Cherokee County Resources

Cherokee County Resources

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Applications *Online* for Multiple Services

The Benefit Bank ® of South Carolina

Services: Applications *online* for multiple services—Eligibility screening tool, food assistance, health coverage, home energy assistance, IRS-certified tax assistance and filing service

Service Area: Statewide

SC Thrive Website
The Benefit Bank Website

Children's Services

Department of Social Services / Cherokee County DSS

Services: Serving children and families with protective services, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps), Family Independence (FI) aka Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF)


Service Area:  Cherokee County

Address:  1434 N Limestone St, Gaffney, SC  29342

Phone:  (864) 487-2704

Fax, SNAP / Family Independence: (864) 487-2512

After Hours Reporting, Abuse & Neglect:  (864) 487-2747

After Hours Reporting, Child and Adult Protective Services:  911


SAFE Homes Rape Crisis Coalition

Services:  24-hour Hotline, Shelter, Legal Advocacy, Individual and Family Therapy, and 24-hour Hospital Accompaniment for Sexual Assault Survivors

Service Area: Spartanburg, Cherokee and Union

Cherokee County Office:  405 North Logan St, Gaffney, SC

Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

Phone & Local Hotline:  (864) 583-9803 (Same for Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union)

Toll Free Hotline:  (800) 273-5066


Hotlines for Other Organizations (provided on SHRCC site)

National Domestic Violence Hotline

(800) 799-SAFE (7233)

TTY (800) 787-3224                                                                                                                                               Chat online:

National Sexual Assault Hotline (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)

(800) 656-HOPE (4673)                                                                                                                                       Chat online:

Love Is Respect

(866) 331-9474

TTY (866) 331-8453

Text: loveis to 22522

Chat online:

Emergency Assistance

American Red Cross – Upstate South Carolina Chapter

Services:  Provides emergency relief due to disaster; emergency communication for military personnel and family; provide first aid and CPR instruction; provides Certified Nurse Assistance course and Friendly Visitor program for elderly

Service Areas: Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, and Union Counties

American Red Cross Website:

Greenville / Home Office

Greenville Address: 940 Grove Rd, Greenville, SC  29605

Phone: (864) 271-8222

Office Hours:  8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

Spartanburg Office – Service Area: Cherokee, Spartanburg, and Union counties

Spartanburg Address:  101 N Pine St Ste 3E, Mailbox 15B, Spartanburg, SC  29302

Spartanburg Phone:  (864) 583-8000

Office Hours:  8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday (Hours may vary.) 

Catholic Charities of the Piedmont

Services: Catholic Charities of the Piedmont helps individuals in the Piedmont region of South Carolina who are in need. An emphasis is placed on lower income and homeless persons. Direct services and advocacy are provided by staff or volunteers or they are purchased in the community. Services are provided according to funds and resources available to the Charity at the time a request is made.

Service areas:  Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Newberry, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, and Union

Address: 204 Douthit St Ste A1, Greenville, SC 29601

Hours of Operation:  8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday (closed on Diocesan holidays)

Phone Number: (864) 242-2233

Hotline:  (855) 377-1357

Fax Number: (864) 242-1387


Iron City Ministries

Services:  When funds available – Provides assistance with prescriptions for the elderly and the indigent, help with rent, utilities, power bills, clothing, and food

Service Area:  Cherokee County

Address: 109 W Cherokee St, Blacksburg, SC  29702

Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday

Phone Number:  (864) 839-9783


Piedmont Community Actions


Early Head Start:  Serves pregnant women, infants, and toddlers up to age 3, working to help meet their needs during this time of development

Head Start Program:  Prepares 3 and 4-year-olds to enter kindergarten

Child Development:  Focuses on the development of a child as a whole person from 9 months through age 5

Community Services Block Grant Program (CSBG):  Creates strategic programs which provide a continuum of services to assist low-income individuals & families in becoming more financially independent; Provides community direct and case management services; The Employment Training Program at Piedmont Community Actions (PCA)—Offers a variety of services and classes designed to provide clients with adequate training to overcome barriers to self-sufficiency

Low Income Energy Assistance Program:  Assists low-income with their energy costs, available both in the winter and summer to help with heating and cooling needs; Emergency program provided for low income families who may find themselves without heat or in danger of having their heat disconnected, and are without funds to pay their energy bill – May also be available for cooling if medically necessary

