Coronavirus Help for Families and Individuals


The mission of the Beaufort County Human Services Alliance is to promote and sustain activities that improve the quality of life for all Beaufort County residents by creating coordinated, comprehensive, and integrated systems of human services. The Alliance also serves as the backbone organization to Together for Beaufort County, an organizational framework that enhances our community’s capacity to address specific social problems. The Alliance works with partners including the United Way to help make a lasting impact in our community.

Beaufort County Human Services Alliance

https://www.beaufortcountysc.gov/human-services/human-services-alliance-homepage.html

United Way of the Lowcountry

https://uwlowcountry.org/

 

The following list is not exhaustive. If a non-profit agency is not listed, please presume they are following operational procedures to reduce risk and adopting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended practices of social distancing and eliminating congregate services and group meetings.

 

Last Updated March 24, 2020


AccessHealth Lowcountry

Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Agape Family Life Center - updated 3/24/2020

New Food Bank hours as a result of COVID 19 uncertainties: Monday & Thursday from 10:00am-12:30pm.

 

American Red Cross - updated 3/24/2020

The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to make an appointment to donate blood and help ensure lifesaving blood products are available for patients in need. They want to assure the public that blood donation is a safe process, and they have put additional precautions in place at their blood drives to protect all who come out.  Please encourage healthy individuals to make an appointment at www.redcrossblood.org

 

Beaufort County Council on Aging

Beaufort County Council on Aging has set up a drive-up pick up meal service for seniors registered at the senior centers.  Please call a day before to reserve your meal.  They are also still delivering Home Delivered Meals to clients that are registered. Their office hours have been modified to 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  If there is a senior in need, they can call 877-846-8148 Aging & Disability Resources for assistance.

 

Beaufort Housing Authority

Closed to the public. Maintenance is entering units for emergencies only. All business currently being conducted by phone.

 

Beaufort Jasper Economic Opportunity Commission

Not accepting clients currently.

 

Beaufort Memorial Hospital Outpatient Testing Site Information

Beaufort Memorial has created an outpatient-testing site to allow patients with a physician order for a COVID-19 test to “drive thru” and have their specimen collected quickly from the safety of their vehicle. The site will open access to testing and mitigate potential community exposure to the virus. It will be available Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. It is located near the Beaufort Memorial Medical and Administrative Center at 990 Ribaut Road in Beaufort. Patients with a physician order for testing will receive instructions for accessing the site and test. Security staff will instruct patients to park in a designated area near the hospital’s mobile wellness unit to wait for clinical staff to collect their specimen and send it to the state lab for processing. Following the collection, patients will return home to self-isolate while waiting for results from the ordering physician and/or a member of the hospital’s infection prevention team. Updates from Beaufort Memorial can be found on the hospital’s website and by calling 843-522-5560. Questions can be emailed to healthupdates@bmhsc.org. For more information about screening guidelines and testing criteria for COVID-19 visit https://www.scdhec.gov/health/infectious-diseases or https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. For information about Beaufort Memorial, visit www.beaufortmemorial.org.

 

Bluffton-Jasper Volunteers in Medicine

Closed until April 1. Patients needing prescription refills can call in and they will refill. Patients may also call in with medical questions. Phones will be staffed during regular hours until further notice; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Thursday.

 

Bluffton Self-Help

  • Open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Food Distribution: Any Bluffton Resident Mondays 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Clothing: No clothing distribution or donations
  • Education and Resource Center: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; No classes until further notice.
  • Financial Assistance: Only completely packets emailed or delivered. Application can be downloaded at www.blufftonselfhelp.org. Direct questions to 843-757-8000.

 

Born To Read - updated 3/24/2020

They have suspended all hospital visits, parent workshops and prenatal clinic visits as of 3/13/2020. They have scaled back office time so that only one person is working in the office at a time. They are still sending information to families through email and US Mail that are signed up to receive this information. At this time they are working on a way to reach families that will have babies in April and the following months through their website and Facebook page.

 

CAPA

CAPA has suspended parenting classes and PS We Love You support groups. They are continuing administration of foster care and exchange parent aid via technological means as they navigate this situation. There have been no changes at the group home.

 

Deep Well

Food will be prepackaged and brought to clients. No face-to-face meetings. Calls accepted and intake forms may be dropped off. They will not be taking new requests for house repairs until after May 1. For the time being, VITA is still open on Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

 

Family Promise

Open from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Monday to Friday starting March 23, until further notice.  Suspended accepting any new families into their Shelter Program, but they are continuing to work with their current families. These families will now be staying in a hotel. If you have any questions, please contact Executive Director, Lynda Halpern at 843-815-4211 or lhalpernfamilypromise@gmail.com.

 

First Presbyterian Church

Closed until March 29.

 

Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic - updated 3/24/2020

The Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic is currently in Phase 4 of their Emergency Preparedness Plan. It is closed to patient appointments. There is an RN available by telephone Monday thru Thursday from 8:30am to 3pm for telephone consultation and prescription assistance for current active GNMC patients. The contact telephone and e-mail is 843-470-9088 & gnmc1402@gmail.com. Information is also being updated on their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/gnfmcbeaufort/

 

Help of Beaufort - updated 3/24/2020

Open regular hours 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.  If a client has not been to the agency previously, arrive by 11:00 a.m. to fill out an application. Food and clothing pantries are closed for shoppers. Food will be prepackaged and brought to clients. Financial assistance has been depleted and food supplies are depleting quickly. They are ramping up their mobile pantry to ensure that food deliveries can be made. They have started working with area hospice patients to bring them groceries from their pantry. If anyone works in a facility or office and has high-risk clients, they will bring food to them.

