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    • Action Plan - How to Find Assistance For Douglas County Residents There are many ways to get assistance within your county.� The following steps will explain how to find the assistance you qualify for from public agencies as well as where to obtain assistance through organizations in your community.�� Step 1 ��� Apply for public assistance. 1.� Department of Family and Children Services Cobb County DFCS - http://www.cobbdfcs.state.ga.us/ 325 Fairground Street, SE Marietta, Georgia 30060-2355 (770) 528-5000 FAX (770) 528-5154 7:30-5:00 M-F Call ahead of time to see if you need an appointment to apply for assistance.� When you apply take the following: ***Very important: �Take a Picture ID, Social Security card for all people in household, Green Card/immigration papers Copy of bills � mortgage, utilities, car payments, insurance, child care bills, etc. Proof of income for household (both spouses if married)� � pay stubs for at least a month, child support payments, alimony payments, etc.**** � Temporary Assistance for Needy Families � Based on very low or no income for the ������ household � Food Stamps � You may qualify even if employed � based on total income for household
    • � �����and expenses � Childcare Assistance � Based on total income of household � refer to: �������������������� http://dfcs.dhr.georgia.gov/02/channel/0,2188,3815890_4680163,00.html � Medicare � Insurance for uninsured children � based on income �������������������� (if you do not qualify for Medicare ask about Peachcare) � WIC � Food program for children under 4 years old �������������������� For more info:� www.fns.usda.gov/wic 2.� Health Department � 770-443-7881 Offers immunizations, WIC (food program for children), screening, hearing, vision, dental screening, etc.� For more info:� www.fns.usda.gov/wic Locations:���� Cobb County 1650 County Services Pkwy. Marietta, GA 30008-4009 (770) 514-2300 fax: (770) 514-2320 Fort Hill/Roosevelt Circle Community Health Center 397 Roosevelt Circle Marietta, Georgia 30060 (770) 919-0025 Acworth Community Health Center 4489 Acworth Industrial Dr, SW Acworth, Georgia 30101 (770) 974-3330 Austell Community Health Center 6133 Love St., SW Austell, Georgia 30168 (770) 739-3200 Marietta Community Health Center 1650 County Services Pkwy. Marietta, Georgia 30008-4009 (770) 514-2300 Hours of Operation:
    • Monday, Wednesday, Friday - 8-5 Tuesday, Thursday - 8-7 Smyrna Community Health Center 3830 South Cobb Dr. Suite 200 Smyrna, Georgia 30080 (770) 438-5105 East Cobb Community Health Center 4938 Lower Roswell Road Marietta, GA 300680 (678) 784 - 2180 Rose Garden Hills/Davenport Town Community Health Center 1861 Teasley Drive Smyrna, Georgia 30080 Phone: (770) 432-0112 3.� Free School Lunch - if you have children in Public schools � obtain a application from your school or cafeteria manager to apply for the free lunch program.� (Ex:� Family of 4 can have a salary up to $29,767 for free and 35,798 for reduced lunch). �If on food stamps � you automatically qualify for the free lunch program. (Be sure to fill in your case number on the form to expedite.) Step 2 � Bills It is very important to contact your creditors and utility companies BEFORE you get behind on payments.�� Often they will work out partial payment arrangements with you if you are proactive and contact them before you become delinquent. 1. Call your mortgage company and ask if one payment can be added to the end of the mortgage, if you can pay interest only payments for a specified time, or if they will spread any past due amounts over the next few months.� 2. Contact your bank concerning any loans you have � and ask if a payment can be added to the end of the loan � if a grace period can be extended � or if a lower payment can be made until you are able to make full payments. 3. Contact Utility Companies BEFORE they become overdue and see if a payment plan can be arranged.� Also inquire about agencies that might assist you in paying your bill. 4. Pay your bills with cash on hand � you can get assistance for food easier than for money. 5. Trim excess expenses � go to standard cable, basic phone services, free or low-cost internet services, and basic cell phone services or disconnect until you can afford it. 6. Look into a loan on your 401K if necessary. 7. Use the online budget calculator at http://www.crown.org/Tools/budgetguide.asp - good baseline for developing a budget.�
