Emergency Services

In our mission to serve the needs of residents of Camden County, age 60 and older, SCUCS provides emergency aid to those in need of medical appliances or lacking basic necessities.

The following emergency services are available to Camden County residents  through the cooperation of area organizations, neighbors and volunteers.

Emergency Food Bags
SCUCS retains a fully stocked food shelf at all times for Camden County seniors 60+ years of age in need of emergency food. Once an individual is identified as being in need of assistance, they may pick up two prepared food bags of non-perishable each month. Clients without the means to pick up their food may be eligible to have their food delivered to their home if a volunteer is available in their area. Items for this program are donated by schools, churches and companies that want to help end hunger in their communities. For a list of requested food donations, click hereIf you or anyone you know is in need of this service, please call (856) 456-1121 Extension 160 and speak to the Volunteer Coordinator.  NOTE:  Camden City residents are not eligible for this program and should call the Camden City Office on Aging at (856) 757-7339 for a list of food banks within the city of Camden.

Shut-In Shopping
Shut-in Shopping is a bi-weekly shopping service available to homebound  Camden County seniors not able to shop for themselves. Clients are responsible for the cost of all purchases. A screened volunteer will take a shopping list to the supermarket or pharmacy to purchase up to 20 items for the client’s use only. The service is based on the availability of volunteers. If you or anyone you know is in need of this service, please call (856) 456-1121 Extension 160 and speak to the Volunteer Coordinator.  

Emergency Fuel & HVAC  Repairs/Replacements
During the winter, this program offers Camden County residents free fuel or heater repair/replacement to heat their homes when funding is available. We can also assist those who qualify to prevent the interruption of utility service (electric and gas) in the event of a “Disconnect Notice” when funds are available.  The application process includes gathering the senior’s income and expenses, as well as income of those who live in the senior’s home. These services are provided through government grants to ensure everyone is comfortable in the winter months.  To find out more information about this service and the current availability of funds, call (856) 456-1121.

Lending Closet for Medical Appliances
SCUCS provides some medical appliances on a temporary basis to senior Camden County residents who cannot afford to purchase them on their own. These items include wheelchairs, walkers, canes, shower/bath seats, rollators, knee walkers and commodes. A very limited number of adult diapers are also available. Items for the Lending Closet are donated by county residents who no longer need these appliances.  All donations are tax deductible.  To donate an item to the Lending Closet or to inquire about reserving an appliance, call our office at (856) 456-1121.

Rental Assistance
 Rental assistance is available as funding becomes approved for senior residents of Camden County.  Services may include security deposits, first month rent and back rent.  From time to time, back rental assistance may be available.  If you or anyone you know is in need of this service, please call (856) 456-1121. 

To learn more about the above community services or to view our 2016 Food Shelf Calendar, click on the links below.

Community Services Brochure
2016 Food Shelf Pick-Up Days Calendar