NEW: There will a FREE vaccination clinic on Tuesday, April 13, at the Blue Ridge Community Center, 315 Holland Ave in Seneca. All vaccinations are by appointment. An appointment can be made by calling DHEC at (864) 482-1867.
Starting Wednesday, 3/31/21, South Carolinians 16 years of age and older can receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those interested in receiving the vaccine may begin signing up for appointments next Wednesday. Prisma Health is now signing people up through MyChart, instead of VAMS. Go to https://prismahealth.org/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine for sign up and information about daily walk-in assistance.
SC DHEC registration portal: https://scdhec.gov/covid19/covid-19-vaccine/covid-19-vaccine-appointments
Call 1-866-365-8110 for more information or if you don’t have Internet/email.
Testing site information: https://scdhec.gov/covid19/covid-19-testing-locations
SC DHEC (Dept of Health and Environmental Control): https://www.scdhec.gov/infectious-diseases/viruses/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19
SC DHEC- County Level Data: https://scdhec.gov/infectious-diseases/viruses/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/south-carolina-county-level-data-covid-19
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Unemployment Insurance help/questions: https://dew.sc.gov
Where to find help in Oconee County (portions courtesy of Seneca Journal)
NOTE: CALL FIRST SINCE HOURS/SERVICES MAY CHANGE DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS
UNITED WAY- 528 Bypass 123 Suite C Seneca 882-9743 Call 2-1-1 for list of services. Also diapers, free Tax Prep help
Department of Social Services- 223a Kenneth St., Walhalla; 638-4400; Office hours: 8:30-5 M-F. Services include: SNAP(Food Stamps), Family Independence Program (Financial aid to Families with dependent children).
Dept. of Health and Human Services: Medicaid –223 B Kenneth St.,Walhalla, ph: 638-4420 8:30-5pm M-F.
VETERANS: Office of Veterans Affairs: 638-4231, 223 Kenneth St. Walhalla, Help veterans w/ paperwork, home repairs, homelessness. Also help w/VA benefits paperwork-each Wed; KOC Hall, 1-5pm; 112 E. N. 2nd St Seneca or call Terry at 303-501-4273; Purple Heart Home Repairs for veterans contact at email@example.com; Upstate Warrior Solution, connects veterans & families w/ local resources; 864-520-2073; 109-3 Sloan St. Clemson
LEGAL HELP-SC Legal Services -Free legal help for civil (i.e. non criminal) situations. Call 800-763-4825 M-Th 9am to 6pm PETS: Oconee Humane Society: low cost pet spay/neuter voucher 1925 Sandifer Rd, Seneca 882-4719
Oconee United Ministries (was OPSF) 115 W South 1st St. Seneca; 882-0504; 9:30-11:15 Tue & Th. Help w/ rent, utility, meds.
SHARE (Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources)-708 East Main St, Seneca; ph-864-882-3495; office hours-8:30-5 M-F. Services include RENT/UTILITY assistance; Must have eviction notice for rent help. Twice a year limit for heating help.
Salvation Army- 100 Debra St. Seneca; 882-1160; Assistance hours-M-Th. 9-noon & 1-5pm. Emergency assistance including utilities (call first for appt.), clothing, food, spiritual care, Christmas assistance, disaster services, victims of fire loss vouchers need Red Cross referral-For Red Cross disaster services call Beth at 864-449-7281
Golden Corner Food PANTRY: 635 Business Park Drive, Seneca, 864-882-3610; 10-12 M-F & 1ST Sat. of the month.
College St. Baptist: PANTRY-M/T10-1; 407 S. College St, Walhalla 638-2986; Must live in Walhalla
‘SON’ Flower Closet: free CLOTHING M/T 9:30-2; 301 S. Laurel St., Walhalla, 638-2986
St. Luke Methodist PANTRY-4-6pm, 2nd and 4th Wed, 607 E Main St., Walhalla, 638-3628, Must live in Walhalla
Our Daily Bread: 106 Jordan St, Seneca; ph-882-3308; hours 11:30- 12:30 M-F & Sun Free LUNCH (TO GO meals)
The Soup Kitchen at Potters House Church, Hot meal 4:30-6:30 pm every other Wednesday. 311 S. John St. Walhalla
Calvary Church Food Ministry Pantry: 10102 Long Creek Hwy, Westminster, 1st & 3rd Monday 4:30-6:30pm
Dot’s Kitchen: American Legion Bldg; 205 Lucky St. Westminster.LUNCH served M-F 11:30-12:30pm -903-1791 (To Go meals)
We Care: 610 Piedmont St. Westminster; Food PANTRY and limited FREE CLOTHING. Thursdays only, 9am-1pm; 647-8458
Ann Hope United Methodist: 702 Goddard Ave. Seneca; Wednesday evening DINNER at 6 pm. 882-5502
Local Thrift Stores
Salvation Army– Thrift Store 104 Colonial Plaza Drive, Seneca, 882-7450, 10-5 M-F; 9-5 Sat. For vouchers call 882-1160.
