Basic Budgeting Class
In partnership with Association of Governmental Accountants (AGA) we now are offering Budgeting Classes for everyone interested. It is a three week course that helps explain what YOUR money is. Whether you are employed, get SSI, SSD, Food Stamps, TANF, Tribal help, or an allowance from a friend or family member this course is geared to show you how to make whatever you are bringing in monthly work for you! It is designed to show you how to budget your money and stretch it. Transportation and Babysitting is provided if needed and a Meal is provided for all participants and their children before the class begins. Class is offered three times a year. If you are interested all you have to do is call the office and register. All participants that finish the 3-week course will receive a Certificate of Completion and an added Incentive for finishing. (to sign up just call the office at 224-8731)
Legal Aid Program
The program is designed to assist individuals who are not able to obtain legal representation because of their inability to pay a private attorney. Only civil cases and tribal court criminal cases are accepted. No state court criminal, or fee generating cases will be considered. Dakota Plains Legal Services provides an attorney who interviews potential clients at the Pierre Area Referral Office on Fridays from 10:30 am to Noon and from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm. Individuals can make appointments, walk-in or call Dakota Plains Legal Services Office at 605-245-2341. Dakota Plains Legal Services does not handle bankruptcies, personal injury cases, Workmen’s Compensation, malpractice or any case where a private attorney can provide representation without cost to the client. If Dakota Plains’ attorney cannot take the case, clients may apply to Access to Justice, Inc. (1- 855-287-3510) which provides pro bono volunteer attorneys and reduced fee attorneys in certain areas of the law.
Holiday FEAST Program
The program provides a holiday feast to local families who may not be able to afford one otherwise. In 2016 a total of 770 households received a holiday meal for Thanksgiving and Christmas. We were also able to provide 240 people a full dinner through serving the Banquet in December. The meals are purchased annually from local donations raised specifically for this purpose. (Both Applications to Apply and Purchase are in Application Section)
Senior Food Box Program
The CSFP Senior Food Box Program is administered by Feeding South Dakota. Pierre Area Referral Service is an official sign-up/distribution site for Pierre. Seniors 60 years and older, who meet income guidelines, are eligible to receive 30 lbs. of food. Delivery Services (inside City Limits of Pierre may be available) for the Senior Box is available through PARS for those seniors that have no means of transportation. Food boxes are delivered to them by volunteers each month. (Applications available in Application Section)
Grow Another Row
Each year, we encourage local gardeners to “Grow Another Row” in their garden for the Pierre/Ft. Pierre Food Pantry. Produce is extremely expensive and if everyone would grow a little extra, we would be able to offer the bounty of our community’s gardens to those in need. It’s a simple thing, but it means so much to individuals who are struggling to meet the nutritional needs of their family.
Back to School Supplies
Partnering up with Lutheran Memorial Church, First United Methodist Church, Edward D Jones- Marc Ulmen Office, Salvation Army and with financial support through a Mini Grant with United Way and our wonderful community PARS has been able to provide new back packs full of brand new supplies to any child Kindergarten through 8th grade in Hughes and Stanley County Schools. In 2016- 383 school children received brand new school supplies to kick off the school year in the right fashion. We were also able to help approximately 30 High School Students with notebooks, pens and pencils and folders.