Community Resource Services (CRS) is the primary social service agency in Avon and Avon Lake, consistently providing assistance to the economically disadvantaged. Our primary goal is to meet the short-term, individual needs of clients while helping them identify and access appropriate long-term solutions.
ON-SITE FOOD PANTRY: The food pantry is open weekdays to anyone in need of emergency food.
EMERGENCY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Clients are able to receive assistance with utilities, rent, auto repairs, medical/prescription costs, and other emergency expenses, once it has been established that they fall within our eligibility guidelines.
CLIENT PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS: CRS is dedicated to helping clients move forward with their personal goals and make lasting life changes. Financial Stability, Health & Wellness, Career & Job Training and Student Programs are available.
INFORMATION AND REFERRAL: If it is 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 programs to use as sources of referral.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES AND FEE ASSISTANCE: Each year, backpacks are packed according to each child’s specific school supply list. Financial assistance is also available for a number of school-related expenses.
HOLIDAY PROGRAMS: CRS sponsors a number of holiday programs, including Santa’s Workshop and “Be a Santa to a Senior” in December, Mother’s Day gifts, Easter baskets, and food baskets for Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas.
SALVATION ARMY: CRS serves as the Salvation Army Service Unit for Avon and Avon Lake, and distributes their funds locally according to Salvation Army Guidelines.
United Community Assistance Network (UCAN): CRS is a partner with the UCAN collaborative serving 44011 (Avon) and 44012 (Avon Lake). This collaborative allows for shared resources so that there can be a central pool of emergency assistance funds available to its partners.
CRS GUIDELINES FOR ASSISTANCE:
Individuals seeking emergency financial assistance must either qualify at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines (FPIG), or show proof that their family is dealing with a major illness or loss of 50% of the family income. For 2023, 200% of FPIG are as follows:
Total Gross Annual Household Income
For each additional person add $10,280
HOW TO ACCESS CRS SERVICES:
CRS is open Monday through Friday from 10:00am – 2:00pm. The office is closed on Fridays from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
To become a CRS client, you will need to provide proof of residency and proof of income for all members of the household.
Call the office at 440-933-5639 and ask to speak with one of the Client Coordinators.
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY ASSISTANCE (October 9, 2023): We will be mailing forms this week to families with children aged 0-18 with information regarding Santa’s Workshop. You will need to return the completed forms to the CRS office by Monday, November 6th. Your file must be updated in order to participate in this program. Questions can be directed to Amy at 440-933-5639.
CLIENT FILE UPDATE: Each year clients must update their files in order to receive assistance from CRS. Click here to access the 2023 Client Update Form. Once complete, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. You must also provide current proof of residency and proof of income for all members of the household.
BACK TO SCHOOL READINESS PROGRAM: CRS clients with school-aged children are eligible to participate in our Back To School program. Click here for the 2023 School Supply Form and email the completed form to email@example.com.