Public Assistance Agencies
Below are links and a brief description of the services each agency offers. Click on the links to obtain more detailed information.
American Red Cross Southeastern Pennsylvania seeks to help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to natural and human-caused disasters through the immediate mobilization of people and resources and the provision of community, workplace, and school-based training.
Beyond disaster relief, the Chapter delivers Community Disaster Education, First Aid/CPR, HIV/AIDS prevention, and other types of life-saving health and safety training to thousands of people across our region to help people prevent, prepare, and respond to emergencies. This training targets underprivileged youth and families living in disaster-prone neighborhoods and/or at-risk for negative health outcomes. The Red Cross is also the Congressionally-mandated agent of communication between every person serving in the United States Military and their family members.
Bucks County Department of Health and Human Services oversees the County administered programs delivering social services and health to residents of Bucks County including programs for the aging, mental health dervices, children and youths as well as welfare assistance.
Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership provides health improvement programs for free/low cost to families meeting income eligilbity requirements. The program does include a children’s dental program.
Pennridge F.I.S.H. is a Christian non-profit IRS 501 [c] 3 corporation and is registered with the Pennsylvania Department of State as non-profit with permission to solicit tax-exempt contributions. FISH is a 100% volunteer service provider to the needy in the Pennridge School District and their professional services are provided pro bono. FISH maintains a food pantry and clothing outlet. Food and clothing are donated by local churches, businesses, social organizations and individuals. FISH receives food from the USDA Emergency Food Assistance Program [TEFAP] and Pennsylvania State Food Purchase Program [SFPP]. In addition FISH supplements these donations with purchased food from Philabundance and local food suppliers and markets. The clothing outlet is supplied with donated clothing from the community.
Clients can come to the pantry and clothing outlet during their regular hours, Monday and Wednesday 3-5 PM, Thursday evening 6-8 PM, Friday and Saturday 9-11 AM. No appointment is necessary.
FISH offers Emergency Financial Assistance as a bridge to help clients in the Pennridge community when crisis arises in their lives. This is not to be considered welfare but one-time help until the client can establish a permanent solution to the financial needs. Clients must fill out an application and supply documentation indicating their residence in Pennridge and proving the need. These payments are never made to the client but paid to their landlord or utility provider. FISH also offers Christmas help with food, toys and gifts to those in need.
There is never a charge to the clients. All services are provided free. All clients are serviced without discrimination of race, religion or national origin.