Where to get help during tough times

The needs of area residents seem to multiply during the approaching colder months. Heating costs, food supplies, and clothing needs intensify during this time of the year. However, the Tennessee Valley is fortunate to have a host of resources available to those who have hit hard times.  

Area resources: Where to find help during tough times

October 10, 2017

Where to get help during tough times 

People living in the Tennessee Valley regularly live out Redstone Federal Credit Union’s philosophy of  “People Helping People.’’ That philosophy is alive and well when you consider all the resources available to those in our community who are in need.

Redstone Federal Credit Union taps into those resources to help our members who come to us for help. 

We are uniquely positioned as a community advocate because of our legacy of community support – through sponsorships and through volunteerism.

Dialing 2-1-1 should always be your first phone call if seeking resources. It is operated by United Way and pulls together various organizations from throughout the area.

We’ve put together a list of resources for members who may need them. This list is not exhaustive, but may put you on the right path.

EMERGENCY NEEDS: When basic needs are not being met, it affects so many other aspects of your life.  When members tell us they need food, utilities help or shelter, Redstone reaches out to its community partners.

TRANSITIONAL HOUSING:  Sometimes a dramatic life event can create instability in a family, which can lead to them losing their home or becoming evicted. Some agencies specialize in providing housing to families until they can get back on their feet.   

  • Family Services Center offers the LIFT Housing Program that provides housing for homeless and soon-to-be homeless families.
  • New Futures Family Lodge is a 14-room facility, with dormitory style rooms where homeless families can stay together.
  • Hope Place is a safe shelter for victims of domestic abuse and their children.

FINANCIAL: When you need help creating a budget or help making your paycheck stretch until payday, here are some options.

  • Balance Financial Fitness Program offers free and confidential financial counseling and education online and by telephone. Call 888-456-2227 or click here for FREE financial counseling.
  • Redstone’s accredited financial counselors offer in-person consultations. Call them at 256-722-3796 to schedule an appointment.
  • Short-term loans at Redstone are designed to help members build or rebuild their credit. We offer lower fees and rates than most payday lenders.

Redstone relishes its role as a trusted advisor in the community and appreciates all the organizations, churches and individuals who lend a helping hand to make life a little brighter for everyone.  

Looking for Volunteer Opportunities?

Check out our Charity Finders posts to learn more about local charities that could use your help! Find out how you can get involved with these great organizations throughout the Tennessee Valley. 

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