifepoint Church classes on parentlng, budgeting, & life skills. -108 E N 1st St., Seneca; call 864-280-4876
The Struggle, 100 N Cherry St., Seneca 864-324-7691, 10-4 M-Sat.
Beacon of Hope Thrift-1797 Blue Ridge Blvd, in Oconee Alum. Products bldg. Open 1st Sat 9-noon; “free” clothes, 723-4267
Ripple Resale Store – 203 Oconee Square Dr. by Autozone 864-343-1923 M-Thurs 10-6; Fri-Sat 10-7
LIFE CHANGING ASSISTANCE----EMPLOYMENT/EDUCATION
SC Works (Unemployment Office)—at Quickjobs Development Center-104 Vocational Dr. Seneca, 8:30-5 M-F. 864-646-1741 Job placement assistance, resource center for job seekers, resume preparation assistance, job preparation workshops.
Goodwill Job Connection: 1616 Sandifer Blvd. 864-482-7857: M-F 10-12; 1-4:30. Employment help: on-line job applications, job leads, resume/cover letter help, copy/fax machine, readiness workshops/counseling/non-computer literate help
Jobs for those with criminal records: SCWorks/GJC have a list of ‘2nd chance’ companies.
Ride To Work Ministry Nonprofit Inc.- low cost transportation to/from work only. Apply at website: rtwministry.org
Jobs for Seniors: Call toll free 855-850-2525. AARP free job search guide & sign up for info session at Tri County Tech
Jobs for those with disabilities: Vocational Rehabilitation of SC 1951 Wells Hwy, Seneca; 882-6669; hrs: 8:30-5 M-F. Vocational & medical assessment of a person’s ability to work even if disabled. Train at the on-site factory/locate a job with a local business. All services free. Tribble Center:; 882-6347; hours 8-4 M-F. Jobs at local employers for disabled clients.
Oconee Adult Education Office; 315 Holland Ave. Seneca, 886-4429; Assists adults in becoming literate, obtaining a GED, and improving knowledge/skills for employment. Also ESL/GED Hispanic help. All capability levels are welcome & will receive help. Palmetto Youth Connections –help youth 17-24 obtain workforce training, GED & occupational skills. Emphasis on jobs, attending post-secondary or enlisting in the military. Supportive services/individual career coaching. Call 886-4467 (Annmarie)
Tamasee DAR School– Industrial Education. Boarding/rides if homeless/aged out youth/can’t commute. Jon at 944-1390x103
TriCountyTech 1-6 mo training for a better paying job-call 864-646-1718 or Westminster campus 864-646-8282. Also, their I-BEST no-cost 14 week manufacturing & healthcare pathway programs with job placement assistance-864-646-1461.
Affordable Child Care- go to over 30 local child care facilities or contact Oconee County First Steps-985-8739 or 882-3342; Vouchers available from DSS (see above)
FAMILY HELP, FINANCIAL & LIFESTYLE COUNSELING-
Ripple of One-in the educational building of Seneca Presbyterian Church 115 W. S. First St. Seneca, 882-8777; Services include: Financial & lifestyle Counseling to help families escape poverty using a plan to move toward self-sufficiency.
Heath’s Haven: 523 Hwy 123. Suite F, Seneca. 710-4085 Training to promote healthy, nurturing relationships with children.
SCHOOL PROGRAMS for KIDS-contact your school’s guidance office; Grace’s Closet (located in each school) –FREE FOOD, CLOTHING, HYGIENE ITEMS & SCHOOL SUPPLIES ( or Julie-ann Shannon at 864-557-9399)
Safe Harbor: M-F 8:30 to 5pm; 467-3636, Counseling/shelter for victims of domestic violence; 24/7 Crisis line 800-291-2139
FamilyConnection SC- 864-231-8100; Help for children with special healthcare needs including autism, ADHD, asthma, others.
Foothills Care Center: 207 Main Street, Seneca, 882-8796; M-Th 9-12 & 2-5. Maternity/infant clothes; baby food & supplies, pregnancy testing/education, parenting help, sexual health screenings, limited OB Ultrasounds. All services free/confidential.
