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.
After assessing a neighbor’s completed application, our case managers determine what financial assistance is needed. Emergency assistance may include:
After providing safety net assistance, 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 relief organizations only steps away from our offices.
Our case manager works with neighbors to identify steps toward independence.
A centralized process of applying for programs and resources such as food assistance, health coverage, home energy assistance and much more, The Benefit Bank.
This program offers free tax help to low-to-moderate income individuals and families who cannot prepare their own tax returns. 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.
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.
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, and Greer Free Medical Clinic offer services from The Center.
Each agency maintains unique hours of operation and service areas. Contact them for more information.
The lobby is open Monday – Friday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Main Phone Number: (864) 848-5355
202 Victoria Street
Greer SC 29652-1303
PO Box 1303
Greer SC 29652
Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Monday – Friday 9:00am – 11:00am
Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday 1:30pm – 4pm