Rarely do people like the idea of having to accept charity. With many seniors living on fixed incomes, sometimes bills become so high, that it’s necessary. Fortunately, there are a lot of state and federal programs that can help Columbus seniors. In addition, the community has pulled together their own resources and volunteers to help area seniors. When they know where to look, seniors can find assistance with rent, utility bills, home repairs and modification, food, transportation, companionship, and more. Once seniors have finally decided to receive help, they often find that they appreciate it and welcome it. Here’s where to find help in Columbus.
St. James Episcopal Church offers a social outreach program where church members help others in the community. They even grow their own Garden of Eatin’, a community garden that they share with others in the community. Trinity Episcopal Church is right on the Capitol Square. The church offers a weekly worship and dining program where the community is invited to come and eat a congregate meal every Sunday. International Association of Jewish Free Loans is a program that offers loans with no interest for a variety of needs including housing, health care, transportation, or other bills. Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio offers many programs including a food bank, housing support, and a social enterprise.
Gaballi is a food bank of locally grown food products that offers Columbus residents a 30%-70% savings on their groceries. Bread of Hope is a ministry of the Victory Christian Fellowship Church of God, a food distribution program that provides help with groceries.
Seniors who are 60 years and older, who have a qualifying health problem and meet financial requirements, may want to check into a program called PASSPORT. PASSPORT provides in-home and community-based help for seniors. Services include homemaking services, transportation, personal care services, home-delivered meals, emergency response systems, case management, and more. Seniors that qualify for PASSPORT will receive a Medicaid card that helps with medications and other medical care.
The Legal Aid Society of Columbus provides legal assistance and guidance to low-income families and seniors. Legal services are free, but clients may need to pay certain court costs. The firm finds attorneys to help protect the legal interests of seniors and meet their needs. Ohio Legal Aid is a legal service that partners lawyers that offers some pro bono services with low-income families and seniors that need their help. Their site offers a list of local law firms that may help seniors.
Caring Hands Transportation of Ohio is a family-owned business that provides a fleet of wheelchair vans and non-emergency ambulances. Their staff is trained to provide empathetic transportation support. BrightStar Care offers many services for seniors including transportation for medical appointments and other errands. They also provide travel companions.
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