The Parenting Place, 864-898-5583 Free home visits to help ensure a healthy pregnancy & child well being; also in home care
Collins Children’s Home:110 Collins Home Dr. Seneca; 882-0893; 8:30 to 5 M-F. Resident care for children birth-21, life skills for resident children and their families, foster care for children, counseling, parenting classes for “at risk’ families
Tamassee School:1925 Bumgardner Dr. Tamassee; ph-944-1390; Residential & outreach for children from families in crisis
Tribble Center: 116 South Cove Road, Seneca; 882-6347; hours 8-4 M-F. Services: adult day services, job coaching, living skills for intellectual disability, autism, and related disabilities. Early intervention for special needs children. Also ARC of Oconee Cty. 295 Market St. 864-280-6022 Able-SC: Empowering those w/ disabilities thru independent living services - 864-235-1421.
Foothills Alliance – sexual abuse counseling, crisis intervention, prevention/education services; 24 hr. Hotline 864-231-7273
Respite Care: for caregivers of seniors with early/mid-stage dementia providing them w/ activities/social interaction.Thurs.1-4 pm; Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 214 Northampton Road, Seneca. 864-973-7590
Fostering Faithfully- faithbased program for foster parents.864-539-2133 905 E. Main St. Walhalla;
MENTAL HEALTH/SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Oconee Mental Health Clinic: 115 Carter Park Dr, Seneca. Call 885-0157 M-F 8:30am-5pm. Give name, phone no., & info.
A counselor will contact you in 24hrs. Very low cost options available. Suicide Hotlines:911 or 1-800-784-2433 or 864-885-0157
Christ Central Ministries: 864-638-3322 AshTree Substance Abuse recovery program for men: New Resource Center soon
Families Fighting Addiction support – 2nd Mon. each month at 6:30pm-at North Walhalla Church of God. 864-638-3322
Anderson-Oconee Behavioral Health-691 South Oak St., Seneca, 882-7563; M-Th 8am-5pm; Provides substance abuse
assessment & treatment for alcohol, drugs, gambling, smoking, anger management.
Alcoholics Anonymous - Oconee/Pickens area toll-free number is 877-544-8426
SC Voc Rehab Substance Abuse Treatment- contact local office 1951 Wells Highway; 882-6669.
NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness: 864-882-5131; FREE educational meetings, support groups & courses; namiaop.org
Celebrate Recovery- A Christian twelve-step program designed to facilitate recovery from a wide variety of troubling behavior patterns- Grace Baptist Church-888-0703 Wed. 6:45-8pm; Welcome Wesleyan Church-280-3962 Fridays, 6:30-9pm;
Oconee Public Health Dept. – 609 N. Townville St. Seneca, 882-2245. Immunizations, Women,Infants & Children (WIC), Family planning. STD/HIV testing, Help is free/on a sliding scale. Quit Smoking:800-784-8669 Free help (nicotine patches)
Rosa Clark Medical Clinic: 301 Memorial Dr.; ph:882-4664; hours 8-4:30 M-F. Services: free clinic; medical assistance; pharmacy; Dental on Oak St. Tues, Wed. and Thurs; SNAP applications; Mental health/substance abuse counseling
Low Cost Dentures: Affordable Dentures Anderson 864-261-1889; go to affordabledentures.com/offers for discounts/coupons
AccessHealth Mountain Lakes: 298 Memorial Dr. Seneca, 885-7341; Call 864-522-1400 for appointment, M-F, 8-4:30. Help for uninsured/limited income to gain access to primary care, specialists, other medical services/case management. DENTAL CLINIC: 298 Memorial Dr. 885-7550; X-rays, evaluations, extractions/cleanings for uninsured w/ limited income; by appointment.
Anderson-Oconee Speech/Hearing-528 Bypass123,SuiteF Seneca 882-7169;Speech/hearing help; hearing aides; sliding fee
LIONS CLUB EYEGLASS & HEARING AID ASSISTANCE: In Seneca-Go to the SHARE office for an application-In Salem-Call
770-335-4389; Walhalla-Pick up/Turn in forms at Alexander’s Office Supply, 118 E. Main St.; Westminster-call 882-1580
Medical Transportation- if on Medicaid call 1-866-910-7688 for a ride to/from medical appointment. Call 3 days before: M-F 8-5
HOUSING/SHELTERS/CURRENT HOME HELP
Habitat for Humanity-130 Bountyland Rd, Seneca; ph- 864-888-2118: building homes for qualified low income
United Housing Connections 864-241-0462-housing/care management for those w/ mental illness/homeless/in a shelter
SC Regional Housing Authority-417 Tribble St, Seneca; 8-5pm; Call 885-1659 for info/appointment ; 200+ income based apts.
