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Sometimes an individual just needs a little help or pointed in the right direction, but cannot afford to hire an attorney for advice or assistance. Below you will find information on various subjects and resources. Having access to a little help today could make a big difference in your situation tomorrow.
If you are in a situation involving family violence or abuse, the North Georgia Mountain Crisis Network may be able to help. Here is the website: http://www.ngmcn.com and telephone (706) 632-8400.
If you are hungry, there are many local resources available. Here are a few that may help.
Family Connection Food Pantry https://fcfc1.org/
Snack in a Backpack https://snackinabackpack.org/
Morganton Baptist Church Food and Clothing Ministry http://morgantonbaptist.org/food-and-clothing/
You may be owed money and do not even know it. If you would like to find out if you have unclaimed money due to you, you may go to the Georgia Department of Revenue and run a search on your name.
Here is the link: https://gaclaims.unclaimedproperty.com/
Did you know that the State of Georgia’s Department of Law has a consumer protection division? Have you been cheated by a business? Lemon Law violations, unfair business practices and price gouging may be reported to the Consumer Protection Division and it is free.
While the Department cannot represent you individually, it may be able to stop a business or, if several people have reported the same company, it may reveal an actionable pattern of fraud.
The Department also provides a free sample letter you may use in trying to resolve a dispute with a business. Here is the link: https://consumer.georgia.gov/resolve-your-dispute
In addition to the Georgia state agency, you might also review the Federal Trade Commission website at: https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/
Telemarketers a problem? Register your home or mobile telephone number on the National Do Not Call Registry at: https://www.donotcall.gov/
Are you a victim of identity theft and need information on what to do? Here is a good place to start: https://www.identitytheft.gov/#/
The Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities provides many community resources, including suicide prevention, substance abuse and supportive housing.
If you need to speak with someone or feel suicidal, the Georgia Crisis and Access Line is open 24/7. The telephone number is (800) 715-4225 and their website link is: https://dbhdd.georgia.gov/be-dbhdd/be-supported
If you know of an elderly person or a disabled adult who is being abused, neglected or exploited, you may make a report with the Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Aging Services. The telephone number is (866)55AGING (866-552-4464) then press “3” and here is the website: https://aging.georgia.gov/report-elder-abuse
If someone is in immediate danger or a crime has been committed, call 911.
If the individual in question resides in a long-term care facility, such as a personal care home or a nursing home, and you suspect abuse, contact the Department of Community Health at (800) 878-6442 and here is the website: https://dch.georgia.gov/divisionsoffices/hfrd/facility-licensure/hfrd-file-complaint
If you are pregnant and need counseling or support, Her Hope Pregnancy Center offers a variety of services which include free baby supplies and clothing; counseling services; and parenting classes. Here is a link to the website: https://herhope.me/
If you have a legal matter, it is best to hire an attorney to represent you and guide you through the legal process; however, the Judicial Council of Georgia has created some videos and self-help resources for the general public. Some topics include how to calculate child support and where to access law libraries in Georgia. For more information, here is a link to their website: https://georgiacourts.gov/a2j/self-help-resources-highlighted-by-a2j/#
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