Crisis Relief Services

Financial assistance and in-kind for basic needs: Rent, electricity, water, natural gas or propane, food and hygiene products. For victims of fire and domestic violence we can assist with furniture and household items and a few nights at a hotel, or assistance with new housing arrangements.

Sumter United Ministries provides crisis relief services to families in need in Sumter County. This is done by providing direct financial assistance to avoid possible eviction, power disconnect, and water disconnect. The Ministry can also help by providing a food box from The Lord’s Cupboard; along with furniture and appliances for fire and domestic violence victims. Sign-in Mon. – Thurs. @ 9:00am. Interviews are completed by 1:00pm.

We are located at 36 Artillery Drive and we open for clients Monday through Thursday at 9:00 am.

In order to be interviewed, the client must be a resident of Sumter County and must bring a social security card and a picture id. They must also know the social security numbers and birth dates of everyone in their house.


Utilities

Client must bring a disconnect notice or final notice, and it must be within five days of the due date to interview that day (within six to ten days we can make an appointment). If service is with Black River Electric Cooperative they must bring the printout from Black River stating their payment information and disconnect date.

Rent

We need to have an eviction notice from the magistrate's court.


Furniture

  1. If someone has had a fire, they need to bring a referral from the Red Cross and a fire report.
  2. If someone has been in an abusive situation and had to move suddenly into a new residence, they need to show action taken with a police report or letter from victims advocate.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • interview clients, receptionist, answer the phone, data entry
  • food pantry, (make food boxes, and organize donations)
  • pick up large donated items
  • special projects
  • be a liaison to your church