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 and to prevent the disconnection of necessary utilities and heating sources.. 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.

We are located at 36 Artillery Drive. Our sign-up takes place at 9:00 am, Monday through Thursday, and we urge clients to be present when sign-in begins and we open for clients Monday through Thursday at 9:00 am. Interviews are completed by 1:00pm

In order to be interviewed, the client must be a resident of Sumter County and must bring a Social Security card and a Photo ID. They must also know the Social Security numbers and birth dates of everyone in their house.


Utilities

Client must bring a disconnection notice or final notice within five days of the due date to interview the same day (within six to ten days we can schedule an appointment). If the utility is disconnected, interviews must take place within 30 days of the disconnect date. If service is with Black River Electric Cooperative a print-out is also required from the customer service department at BREC.

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. Clients seeking to relocate due to fire will need a lease or rental contract for the new property or sufficient utility connection/transfer details.

  2. If someone has been in an abusive situation and needs assistance, they must bring a referral from Victims Advocate or the YWCA. Clients seeking to relocate due to CDV will need a lease or rental contract for the new property or sufficient utility connection/transfer details.

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