Community Resource Services
Serving the Residents of Avon and Avon Lake
How We Help
Welcome to Avon/Avon Lake Community Recource Services Directions to Our Office Special Events

ON-GOING SERVICES

An On-site Emergency Food Pantry.
The pantry is open daily to anyone in need of food.

Emergency Financial Assistance.
Clients are able to receive assistance with utilities, rent, auto repair, medical/prescription costs, school-related expenses and other basic needs once it has been established that they fall within our income qualification guidelines.

On-site access to Lorain County’s UCAN Collaborative
CRS is currently hosting a representative from the United Way of Lorain County’s Emergency Assistance Collaborative, the United Community Assistance Network (UCAN) a few days each month. UCAN is a county-wide emergency financial assistance collaborative that includes partners throughout the county. They are working to ensure that all residents of Greater Lorain County have year-round access to emergency financial assistance for rent, utilities, or other emergency basic needs.

Each zip code within Greater Lorain County is being strategically covered by a collaborative partner at a single site located within each community. The Salvation Army is covering the Avon and Avon Lake zip codes (44011 and 44012), with a representative placed at the CRS office that is available by appointment.

Not only do eligible Avon and Avon Lake households now have an additional source of assistance when necessary, but the UCAN representative is also able to provide additional case management services to help return the individual or family to financial stability.

For more information, please call the CRS office at 933-5639. Additional information about UCAN can also be found on the United Way website at www.uwloraincounty.org.

Information and Referral.
If it’s determined that the services necessary to best suit an individual client’s needs are outside of our own capabilities, CRS has a vast network of agencies and other support groups to use as sources of referral, including the Ohio Benefit Bank (OBB).

The OBB is an internet-based, counselor-assisted service designed to help moderate- and low-income individuals and families enhance their income. Using the OBB, individuals can determine their eligibility for receiving certain public benefits through a collaboration between a trained CRS staff member and a client or non-client community member. The service streamlines the application process for benefits such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Healthy Start/Healthy Families and provides a more comfortable situation in which to make that initial application….right here in the CRS office.


SEASONAL PROGRAMS

CRS sponsors a number of seasonal programs that are designed to help relieve the burden on families during times that often carry added stress. These programs include our Adopt-A-Family program in December, our Mother’s Day Women of Worth program, Thanksgiving and Easter food baskets, and our Back-to-School Backpack Program.


PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

These programs are designed to help our clients reach their full potential in financial literacy, career development, personal health and wellness, and organization/goal setting.