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Where to Begin When You Need Help

Click this link for the Bartow County Resource Directory

When applying for public assistance:

Bartow County DFCS - 47 Brook Drive Cartersville, Georgia 30120 (770) 387-3900
Customer Service: 1- (877) 423-4746

To report child abuse, call the CPS Central Intake Center at 1-855-422-4453 For questions regarding Food Stamps, Medicaid, TANF or Childcare, contact the Georgia One Customer Contact Center at 1-877-423-4746

Main website for DFACS                     

Suggestions: Call ahead of time to see if you need an appointment to apply. When you apply take the following (All subject to change due to the pandemic):

  • Take a picture ID,
  • Social security card for all people in household
  • If needed: Green card/immigration papers
  • Copy of bills
  • Mortgage
  • Utilities
  • Car payments
  • Insurance
  • Child care bills, etc.
  • Proof of income for household (both spouses if married) – pay stubs for at least a month, child support payments, alimony payments, etc.

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families: Based on very low or no income for the household

Food Stamps: You may qualify even if employed. Based on total income for household and expenses.

Medicaid: Insurance for uninsured children – based on income (if you do not qualify for Medicaid ask about Peachcare)

Child Assistance:

Department of Family and Children Services
Child Care Resource & Referral of NW Georgia / Quality Care for Children, Inc. 913 N. Tennessee St., Ste. 202 Cartersville, GA 30120
770-387-0828 8:30-5 M-F 27 counties in Northwest Georgia

  •  Referrals for partners seeking child care
  • Training and technical assistance to child care providers for quality improvement
  • Child Care Food Program for family daycare homes and child care
  • Inclusion services to assist children with special needs
  • Quality rated support

Tallatoona Head Start  P.O. Box 1480, 410 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. Cartersville, GA 30120 
                                     770- 382-5421  Fax:770-386-6787
United Way Call 211 or connects to services 404-614-1000

Free School lunch programs: Bartow county schools:
                                               Cartersville City schools:
Choose Nutrition section and then appropriate school

WIC Food program for children under 4 years old, for more info: 

Bartow County Health department 100 Zena Drive SE Cartersville, GA 30121-2482   770-382-1920 Fax: 770-387-3999           

Advocates for Children 49 Monroe Crossing Cartersville, GA 30120 770-387-1143 No charge unless noted
Program/service varies

  • A Better Way Advocacy Center (See A Better Way Children’s Advocacy Center)
  • First Steps (see First Steps)
  • Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter (See Flowering Branch Children’s Shelter)
  • Jacob’s Ladder: A mentoring program for shelter residents (see website for application).
  • Project Safe Place: The first step to help for youth in crisis or at risk (see website for locations).
  • Rainbows Grief Support (see Rainbows) TransParenting: One-day seminar for divorcing parents ($40 for participant).
  • Volunteen: Teens providing role models to shelter residents (see website for application).

Bartow Family Resources Pregnancy Center and Relationship Center (Formally Bartow Women’s Resource Center) 200 Leake Street, Cartersville, GA 30120 770-382-7224 43  Mon-Thurs 9:00-5:00 Ages 13 and over; Parents and Guardians of Parents with children 3 years old or under, Bartow County resident

  • Pregnancy and Mentoring Center providing pregnancy testing, options counseling, parenting classes, adoption classes, and baby supplies through the Baby Bucks Program
  • Relationship Center offers one-on-one peer counseling; support groups (“Making Peace With Your Past“, “Celebrate Recovery”, grief, and adoption education and support); parent, premarital, and marriage coaching; court ordered parenting classes; and community outreach
  • Jobs for Life (JfL) offers a unique solution to poverty and joblessness in communities and for individuals across the country
  • Boot Camp for New Dads is the nation's largest program for fathers in 43 states 

Georgia Fatherhood Program 877-423-4746 (select option 1 for DCSS, then 2 for agent, then 3 for outreach.  Any non-custodial parent who owes child support through the Office of Child Support Services

  • Life Management Skills
  • Effective parenting classes
  • Job readiness and job retention activities
  • Self-esteem

American Diabetes Association 225 Peachtree St., NE, Ste. 550 Atlanta, GA 30303 404-320-7100 or 1-888-DIA-BETE 8:30-5, M-F No fees No restrictions 

  • Educational programs
  • Information, publications, research
  • Advocacy
  • Health screenings
Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Georgia Regional Commission 1 Jackson Hill Drive, Rome GA 30161

