Upstate Today

Where to turn for help in Oconee County


(March 2020 UPDATE No. 1)


  • UNITED WAY- 528 Bypass 123 Suite C Seneca 882-9743 
  • Call 2-1-1 for list of services. Also diapers, free Tax Prep help
  • Department of Social Services- 223a Kenneth St., Walhalla; 638-4400; Office hours: 8:30-5 M-F.  Services include: SNAP(Food Stamps), Family Independence Program (Financial aid to Families with dependent children).
  • Dept. of Health and Human Services:  Medicaid –223 B Kenneth St.,Walhalla, ph: 638-4420  8:30-5pm  M-F.
  • VETERANS: Office of Veterans Affairs: 638-4231, 223 Kenneth St. Walhalla, Help veterans w/ paperwork, home repairs, homelessness. Also help w/VA benefits paperwork-each Wed; KOC Hall, 1-5pm; 112 E. N. 2nd St Seneca or call Terry at 303-501-4273; Purple Heart Home Repairs for veterans contact at; Upstate Warrior Solution, connects veterans & families w/ local resources; 864-520-2073; 109-3 Sloan St. Clemson
  • LEGAL HELP-SC Legal Services -Free legal help for civil (i.e. non criminal) situations.  Call 800-763-4825 M-Th 9am to 6pm PETS: Oconee Humane Society: low cost pet spay/neuter voucher 1925 Sandifer Rd, Seneca  882-4719


  • Oconee United Ministries (was OPSF) 115 W South 1st St. Seneca; 882-0504; 9:30-11:15 Tue & Th. Help w/ rent, utility, meds.
  • SHARE (Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources)-708 East Main St, Seneca; ph-864-882-3495; office hours-8:30-5 M-F.  Services include RENT/UTILITY assistance; Must have eviction notice for rent help. Twice a year limit for heating help.
  • Salvation Army- 100 Debra St. Seneca; 882-1160; Assistance hours-M-Th. 9-noon & 1-5pm. Emergency assistance including utilities (call first for appt.), clothing, food, spiritual care, Christmas assistance, disaster services, victims of fire loss vouchers need Red Cross referral-For Red Cross disaster services call Beth at 864-449-7281
  • Golden Corner Food PANTRY: 635 Business Park Drive, Seneca, 864-882-3610; 10-12 M-F & 1ST Sat. of the month.
  • College St. Baptist: PANTRY-M/T10-1; 407 S. College St, Walhalla 638-2986; Must live in Walhalla
  • ‘SON’ Flower Closet: free CLOTHING M/T 9:30-2; 301 S. Laurel St., Walhalla, 638-2986
  • St. Luke Methodist PANTRY-4-6pm, 2nd and 4th Wed, 607 E Main St., Walhalla, 638-3628, Must live in Walhalla
  • Our Daily Bread: 106 Jordan St, Seneca; ph-882-3308; hours 11:30- 12:30 M-F & Sun Free LUNCH (TO GO meals)
  • The Soup Kitchen at Potters House Church, Hot meal 4:30-6:30 pm every other Wednesday. 311 S. John St. Walhalla
  • Calvary Church Food Ministry Pantry: 10102 Long Creek Hwy, Westminster, 1st & 3rd Monday 4:30-6:30pm
  • Dot’s Kitchen: American Legion Bldg; 205 Lucky St. Westminster.LUNCH served M-F 11:30-12:30pm -903-1791 (To Go meals)
  • We Care: 610 Piedmont St. Westminster; Food PANTRY and limited FREE CLOTHING. Thursdays only, 9am-1pm; 647-8458
  • Ann Hope United Methodist: 702 Goddard Ave. Seneca; Wednesday evening DINNER at 6pm. 882-5502

