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Basic Needs

Families with children who have special needs sometimes need assistance with everyday basic necessities. The following resources may be of assistance to you.


  • North Carolina Division of Social Services works in cooperation with the Social Services Commission, the 100 local Departments of Social Services and other public and private entities to protect children, strengthen families, and help all North Carolinians to achieve maximum self-sufficiency.
  • First In Families assists children and adults in NC to be more involved and contributing members of their communities by helping them: meet current goals and plan for the future, acquire needed goods and services, and find opportunities to give back to others.
  • The Salvation Army operates hundreds of facilities and services in over 50 "commands" around North and South Carolina. These include programs such as the Boys and Girls Clubs and community centers, shelter for families in need of transitional housing, weekly worship services, and safe and affordable housing to seniors.
  • Catholic Charities is a private, nonprofit, social service agency serving the people of Eastern North Carolina. All programs are available to individuals and families regardless of race, creed, religion, or ability to pay through seven regional offices.