Resources – N-O

  • (The) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    Phone: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Website: Services: Free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.  A crisis worker will listen to the caller and offer information about mental health services in the caller’s local area.  The call is confidential and free.

  • Needy Meds

    Website: http://www.needymeds.orgServices: Provides information about programs that help with the cost of medicine.

  • New Directions Counseling Services

    Hickory Office 201 Government Avenue, SW, Suite 305, Hickory, NC 28602 Phone: (828) 267-1740 Fax: (828) 267-1746 Lenoir Office 315 Wilkesboro Bloulevard, Suite 1-A Hibriten Center, Lenoir, NC 28645 Phone: (828) 754-6087 Fax: (828) 754-1344 Lincolnton Office 1200 N. Flint Street, Lincolnton, NC 28092 Phone: (704) 735-0255 Fax: (704) 736-9801 Website: Services: Offers counseling services to children, adolescents, adults and families.  Treatment is tailored to the individual or family’s needs.  Services can include play therapy for young children, psychological testing, individual, family, marital or group treatment.  Treatment for sexual offenders and intensive substance abuse services are not offered.  Accepts private insurance, Health Choice, and Medicaid (20 years old or younger).

  • North Carolina Division of Services for the Blind

    Contact: Sandy Freeman, North Carolina Division of Services for the Blind Phone: (828) 764-9704 Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; (828) 659-0844 Tuesday Email: Services: Takes applications for the state-funded medical eye care program.  Provides referrals to various resources for low income residents who are not eligible for the state-funded medical eye care program.

  • North Carolina Foundation for Public School Children

    Phone: 1-800-662-7924, ext. 204 Website: Services: Maximizes the effectiveness of the public school system by providing basic necessities for students such as eyeglasses, hearing aids, school supplies, clothing, and other educational fees. NCFPSC also offers grants to low-wealth counties for parent involvement and professional development. It insures quality educators for the future through the Teacher Cadet Program. Any school personnel may apply for student assistance or grants through the online application at

  • North Carolina Health Choice for Children

    Contact: Applications available from the School Nurse, School Social Worker, Health Department, and DSS Phone: 1-800-367-2229 Website: Services: Health insurance program for children through age 18.  Family income must be at or below 200% of the poverty level.  In order to receive this coverage, a child cannot be eligible for Medicaid or covered by private health insurance.  The insurance covers:  checkups, shots, sick visits, hearing and vision care, lab tests, medicines, dental care, specialists, hospital care, counseling, surgery, and therapies.

  • North Carolina 2-1-1

    Phone: 2-1-1, if using a cell phone please dial 1-888-892-1162 Website: www.nc211.orgServices: Offers information and referral for food, housing, employment, counseling, health care, and volunteer opportunities in the local community.  Services are free and confidential and are available 24 hours a day in any language.

  • North Carolina Tobacco Use Quitline

    Phone: 1-800-QUIT-NOW; 1-800-784-8669 Website: Provides confidential, one-on-one support to help a person stay tobacco-free.  Coaches are professionally trained and are available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.

  • Oak Ranch

    Contact: Lynn Garner, Baptist Children’s Homes Phone: (336) 474-1240 Email: Website: Services: An equine program offered to single mothers and their children through the Family Care program. Family Care provides a goal-focused living environment within a cottage setting; is specifically structured to help mothers transition to a successful, independent living situation.  Mothers must be at least age 18 and have legal custody of their children; pay $60/month. Baptist Children’s Homes offer 8 Family Care homes in North Carolina: Mills Home in Thomasville (2), Oak Ranch in Sanford (2), Kennedy Home in Kinston (1), Odum Home in Pembroke (1), Ahoskie (1) and Franklin (1).

  • Oak Ridge Baptist Church

    7449 Oak Ridge Church Road Connelly Springs, NC  28612 Phone: (828) 874-0891 (church office) Email: Website: Services: For families living in the county east of CVS in Rutherford College, the church provides free groceries – one allotment per household – on the 3rd Thursday and the Monday before the 3rd Thursday, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.  Families need to bring picture I.D. with proof of Burke County residency.

  • Old Vineyard Behavioral Health Services

    3637 Old Vineyard Road Winston-Salem, NC  27104 Phone: (336) 794-3550 Website: Services: Provides acute inpatient treatment for adolescents ages 12 -17 and adults 18 and over by specially trained staff, including psychiatrists, licensed therapists, and 24-hour nursing.  Highly structured daily schedule includes 2 hours of school by a licensed Winston-Salem Forsyth County teacher.  Daily treatment involves evidence-based behavioral programming (Brainwise) to build skills in critical thinking along with 5-6 gender-specific group therapy sessions.  The facility accepts all major insurance including Medicare, Medicaid (adolescent only), and Tricare.  Old Vineyard offers free initial assessments, referral assistance, crisis intervention and admission services 24 hours day / 7 days week.

  • Olive Hill Community Economic Development Corporation, Inc.

    309 Colombo Street SW Valdese, NC 28690 Phone: (828) 522-4051 Fax: (828) 522-4070 Website: Services: Serves as a housing counseling agency to assist working-class families buy their first home or help if their home is threatened with foreclosure.  Offers an Enterprise Facilitator to help realize the vision of starting a personal business.  Also offers classes in home ownership, entrepreneurship, and financial life skills that lead to economic self-sufficiency.  A public computer center is equipped with internet-connected computers, a fax, printer, copier, and conference room for use.  In addition, 2 classrooms are available for workshops, testing, homeschoolers and instructional classes.  Computer classes are held monthly; see the website for a schedule.  Hosts computer classes for Burke County Public Library; HRD classes from Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC); and WPCC Small Business classes.

  • Operation Purple Camp

    Email: Website: Free summer camp sponsored by the National Military Family Association for children of deployed service members.  The mission of the Operation Purple program is to empower military children and their families to develop and maintain healthy and connected relationships, in spite of the current military environment.

  • Options of Burke County

    P.O. Box 2512 Morganton, NC  28680 Director: Kristy Graf, Executive Director Email: Phone: (828) 438-9444 Services: Provides a variety of assistance to victims of all violent crimes or threat of crime, including battered spouses, rape, sexual assault, and incest.  Offers services for battered women and children, counseling for abused children, court assistance, and community education.  Programs for school-aged children in the areas of personal safety, domestic violence, and child abuse are available for presentation in the public schools. Current Support Groups:

    • Battered Women’s Support Group – offered the first and third Friday of every month from noon to 1:00 p.m. and free to all participants. Group is open to any woman who self identifies as battered.  Childcare is provided.
    • Sexual Assault Recovery Group – Call for schedule. Childcare is provided.
  • The Outreach Center

    508 East Fleming Drive Morganton, NC 28655Phone: (828) 439-8300 Fax: (828) 437-8573 Website: Services: Offers free groceries every afternoon from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. on a first-come first-serve basis for those with a need; picture ID is required and proof of residence is required at first visit.  Requests are considered for emergency clothing needs, or for job training participants.  Offers GED classes and Workforce Development training; call 439-8300, or email for more information.  Distributes backpacks with school supplies to children in need in August. Please call before August 15th to sign up.  Please bring your child’s Medicaid card, Health Choice card, or your IRS 1040 to verify eligibility.  Offers counseling including substance abuse, marriage, and family counseling; most insurance accepted.  Visit the website for more information.

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