Local Thrift Stores

  • Salvation Army– Thrift Store 104 Colonial Plaza Drive, Seneca, 882-7450, 10-5 M-F; 9-5 Sat. For vouchers call 882-1160.
  • Collins Children’s Home Thrift Store: No special programs; 540 W. N.1st Street, Seneca, SC; 882-4250; 10-5 Tues-Sat
  • Goodwill Thrift– 1616 Sandifer Blvd (near Walmart), 882-2600, 9-9 M-Sat; 1-5 Sun. Sundays 1/2 price on some clothes
  • Potter’s Wheel Thrift Store: 119 S. College St. Walhalla. Also free clothing for families in need. Ph. 864-903-4983
  • Boys Camp Thrift. 714 W. North 1st St Seneca, 882-2734; 9-5 M-Sat & 111 E. Windsor St. Westminster, 647-4812; 9-5 Tu-Sat
  • Girls Camp Trading Post-304 W North 1st St. Seneca, 882-7008; 9-5 M-Sat & 9119 Long Creek Hwy, Westminster, 647-7014;
  • Tamassee DAR Thrift Shop – No special programs. 9695 N. Hwy 11, Tamassee, 944-2660; 9-5 Tues-Sat
  • Habitat For Humanity Thrift Store – 130 Bountyland Rd, Seneca; 864-888-2118; hours 10-4 W/Th/F; Sat 10-1.
  • Dream Center Resale Store– 11011 N Radio Station Road, 10-6 M-Sat 864-614-8008; Earn Dream $ to spend at store by attending Lifepoint Church classes on parentlng, budgeting, & life skills. -108 E N 1st St., Seneca; call 864-280-4876
  • The Struggle, 100 N Cherry St., Seneca 864-324-7691, 10-4 M-Sat.
  • Beacon of Hope Thrift-1797 Blue Ridge Blvd, in Oconee Alum. Products bldg. Open 1st Sat 9-noon; “free” clothes, 723-4267


  • SC Works (Unemployment Office)—at Quickjobs Development Center-104 Vocational Dr. Seneca, 8:30-5 M-F. 864-646-1741 Job placement assistance, resource center for job seekers, resume preparation assistance, job preparation workshops.
  • Goodwill Job Connection: 1616 Sandifer Blvd. 864-482-7857: M-F 9-12; 1-4:30 (ask for Alison). Employment help: on-line job applications, job leads, resume/cover letter help, copy/fax machine, readiness workshops/counseling/non-computer literate help
  • Jobs for those with criminal records: SCWorks/GJC have a list of ‘2nd chance’ companies.
  • Ride To Work Ministry Nonprofit Inc.– low cost transportation to/from work only. Apply at website:
  • Jobs for Seniors: Call toll free 855-850-2525.  AARP free job search guide & sign up for info session at Tri County Tech
  • Jobs for those with disabilities: Vocational Rehabilitation of SC 1951 Wells Hwy, Seneca; 882-6669; hrs: 8:30-5 M-F. Vocational & medical assessment of a person’s ability to work even if disabled. Train at the on-site factory/locate a job with a local business. All services free.  Tribble Center:; 882-6347; hours 8-4 M-F. Jobs at local employers for disabled clients.
  • Oconee Adult Education Office; 315 Holland Ave. Seneca, 886-4429; Assists adults in becoming literate, obtaining a GED, and improving knowledge/skills for employment. Also ESL/GED Hispanic help. All capability levels are welcome & will receive help. Palmetto Youth Connections –help youth 17-24 obtain workforce training, GED & occupational skills. Emphasis on jobs, attending post-secondary or enlisting in the military. Supportive services/individual career coaching. Call 886-4467 (Annmarie)
  • Tamasee DAR School– Industrial Education. Boarding/rides if homeless/aged out youth/can’t commute. Jon at 944-1390×103
  • TriCountyTech 1-6 mo training for a better paying job-call 864-646-1718 or Westminster campus 864-646-8282. Also, their I-BEST no-cost 14 week manufacturing & healthcare pathway programs with job placement assistance-864-646-1461.
  • Affordable Child Care- go to over 30 local child care facilities or contact Oconee County First Steps-985-8739 or 882-3342; Vouchers available from DSS (see above)