706-802-5506 (screening/intake) 1- 800-759-2963   866.552.4464 8-5 M-F
No fees for information and referral, screening and intake. Some services may require a cost share Age 60 and over or disabled (Dependent on service needed) central intake for all programs at Area Agency on Aging Service Area: Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker, and Whitfield counties

  • Alzheimer’s services and educational programs
  • Home Delivered Meals/Congregate Meals in Senior Centers
  • Adult Day Health
  • Case Management
  • Alternative Living Services
  • Personal Care and Hygiene
  • Respite Care
  • Wellness Programs
  • Caregiver Education and Supports
  • Senior Farmers Markets
  • Nutrition Education
  • Information and Referral
  • Options Counseling
  • Light Housekeeping/Shopping/Errands

Tonsmeire Community Clinic 31 Point North Dr. Cartersville, GA 30120 678-535-7216
Contact: Gary James Vary; call for appointment Sliding Scale fees Residents of surrounding counties 250% of poverty or below for Bartow

  • Dental Services (fillings & extractions)

Bartow County Health Department 100 Zena Drive SE Cartersville, GA 30121 770-382-1920 M–W 8–5 Thursday 8–6 Friday 8–2 Walk-in services available Mon - Thurs until 10:30am until schedule is filled. Variable fee Medicaid. PeachCare, Wellcare, PeachState, Amerigroup, Medicare, Debit Cards and all major credit cards are accepted

  • Nurse Practitioner Sick visit; recheck; work or sports physical, women's health
  • Family planning
  • STD check
  • Health check, birth to 21 yrs
  • Children's medical services
  • PPD test (Tuberculin Skin Test)
  • Immunizations
  • Hearing, vision and dental
  • Checks for rash, head, parasites
  • Sputum evaluation
  • HIV testing & counseling
  • Nutritional Services: WIC and nutritional counseling
  • Laboratory Services: blood pressure; pregnancy test, RPR (Syphilis) test; Hepititis B; Measles; Mumps; Reubella; Chickenpox
  • Issue 3231 School Certificate (no immunizations)

GeorgiaCares P. O. Box 1798 Rome, GA 30162 1-866-552-4464 8-5 M-F Leave message if no answer No fees  Seniors and disabled Medicare beneficiaries and those seeking information for them Telephone for appointment 15 counties in NW Georgia

  • Medicare counseling
  • Assistance with prescription drug costs
  • Lifelong planning
  • Healthcare consumer protection

Hope Center Support Groups For cancer patients, survivors, caregivers, spouses. Cancer Support Group Mondays 12:00 to 1:00 678-230-8127 to confirm 213 South Erwin Street Carterville, GA 30120 678-230-8127

Bartow Family Health Services
Family Practice, Family Planning, Pharmacy, On-site Laboratory
775 West Avenue, Suite A
Cartersville, GA 30120
Tel: (470) 315-4689
Fax: (470) 315-4916
Mon-Wed 8:00am-5:30pm
Thurs 10:00am-7:30pm
Fri 8:00am-12:00pm


Before you get behind on payments, contact the utility company or creditors, often they will work out a payment arrangements.  If you find yourself behind, still call as soon as possible before delinquent.  Attempting to work out a payment is a positive option.

Mortgages:  You can call and ask for a payment to be added to the end of the mortgage, and possibly pay the interest only for a specific time, or if they will spread any past due amount over the next few months.

Banks:  Loans you may have, ask if a payment can be added to the end of the loan, if a grace period can be extended or if a reduced payment can be made until you can make the full payment.

Utility companies:  Contact before it becomes overdue and see if a payment arrangement can be made.  Also ask about agencies that might assist you in paying your bill.  Pay your bills with cash on hand, you can get assistance with food easier than for money.  Trim your expenses – go to basic phone, cable, free or low cost internet, or disconnect until things become more stable.

Use online budget if you have accessibility to develop a budget.  this article also has several companies that can direct you to making the best decisions for management of money.

Consumer Credit counseling service   404-527-7630

Saint Vincent De Paul help line:  678-892-6163   Email:

Tallatoona Community Action Partnership has an energy assistance program appointments are scheduled on a first come first serve basis through our energy call center line at (770) 817-4666 ext.2  or toll free for 706 area codes at (770) 773-7730 or online.