Collins Children’s Home Thrift Store: No special programs; 540 W. N.1st Street, Seneca, SC; 882-4250; 10-5 Tues-Sat
Goodwill Thrift– 1616 Sandifer Blvd (near Walmart), 882-2600, 9-9 M-Sat; 1-5 Sun. Sundays 1/2 price on some clothes
Potter’s Wheel Thrift Store: 119 S. College St. Walhalla. Also free clothing for families in need. Ph. 864-903-4983
Boys Camp Thrift. 714 W. North 1st St Seneca, 882-2734; 9-5 M-Sat & 111 E. Windsor St. Westminster, 647-4812; 9-5 Tu-Sat
Girls Camp Trading Post-304 W North 1st St. Seneca, 882-7008; 9-5 M-Sat & 9119 Long Creek Hwy, Westminster, 647-7014;
Tamassee DAR Thrift Shop – No special programs. 9695 N. Hwy 11, Tamassee, 944-2660; 9-5 Tues-Sat
Habitat For Humanity Thrift Store – 130 Bountyland Rd, Seneca; 864-888-2118; hours 10-4 W/Th/F; Sat 10-1.
Dream Center Resale Store– 11011 N Radio Station Road, 10-6 M-Sat 864-614-8008; Earn Dream $ to spend at store by attending Lifepoint Church classes on parentlng, budgeting, & life skills. -108 E N 1st St., Seneca; call 864-280-4876
The Struggle, 100 N Cherry St., Seneca 864-324-7691, 10-4 M-Sat.
Beacon of Hope Thrift-1797 Blue Ridge Blvd, in Oconee Alum. Products bldg. Open 1st Sat 9-noon; “free” clothes, 723-4267
LIFE CHANGING ASSISTANCE—-EMPLOYMENT/EDUCATION
SC Works (Unemployment Office)—at Quickjobs Development Center-104 Vocational Dr. Seneca, 8:30-5 M-F. 864-646-1741 Job placement assistance, resource center for job seekers, resume preparation assistance, job preparation workshops.
Goodwill Job Connection: 1616 Sandifer Blvd. 864-482-7857: M-F 9-12; 1-4:30 (ask for Alison). Employment help: on-line job applications, job leads, resume/cover letter help, copy/fax machine, readiness workshops/counseling/non-computer literate help
Jobs for those with criminal records: SCWorks/GJC have a list of ‘2nd chance’ companies.
Ride To Work Ministry Nonprofit Inc.– low cost transportation to/from work only. Apply at website: rtwministry.org
Jobs for Seniors: Call toll free 855-850-2525. AARP free job search guide & sign up for info session at Tri County Tech
Jobs for those with disabilities: Vocational Rehabilitation of SC 1951 Wells Hwy, Seneca; 882-6669; hrs: 8:30-5 M-F. Vocational & medical assessment of a person’s ability to work even if disabled. Train at the on-site factory/locate a job with a local business. All services free. Tribble Center:; 882-6347; hours 8-4 M-F. Jobs at local employers for disabled clients.
Oconee Adult Education Office; 315 Holland Ave. Seneca, 886-4429; Assists adults in becoming literate, obtaining a GED, and improving knowledge/skills for employment. Also ESL/GED Hispanic help. All capability levels are welcome & will receive help. Palmetto Youth Connections –help youth 17-24 obtain workforce training, GED & occupational skills. Emphasis on jobs, attending post-secondary or enlisting in the military. Supportive services/individual career coaching. Call 886-4467 (Annmarie)
Tamasee DAR School– Industrial Education. Boarding/rides if homeless/aged out youth/can’t commute. Jon at 944-1390×103
TriCountyTech 1-6 mo training for a better paying job-call 864-646-1718 or Westminster campus 864-646-8282. Also, their I-BEST no-cost 14 week manufacturing & healthcare pathway programs with job placement assistance-864-646-1461.
