*If you are in need of public assistance you can always visit your local "Department of Family Services" and access programs for food, shelter, medical, utility assistance, career development, jobs, clothing vouchers, cash assistance, car repairs, school supplies and gasoline vouchers for employment!
***There are more resources under "Mental Health Support!"
There is a NEW National Suicide Prevention Hotline . . . The NEW number is 988. Please share this number with your friends, associates and in your support groups. The original hotline number "TALK" (below) is still in effect though.
If you are in a crisis situation and feeling suicidal, please call 24/7 National SUICIDE Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273- (TALK) 8255; call 911 or go directly to your local hospital emergency room.
***Once again the NEW Suicide Hotline number is: 988.
If you are in a DOMESTIC VIOLENCE situation, feel free to contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or your local law enforcement agency.
*In the USA it is best to DIAL: 211 for links to organizations that assist with needs such as housing, food, household essentials, clothing, possibly vehicle repairs, and referrals for medical care . . .
Another GREAT organization that offers a variety of programs and referrals for housing, food, and other basic needs is the CAC. Every county in the USA has one, in order to find your local Community Action Commission please tap the button below and enter your zip code:
If you are a SENIOR in need of HOUSING (or in some cases nearly a senior and disabled) - but have a fixed income, contact National Church Residences for information on apartment availability in your area!
For ongoing rental assistance, you can apply through HUD. Waiting lists are not always open, and they may tell you that the waiting list is long. Do not let that stop you - apply anyway! They generally consider Veterans first, Disabled second and single parents with children third. Many counselors are willing to sign a medical form from HUD, acknowledging that you have a "disability" if you are being seen for depression or anxiety due to post cult recovery and this can bump you up on the list!
Do you have medical procedures that you cannot afford currently? (Dental, Vision, General, etc.)
Do you have a service pet that helps you to cope with the stresses you have been through and your pet is in need of EMERGENCY VET CARE and you don't have the funds right now to pay for services?
Apply for a credit line through Care Credit . . .
Apply for a Habitat for Humanity house if you are able to make a modest mortgage payment and are willing to donate your time to building the house and helping Habitat to build another house for the next participant:
Do you have a debilitating health condition (mental or physical) and are finding it difficult to maintain sufficient income? Under certain circumstances a diagnosis of PTSD may qualify you. With your doctors signature and going through the SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY application process you may qualify for Disability Income. Apply here at:
If you need an ATTORNEY to help with your Social Security Disability OR Bankruptcy application or follow-up . . . a good law office to contact would be: Hoglund Law. They operate throughout the USA and only charge a small percentage of the winnings IF your case wins!
For those that stutter, it can be quite frustrating . . . especially for young children. For cult survivors that stutter, they can experience the feelings of extreme anxiety and increased social isolation. There is help out there! Contact: Mr. Tom Scharstein, below if you are in need of a local support group or if you would like to create one!
NO MORE FOUNDATION -- Do you know of a sex abuse or domestic violence survivor in Africa, Asia, Europe, and even the USA? Do they need supportive services? Use this helpful locator site in order to help protect our most vulnerable. The NO MORE Foundation, a nonprofit with 40 chapters around the world, launched the NO MORE Global Directory to help connect survivors in more than 200 countries to crisis resources in their area.
The Red Cross is known to many the world over . . . they have been instrumental in assisting people during natural disasters and during times of war.
At one time or another, most of us have needed a helping hand either due to unemployment, in between jobs, or waiting patiently on a disability decision. In some unique cases it could be due to shunning by former cult members or homelessness. If you need food, cleaning supplies, clothing or toiletries you can press the button below and you will be redirected to a food pantry near you.
If you are homeless or temporarily in need of a place to stay for the night, week or month . . . Click on the link below for a complete listing of homeless shelters in your area!
If you are in a Domestic Violence situation, and need information about where to go and what to do . . . Click on the Link below for more information!
The Salvation Army offers many different types of supports:
Food, Homeless Shelters, Transitional Housing, Utility Assistance, Senior Housing, Re-Entry Supportive Services, Vouchers, Employment Opportunities, & Counseling Services.
Being homeless is hard enough, but add to that not being able to keep your best friend! For many homeless individuals, their pet could be a therapy dog or emotional support animal and the separation anxiety the person and the animal experience is overwhelming for both. Finding a shelter that will allow you to keep your best friend with you can be quite difficult and exhaustive. Click on the link below, in order to locate the shelter closest to you that will accept both you AND your pet. ***You can also find free or low cost veterinary services and pet food at this site.
Are you homeless? Facing homelessness in the near future? There's no need to suffer needlessly on the streets! By clicking on the link below you will be directed to "Shelter Listings" that are nearest to your exact address!
Are you a woman in need of housing? There are homeless shelters and services, designed specifically with womens needs in mind. Tap on the shelter locator tab below for a shelter in your area.
What is Transitional Housing? Basically, this term refers to housing such as "SOBER LIVING," "HALFWAY HOUSES," & hard to find residential housing for those working their way through "RE-ENTRY PROGRAMS." This site is for those finding it difficult to manage drug or alcohol recovery, in addition to managing their basic needs such as housing, employment and counseling. Also, upon release after incarceration, many find it difficult to find employment and housing. Don't give up! Click on the tab below!
JWSO strives to provide links to supportive services for those that are experiencing the worst of circumstances, but we do realize not all cult survivors deal with homelessness. For those that are fortunate enough to have left the sect they were involved in with the least amount of financial difficulties, these individuals might appreciate the following link to affordable homes in their areas.
Are you homeless or at risk of homelessness? Do you need help finding an affordable housing unit? Do you need financing assistance? Do you need help with home improvements? Do you need diapers for your baby? Have you been through a natural disaster and need HELP? Have you been discriminated against? Do you have a housing voucher complaint? ***There are multiple links within this one website . . . Click on the following TAB!
The following link is a directory for multiple housing services and other beneficial resources. You can also register to VOTE by clicking on the appropriate link on the home page of this site!
In my opinion, Lutheran Social Services has one of the BEST Social Service Systems for those in need!
*** Check out this website for help. After going to this website click on the Menu Bar and then click on Members. Click on the menu bar and then click on Social Ministry Organization Directory. Look for the closest one in your area.
Are you a working family and in need of a vehicle? Click on the TAB below in order to "FIND A CAR PROGRAM!" If you don't have success with this link, then try the next one!
Are you a family and in need of a vehicle? Click on the TAB below in order to apply for a vehicle. If you didn't find success with this link or the previous one, then go to https://www.needhelppayingbills.com and search their icons associated with car repairs and vehicle ownership assistance. If you still have no success, send JW SURVIVORS ORIGINAL an email, and we'll try our best to find another organization that might help.
Are you an individual or a family in need of a vehicle? Click on the TAB below in order to apply for a vehicle.