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Programs & Services

Empowerment

After providing stability, neighbors are referred to additional resources to positively affect their circumstances long term. Further assistance comes from Greer Relief and/or other community organizations. The J. Verne Smith Center houses a number of community organizations only steps away from our offices.

Greer Relief Can Provide:

Case Management

Our case manager works with neighbors to identify steps toward independence.

Thrive Hub

A centralized process of applying for programs and resources such as food assistance, health coverage, home energy assistance and much more, Thrive Hub

Visit Thrive Hub

VITA: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

This program offers free tax help to individuals and families with an income less than $60,000. Certified volunteers receive training to help prepare basic tax returns in communities across the country. VITA offers free electronic filing. Program runs annually February – April 15th (or taxes are due).

Volunteer with VITA

RENEW: Reaching Every Neighbor in Every Way

Founded in 2015, Reaching Every Neighbor Every Way (RENEW) is an education, enrichment, and life skills program open to anyone regardless of service area. RENEW is designed to improve the quality of life and nutrition of our neighbors in need through opportunities to learn and develop skills that will set them on a path of healthy living.

Sign up to take a RENEW class

Volunteer for RENEW

The J. Verne Smith Center

About The J. Verne Smith Center

In 1991 the J. Verne Smith Center was established by then SC Senator J. Verne Smith, who saw the need for bringing services to the people and asked Greer Relief to take on the responsibility of managing the program. The one-stop center was founded with funding provided by state agencies and the City of Greer, and has served the community as a hub of job, health, family, disability, and emergency services since that time.

The J. Verne Smith Center initially opened with 3 agencies: Greer Relief, Department of Health & Environmental Control (DHEC), and Greenville Department of Social Services (DSS). Today, two expansions and a renovation later, the original three agencies, Greer Free Medical Clinic, SC Works, and Staffworks Group Inc. offer services from The Center.

Each agency maintains unique hours of operation and service areas. Contact them for more information or click here for a list of their details.

The lobby is open Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Main Phone Number: (864) 848-5355

Hunger is Invisible

 

It is difficult to detect the family that is struggling to budget in three meals a day.

Unless their hunger is extreme, you probably wouldn’t be able to pick out the family that goes without one or more meals a day from the rest of the crowd. Greer Relief is working to make hunger invisible–not because it’s hard to detect, but because it’s not there.

Food Pantry

Greer Relief supplies food for our neighbors in need who qualify for this assistance. Our food pantry houses nonperishable foods as well as household items. Commonly requested items include:

Food

  • Pasta Sauce
  • Jelly
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Instant Oatmeal/Grits
  • Cereal

Household Supplies

  • Multipurpose Cleaner
  • Shampoo
  • Laundry Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant

Baby Items

  • Diapers
  • Baby oil
  • Baby powder
  • Other

Holiday Food Programs

Provides holiday meals for neighbors who might otherwise have no opportunity to celebrate the holiday. Some meals may be delivered to people’s homes.

Thanksgiving Dinner Food Box

Provides a Thanksgiving dinner for neighbors in need. Click here to donate.

Christmas Dinner Food Box

Provides a Christmas dinner for families in need. Click here to donate.

Keeping Neighbors Safe, Warm, and Dry

Shelter is a basic need. When a person’s shelter is threatened, the rest of their life becomes unstable and insecure.

Stability & Empowerment

Greer Relief provides financial assistance to neighbors in need so that they may remain in their homes. Through case management we assess what underlying causes contributed to their current circumstances and we refer them to the best resource to improve their predicament in the long term as well as the short term.

Check out the ways you can get involved, and join us today.