Youth Leadership Program (YLP):  Provides new options and opportunities for positive development to youths, grades 9th to 12th, who are deficient in basic literacy skills, requiring additional assistance

Senior Housing:  Apartment homes for the moderate income seniors under the HUD 202 program – Age requirement of 62 or older – Section 8 assistance is often available for lower income seniors for the complexes located in Woodruff and Inman

Programs Service Area: Cherokee & Spartanburg counties

Senior Housing Service Area:  Woodruff, SC; Inman, SC; and Greenville, SC

Street Address:  300 S Daniel Morgan Ave, Spartanburg, SC, 29306-3004

Mailing Address:  PO Box 5374, Spartanburg, SC  29304-5374

Phone: (864) 585-8183

Fax:  (864) 585-5152

Office Hours:  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Monday – Friday

Head Start Center, Spartanburg:  (864) 342-4722

Head Start Center, New Prospect:  (864) 592-1970

Head Start Center, Cowpens:  (864) 279-6313

Head Start Center, Gaffney:  (864) 489-0279

Head Start Center, Chesnee:  (864) 461-5002

Head Start Center, Inman:  (864) 472-4522


Salvation Army – Cherokee

Services: Financial assistance – Food, clothing, medication, utilities (when funds are available), and furniture and clothing after a fire; Involvement with county Disaster Services; Character building programs for youth; Summer camp opportunities; Mid-week adult programs

Service Area:  Cherokee County

Street Address:  601 Colonial Ave, Gaffney, SC  29340

Mailing Address: PO Box 2087, Gaffney, SC  29342

Contact: Capt. Joanne Case, ext. 204

Phone Number: (864) 489-2530

Fax Number: (864) 489-1618

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Monday – Friday

Social Services Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Monday – Friday

Gaffney Soup Kitchen:  119 E Birnie St, Gaffney, SC  29340

Soup Kitchen Phone:  (864) 488-9314

Soup Kitchen Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Monday – Saturday; 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sunday


United Way Information and Referral – 2-1-1

2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that helps people across North America find the local resources they need – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Services: Provides telephone numbers of government, private, and religious organizations that deal in human care services

Human trafficking – Sex trafficking, child labor, domestic servitude and migrant working

Crisis + Emergency – Emotionally abusive and/or physically abusive relationships, bullying, sexual assault, alcohol abuse, suicidal thoughts

Disaster assistance – UW partners with Homeland Security, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); Essential emergency management programs in local communities to provide answers, services and relief in times of natural or man-made disasters; Information on disaster preparedness, up-to-the-minute information on road closures and evacuation routes and shelters, disaster relief assistance and recovery resources, and disaster-related volunteer opportunities and relief efforts

Housing + Utilities – New housing, utilities assistance, financial support for much-needed home repairs

Health – Nutrition and wellness programs, prescription-assistance services, medical transportation option; Facts and information on vaccinations and health epidemics in local areas; Referrals to resources that offer free and confidential help with drug and alcohol addiction, support and rehabilitation; Help with understanding the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), Medicare, Medicaid, or Children’s Health Care, health care rights, medical support programs for recently diagnosed illnesses

Food – School lunch programs and summer food service programs for children; Government-sponsored programs that reduce hunger including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women Infants and Children (WIC); In-home meal delivery services, seasonal meals, and soup kitchens

Jobs + Support – Local, available job listings; Occupational and vocational training and programs that offer career counseling and resume preparation assistance; Temporary work, day-laborer opportunities, and disability and special-needs services; Resources that explain employment rights and unemployment benefits; GED test, community colleges and continuing education programs, tuition loans and grants that are available; Information about ESL (English as a Second Language) education and literacy programs for children and adults and early-learning initiatives for preschool-aged children and after-school enrichment programs

Reentry – For history of mental illness or substance abuse – support and wellness programs, individual and group counseling, safe housing options, and education opportunities in local communities; For history of incarceration – help with essential identification documentation, safe housing options upon release, rights as well as obligations, local support groups, counseling, professional wardrobe, establishing personal contact information (such as phone and email)

Veterans – Health care support, financial assistance, counseling, legal assistance, educational support, help with relocation—coping with the stress and logistics of a deployment or transitioning back into civilian life, home loans, job training, employment assistance and career counseling, veterans benefits, childcare, financial advice and planning, support groups, combatting homelessness, local food service programs, support for problems with drug and alcohol abuse, assistance in safely leaving domestic violence situations, and PTSD

Phone:  211 (24 hours 7 days a week)


SC Web Page:

Emergency Shelters - Families

Harbor of Hope (Miracle Hill)

Services: shelter for victims of abuse, designated shelter for the homeless, a centralized facility to coordinate between health providers, social workers, homeless families, abused women and their children, homeless elderly men and women, and people in need. The agency also provides three meals everyday, laundry facilities, Christian counseling, clean clothing and vital link to health, human services and other community agencies.

