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Department of Health and Human Resources Programs
SNAP-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
SNAP provides monthly benefits to help eligible households buy food. Formerly known as the food stamp program.
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Medicaid and CHIP Low or No Cost Healthcare
Medicaid provides medical care for adults and CHIP provides medical care for children who otherwise may not be able to afford care.
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SSI-Related Medicare for Long-term Care
This is Medicaid coverage which pays for care for aged, blind or disabled persons in a nursing home.
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Medicare Premium Assistance Programs
Medicaid coverage which pays Medicare Part A and/or Part B premiums and Medicare co-pays and deductibles.
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WV Works Cash Assistance and Work Training
Eligible participants may receive educational programs including vocational training, college, and job skills related to employment.
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LIEAP Home Energy Assistance
Assists eligible households with the cost of home heating through direct cash payments or payments to utility companies on their behalf.
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School Clothing Allowance
Clothing appropriate for school such as, pants, shirts, skirts, dresses, shoes, coats underwear and other basic clothing may be purchased.
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School Clothing Vendors
A list of retailers participating in the School Clothing Allowance program.
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School Clothing Vendor Packet
School Clothing Allowance Guidelines and Information.
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WV WIC
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), as well as breastfeeding support.
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Additional Governmental Offices
Workforce WV
Unemployment compensation, job seeker services, veterans' services, and dislocated workers' services.
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Social Security Administration
The West Virginia SSA handles several federal programs such as retirement, SSI, Medicare and disability benefits.
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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Forms to apply for disaster assistance.
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Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
Licenses and ID cards, commercial licenses, driver's tests, insurance and registration information,
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Kanawha County Clerk's Office
Voter's registration, absentee voting, deeds, liens, birth certificates, marriage licenses, death certificates,
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Health, Legal, and Referral Services
Health Right
The mission of WV Health Right is to provide quality medical, dental, pharmaceutical, and health education services to those who need help.
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Women's Health Center of West Virginia
Non-profit health center providing the full range of women's reproductive health services and gynecological care
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United Way 2-1-1
Find local information about food, shelter, emergency and disaster relief, employment and education opportunities, veteran services, health.
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Legal Aid of West Virginia
Provides civil legal services, behavioral health advocacy, and long-term care and eldercare legal assistance.
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Childcare Services
Connect Child Care Resource & Referral
Determines eligibility for government-subsidized child care, recruits child care providers, and trains and educates child care providers.
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Schoenbaum Family Enrichment Center
Big Brothers Big Sisters, Charleston Childcare and Learning Center, WV Birth to Three, WV Career Transition Services, and other programs.
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WV Home Educators Association
A local nonprofit organization providing homeschooling support to families. Toll-free information line - 1-800-736-9843.
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Kanawha County Schools
Kanawha County Schools (KCS) is the largest school system in West Virginia. The district serves over 28,000 students.
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Affordable Clothes and Furniture
Union Mission Thrift Store
The thrift store at Union Mission Ministries provides a valuable resource to the community. Shoppers can find used furniture, clothing, etc.
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Goodwill Industries Thrift Stores
Used furniture, clothing, books, toys, etc.
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Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Donated building materials and home items are re-sold at the ReStore to raise money for the construction of Habitat houses in Kanawha Co.
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Mountain Mission Thrift Stores
Mountain Mission operates a thrift store on Charleston's West Side as well as one in North Charleston.
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YWCA Past & Present
YWCA Past & Present Gently Used Clothing Shop features a unique variety of gently used men's, women's, and children's clothing, accessories.
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Heart & Hand Thrift Store South Charleston
This thrift store provides an affordable retail alternative for the community.
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Charleston-area Shelters, Food Banks, and Life Services
YWCA Sojourner's Shelter for Homeless Women and Families
Provides emergency shelter and supportive services around the clock, every day of the year for homeless single women, and families.
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Brookside Women's and Children's Center
Residential program for young, at-risk and abused single mothers and their children, as well as expectant single mothers.
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Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center
Provides a temporary shelter and access to affordable permanent housing, helps each resident develop the life and job skills needed to live.
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Crossroads Men's Shelter
Provides shelter and 3 hot meals a day. The shelter has a maximum capacity of 76.
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Covenant House
Provides clothing, food pantry, mail service, phone, laundry facilities, shower facilities, and help with obtaining documents like photo ID.
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Manna Meal (St. John's Episcopal Church)
Serves breakfast and lunch 7 days a week, 365 days a year, supported by a large kitchen garden.
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Senior Centers
Hansford Center
Provides food, activities, and exercise for those over age 60. Offers transportation services.
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Kanawha Valley Senior Services (KVSS)
Operates Tiskelwah Senior Center, offers senior computer training, exercise, activities for seniors. Transportation available.
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