  • Ripple of One-in the educational building of Seneca Presbyterian Church 115 W. S. First St. Seneca, 882-8777; Services include: Financial & lifestyle Counseling to help families escape poverty using a plan to move toward self-sufficiency.
  • Heath’s Haven: 523 Hwy 123. Suite F, Seneca. 710-4085 Training to promote healthy, nurturing relationships with children.  
  • SCHOOL PROGRAMS for KIDS-contact your school’s guidance office; Grace’s Closet (located in each school) –FREE FOOD, CLOTHING, HYGIENE ITEMS & SCHOOL SUPPLIES ( or Julie-ann Shannon at 864-557-9399)
  • Safe Harbor: M-F 8:30 to 5pm; 467-3636, Counseling/shelter for victims of domestic violence; 24/7 Crisis line 800-291-2139
  • FamilyConnection SC- 864-231-8100; Help for children with special healthcare needs including autism, ADHD, asthma, others.
  • Foothills Care Center:  207 Main Street, Seneca, 882-8796; M-Th 9-12 & 2-5. Maternity/infant clothes; baby food & supplies, pregnancy testing/education, parenting help, sexual health screenings, limited OB Ultrasounds. All services free/confidential.
  • The Parenting Place, 864-898-5583 Free home visits to help ensure a healthy pregnancy & child well being; also in home care
  • Collins Children’s Home:110 Collins Home Dr. Seneca; 882-0893; 8:30 to 5 M-F.  Resident care for children birth-21, life skills for resident children and their families, foster care for children, counseling, parenting classes for “at risk’ families
  • Tamassee School:1925 Bumgardner Dr. Tamassee; ph-944-1390; Residential & outreach for children from families in crisis
  • Tribble Center: 116 South Cove Road, Seneca; 882-6347; hours 8-4 M-F.  Services: adult day services, job coaching, living skills for intellectual disability, autism, and related disabilities. Early intervention for special needs children. Also ARC of Oconee Cty. 295 Market St. 864-280-6022 Able-SC: Empowering those w/ disabilities thru independent living services – 864-235-1421.
  • Foothills Alliance – sexual abuse counseling, crisis intervention, prevention/education services; 24 hr. Hotline 864-231-7273
  • Respite Care: for caregivers of seniors with early/mid-stage dementia providing them w/ activities/social interaction.Thurs.1-4 pm;  Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 214 Northampton Road, Seneca.  864-973-7590
  • Fostering Faithfully– faithbased program for foster parents.864-539-2133 905 E. Main St. Walhalla;


  • Oconee Mental Health Clinic: 115 Carter Park Dr, Seneca.  Call 885-0157 M-F 8:30am-5pm. Give name, phone no., & info.
  • A counselor will contact you in 24hrs. Very low cost options available. Suicide Hotlines:911 or 1-800-784-2433 or 864-885-0157
  • Christ Central Ministries: Ash Tree Substance Abuse recovery program for men–864-638-3322;
  • Families Fighting Addiction support – 2nd Mon. each month at 6:30pm-at North Walhalla Church of God. 864-638-3322
  • Anderson-Oconee Behavioral Health-691 South Oak St., Seneca, 882-7563; M-Th 8am-5pm; Provides substance abuse
  • assessment & treatment for alcohol, drugs, gambling, smoking, anger management.
  • Alcoholics AnonymousOconee/Pickens area toll-free number is 877-544-8426
  • SC Voc Rehab Substance Abuse Treatment– contact local office 1951 Wells Highway; 882-6669.
  • NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness: 882-5131; FREE educational meetings & courses;support groups.
  • Celebrate Recovery– A Christian twelve-step program designed to facilitate recovery from a wide variety of troubling behavior patterns- Grace Baptist Church-888-0703 Wed. 6:45-8pm; Welcome Wesleyan Church-280-3962 Fridays, 6:30-9pm;


