A reader contacted me, looking for recommendations of area resources. Husband left, two kids, no job…where should she look for assistance?  Here’s what the moms recommended (after they got mad about the deadbeat dad). Please do not post any requests for assistance on this post, and if someone asks for help directly please understand that EMM is not a charitable organization and I have no way of verifying need.


Government Organizations

LINC 2-1-1
A service of the Memphis Public Library System, information includes a community resource database, free tax assistance, help for hard times, job and career updates.
Linc-211 through the Memphis Public Library System is a wonderful community resource database that can connect her with any resources available to her in her areas of need. She can visit the main library’s 211 center, or just pick up a phone and dial 211 to ask for assistance.

School Counselor

I went through the same thing except 4 kids…. We were in Shelby county schools at the time but I bet MCS has a school social worker. She helped A LOT with my kids stuff


Our church, Cherokee Baptist (5340 Quince Rd 683.7344) runs a large clothing closet and Colonial Baptist (Quince & Colonial) has a food pantry. There are similar ministries at other area churches for food and essentials.

Hope Presbyterian will help you out call them up and they will get you connected.  The Stephen ministry at hope will get you in touch with someone that has been down this same road.

Leawood Baptist in Berclair has a food pantry, clothes, and counseling. They give out a 3 day supply of emergency food.

Memphis Dream Center (an offshoot of Life Church) can help with food and has a Wellness Center that provides free care, including OB/GYN services

Other Non-Profit Organizations

Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association – MIFA’s Emergency Services department provides assistance with rent, utilities, food, clothing, and other necessities for families suffering from an unexpected loss of income.

Check out the Workforce Investment Network for job help.

Look up Seedco, they are a nonprofit organization here in Memphis that can help her with a lot!!!!

I second the Seedco recommendation. They provide access to the criterion for qualifying for a number of services and can help her figure out what will be available to help her family

For legal assistance at no cost or little cost Memphis Area Legal Services will help you with garnishment etc, also contact juvenile court and they will male certain he is responsible for his children.

Community Legal Center provides legal services to the “working poor”

The Mid-South Food Bank can help you too!