    • 8. Contact Consumer Credit Counseling Service at 404-527-7630 � they will work with your creditors and work out payment arrangements. 9. Contact local churches and ask to speak to their outreach ministry to ask about assistance. Note:� The agencies below that will assist you with rent, utilities, etc. � however they may only cover a bill for 1 month.� Try to contact at the beginning of the month � funds are usually dispersed then. Salvation Army - Cobb Co. Service Unit 202 Waterman St. Marietta, GA 30060 Cobb Co. Service Unit (770) 422-8324 St. Vincent De Paul Society � 770-443-1533 Must Ministries - (770) 427-9862��� http://www.mustministries.org/ Storehouse Ministries � (770)428-8410 ����� Cobb Family Resources � (770)428-2601 ����� Community Action Agency � (770) 382-5388 Step 3 � HealthCare and Prescription Coverage Contact the following agencies to see what programs you qualify for.� If you have lost your job � check with the benefits department from your last employer to find out the cost to continue your health insurance under Cobra.� If you can not afford the premium � you can contact the agencies below to apply for coverage. 1. Call Powerline at 770-451-5501 or 800-822-2539.� http://www.hmhbga.org/powerline/ Georgia's only toll-free hotline dedicated to providing Medicaid approved healthcare referrals and information for free or low-cost healthcare and public health programs (for men, women, and children).� (referral information in English and Spanish)
    • Also check:� www.state.ga.us/departments/dhr/facright.html - Right from the Start Medicaid 2.� Insurance Coverage - Adults If you are not eligible for public health coverage programs (Medicare or Medicaid) nor have any private health care insurance - and total income for the applicant�s family is at or below poverty level � you may qualify for assistance with a reduced fee or free doctors visit and free medications (not all prescriptions) through the Georgia Partnership for Caring Foundation.� You can call 1-800-809-7276 to get a local phone number to contact a Right from the Start Medicaid (RSM) Outreach Project worker.� For more information website is below: www.gacares.org 3.� Insurance Coverage � Children - (if you do not qualify for Medicare) Low Cost HealthCare offered to uninsured Children (There is no cost for children under age 5. Currently, the cost per month for PeachCare for Kids coverage is $10 to $35 for one child and a maximum of $70 for two or more children living in the same household.).� Peachcare will cover all medical, dental, prescriptions, and optical� contact PeachCare � 877-GA-PEACH�� (do ASAP � takes about 2 months to activate coverage).� Once you receive your cards � contact your primary care provider for your children � fill out paperwork and submit to get a sticker for your card.� Your child will not be covered unless you do this step! For more information:� www.peachcare.org � apply online! 4.� Good Samaritan Clinic � Clinic for individuals with no insurance � (404) 523-6571 5.� Prescription Coverage TIPS FOR SAVING MONEY ON PRESCRIPTIONS Ask your physician�s office if there are any samples available.
    • Ask your physician if you can substitute a generic drug for the brand name. Ask your pharmacist to recommend a less expensive substitute, then check with your physician to make sure the substitutions are appropriate for you. Shop around at different drug stores for the best price.� Be sure the pharmacist knows all the�� medications you are taking including any over the counter medications. Find out how long you will have to take the prescribed medication so you do not end up with more of the medication than you may need. Ask if your pharmacist is willing to match a lower price offered by another pharmacy/drugstore. Ask your pharmacist about senior discounts. You may be able to purchase less than the full prescription, if you are only able to buy a portion of the medication at a time.� Discuss this with your pharmacist. If you/or your spouse have been in the military, you may be able to get your medications at lower cost.� Contact the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System to update your address at 1-800-538-9552.� Tricare is the Pharmacy program for the military and can be reached at 1-800-903-4680.� You may also contact the Atlanta VA at 404-321-6111. MANUFACTURERS� DRUG DISCOUNT CARDS If you have Medicare, several drug companies have developed a discount drug card.� It is free to enroll with these companies and they offer discounts varying from 20% - 70% off your prescription cost.� Most local pharmacies will accept these cards.� To be sure, discuss these programs with your local pharmacist.� Income limits may vary depending upon the number of people per household.� Call for further information and to ask about specific drug coverage on these programs. GlaxoSmithKline Orange Card:� Call 1-888-672-6436 for information.� Patients can participate in either the Orange Card or the Together RX.� Annual Income Below:� $30,000/Individual or $40,000/Couple. Eli Lilly� s Lilly Answers Card:� ��Call 1-877-795-4559 for information.� At participating pharmacies, pay $12.00/prescription for a 30-day supply.� Annual Income Below:� $18,000/Individual or $24,000/Household.
