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Listed below are some resources that may be able to provide assistance to you and your family during times of need. You should contact the agency to see if you qualify for assistance. Please be aware that programs and services change and it is your responsibility to determine if a program meets your needs. This is the most recent information available to the UAB Benevolent Fund Employee Emergency Assistance Program.

  • Emergency Assistance and Community Services

    American Red Cross

    Phone: 205-439-7800

    Disaster (fire, tornado, flood, etc.) services; service to military Assistance for energy bills to low-income families facing financial and/or medical emergencies

    Bridge Ministries

    Phone: 205-930-0309

    Food, clothing and emergency assistance for utilities and rent to low-income in Birmingham area.

    Catholic Center of Concern

    Phone: 205-786-4388

    Food, clothing, furniture and financial assistance to low-income families. Open Monday – Thursday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. First come, first served.

    Greater Birmingham Ministries

    Phone: 205-326-6821

    Food, clothing and financial assistance with utilities and prescriptions

    Independent Presbyterian Church

    Phone: 205-933-1830

    Food, prescription, utility and clothing assistance for people in need

    Salvation Army

    Phone: 205-328-5656

    Emergency financial assistance, disaster relief services

    The Foundry Ministries

    Phone: 205-428-8449

    Food, clothing, furniture vouchers and medical assistance to qualifying men, women and children in need. Crisis only. Must have a referral.

    Urban Ministry

    Phone: 205-781-0517

    Food, prescription and utility assistance to families in need

  • Children’s Services

    ALL Kids/SOBRA Medicaid

    Phone: 1-888-373-5437

    Healthcare for low-income children under age 19; apply online at www.adph.org/allkids

    Child Care Central

    Phone: 205-941-0115

    Childcare financial assistance for qualifying low-income families

    Childcare Resources

    Phone: 205-252-1991

    Childcare information and counseling

    Jefferson County Child Development Council

    Phone: 205-933-1095

    Head Start and Early Head Start family childcare for qualifying families

  • Domestic Violence Services

    One Place Metro Alabama Family Justice Center

    Phone: 205-453-7261

    Offers a variety of resources, including legal assistance, counseling, emergency and transitional housing, safety planning, public benefits assistance and more

    YWCA Crisis Hotline

    Phone: 205-322-4878

    Callers are assessed for shelter and safety planning; referred to YWCA victim advocate to navigate additional services

  • Housing

    Legal Services Alabama

    Phone: 1-888-909-0130

    Free hotline staffed by a legal aid lawyer for those facing foreclosure. When calling, have the following information: all loan documents, payment records including cancelled checks or bank statements and correspondence with the lender.

    US Department of Housing and Urban Development

    Phone: 205-731-2630

    Offers information and resources related to purchasing a home, avoiding foreclosure, affordable apartments, rental assistance and public housing; Low to moderate income housing programs; rent supplements

  • Medical Co-payment Assistance Programs

    Assistance varies between programs and even illness/disease. Some programs only help with co-pays incurred after eligibility is determined and others have a look back period ranging from 30 days – 1 year. Payments can be made to your doctor/hospital/pharmacy or they will reimburse you for funds you have already paid if you qualify. The funds are fluid and you should constantly check back to see if funds are available.


    Phone: 1-866-552-6729

    Offers financial assistance, counseling, support groups and more for cancer patients

    Healthwell Foundation

    Phone: 1-800-675-8416

    Helping the underinsured afford critical medical treatments

    Leukemia Lymphoma Society

    Phone: 1-877-557-2672

    Provides financial assistance for treatment and prescription medicine for eligible patients

    My Good Days

    Phone: 1-877-968-7233

    Provides resources for life-saving and life-extending treatments

    Patient Access Network Foundation

    Phone: 1-866-316-7263

    Helps underinsured afford medication

    Patient Advocate Foundation

    Phone: 1-866-512-3861

    Helps cover costs of medication and treatments

  • Miscellaneous Services

    CommuteSmart Program

    Phone: 1-877-433-62734

    If you are in need of transportation assistance, need to decrease transportation expenses or want to be paid to carpool, walk or take the bus, please visit the website and click on “Birmingham.”


    Phone: 205-510-2600

    Financial Counseling helps people get out of debt, avoid bankruptcy or foreclosure, improve their credit score and learn to manage their money.

    Government Benefits Website

    Asks you questions about your situation and lets you know if you qualify for any of over 1,000 federal or state government benefit programs, including food stamps, housing assistance, Social Security, grants/scholarships/fellowships and more.

    Jefferson County DHR Financial Assistance Office

    Phone: 205-423-4300

    Food stamps, TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families), Medicaid applications. To apply for food stamps online visit the following website myalabama.gov

    Jefferson County DHR Child Support

    Phone: 205-423-4460

    Provides monitoring and enforcement on court-ordered child support cases

    Jefferson County Department of Health

    Phone: 205-558-2144

    Apply online for the WIC program, which provides supplemental food for pregnant or breastfeeding women, infants and children

    Kid One Transport System

    Phone: 205-978-1000

    Transport children and expectant mothers to medical (physical and mental health) appointments

    Legal Services Alabama

    Phone: 205- 328-3540

    Legal representation in civil matters for low-income families

    Literacy Council of Central Alabama

    Phone: 205-326-1925

    Information and referral to adult and child literacy programs

    Social Security Administration – Jefferson County

    Phone: : 1-800-772-1213 (call 7:00 am – 7:00 pm CST)

    Social Security cash benefits for disabled persons and dependents, survivors and dependents

    United Way 211

    Phone: 1-888-421-1266 or 211

    Offers help paying bills, finding food and other needs, including financial, educational and medical. Free tax preparation to those who qualify.

    Volunteer Lawyers Birmingham

    Phone: 205-250-5198

    Volunteer attorneys who provide free legal services to low-income citizens unable to afford attorneys for civil legal problems

  • UAB Employee Assistance & Counseling Center

    Employee Assistance & Counseling Center

    Phone: 205-934-2281

    This is one of your benefits as a UAB employee. A strictly confidential counseling and employee assistance program providing employees and their families with resources for resolving work-related and personal problems. At no cost, up to 15 individual, couples and family counseling sessions are provided each year to assist you in clarifying issues, exploring options, and finding solutions. Single goal oriented therapy sessions that deal with one issue are offered. Financial Counseling, Case Management, and Life Coaching are provided free of charge. A variety of other resources around stress management and well-being are available free of charge.