Address: 227, Henderson, Street, Gaffney SC 29342

Hours of Operation: Office open 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

Phone Number: (864) 488-0376

Fax Number: (864) 489-6832



DHEC / SC Department of Health and Environmental Control

DHEC Healthcare Services:  Birth Control (Family Planning), Nurse-Family Partnerships for First-Time Moms, Postpartum/Newborn Home Visits from a Nurse, Pregnancy Testing, Services for Children/Teens with Special Health Care Needs, Shots (Immunizations/Vaccinations) – Flu, Pneumonia, and Tetanus/whooping cough (pertussis), TB (Tuberculosis) Treatment, STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) Treatment, Fast Track (15 Minute) STI Test, Teen Clinics, and WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Services (for women who are pregnant, postpartum, breastfeeding or the mother of children under 5; Low-income mom may qualify for WIC – food products, health screenings, and health information for women, infants and children 5 years of age or younger.

Service Area:  Statewide


DHEC Other Services:  Vital Records – DHEC maintains and issues certified copies of birth and death certificates.

Cherokee Office:  400 South Logan, Gaffney, SC  29341

Clinic phone:  (864) 487-2705

Hours of Operation:  8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Call 1-800-868-0404 to make an appointment. Ask about extended or weekend hours.

Services:  Family planning, STD, HIV, Immunizations, WIC Certifications,

WIC Classes


Gaffney Housing Authority

Services: Provides conventional public housing with rent based upon family income and calculated in compliance with federal regulations; Excludes Section 8 program

Service Area:  Cherokee County

Street Address: 125 Beltline Rd, Gaffney, SC  29341

Mailing Address:  PO Box 1477 Gaffney, SC  29342

Office Hours:  7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday

Phone Number: (864) 489-3193

Fax Number: (864) 487-9460


Habitat for Humanity

Services:  Provides affordable homeownership opportunities to low income families

Service Area:  International organization


Cherokee County

Address:  508 W Buford St, Gaffney, SC  29341

Phone:  (864) 488-1444


Nehemiah Community Revitalization Corporation

Services:  Provides affordable housing and economic development opportunities to residents of SC and neighboring states—specifically, single family and multifamily housing development and rehabilitation, as well as the establishment of economic development opportunities, for both special needs and family households.

Service Area:  Aiken, Anderson, Cherokee (Gaffney), Greenville, Greenwood, and Spartanburg

Address:  111 S Main St Ste C, Greer, SC 29650

Phone:  (864) 655-5855 

Fax:  (864) 751-5139

Office Hours:  8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday


Pendleton Place


Assessment Center – Provides comprehensive assessments to children and families entering the foster care system in Greenville County (in collaboration with Greenville Co. DSS, GHS Children’s Hospital, and United Way of Greenville)

Connections Count:  Case management and mentors for at risk young adults and their families, ages 18-26; Referrals to local resources agencies for healthcare (physical and mental), housing, finance/employment, education, childcare/parenting, and food/nutrition

Family Bridges:  Supervised visitation and safe custody exchange—Pendleton Place’s commitment to help families establish and maintain positive parenting relationships with their children, minimizing conflict between parents while protecting children from abuse and neglect

Smith House – Residential program for girls ages 12 – 21 who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect;  Also provided—counseling, educational support, life skills training, financial literacy classes, civic engagement, and other hands-on opportunities

Service Area:  Anderson, Greenville, Laurens, Pickens, and other SC counties as needed

Address:  1133 Pendleton St, Greenville, SC  29601

Phone: (864) 467-3650

Fax: (864) 467-3645

Office Hours:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Monday – Friday


SC State Housing Finance and Development Authority


First-Time Home Buyers Program:  Assists low-to-moderate income SC families and individuals by offering a competitive market fixed interest rate mortgage loans; Offers down payment assistance based on availability, which may be used toward down payment and closing costs

Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCV) Program:  Federal government program for assisting very low income families – provided on behalf of the family or individual, participants are able to find and rent privately owned housing

Housing Trust Fund Program (HTF) Programs:  Provides financial assistance for the development, rehabilitation, and acquisition of affordable housing for low-income and very-low-income households.  Callers must be referred by an approved agency.  The list of agencies can be found at>Housing Partners>Nonprofit Participation>HTF 2017 Approved Nonprofit List.

