UWSC supports and funds safety net services defined as emergency aid provided to individuals and families who face an immediate threat to their well-being as a result of a crisis. Examples include: childhood hunger and food insecurity, emergency utility and fuel assistance, disaster and emergency response.
Area Agency on Aging– Home Modification, Emergency Stable Shelf Meals, & Emergency Heating Assistance
Area Agency on Aging is an organization designated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to provide social services to senior citizens in the counties of Bradford, Sullivan, Susquehanna, and Tioga. The Area Agency on Aging attempts to enhance independence and self-sufficiency to allow older individuals to remain in their own hone for as long as possible. They provide care management, service coordination, and access to a variety of in-home services.
The goal of the Home Modification Program is to make modifications to a residence to make it possible for a person 60 years of age or older to remain in their own home.
Emergency Stable Shelf Meals are provided to individuals who patriciate in the Meals on Wheels program. These meals ensure that older adults at risk of malnutrition will receive a meal on a day of emergency senior center closing or days that volunteer drivers are unable to deliver a meal due to inclement weather.
Emergency Heating Assistance is provided to low income older adults who have exhausted their LIHEAP and are at risk of hypothermia.
Salvation Army– Forest City Service Center
The Salvation Army Forest City Service Center provides emergency assistance, such as rent, utility, heating, and clothing assistance: furniture assistance, a food pantry, and back to school Program.
Commission on Economic Opportunity– Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Banks
Childhood hunger and household food insecurity are the specific problems addressed by this program. Hunger is a threat to the immediate and long-term well-being of the people it affects. Food insecurity among children and families with children is a critical concern, as childhood hunger and food insecurity has documented and researched impact on child health, academic performance, household/family stability, and long-term impacts on job readiness in the workforce.
Via the Food Bank’s network of members and partners, families are able to receive help in the form of groceries to take home each week.
American Red Cross– Disaster Services
Through domestic disaster relief in Susquehanna County, Red Cross provides emergency food, clothing, shelter and other basic needs to people experiencing natural and man-made disasters and emergencies in Susquehanna County, PA.
Interfaith– Fuel and Emergency Assistance
Susquehanna County Interfaith is a non-profit outreach to low income families of Susquehanna County. The programs provided are clothing emergency assistance, fuel assistance, Christmas Bureau, Back to School Shoe, Bountiful Blessings and Beautiful Opportunities.
The goal of the Emergency assistance program is to supply practical assistance to qualifying clients facing difficult circumstances. Interfaith assists with eviction notices, utility shut-offs, gas vouchers, homeless emergency assistance, clothing assistance, and first month’s rent.
Women’s Resource Center- Crisis and Advocacy Services
Women’s Resource Center (WRC) provides immediate responses to adult and child survivors of domestic and sexual violence. WRC provides crisis support, information, referral and crisis counseling by trained advocates via their crisis response hotline.