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Updated March 7, 2016

This list consists of resourced reported by members of The CT Groups or communicated to the public that may be able to provide assistance to members in need.  These sources have not been confirmed by The CT Groups or may be changed without notice by the program sponsor(s).  If you know of any resources not included, if additional information for a listed group that should be included or have solid information on other resources you can share please e-mail them to Questions@TheCTGroups.org for possible inclusion on this page.  And thanks for thinking of others.

The following sections are presented below:
        ADVICE                                       Guidance on what resources can help people in need as shown
        CLOTHING                                  Where low cost or free clothing may be available
        COBRA, Post                               Click on COBRA to reach that subpage
        FOOD                                         Where food may be available
        FURNITURE                                 Where good low to moderate priced furniture may be available
        GENERAL                                    Click on General Resources to go to reach that subpage
HOME TELEPHONE SERVICE        Government and private programs
        PRESCRIPTIONS                          Discounts on prescriptions including pets
        WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT  Program to help place people

         This section is a collective work by our members and the community to help identify resources
         that can help people in need for the areas indicated below.

Memphis 2-1-1
Memphis is one of several US Cities operating a 2-1-1 Program.  This program, funded by the government, offers information regarding assistance in multiple areas and is available by dialing 211 or on-line at http://www.memphislibrary.org/linc/211.htm

Network Advertising Initiative
Most have heard of the "cookies" left in our computers to make using a web site easier, and many are aware how these "cookies" are viewed as "spyware" or "behavioral advertising" as the advertising industry prefers to call it.  Here is a web site that can help "turn these off" if you are concerned about your privacy or just don't like people knowing more about you than you know about yourself.

  • Goodwill
    In Collierville the store is reported to offer clothing in "like new" condition often as low as 90% OFF new clothing prices.   Visit Goodwill at http://locator.goodwill.org/ for a location nearest you.
  • Hope Again - Second Chance Boutique
    An outreach of Hope Church offers a variety of items including clothing, and higher end furniture and other furnishings at attractive prices.  Check for daily discounts including one for Seniors (age 55 and above).  Visit Hope Again at https://www.facebook.com/HopeAgainMemphis for details.
  • Impact Ministries Thrift Store
    Clothing, Furniture, other household items, books.  Free Bread Day on Tuesdays.
    Tuesday through Saturday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    3759 North Watkins, Memphis, TN  38127   Impact Ministries is an arm of Bellevue Baptist Church.
    Document on Food and Music at Impact Ministries
  • St. Mary's Catholic Church (Downtown Memphis)
    Understood they help with Dress/Work clothing for Men and Women in addition to children's clothing.  Anyone having additional details please forward to Questions@TheCTGroups.org for inclusion.

  • St. Patrick's Catholic Church (Midtown Memphis)
    The church operates a Food Panty; you may apply through MIFA.
    The exact process is unknown so some good input on the process please forward to
    Zurkammer@TheCTGroups.org for inclusion.
  • Impact Ministries
    Food for those in the 38127 and 38107 ZIP Codes Saturdays at 9:00 AM
    3759 North Watkins, Memphis, TN  38127   Impact Ministries is an arm of Bellevue Baptist Church.
    Document on Food and Music at Impact Ministries


  • See Hope Again - Second Chance Boutique (also offer CLOTHING, see above).

MEDICAL DISCOUNT CARD  -  Look under Prescriptions tab

  • Lifeline is a government benefit program that, if meeting requirements, can provide benefits for home telephone charges with monthly recurring charges to qualified residential telephone subscribers.  If your income is at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines, but you are not currently receiving benefits from one of the listed programs below, you may be able to qualify by contacting:
                              Tennessee Regulatory Authority (TRA) in Nashville -or-
                              Go online to tn.gov/tra and select Lifeline Program under Services -or-
                              Phone at 800 342-8359

    The following may provide you benefits if you currently receive income-based benefits from the following plans (or, as mentioned above, are below the 135% of the federal poverty guidelines, and are not on any of the programs below):
    • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
    • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly Food Stamps)
    • TennCare Medicare
    • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
    • Federal Public Housing Assistance/Section 8
    • National School Lunch (NSL) free lunch program
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Also visit the AT&T Lifeline Website at att.com/lifeline or call 855 301-0355 if you might qualify
    for low-income assistance as AT&T may be able to provide phone service at a reduced rate.