Service Area:  Statewide

Address:  300-C Outlet Pointe Blvd, Columbia, SC  29210

Phone:  (803) 896-9001

TDD:  (803) 896-8831

Office Hours:  8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday


Housing Repairs

South Carolina Housing Trust FundSee SC State Housing Finance and Development Authority (under housing)

Inmate, Parolee and Family Counseling

Alston Wilkes Society

Services: Rehabilitative and prevention services (inmate and parolee), community service program, treatment foster care, youth clinical day program, veterans’ services

Service Area: Greenville, Anderson, Saluda, McCormick, Abbeville, Edgefield, Pickens, Oconee, Laurens, Greenwood, Abbeville, Lancaster, Chester, York, Cherokee, Union, and Spartanburg Counties (services statewide)


Corporate Office Address:  3519 Medical Dr, Columbia, SC  29203

Phone: (803) 799-2490
Toll Free: 1-844-AWS-1962
Fax: (803) 540-7223 

Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

Greenville Address:  614 Pendleton St, Greenville, SC 29601

Phone:  (864) 242-0808

Alternate Phone: (864) 282-4528
Fax: (803) 282-4599

Anderson Address:  210 N McDuffie St # Ll5, Anderson, SC  29621

Phone:   (864) 260-9510

See Also:

Legal Services

South Carolina Legal Services

(Formerly a separate organization, SC Center for Equal Justice)

South Carolina Legal Services (SCLS) provides free legal services in a wide variety of civil (non-criminal) legal matters to eligible low income residents of South Carolina. SCLS is a non-profit corporation.

Legal Services:

Service Priorities for 2014, pdf doc LINK

Consumer/Finance – Bankruptcy/debtor relief (chapter 7 &13 to save a home, car, or medically necessary equipment, or where there is substantial harassment from creditors affecting mental and/or physical well-being of client); collection including repossession/deficiency/garnishment where the client has been served with pleading or property has been repossessed or where the client disputes the debt or the amount of the debt, contacts/warranties; creditor practices/harassment; predatory lending practices;  public utilities; unfair sales practices; etc.

Education – Ensure and maintain access—expulsion and suspension; special education; access—bilingual, residency, testing, enrollment, vocational rehabilitation, student financial aid; etc.

Employment – Employment discrimination, wage claims, Earned Income Tax Credit, other taxes, employee rights, wrongful termination, problems preventing employment (such as driver’s license suspension), etc.

Family – Adoption where an increased economic benefit can be obtained, custody, divorce/separation/annulment, name change, guardianship and conservatorship issues, domestic abuse (where necessary, to include assistance in getting orders of protection), child support reductions (where the obligor is disabled and/or has a disability case pending with supporting medical documentation, the obligor is involuntarily unemployed and actively seeking employment, or where the obligor is within the self-support reserve amount of monthly income and is not voluntarily underemployed), etc.

Health care access – Medicaid, Medicare, government children’s health insurance programs, home and community based care, private health insurance, long term health care facilities, state and local, etc. 

Housing rights

Federally subsidized housing (section 8)—Evictions, access to quality housing, obtaining necessary repairs to rented housing, resolving problems with subsidized housing providers, utility cutoffs/ouster, and security deposit returns

Homeownership/Real property (not foreclosure)—Access to quality housing; obtaining or maintaining ownership of homes or real property; loan closings granted by SC Help for persons unable to pay due to unemployment, divorce, illness, etc. and eligible for the forgivable loans

Private landlord/tenant—Evictions, access to quality housing, obtaining necessary repairs to rented housing, utility cutoffs/ouster, and security deposit returns

Public housing – Evictions, access to quality housing, obtaining necessary repairs to rented housing, resolving problems with subsidized housing providers, utility cutoffs/ouster, and security deposit returns

Income maintenance / Public benefits – Social security [not SSDI], SNAP, unemployment compensation, veterans’ benefits, state and local income maintenance, etc.

