Basic Needs

Basic Needs assistance helps impoverished people in crisis successfully navigate the systems of service that exist in our community. Our most commonly requested services in this program area include:

Food

  • Pantry referrals
  • Food stamps and TANF
  • Working with the Department of Human Services (DHS)
  • Healthy eating resources

Mental Health

  • Sexual assault victim support services
  • Mental health support groups and service referrals
  • Spanish-speaking support group for lesbian/bisexual Latinas

Family

  • Assistance navigating divorce, child custody, and child support issues
  • Child Protective Services concerns
  • Parenting concerns (teenage runaways, youth substance abuse problems, gang affiliation concerns, law enforcement problems and juvenile crime issues, etc.)
  • Day care assistance
  • Paperwork and vital records
  • Assistance with victims of crime and interactions with law enforcement
  • Emergency shut-off assistance
  • Paperwork and vital records

Workplace

  • Wage and hour labor concerns
  • Employ-ability assistance
  • Civil rights concerns

Medical

  • Medicaid/medicare assistance
  • Healthcare system navigation assistance
  • Physician look-up
  • Income-based facilities
  • Advocacy
  • Chronic and catastrophic health problems impacting uninsured households

For more information, contact Deisy Madrigal, Director of Family Support Services:

dmadrigal@hispanic-center.org

616.742.0223