Safe Harbor-Emergency Shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children-864-467-3636 or 800-291-2139
Family Promise-864-644-8828; Sheltering program for families with children under 18 ; Background/drug checks required
Our Daily Rest-864-482-2040; 525 E. Main St., Seneca. Services: shelter, case management & counseling for individuals & families seeking housing/jobs. Interviews/applications on Wed. at 2 pm. Also ‘Rapid Rehousing’ program. Call for info.
Mortgage Assistance- call 888-995-4673 or go to for guidance on working with lender
Free Legal Assistance if facing eviction due to Covid19– call 833-958-2266 or 864-679-3232
SC Home Weatherization for low income. Call 864-229-8870 or go to (program links->weatherization)
SPIRITUAL NEEDS & SUPPORT
Baptist – Contact Rev. David Shirley at Beaverdam Baptist Association, 882-7070. Covers 63 local Baptist churches.
Catholic – Contact Father Bill Hearne at 864-882-8551 Saint Paul the Apostle, 170 Bountyland Road, Seneca
Foothills Church- 505 Bountyland Road, Seneca, 864-888-8008
Lutheran – Eternal Shepherd, 220 Carson Rd. Seneca, Pastor David Hammer, 882-3209; St. John’s - 301 W. Main St., Seneca,
Methodist- St. Mark United- 616 Quincy Rd. Seneca, Pastor Todd Davis (864) 882-2603. Food box once every six mos./family.
Lifepoint – 1926 Blue Ridge Blvd. 882-8131 partnered w/ The Dream Center
Presbyterian- Seneca Presbyterian - 115 W South 1st St., Seneca, Rev. Mike Shelton 882-2505 Fort Hill Presbyterian, 101 Edgewood Ave., Clemson, Rev. Laura Conrad; Oconee Assoc Reformed Presbyterian, 121 Rochester Hwy, Seneca
FOR SENIORS: Senior Solutions:101 Perry Avenue, Seneca; ph-864-885-1000; hours 8-5 M-F. Services: transportation for seniors, senior activity center, congregational dining, home bound support, arts & crafts; home-delivered meals, adult day care information/referral service for senior-related topics-financial, legal and mobility issues; Medicare counseling, help with food stamps (SNAP)& Medicaid; Low-Income Subsidy (help w/ drug prescriptions); Finding senior housing/assisted living, home care; personal care items for the home; help with paperwork for insurance and other matters that are often confusing to seniors.
Ascension has an active Outreach Program to the community, supervised by an Outreach Committee, that provides both monies and volunteer labor for community needs (which are many). Throughout our congregation there are many members serving in such charitable activities as Habitat for Humanity, Oconee Memorial Hospital, Ann Hope United Methodist Church and Senior Solutions. We have a member who serves on the board for Safe Harbor Domestic Abuse and is our ERD (Episcopal Relief and Development) representative. Another is a chair on the board for the Golden Corner Respite Care Program. Members of our parish assisted with the Diocesan Emergency Response during the floods in 2015. These are some of the ways we serve the world around us; we have representatives on the World Mission Community.
Our Parish Hall (with a commercial kitchen) can seat in excess of 200. It serves the needs of a Meeting and Gathering Room for the Lake and Mountain Quilt Guild and the Golden Corner Respite Care that meet weekly. Many area community groups use the hall as an annual meeting room for their HOA meetings. It is used several times each year for church functions and gatherings such as our Outreach Ministry Pancake Breakfast, Spaghetti Dinner, Trash and Treasure Sale, Ecumenical Luncheon and Oyster Roast Dinner. Our Good News Ministry shows their "Movie Night" movies in the parish hall and has had many invited guest speakers give presentations from the local Sherriff's Office on Domestic Violence, and Human Trafficing. They've also held Labyrinth retreats, Painting table retreats and Forums on church safety. Call the church office (1-864-882-2006) if you need a meeting place for your next function.