  • Oconee Public Health Dept. – 609 N. Townville St. Seneca, 882-2245. Immunizations, Women,Infants & Children (WIC), Family planning. STD/HIV testing, Help is free/on a sliding scale. Quit Smoking:800-784-8669 Free help (nicotine patches)
  • Rosa Clark Medical Clinic: 301 Memorial Dr.; ph:882-4664; hours 8-4 M-F.  Services: free clinic; medical assistance; pharmacy; dental vouchers for critical dental needs; SNAP applications; Mental health/substance abuse counseling (expanded hours starting April 1st)
  • Low Cost Dentures: Affordable Dentures Anderson 864-261-1889; go to for discounts/coupons
  • AccessHealth Mountain Lakes: 298 Memorial Dr. Seneca, 885-7341; Call 864-522-1400 for appointment, M-F, 8-4:30. Help for uninsured/limited income to gain access to primary care, specialists, other medical services/case management. DENTAL CLINIC: 298 Memorial Dr. 885-7550; X-rays, evaluations, extractions/cleanings for uninsured w/ limited income; by appointment.
  • Foothills Community Healthcare-110 Liberty Dr. Clemson. 722-0283; Low cost health care. MWThF 8-5:00; Tues-8-7pm
  • Anderson-Oconee Speech/Hearing-528 Bypass123,SuiteF Seneca 882-7169;Speech/hearing help; hearing aides; sliding fee
  • LIONS CLUB EYEGLASS & HEARING AID ASSISTANCE: In Seneca-Go to the SHARE office for an application-In Salem-Call
  • 770-335-4389; Walhalla-Pick up/Turn in forms at Alexander’s Office Supply, 118 E. Main St.; Westminster-call 882-1580
  • Medical Transportation- if on Medicaid call 1-866-910-7688 for a ride to/from medical appointment. Call 3 days before: M-F 8-5
  • Habitat for Humanity-130 Bountyland Rd, Seneca; ph- 864-888-2118: building homes for qualified low income
  • United Housing Connections  864-241-0462-housing/care management for those w/ mental illness/homeless/in a shelter
  • SC Regional Housing Authority-417 Tribble St, Seneca; 8-5pm; Call 885-1659 for info/appointment ; 200+ income based apts.
  • Safe Harbor-Emergency Shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children-864-467-3636 or 800-291-2139
  • Family Promise-864-644-8828; Sheltering program for families with children under 18 ; Background/drug checks required
  • Our Daily Rest-864-482-2040; 525 E. Main St., Seneca. Services: shelter, case management & counseling for individuals & families seeking housing/jobs. Interviews/applications on Wed. at 2 pm. Also ‘Rapid Rehousing’ program. Call for info.
  • Christ Central Ministries is opening an emergency shelter soon. Now taking applications.  Call 864-638-3322.
  • Mortgage Assistance- call 888-995-4673 or go to for guidance on working with lender
  • SC Home Weatherization for low income. Call 864-229-8870 or go to (program links->weatherization)


  • BaptistContact Rev. David Shirley at Beaverdam Baptist Association, 882-7070. Covers 63 local Baptist churches.
  • CatholicContact Father Bill Hearne at 864-882-8551 Saint Paul the Apostle, 170 Bountyland Road, Seneca
  • Foothills Church- 505 Bountyland Road, Seneca, 864-888-8008
  • LutheranEternal Shepherd, 220 Carson Rd. Seneca, Pastor David Hammer, 882-3209; St. John’s – 301 W. Main St., Seneca,
  • Methodist- St. Mark United– 616 Quincy Rd. Seneca, Pastor Todd Davis (864) 882-2603. Food box once every six mos./family.
  • Lifepoint – 1926 Blue Ridge Blvd. 882-8131 partnered w/ The Dream Center
  • PresbyterianSeneca Presbyterian – 115 W South 1st St., Seneca, Rev. Mike Shelton 882-2505 Fort Hill Presbyterian, 101 Edgewood Ave., Clemson, Rev. Laura Conrad; Oconee Assoc Reformed Presbyterian, 121 Rochester Hwy, Seneca
  • FOR SENIORS: Senior Solutions:101 Perry Avenue, Seneca; ph-864-885-1000; hours 8-5 M-FServices: transportation for seniors, senior activity center, congregational dining, home bound support, arts & crafts; home-delivered meals, adult day care  information/referral service for senior-related topics-financial, legal and mobility issues; Medicare counseling, help with food stamps (SNAP)& Medicaid; Low-Income Subsidy (help w/ drug prescriptions); Finding senior housing/assisted living, home care; personal care items for the home; help with paperwork for insurance and other matters that are often confusing to seniors.