Extended Closure Family Counseling & Support

There are many resources in our local community that will remain open. If you do not see something you were looking for, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Counseling Department. 

RA Counseling Department

Mental Health: Crisis Information

If you are in need of mental health support and/or in need of an assessment for safety (for example: having thoughts of suicide, self-harm, etc) please contact 911 if your needs are urgent and life-threatening, otherwise, please contact your local county crisis resource listed below for an assessment:

  • Chester County: Valley Creek Crisis Center - 610-918-2100
  • Montgomery County: Access Services - 1-855-634-4673
  • Bucks County Crisis - 215-345-2273
  • Berks County: Service Access Management 1-877-236-4600
  • Delaware County Crisis Service - 1-855-889-7827
  • Philadelphia County: Suicide and Crisis Center (215)-686-4420
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line - Text HOME to 741741 or visit their website at
    Crisistextline.org for more information

Community Counseling Resources:

The Center for Loss and Bereavement is offering COVID19- Mental Health Therapy and Support Groups. They provide a wide variety of grief services for children through adulthood. Unique to our current situation, they are providing specialty services for those touched by COVID-19.

The following was found on their website to describe individuals they are able to provide support to:

  • those who have been critically ill with COVID19 and confronted their own dying, and may have recovered with subsequent health losses and/or traumatic memories/stress
  • the loved ones and companions who will have experienced another’s illness, either in-home or from afar, and been confronted with another’s life-threatening conditions and isolating factors of quarantine, in addition to the potential loss of life.
  • those having confronted cumulative losses and risk to personal safety with exposure to the front lines of the healthcare system – for medical staff and first responders who may carry experiences and memories confronting death and dying that are traumatic and overwhelming”

Food: Local Food Pantries and Community Meals

Please visit Wolf Administration Directs Families to Food Assistance for additional assistance information.

Food pantries (please contact for specific hours and details)

  • Garden of Health Inc - provides food for special dietary needs
    361 High Street, Souderton, 267-664-4397
  • Phoenixville:
    • PACS- 257 Church Street, 610-933-1105
      • When possible, please call for an appointment to limit contact. Deliveries may be possible depending on location!
    • Saint Peters Church - 121 Church Street, Phoenixville
    • St. Ann’s Church - 502 Main Street, Phoenixville
      • Every 3rd Saturday-Food Distribution starting at 1 p.m.
  • Norristown:
    • Montgomery County OIC - 1101 Arch St, Norristown, 610-279-970
    • Patrician Society Cupboard- 121 E. Chestnut Street, Norristown, 610-272-6316
      • Emergency food cupboard, Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-3pm
    • Siloam Baptist Church -1329 Willow Street, Norristown, 610-275-8163
      • Soup Kitchen, Fridays 11:30am-1pm. Please use the side door entrance
    • New Hope Baptist Church-204-206 E.Oak Street, Norristown, 610-275-5814
      • Food Pantry, Tuesdays 11am-1pm
    • Interfaith at Grace Lutheran Church-503 Haws Avenue, Norristown,484-363-9378
      • Food Pantry, Mondays, Thursdays, & Saturdays 8:30am-11am
    • Catholic Social Services-353 E. Johnson Highway, Norristown 610-279-7372
      • Food Pantry for families one time per month, Wed 4pm-6pm, and Fri 11am-1pm.
  • Royersford:
    • Spring-Ford Project Outreach - Royersford Pantry, 410 Washington St, Royersford (610) 948-5111
  • Pottstown:
    • Pottstown Cluster-57 North Franklin Street, Pottstown, 610-970-5995
    • Camp Son-Shine - distributing food at 381 Beech Street (Tabernacle Pentecostal Church) Pottstown. Food Distribution will be every Saturday at 12 noon until the end of May
    • Ricketts Community Center-658 Beech Street, Pottstown, 484-524-8241
      • Children ages 6-18 yrs of age, can pick up a boxed breakfast & lunch anywhere from 9-11:30am; first come, first serve.
  • Exton:
    • Chester County Food Bank- 650 Pennsylvania Drive, Exton, PA, 610-873-6000
  • Collegeville:
    • The Daily Bread Community Food Pantry - 3938 Ridge Pike Collegeville 610-489-5540
      • Distribution of food is on Wednesdays 9-11am, Thursdays 6-8pm and Saturdays 9-11am

Community Meals

  • Saint Peters Church - 121 Church Street, Phoenixville
    FREE community lunch Monday-Friday 12-1p
  • Haws Avenue Soup Kitchen/Food Pantry- 800 W. Marshall Street, Norristown. (610) 275-1283 Meal served every Sunday from 1-2:30 to those in need

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Food for Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) and assistance for elderly

Community Programs/Services:

Many providers, programs and services are offering financial support during this time. If you are in need, please do not hesitate to reach out to your service providers to see what support is being offered. (information below current as of 5/14/20)

Unemployment:

Have you had a temporary loss or change in employment? Check to see if you qualify for unemployment: PA Office of Unemployment

Low-Cost Internet for Qualifying Families

*Some offering two free months if qualified

Electric:

  • PECO: Effective March 13, 2020, PECO is suspending service disconnections and waiving new late payment charges through at least May 1, 2020. In addition, PECO will continue to remind customers of existing bill assistance resources and energy assistance programs to support them through temporary or extended financial hardship. Deadline for the LIHEAP/assistance program is April 10th, 2020
  • Met-Ed/First Energy: FirstEnergy has temporarily suspended shutoffs for nonpayment and Customer Service Representatives are available to review payment options with you to help ease hardships. Customers may be or may become, income-eligible for energy assistance programs during this health emergency. Many assistance agencies are restricting in-person applications at this time but may have other ways to apply. Please check with your local agencies to confirm how they are handling applications during this crisis.

Credit Card Concerns

If you are struggling to make credit card payments then visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to learn more about what you can do during this time.

Rental Assistance Programs

  • Visit the US Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • You may also want to contact a credit counselor near you for more assistance.
  • If you are having difficulties with meeting your mortgage or rental payments there was a recent article on 6 ABC Action News that suggested for you to contact your lender or landlord. The lender or landlord may be able to waive late fees, establish repayment plans, or offer loan forbearance.

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