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.
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.