How We Help
The mission of We Care Center is to provide food and warmth to those in need.
Academic and training certification scholarships are now available for clients and their families! Applications open in January and will be awarded in May of 2020. DEADLINE TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION IS MARCH 1, 2020!
We receive food donations from area churches, school groups, the postal service, scouts, business, individuals, and civic organizations. We receive perishables weekly from our local grocers: Publix, Food Lion and Bi-Lo. In 2016, our clients received 241,221 pounds of food.
Mobile Pantries serve underserved areas of Newberry County. We partner with several organizations to bring food where it is needed most, particularly to food desserts where healthy nutritional options are most difficult to find.
Limited funds provided for payment of utilities. Monies are paid directly to utility companies.
Provided when deemed necessary for medical, Department of Social Services, Social Security and Veteran’s Administration appointments. We also assist with gas for job interviews when we have the resources.
Provided during winter months.
In partnership with St. Francis of Assisi and Good Works Thrift Stores, vouchers are provided for basic household items such as appliances, furniture, clothing, shoes and other household needs.
Basic Skills Education
In partnership with Lexington/Richland School District 5 registration fees paid for GED and other life skill classes.
Clients are encouraged to use the Computer Lab and Job Board to search for jobs, complete online applications and develop resumes. Clients are also able to complete applications for government benefits such as food and medical assistance, disability support, tax preparation and voter registration. Clients in school can also use computer for homework assignments.
Fan/Space Heater Distribution
When available, these are given out during appropriate months.
Children’s Book Nook Literacy Lab
With the support of Chapin Sunrise Rotary Club, We Care provides books for clients’ children in order to build libraries at home, which dramatically improves educational outcomes. Books have been specifically selected by a retired educator with attention to providing a variety of grade and interest levels.
Upon request from clients.
Good Samaritan Clinic
The Good Samaritan Clinic is a free medical clinic that provides general medical care, dental care, health education, prevention and spiritual guidance for uninsured patients, with or without documentation. The clinic is open on Thursdays, and patient registration is from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. The clinic is located at 1808 Chapin Road, in the former We Care pantry building (green building). We Care’s food pantry is also open during clinic hours for food service only to patients of the clinic.