Services

For over thirty years

… Sandhills/Moore Coalition has worked to alleviate hunger and financial strains of struggling households in Moore County.  The Coalition offers a wealth of services including food, clothing, and financial assistance as well as programs to assist families to become self-sufficient.  The Gilmore Client Services Center is open to clients Monday through Friday from 8:30-11:00 am on a first come, first served basis.

Each year the Coalition receives approximately 5,000 requests for assistance.  Although circumstances vary, clients are typically working diligently to make it on their own but have experienced an unexpected situation leaving them unable to provide for their family.  The Coalition is able to ensure these events don’t begin a downward spiral.  In addition to immediate assistance, Coalition representatives also work to explore additional community resources that may be available for clients with on-going needs.

Emergency Assistance

Food
Although Moore County is often recognized for its beautiful golf courses and longleaf pines, many in our community suffer from food insecurity.  The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina reports that over 17% of their service population is food insecure and over 60% of school-aged children receive free or reduced school meals. 

Sandhills/Moore Coalition provides a standard food package including perishable and nonperishable items to feed a family for up to seven days.  Although many items are received through donation, each year the Coalition spends over $90,000 to purchase additional food items to provide food for over 6,500 residents.

Clothing
Seasons change in the Sandhills and children grow, seemingly overnight. The Coalition provides seasonally appropriate, clothing for adults and children. Linens, including sheets, towels, and blankets can also be requested.  Three days of clothing are provided during each visit and clients also receive vouchers to shop for additional items at Miss Hallie’s House at The Coalition Resale Shops. 

While most clothing items are received through donation, the clothing department is always in need of socks and underwear, particularly for children.  Diapers are also available in size newborn through six.

Financial assistance
Life can be difficult.  For many in our community, an unexpected illness or expense can lead to devastating consequences.  Fortunately, when emergencies arise the Coalition is there.

Thanks to generous community backing and sales at The Resale Shops, the Coalition offers limited financial assistance with life’s basic necessities.  Available assistance includes electric, water, heating fuel, and rent.  Each client meets with a trained volunteer who evaluates their circumstances and determines assistance provided.  The Coalition has pledge arrangements with most area vendors and payments are made directly to the provider.

Resources & Referrals
In addition to direct assistance, the Coalition also maintains information on a wealth of other area services.  Our Resource Guide offers information on non-profits and other area agencies which may benefit those we serve.  We also maintain lists of available affordable housing and other local resources for low income families.

Each client’s circumstances are evaluated on a case by case basis and available assistance may vary.  Clients must be a resident of Moore County in order to qualify for any Coalition services.

Sustainability Programs

Sandhills/Moore Coalition’s vision is to lead the effort to achieve self-sustaining households for all in Moore County.  In addition to crisis services, a variety of assistance is available to help residents to achieve continuity within their lives.

Employment Expenses
Residents who are employed or have recently obtained employment may request assistance with work-related expenses. Many employers require specific uniforms, shoes, or safety gear prior to starting work.  With proof of employment, the Coalition may help obtain necessary items.

Employment counseling
Under or unemployed residents may request help with resume writing, online job applications, and interview techniques. Employment Counselors also help clients find available jobs in the community.  Representatives from the NC Division of Workforce Solutions are onsite weekly and many local employers utilize the Coalition’s Employment office as a referral source.

Transportation
One of the greatest challenges for low-income residents of Moore County is transportation. The Coalition van provides route-based transportation daily from our client services building.  Transportation is also available to the Social Security Office in Sanford once a month.  Reservations are required for all transportation and space is on a first come/first served basis.

The A-Pines Line is a deviated fixed route in Southern Pines and Aberdeen operated by Moore County Transportation Services.  The Coalition offers vouchers A-Pines for clients living, working, or seeking employment on the A-Pines route.

Mentoring
Coalition mentors partner with clients to help them acquire the resources, skills, and behavioral changes to achieve self-sufficiency. Mentors help set priorities, develop action plans, and connect to resources to help achieve goals. Participation in the mentor program is by invitation.

Each client’s circumstances are evaluated on a case by case basis and available assistance may vary.  Clients must be a resident of Moore County in order to qualify for any Coalition services.

Special Distributions

Shoes for Students
In partnership with Moore County schools social workers, Shoe Carnival in Aberdeen, and several civic groups and foundations, each year the Coalition provides new athletic shoes for elementary school students in Moore County.  Students are referred to the program by their school social worker and visit Shoe Carnival to be fitted for their new shoes. 

Holiday Toy Distribution
Each December the Coalition provides an opportunity for parents to select toys to be given to their children at Christmas.  Toys are received from Toys for Tots as well as several community groups and are available for children 10 years old and under.

Location & Contact


Gilmore Client Services 

1500 W. Indiana Avenue
Southern Pines, NC 28387 

(910) 693-1600

info@sandhillscoalition.org 

The Coalition Resale Shops

1117 W. Pennsylvania Avenue
Southern Pines, NC 28387

(910) 246-9845

coalitionresale@sandhillscoalition.org