Housing Assistance and Utility Cut-off Prevention Assistance
Because we seek to ‘Fill the Gaps’ in available government assistance programs, we generally ask people to first seek emergency assistance from the County in which they live. When public resources cannot fully meet the need, our housing and utility assistance programs are designed to assist with housing deposits; rent or mortgage assistance, or assistance to avoid utility disconnections. (When funds are available and the client meets our guidelines for assistance).
The ministry provides a limited number of Thirty Day Bus Passes for the Sioux Area Metro. These passes are available for those who are in active job search or have just started employment, but have not yet received their first paycheck. Because of the high need for transportation assistance in the Sioux Empire, these passes are often distributed within the first half of the month.
In addition to bus passes, we are also able to distribute a very limited number of gas vouchers for those who depend on their vehicle to get to and from work and do not have easy access to a bus route. Gas Vouchers are limited to those in need who have just started work, but who have not yet received their first paycheck.
Care Repair Assistance
The Community Outreach is proud to partner with NeedsFree to provide assistance through the NeedsFree Car Repair program.
Through partnerships with local garages and service providers, Needs Free Car Repair is able to provide a voucher for small car repairs and maintenance. To learn more about the specifics and qualifications for this program, contact us at 605-331-3935.
Assistance with necessities for a new apartment
Another program offered by NeedsFree is Welcome Home. This program is designed for those who are entering a new living arrangement without basic household supplies. NeedsFree is able to provide basic household items including soap, pots & pans, towels, sheets, and similar items to those in need. Many times recipients of this program are new to the community and are striving to be self-sufficient. The Community Outreach identifies qualifying families and refers them to the NeedsFree Welcome Home team.