Who Can Help Me in Charleston, SC? December 13, 2016

lowcountry emergency resources

If you live in or around Charleston, SC, and you are struggling with financial hardship, health issues or personal crisis, there are many resources in place to help you get back on your feet again. From local shelters, to assistance with paying utility bills or home repairs, to seeking advice for domestic abuse or suicide – Charleston really does Care.

If you are in immediate need of shelter or assistance due to financial hardship, or you or your family is at risk due to physical abuse or drug dependency, please refer to the following resources listed below for additional support.


The most helpful resource for immediate assistance in all matters of financial and situational emergencies, available in multiple languages. Visit their website or Dial 2-1-1 or 866-892-9211 (24 hours a day) for free and confidential assistance today.

“South Carolina 2-1-1 is your one-stop resource for finding assistance in your local community. We keep a database of a wide variety of service providers including support groups, community clinics, counselors, shelters, food pantries, programs for seniors, and many more agencies in South Carolina. Call 2-1-1 anytime, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to link to vital services in your community. You can also call 2-1-1 toll free at 1-866-892-9211. This service is free and is available in multiple languages.”


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800-273-TALK)

Call 1-800-273-8255 or visit their website for on-line resources. You will be connected to the closest possible crisis center in your area. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

You can also call TRIDENT UNITED WAY at 211 or 866-892-9211.

Lifeline ofrece 24/7, gratuito servicios en español, no es necesario hablar ingles si usted necesita ayuda. Cuando usted llama al número 1-888-628-9454, su llamada se dirige al centro de ayuda de nuestra red disponible más cercano. Tenemos actualmente 150 centros en la red y usted hablará probablemente con uno situado en su zona. Cada centro funciona en forma independiente y tiene su propio personal calificado.


If you are experiencing abuse by a partner or family member, help and support is available to you via My Sister’s House. Call 843-744-3242 or Toll Free 800-273-HOPE, help available 24/7.

La Casa de mi Hermana es una organización sin fines de lucro que proporciona servicios y programas de ayuda para orientar a las victimas de violencia domestica y apoyar tanto a las mujeres y los niños para que tengan una vida libre de abuso.


For help with resources and placement in a local area shelter, contact One80 Place at (843) 723-9477.


(843) 723-9477. One80 Place, formerly Crisis Ministries, provides nightly shelter and re-housing assistance to move people out of homelessness. Men’s shelter has 60 beds. The transitional housing has 40 bedr for male veterans and 10 overflow cots due to extreme weather. Family Center holds 30 beds for women and families. 7 transitional beds for female veterans.


(843)723-9477. Men’s Shelter with 70 beds, 14 transitional housing beds for male Veterans and 20 overflow cots during extreme weather conditions.


(843) 722-2473. The Star Gospel Mission is Charleston’s oldest not-for-profit Christian welfare organization serving the homeless and needy in the community since 1904. We provide transitional housing for homeless men and respond to the needs of the community by offering food, clothing, rental assistance, utility assistance, emergency medical and transportation assistance. We provide help to the needy by responding to their temporal needs and by sharing the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who are seeking a spiritual transformation in their lives. Our principal response is to homeless men who are working, or who have a steady source of income, such as: veterans, or those who are disabled or who may be receiving unemployment.


843-266-5200. For homeless and runaway youth up to age 18. Provides shelter, meals, hygiene products, clothing and counseling for youth staying at shelter. Free transportation is available in the Charleston area.


Catholic Charities: 308-9361 – Assistance with utility bills, rent, medicines and many other services.

Alzheimers Association: 1.800.272.3900 – Offers caregivers assisted grants.

Babynet: 877-621-0865 – Early intervention program for babies with developmental delays.

Tricountry Family Ministries: 843.747.1788 – Assistance with food and clothing.

Operation Home: 843-853-3211 -Assistance with home repair needs.

Lowcountry Food Bank: 843-747-8146 x100 – Food pantries, soup kitchens, and other non-profit organizations.

Lowcountry AIDS Services: 877-874-0230 – LAS provides case management, access to medical care, housing assistance, financial assistance, nutritional assistance and legal assistance.

Franklin C Fetter Clinics: Several area clinics with fees based on a sliding scale.


Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic provides medical care to eligible patients, just like any family practitioner or internist – but it is free. We serve uninsured adults living at or below 200 % of the Federal poverty level who live or work on Johns, Wadmalaw or James Islands. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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