    • Pfizer for Living Share Card:� Call 1-800-717-6005 for information.� Pay $15.00/prescription for a 30-day supply at participating pharmacies.� Annual Income Below:� $18,000/Individual or $24,000/couple. Together Rx Card:� Call 1-800-865-7211 for more information. Receive 20% - 40% savings on select drugs.� Several drug companies participate:� Abbott Laboratories, AstraZeneca, Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Novartis.� Annual Income Below:� $28,000/Individual or $38,000/Couple.� DRUG ASSISTANCE WEB SITES www.NeedyMeds.com�������������������������������� ��� ����������� www.aarppharmacy.com www.Medicare.gov������������������������������� ���������� www.RxHope.com www.drugstore.com������������������������������ ��������� www.phrma.org www.familymeds.com����������������������������� ������� www.themedicineprogram.com www.rxassist.org�������������������������������� ������������ www.helpingpatients.org www.benefitscheckuprx.com������������������������� www.rxaminer.com Step 4 - Food Assistance Contact the agencies below � some have a small fee � or the food is at no cost. MUST Marietta - Ministries United for Service and Training 55 Elizabeth Church Rd. Marietta, GA 30061 (770) 427-9862��� http://www.mustministries.org/
    • Warehouse of Hope, Inc. 100 Hunter Road Douglsaville, GA 30134 770-489-0509 Hours of operation: Wednesday 9:00am to 1:45pm��� Thursday 9:00am to 1:45pm Thurs. night 5:00pm to 7:45pm���� Friday 9:00am to 1:45pm The suggested donation to shop is $7.00.� Shopping is not based on income, anyone may come once a week and pick up a free box of food without any donation as well. New Beginnings Food Outreach, Inc. 4375 Cobb Pkwy Acworth 770-386-3419 or 770-529-5828 or 770-974-0076� Fridays - 11:00 to 2:00 PM Allatoona Community Clothing & Food Ministry Redemption Baptist Church 4160 New Hope Road (off Glade Road) 770-529-0509� 770-974-4454 Food available to needy families Thursday 11AM. Angel Food Ministries - $21 for fresh meats, fresh and frozen fruits, vegetables, and staple items. 770-942-3121 For more info:� www.angelfoodministries.org/default.htm Cobb Family Resources 377 Henry Dr. Marietta, GA 30064 Cobb Family Resources (770) 428-2601 Feed the Hungry Foundation, Inc. 2001 Polytechnic Ln. Marietta, GA 30060 Feed the Hungry Foundation, Inc. (770) 980-1550
    • First Christian Church of Marietta 569 Frasier St. Marietta, GA 30060 Services (770) 428-3125 Greater Community Church of God in Christ 406 Roswell St. Marietta, GA 30060 Services (770) 590-8510 Ladies Auxillary VFW Post 2681 140 Powers Ferry Rd. Marietta, GA 30067 Services (770) 977-2088 � Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church - Light of Hope Community Outreach 566 Whitlock Ave. Marietta, GA 30064 SERVICES (770) 428-3681 Salvation Army Salvation Army - Cobb Co. Service Unit 202 Waterman St. Marietta, GA 30060 Cobb Co. Service Unit (770) 422-8324 Travelers Aid of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc. Travelers Aid Of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc. - Cobb County 325 Fair Grounds St. Marietta, GA 30064 Cobb County (770) 428-1883 Wright Street Baptist Church 395 Wright St. Marietta, GA 30060 Services (770) 422-5851 Step 5 � � Call 211 or http://211online.unitedwayatlanta.org/ United Way has lists of resources for assistance � check with them to see what other assistance is available in your area of need. The following information is for specific needs: If a women is in need of emergency housing - contact:
