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Emergency Services

The Ballard Center knows that times are hard, and we all need a little help every now and again!

Most people are one misfortunate event away from poverty, and we want to be there to help those who need it. In 2019, 543 household members in our community were impacted by the Ballard Center’s Emergency Services. Once bills start to pile up, it can be difficult to get caught up again, and that can be a lonely feeling. But the Ballard Center is here for you!

“Thank you for helping my mom,” an anonymous teenager recently wrote to Ballard. “I was very worried that we would be homeless.”

We offer financial help in paying rent and utilities including water, heat, and electricity through a variety of programs for families with children in the house.

However, we understand that admitting you need help can be difficult. The Ballard staff will assist you and no judgment shall be passed.

“Thank you each and every one of you sweet angels for not being judgmental of our failings,” a recent recipient of Ballard’s Emergency Services said in a letter. “All you do is so very much appreciated.”

We are observing social distancing guidelines due to COVID-19. In order to receive this assistance, please reach out to the email below so we can discuss your financial options and get you the necessary help!

To access our Emergency Services, please email Tracy, our Emergency Services Coordinator, at tracym@ballardcenter.org

Supplemental Food — WIC Program Information

WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) is for pregnant and postpartum women, infants and children up to age 5 who are determined to be a nutritional risk and meet income guidelines. You may be eligible for WIC services if you answer yes to any of the following questions: 

  • Are you pregnant?
  • Are you breastfeeding a baby?
  • Have you had a baby recently?
  • Do you have a child under the age of 5?

For more information, please visit the Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health website.