Affordable Child Care- go to www.ABCquality.org over 30 local child care facilities or contact Oconee County First Steps-985-8739 or 882-3342; Vouchers available from DSS (see above)
FAMILY HELP, FINANCIAL & LIFESTYLE COUNSELING-
Ripple of One-in the educational building of Seneca Presbyterian Church 115 W. S. First St. Seneca, 882-8777; Services include: Financial & lifestyle Counseling to help families escape poverty using a plan to move toward self-sufficiency.
Heath’s Haven: 523 Hwy 123. Suite F, Seneca. 710-4085 Training to promote healthy, nurturing relationships with children.
SCHOOL PROGRAMS for KIDS-contact your school’s guidance office; Grace’s Closet (located in each school) –FREE FOOD, CLOTHING, HYGIENE ITEMS & SCHOOL SUPPLIES (www.gracescloset.org or Julie-ann Shannon at 864-557-9399)
Safe Harbor: M-F 8:30 to 5pm; 467-3636, Counseling/shelter for victims of domestic violence; 24/7 Crisis line 800-291-2139
FamilyConnection SC- 864-231-8100; Help for children with special healthcare needs including autism, ADHD, asthma, others.
Foothills Care Center: 207 Main Street, Seneca, 882-8796; M-Th 9-12 & 2-5. Maternity/infant clothes; baby food & supplies, pregnancy testing/education, parenting help, sexual health screenings, limited OB Ultrasounds. All services free/confidential.
The Parenting Place, 864-898-5583 Free home visits to help ensure a healthy pregnancy & child well being; also in home care
Collins Children’s Home:110 Collins Home Dr. Seneca; 882-0893; 8:30 to 5 M-F. Resident care for children birth-21, life skills for resident children and their families, foster care for children, counseling, parenting classes for “at risk’ families
Tamassee School:1925 Bumgardner Dr. Tamassee; ph-944-1390; Residential & outreach for children from families in crisis
Tribble Center: 116 South Cove Road, Seneca; 882-6347; hours 8-4 M-F. Services: adult day services, job coaching, living skills for intellectual disability, autism, and related disabilities. Early intervention for special needs children. Also ARC of Oconee Cty. 295 Market St. 864-280-6022 Able-SC: Empowering those w/ disabilities thru independent living services – 864-235-1421.
Foothills Alliance – sexual abuse counseling, crisis intervention, prevention/education services; 24 hr. Hotline 864-231-7273
Respite Care: for caregivers of seniors with early/mid-stage dementia providing them w/ activities/social interaction.Thurs.1-4 pm; Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 214 Northampton Road, Seneca. 864-973-7590
Fostering Faithfully– faithbased program for foster parents.864-539-2133 905 E. Main St. Walhalla; www.fosteringfaithfully.org
MENTAL HEALTH/SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Oconee Mental Health Clinic: 115 Carter Park Dr, Seneca. Call 885-0157 M-F 8:30am-5pm. Give name, phone no., & info.
A counselor will contact you in 24hrs. Very low cost options available. Suicide Hotlines:911 or 1-800-784-2433 or 864-885-0157
Christ Central Ministries: Ash Tree Substance Abuse recovery program for men–864-638-3322;
Families Fighting Addiction support – 2nd Mon. each month at 6:30pm-at North Walhalla Church of God. 864-638-3322
Anderson-Oconee Behavioral Health-691 South Oak St., Seneca, 882-7563; M-Th 8am-5pm; Provides substance abuse
assessment & treatment for alcohol, drugs, gambling, smoking, anger management.
Alcoholics Anonymous – Oconee/Pickens area toll-free number is 877-544-8426
SC Voc Rehab Substance Abuse Treatment– contact local office 1951 Wells Highway; 882-6669.
NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness: 882-5131; FREE educational meetings & courses;support groups. www.namiaop.org
Celebrate Recovery– A Christian twelve-step program designed to facilitate recovery from a wide variety of troubling behavior patterns- Grace Baptist Church-888-0703 Wed. 6:45-8pm; Welcome Wesleyan Church-280-3962 Fridays, 6:30-9pm;
Oconee Public Health Dept. – 609 N. Townville St. Seneca, 882-2245. Immunizations, Women,Infants & Children (WIC), Family planning. STD/HIV testing, Help is free/on a sliding scale. Quit Smoking:800-784-8669 Free help (nicotine patches)
Rosa Clark Medical Clinic: 301 Memorial Dr.; ph:882-4664; hours 8-4 M-F. Services: free clinic; medical assistance; pharmacy; dental vouchers for critical dental needs; SNAP applications; Mental health/substance abuse counseling (expanded hours starting April 1st)
Low Cost Dentures: Affordable Dentures Anderson 864-261-1889
AccessHealth Mountain Lakes: 298 Memorial Dr. Seneca, 885-7341; Call 864-522-1400 for appointment, M-F, 8-4:30. Help for uninsured/limited income to gain access to primary care, specialists, other medical services/case management. DENTAL CLINIC: 298 Memorial Dr. 885-7550; X-rays, evaluations, extractions/cleanings for uninsured w/ limited income; by appointment.
Foothills Community Healthcare-110 Liberty Dr. Clemson. 722-0283; Low cost health care. MWThF 8-5:00; Tues-8-7pm
Anderson-Oconee Speech/Hearing-528 Bypass123,SuiteF Seneca 882-7169;Speech/hearing help; hearing aides; sliding fee
LIONS CLUB EYEGLASS & HEARING AID ASSISTANCE: In Seneca-Go to the SHARE office for an application-In Salem-Call
770-335-4389; Walhalla-Pick up/Turn in forms at Alexander’s Office Supply, 118 E. Main St.; Westminster-call 882-1580
Medical Transportation- if on Medicaid call 1-866-910-7688 for a ride to/from medical appointment. Call 3 days before: M-F 8-5
HOUSING/SHELTERS/CURRENT HOME HELP
Habitat for Humanity-130 Bountyland Rd, Seneca; ph- 864-888-2118: building homes for qualified low income
United Housing Connections 864-241-0462-housing/care management for those w/ mental illness/homeless/in a shelter
SC Regional Housing Authority-417 Tribble St, Seneca; 8-5pm; Call 885-1659 for info/appointment ; 200+ income based apts.
Safe Harbor-Emergency Shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children-864-467-3636 or 800-291-2139
Family Promise-864-644-8828; Sheltering program for families with children under 18 ; Background/drug checks required
Our Daily Rest-864-482-2040; 525 E. Main St., Seneca. Services: shelter, case management & counseling for individuals & families seeking housing/jobs. Interviews/applications on Wed. at 2 pm. Also ‘Rapid Rehousing’ program. Call for info.
Christ Central Ministries is opening an emergency shelter soon. Now taking applications. Call 864-638-3322.
Mortgage Assistance- call 888-995-4673 or go to www.makinghomeaffordable.gov for guidance on working with lender
United Way Senior Home Repairs- Call 882-9743; ext. 104; Apply at United Way 528 Bypass 123, Suite C
SC Home Weatherization for low income. Call 864-229-8870 or go to www.gleamnshrc.org (program links->weatherization)
SPIRITUAL NEEDS & SUPPORT
Baptist – Contact Rev. David Shirley at Beaverdam Baptist Association, 882-7070. Covers 63 local Baptist churches.
Catholic – Contact Father Bill Hearne at 864-882-8551 Saint Paul the Apostle, 170 Bountyland Road, Seneca
Foothills Church- 505 Bountyland Road, Seneca, 864-888-8008
Lutheran – Eternal Shepherd, 220 Carson Rd. Seneca, Pastor David Hammer, 882-3209; St. John’s – 301 W. Main St., Seneca,
Methodist- St. Mark United– 616 Quincy Rd. Seneca, Pastor Todd Davis (864) 882-2603. Food box once every six mos./family.
Lifepoint – 1926 Blue Ridge Blvd. 882-8131 partnered w/ The Dream Center
Presbyterian– Seneca Presbyterian – 115 W South 1st St., Seneca, Rev. Mike Shelton 882-2505 Fort Hill Presbyterian, 101 Edgewood Ave., Clemson, Rev. Laura Conrad; Oconee Assoc Reformed Presbyterian, 121 Rochester Hwy, Seneca
FOR SENIORS: Senior Solutions:101 Perry Avenue, Seneca; ph-864-885-1000; hours 8-5 M-F. Services: transportation for seniors, senior activity center, congregational dining, home bound support, arts & crafts; home-delivered meals, adult day care information/referral service for senior-related topics-financial, legal and mobility issues; Medicare counseling, help with food stamps (SNAP)& Medicaid; Low-Income Subsidy (help w/ drug prescriptions); Finding senior housing/assisted living, home care; personal care items for the home; help with paperwork for insurance and other matters that are often confusing to seniors.