Our numerous ministries, both internal and external to the parish, are the means by which we live and execute our values. Presently, our parish ministries include, but are not limited to:
Sunday Coffee Hours -- Post-service informal fellowship follows the 10am service.
Good News/Christian Formation
Christian Education -- Both youth and adult on Sundays at 9am.
Community Garden - always looking for volunteers
Editing The Steeple Monthly Newsletter
Every 3 months, Our Outreach Ministry plan and cook a meal to be served to over 150 hungry people that attend the Ann Hope United Methodist Church on a Wednesday evening.
In October, Our Outreach Ministry annually holds a packing party on Saturday morning, to pack over 1,000 meals to be sent oversees for "Rise Against Hunger" (formerly known at Stop Hunger Now).
In November, Our Outreach Ministry annually collects coats, jackets, sweaters, hats and gloves which are donated to the United Way and distributed in Oconee County. This is called "Coats for Christ".
Donations are always welcome for these organizations that we support:
Lions Club - New and slightly used eyeglasses and hearing aids
Safe Harbor/Oconee Shelter - paper plates, paper towels, toilet paper, school lunch boxes. For the kitchen they need muffin pans, cooking pans, cooking utensils, and serving dishes with lids
Golden Corner Food Pantry - non-perishable food items
Pregnancy Care Center - diapers and baby items
Our Daily Rest - non-perishable food items, toiletries, kitchen staples
Helping Hands of Clemson Thrift Store - clothing, shoes, small items
Our Next Rise Against Hunger event will be determined by our committee.
BY GREG OLIVER, THE JOURNAL
SENECA - Members of Ascension Episcopal Church on Northampton Road, along with more than 50 community volunteers, recently spent the day packing 10,152 meals for Rise Against Hunger - formerly known as Stop Hunger Now. Tricia Dodge, a member of the church, said more than 40,000 meals have been prepared during the four years the church has participated. "Each meal will feed a family of six and costs us 29 cents," Dodge said. "The organization asks us to provide about 40 volunteers to accomplish the task of packing more than 10,000 meals." Dodge said Rise Against Hunger is an international relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world's most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030. The meals will be sent to one or more of the 73 countries the international organization serves, including Haiti and Peru. This year, Dodge said heavy rains and flooding left half of those countries in a state of emergency. In 1998, a United Methodist minister named Ray Buchanan founded Stop Hunger Now, and the organization was rebranded as Rise Against Hunger in 2017. During its 19-year history, the organization has enlisted volunteers to produce millions of nutritious meals annually to in-country partners around the world that are working to serve communities. Through a careful monitoring process, the organization ensures the meals distributed by its partners are used as a tool to change lives by promoting education, improving students' health and nutrition, addressing gender inequalities, stimulating economic growth and fighting child labor. Rise Against Hunger meals are provided in schools to encourage increased enrollment and attendance. For adults in community empowerment programs, the provision of meals offsets productive time lost while attending training sessions. Meals distributed in hospitals and clinics may support the nutritional needs of patients and complement their treatments. The organization also seeks to address hunger by bolstering agricultural programs and incomes through programs promoting improved agricultural methods, business skills and market access. That includes training and access to quality seeds and fertilizers, as well as supporting the establishment of fish and livestock production to diversify diets and improve nutritional outcomes. Because one in three people in the world are affected by vitamin and mineral deficiencies, Rise Against Hunger meals are designed to provide an array of micro nutrients. The meals include enriched rice, soy protein, dried vegetables and 23 essential vitamins and nutrients. Among the emergency relief initiatives in which Rise Against Hunger was able to respond in recent years include treatment for severe acute malnutrition in South Sudan and food and hygiene kit distributions in response to Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Harvey. Dodge credited Liz Metzger, a former parishioner and outreach chairwoman, for working diligently to bring the Rise Against Hunger effort to the church. Metzger worked for Rise Against Hunger for three years before passing away in April. A memorial service was held last week at Ascension to honor her memory. "She had a passion for feeding people who did not have the resources to feed themselves," Dodge said. For more information on Rise Against Hunger, go to riseagainsthunger.org.