 

Home Helpers of the Lowcountry

Home Helpers of the Lowcountry is open and ready to serve with in-home care services. If in-home services are needed, please arrange services immediately to ensure there will be enough caregivers to meet the demands. We have no contracts or binding agreements so long-term obligations for services are not an issue. Please call 843-837-3041 should you know of anyone in need of in-home care services.

 

Hopeful Horizons - updated 3/24/2020

Due to health concerns among clients and staff because of the communal nature of the emergency domestic violence shelter, they have made the difficult decision to suspend shelter services to try to help ensure the well-being of their clients and staff. Fortunately, the shelter census is currently low and requests for shelter have also diminished over the last week.

Staff is meeting with shelter residents to do updated lethality assessments and safety planning to determine the best housing option for each person/family. They will be able to provide hotel vouchers if no other safe housing option is identified. Staff is also making plans to be able to continue to provide services to shelter clients remotely and will be providing them with food when they leave and gift cards to purchase additional items as needed. They plan to have everyone moved out by Wednesday at the latest.

The hotline is still operational so if someone is in need of shelter or other services, please continue to refer them and Hopeful Horizons will do their best to assist them with all of their needs (800-868-2632 or 843-770-1070).

KidFest

Canceled.

 

LowCountry Habitat for Humanity

  • ReStore, office and job sites are closed to the public.
  • All volunteers’ work has been canceled until further notice.
  • All upcoming events, information sessions, and non-essential meetings have been cancelled.
  • Staff who can, are working remotely. Others are working in the ReStore, office and at job sites with increased physical space between them.
  • Construction on our current house builds is moving forward with contractors as possible.
  • ReStore Donation pick-up appointments already scheduled through this Friday will continue as planned. No new Donation pick-ups will be scheduled until further notice.
  • For the quickest response, in these rapidly changing times, please contact us by email at info@lowcountryhabitat.org.

 

Lowcountry Legal Volunteers

With family court now compromised for the unforeseeable future, they have suspended day-to-day operations. They are doing their best to interact with clients remotely.

 

NAMI (Nat'l Alliance on Mental Illness)

All support groups suspended until NAMI National allows an online version; education programs and outreach events are canceled. Ross Szabo’s presentations at HH Prep, USCB, HH Boys & Girls Club, and Battery Creek HS are postponed until 2021. Suicide Prevention is being rescheduled.

 

Neighborhood Outreach Connection - updated 3/24/2020

NOC's 7 centers have been closed, effective March 16, until March 31, following Governor McMaster's order to close all public schools until March 31.  They will continue to follow the directives of the Governors office and the Beaufort County School District.

 

New Paths Program

New Paths jail program is currently suspended until further notice, but services outside of the Detention Center are continuing at this time.

 

Pregnancy Center and Clinic of the Lowcountry

Temporarily discontinued seeing clients at both Hilton Head Clinic and Mobile Clinic. Clients can reach their professional staff via phone if immediate assistance is needed. Follow up on lab/test results and prior visits are being handle by phone. They will begin scheduling future appointments once they have a clear indication as to when it will be safe to do so.

 

Radiance Women’s Center

Radiance Women's Center is open with a change in operating hours. Starting March 24, 2020 our operating hours will be Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00am to 3:00pm. They will have availability to answer the phone on Mondays. This is subject to change.

 

Sandalwood Food Pantry

Tuesday and Friday 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  No longer need approval and/or filling out forms until April 30. Staff will pack all bags and take out to clients.

 

SC Dept. of Social Services - updated 3/24/2020

Their Human Services staff are being encouraged to work remotely. Their Economic Services staff is on the job physically to continue processing SNAP applications and renewals. Their lobby remains open so that people have access to our in-lobby drop box but the reception windows are closed.
 

Second Helpings

Second Helpings’ volunteers will continue to pick up food from food donors based on food availability. Food donors are facing unprecedented food shortages due to the volume of food people are purchasing. The donated food will go to as many agencies as possible with a focus on those agencies with fewer resources. They will work with Lowcountry Food Bank to assist in obtaining nonperishable food items for their agencies whenever possible. Fill-The-Need program will continue with limited food options on Thursdays. Healthy Food program will be placed on hold until the first of April. K-12 Food Rescue Program will be suspended until schools open again.

 

St. Franciscan Center

Pantry open 10:00 a.m. to 12 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday. Store is closed.

 

Sandbox Children's Museum

Closed until at least March 30. Activities are provided on the Facebook page.

 

The Lending Room

Closed and are responding to emergency needs only. They are keeping tabs on hospital beds should they be needed to open make-shift clinics. So far, they have access to 7.

 

The Literacy Center

All classes suspended until the end of the month.

 

Volunteers In Medicine Hilton Head Island

To remain open the remainder of this week for appointed patients only. Currently cancelling all medical, dental, mental health and wellness appointments from March 23 – April 3. Prescription refills may be requested over the phone 843-681-6612 x 237 English and x 252 Spanish.