    • Sheperd� s Rest Ministries Battered Women� s Shelter � 770-443-5213 The shelter provides women and children with emergency housing, emergency transportation, food, and clothing.� Also counseling and assists women with employment search. Travelers Aid of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc. Travelers Aid Of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc. - Cobb County 325 Fair Grounds St. Marietta, GA 30064 Cobb County (770) 428-1883 YWCA of Cobb County 48 Henderson St., SW Marietta, GA 30064 YWCA of Cobb County (770) 427-2902 Stephanie� s House � (770)948-1418 - Women with no children Cobb Street Ministries � (770) 424-9154 � Young pregnant women and women with small children Cobb Family Resources � (770)428-2601 St. Michael� s House � (770) 652-4491 Safehaven � (770) 652-4491 To get assistance with child support - Contact Georgia Child Support Enforcement Office Customer Service Hotline 1-800-227-7993 Local office information: Currently or previously receiving TANF (welfare). 590 Commerce Park Drive Suite 112� Marietta GA 30060-2738 Phone: 770-528-3500 Fax: 770-528-3507 This office works TANF and Non-TANF interstate cases only. (One parent lives outside State of Georgia.) District Attorney's Office Child Support Division 10 E Park Square - Suite 402 Marietta GA 30090-9620 Phone: 770-528-2410� Fax: 770-528-2436 Never received TANF (welfare).� Phone: 404-832-7081� Fax: 770-434-2551�� For more information:� http://www.cse.dhr.state.ga.us/index.html
    • Step 6 � Last but not least - Be sure to make time for fun and relaxation When going through difficult times � it is important to find time to relax and to have fun - it can help you keep a positive attitude.� Some great ideas � free or low-cost: 1. Go to your local library and check-out books and videos.� There is no charge for checking out videos � pop some popcorn and have a movie night! 2. If you have children � take a look at Atlanta Parent Magazines website for fun events around town:� http://www.atlantaparent.com/calendar.html Look through your paper (online - AJC.com � AccessAtlanta.com) and find free events in your community � concerts � art exhibits � parades � much to do in Metro Atlanta! 3. Contact your Parks and Recreation Department and see if they have any free activities for families. 4. The Georgia Parks Department offers events at parks throughout our state.�� Go to their website for more information:� http://www.gastateparks.org Pack a picnic and go to a favorite spot outdoors for dinner � enjoy a sunset� 5. Go to your Chamber of Commerce and get a guide to your county � make a trip to see historic sites. 6. Take your bike and ride on the Silver Comet Trail � beautiful scenery and good exercise! 7. Take a picnic and go to Kennesaw Mountain � bring a kite, or a bike, and your walking shoes � a great day of fun and history. 8. Go camping � great way for a family to get away and enjoy the outdoors (at one of our state parks � link is above) or even camp in your backyard � make Smore�s - look at the stars� 9. Contact Local Churches and find out what activities they have for members in your family.� 10. �Go to a local high school ball game �- bring a thermos filled with hot chocolate to a football game � and feel the enthusiasm! 11. �A good way to reduce stress � EXERCISE - take a walk � or ride a bike � jog � swim at a city pool� 12. �Volunteer � in helping others you will find great reward. 13. �If you are not a member of a church � visit local churches.� The messages can be very inspiring and can really make a difference�� in your week. Remember � God loves you � and is there for you during this difficult time.� � If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to Me and I will give you rest... rest for your soul.�� Matthew 11:28-30
    • If you have a specific need that is not addressed in this action plan please contact: Hope for the Hurting Ministry email:� Hope4THEHURTING@BELLSOUTH.NET Website:� http://www.hopeforthehurting.com