The Samaritan Center provides urgent, short-term financial assistance, free clothing and personal care items to families and individuals in immediate crisis. Unique in Tompkins County, we help low and moderate income individuals and families with utility payments, clothing, linens, bus passes and other miscellaneous needs. We can also help individuals and families request health insurance coverage and SNAP, formerly known as food stamp, benefits by assisting with SNAP enrollment and enrollment in the NYS Child Health Plus/Family Health Plus programs.
Clothing Closet: Free clothing is available to all Tompkins County residents.
Personal Care Items: We offer personal care products such as shampoo, laundry soap, dishsoap, feminine hygiene products and toilet paper. Donations of personal care items are always needed, and are tax deductible.
Diapers: Diapers are available for those needing short term assistance or for individuals and families in crisis.
Emergency Financial Assistance: Financial assistance is available to Tompkins County residents only. These funds are very limited. Assistance that may be available includes help with rental security deposits*, emergency prescriptions, bus passes for job interviews and emergent medical appointments, semester long bus passes for those 21 and under who want to attend TC3 or a local trade school, and utility payments to avoid a shut off. Financial assistance is determined on a case-by-case basis.
Child Health Plus/Family Health Plus Enrollment: Facilitated enrollers are available at our Ithaca location to assist with the application and re-certification process for Child Health Plus, Family Health Plus and Medicaid Managed Care. To schedule an appointment, call 1-888-343-3547
Referrals: Samaritan Center staff will make referrals to many programs in the Tompkins County area. We advocate for individuals, families and communities, supporting those who are most vulnerable, while working to challenge the conditions causing poverty and despair.
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*The security deposit program is funded through the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency