Emergency Services

Our emergency services programs are income based and provide outreach to individuals and families in crisis.

senior christmas programprovides meal and gift boxes to low income seniors age 60+

Through a partnership with the Calhoun First United Methodist Church and the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals Group we provide meal boxes, gift certificates to a local grocery store, and gift boxes to seniors.  To qualify seniors must be at least 60 and fall at or below 125% of Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.  Signups accepted October through November.   

In 2018 we provided Christmas meal boxes to 1,344 individuals.

Showers and Laundrylaundry and showers available by appointment monday-friday 9 AM to 2 PM

We provide shower and laundry services to homeless individuals in need.  We provide toiletries and laundry detergent.  This service is available by appointment by calling 706-629-7283.  In 2018 our showers were utilized 288 times and our laundry was utilized 476 times!

emergency financial assistancehelps prevent loss of utilities and eviction

This service is available to Gordon County residents who are at risk of utility disconnection or eviction.  Individuals and families must be at or below 125% of Federal Poverty Income Guidelines or have a verifiable emergency.  This service is available by appointment by calling 706-629-7283.  

In 2018 we prevented loss of utilities for 166 families and prevented eviction for 86 families!

Food pantryoperates monday-friday from 9am -2pm

Our food pantry is available to individuals and families living in Gordon County who are at or below 140% of Federal Poverty Income Guidelines, once every 30 days.  To request assistance please visit our offices during food pantry hours and present your Picture ID, Proof of Income for all household members, and Proof of Gordon County residency via a utility bill, lease agreement, or rent receipt.  

In 2018 we provided 2,997 families food bags which reached 7,907 individuals!

Bridge programprovides emergency shelter to families who are homeless

​​This program provides temporary emergency shelter for Gordon County families with children who are homeless or facing eviction.  This program provides extensive case management services to help families establish permanent housing.  This is a work-based program which requires all adults to actively seek employment.  Individuals must have an eviction notice or referral from Domestic Violence, Department of Family and Children Services, or another partner agency to qualify. 

The Bridge case manager may be reached at 706-659-2004 or via email at bridge@voluntaryactioncenter.org.  

In 2018 there were 75 homeless families sheltered which consisted of 110 children and 118 adults!

operation happy christmasprovides toys and clothing to children from low income families

Through a longstanding partnership with AdventHealth EMS we are able to provide toys and clothing to children each Christmas.  In addition to providing for the children each family receives a Christmas meal box and gift certificate to a local grocery store.  To qualify parents/guardians must be at or below 125% of Federal Poverty Income Guidelines and complete one class offered from September-November.  Parents/guardians must submit applications for approval before November 30.   In 2018 we provided toys and clothing to 750 children!

Community Kitchen:  Serves Hot Meals Monday-Friday from 11:00AM-12:30 PM

If you or someone you know is in need of a hot meal you can visit our Community Kitchen where meals are always FREE.  There are no guidelines or criteria to eat in our kitchen.  All you have to do is show up.  In 2018 we served 26,615 hot meals!

other programsOther emergency programs are provided with referrals from partner agencies

We provide other programs on a limited basis which include thrift store vouchers for clothing and household items, toiletries, and medical equipment such as walkers, potty chairs, and crutches.

In 2018 we provided vouchers for 223 individuals and personal care items for 1,344 individuals.

Hunger Programs

We provide two programs to address the ongoing hunger issues in our community.

The Heart of a Caring Community

​Voluntary Action Center

Other Programs

Our programs are available to Gordon County residents and are always FREE.  Some of our programs are seasonal or require partner referrals.