Individual rights – Immigration cases for victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and other serious crimes with applications for T, U visa, VAWA self-petitions, and battered spouse waivers

Miscellaneous and Elder law – Legal assistance to non-profit organizations or group (including incorporation/dissolution), Indian/tribal law, wills/estates, drafting and execution of power of attorney, health care power of attorney, and living will, probating estates, heirs’ property issues, etc.

Emergencies – Secure or preserve the necessities of life, protect against or eliminate a significant risk to the health or safety of the client or immediate family members, etc.

Service Area:  Statewide


Web Page:

Spartanburg Office
Serving: Cherokee, Spartanburg, and Union Counties
Address:  148 E Main St, Spartanburg, SC  29306
Phone: (864) 582-0369
Toll Free: (800) 922-8176

Fax: (864) 582-0302

Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; 8:30 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday

Mental Health

Cherokee County Mental Health Association

Service: serves individuals with mental health issues

Exception/ Criteria: must have a mental illness

Address: 125 East Robinson Street, Gaffney, SC 29340

Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

Phone Number: (864) 487-2710

Fax Number: (864) 487-2729


Door of Hope 4 Teens (& 21 and over)

Services:  Cutting / Self-harm Hotline provided by Christian organization – Trained crisis care advocates respond to text messages, phone calls, and e-mails.  Growth group meets in Charlotte, NC.

Service Area:  International

Location:  Regent Park, Fort Mill, SC  29715

Phone:  (803) 570-2061 or (914) 393-1904

Hey Wire:  (805) 517-85779

E-mail Address:

Hours of Operation:  8:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. EST Sunday – Thursday

Website / Web Pages:

Mental Health America – Crisis Line

Crisis Line:  1-800-868-4878 – crisis line (for all of Upstate)

Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day and 7 days a week

Mailing Address:  PO Box 1925, Anderson, SC  29622

Phone:  (864) 984-0635



MHA of Greenville County

Crisis Line:  (864) 271-8888

Phone: (864) 467-3344

Address: 429 North Main St Ste 2, Greenville, SC 29601            



South Carolina Department of Mental Health

Services:  Provides outpatient mental health services for adults, adolescents, and children; Provides in-patient services in some counties;

Comprehensive Care Assessment – identifies medical, dental, housing, employment, education, behavioral, or other community support needs and links patients to resources and monitors until successful completion;

Individual Placement and Support (IPS) program – Affords those with severe mental illness the opportunity for employment in viable and valid work settings with supportive assistance as needed on-site;

Community residential care facilities (CRCF)  – Offers room and board and which, unlike boarding homes, provide a degree of personal care for a period of time in excess of 24 consecutive hours for two or more persons, 18 years old or older – Licensed and monitored by the SC DHEC’s Division of Health Licensing – Designed to accommodate residents’ changing needs and preferences, maximize residents’ dignity, autonomy, privacy, independence, and safety and encourage family and community involvement – Licensed as community residential care facilities, but may be referred to as "assisted living facilities"

The Housing and Homeless Programs – Provides technical assistance and funding through vendor contracts to organizations, primarily non-profit organizations, that provide housing and services to persons with severe and persistent mental illnesses – Provides people with mental illness the opportunity to live independently in the community of their choice with dignity and respect

Service Area:  Statewide

Website (for the state):

Cherokee Mental Health Clinic

Address:  125 East Robinson St, Gaffney, SC  29340-3723

V/TTY:  (864) 487-2710

Fax:  (864) 487-2729

Senior Services

Senior Centers of Cherokee County

Services:  Provides vital services at two senior centers, one in Gaffney and one in Blacksburg, including access to medical care, respite care, nutrition, transportation, outreach, education, socialization, family care-giving services, and other aids that promote independent living

Service Area:  Cherokee County

Office Address:  499 W Rutledge Ave, Gaffney, SC  29341

Phone:  (864) 487-2726

Blacksburg Location:  301 W Pine St, Blacksburg, SC  29702

Gaffney Location:  499 W Rutledge Ave, Gaffney, SC  29341




SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) and FI (Family Independence)


Department of Social Services / Cherokee County DSS

Services: Serving children and families with protective services, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps), Family Independence (FI) aka Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF)


Service Area:  Cherokee County

Address:  1434 N Limestone St, Gaffney, SC  29342

Phone:  (864) 487-2704

Fax, SNAP / Family Independence: (864) 487-2512

After Hours Reporting, Abuse & Neglect:  (864) 487-2747

After Hours Reporting, Child and Adult Protective Services:  911


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