Helping neighbors in need with practical support through crisis assistance, hunger relief and resource referrals.

Kershaw Area Community Resource Exchange

Crisis Assistance

KARE provides short-term assistance to individuals that are experiencing a temporary documented crisis.

KARE may provide financial assistance with:

  • Rental Payments
  • Essential Utility Payments; essential utilities are power, water, and gas

KARE does not assist with:

  • Mortgages; For mortgage assistance, contact SC Help at
  • Rental Deposits
  • Utility Deposits
  • Utility reconnection fees
  • Non-essential utilities, which include cable, satellite, telephone, and cell phone

Please note:

  • Documentation will be required
  • All financial assistance is provided on a case-by-case basis
  • Financial assistance determinations are made by appointment only
  • If requesting assistance with rent, you must have a completed Landlord Statement and a Landlord W9 Tax Form at the time of your appointment.

Information to bring to your financial appointment:

Documentation of crisis, which may include any of the following:

  1. Loss of Wages due to unemployment – Must provide a statement on company letterhead stating client’s start and end date along with 30 days of paystubs AND letter from the unemployment office stating client has applied for benefits, regardless of the outcome.
  2. Loss of Wages due to illness – Must provide a doctor’s statement showing the client was written out of work and the dates AND paystubs for the last 30 days, including the dates of the illness
  3. Loss of wages due to lack of work – Must provide a statement on company letterhead stating clients’ guaranteed hours when hired and that their hours have been reduced AND pay stubs for the past 60 days including after the reduction of hours.
  4. Medical Expenses – Must provide a paid receipt from a hospital or doctor’s office, and must be for an unexpected medical expense OR a prescription that coincides with this medical crisis.
  5. Automotive/Home Repairs – Must provide a company receipt showing the amount paid for the repairs as well as a detailed list of work performed. ALL work MUST be completed by a licensed mechanic/contractor. KARE does NOT assist with regular maintenance repairs.

Hours of Operation

All services are located at 206-210 E. Marion Street, Kershaw, SC

Financial Crisis Assistance

By Appointment Only

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