Food Assistance 

Allatoona Resource Center6503 Glade Road Acworth, Ga 30102 770-975-3251 Monday – Friday 8 am to 5 pm. Closed 12 to 1 for lunch No fees Must have appointment
See Previous Page for More on the ARC!

Bartow County Community Resources Office140 Douglas St., Ste. 103 Cartersville, GA 30120 770-387-3708. 8am – 1pm, Tues – Fri Call ahead for appointment No fees Bartow County Services:

  • Limited utility assistance, limited rental assistance, and prescription drug assistance
  • Referrals, assistance with prescription glasses
  • Crisis food pantry when available

Bartow County Social Services Indigent Care 31 Pointe North Drive Cartersville, GA 30120 770-387-5133 & 770-607-6196
8:00- 5:00 M-F By appointment

  • Screen for Lion’s Club glasses, hearing aids, and eye surgery
  • Supplement Medicare insurance filing and applying for Medicare Medicine Assistance card
  • Georgia Care Program: Troubleshoot problems with Medicare and other health insurance claims; and problems with doctor, hospital, and lab charges
  • North West Georgia Elder Rights Council: Provide information on services for seniors and those on disability
  • Verify eligibility for Indigent Burial Program
  • Provide information on nursing homes and hospice care
  • Referral to other community resources

Empty Food Pantries, Inc.  720 Martin Luther King Dr., Cartersville   678-721-6468  

Episcopal Church of the Ascension   205 W. Cherokee Ave. Cartersville, GA 30120 770 382-2626 Pantry is open Tuesday 5:30 – 7:30 pm & Wednesday 9 – 11 am. No fees   Utility bill or ID showing Bartow County residency

Manna Foods-Faith UMC 501 Grassdale Rd. Cartersville 770-382-0313 1st & 4th Wed monthly 9am First 50 people

Grace Baptist Church 477 Old Cass White Rd. NW, Cartersville 770-382-6446   10am Thu

Harvest House 165 Old Tennessee Hwy., Cartersville 770-382-9489 10am – Noon Thu

New Beginnings Food Outreach, Inc. 6973 Glade Rd. Acworth 11pm - 2pm Friday

North Bartow Community Services 2397 Hall Station Rd. Adairsville 770-773-3812 Mon - Fri call ahead.

The Salvation Army 16 Felton Pl. Cartersville 770-386-6256 Mon - Fri call ahead*

Tabernacle Baptist Church 112 E. Church St., Cartersville 770-382-1977 1pm Tuesday


Goodwill of North Georgia 929 Joe Frank Pkwy. Cartersville, GA 30120 770-276-7036                    9am - 5pm Mon – Wed; 9am - 7pm Thu; 9am - 4pm Fri; 10am - 2:00pm Sat

  • Collect and sell donated clothing, goods and household items
  • Provide Training Programs and Employment Services

Habitat for Humanity Thrift Store 1 Roosevelt St. Cartersville, GA 30120 770-383-9054 9am - 5pm, Mon - Sat.  
Services: Provides clothing and household goods at a reduced cost. Will pick up

Christian League for Battered Women Domestic Violence/Tranquility House P.O. Box 1383 Cartersville, GA 30120 770-386-8779 (crisis line) or 770-386-8093 (administration line) 770-386-4490 Services:

  • 24-hour crisis line
  • 24-hour safe shelter
  • No cost emergency shelter, food clothing, transportation, support group, and counseling for victims of domestic violence
  • Counseling and support groups to educate the public
  • Legal advocate
  • TANF application assistance

Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter 110 Porter St. Cartersville, GA 30120 770-607-0610 Fax: 770-607-7026 Open 24/7 no Fees. Eligibility: Potential shelter guests must be able to pass a drug and alcohol test, must have a background free of charges related to physical violence or crimes against women and children, must be physically and mentally able to work, from Bartow and surrounding counties Services:

  • 24 hour shelter, meals, transportation assistance for guests
  • Day services available for those who are homeless but not staying at the Shelter-food pantry, showers, laundry, meals
  • Computer lab with GED classes available

Must Ministries 55 Elizabeth Church Rd, Marietta GA 30060 Office & Employment Services -770-427-9862 1407 Cobb Parkway N Marietta GA 30062 Employment Services/Canton 770-479-5397-111 Brown Industrial Parkway, Canton GA 30114
Shelter-678-218-4533 Fax: Shelter-678-218-4527  Administrative Offices 8:30-4:30 M-F Employment Services 10-2 M-F

  • Service Centers in Marietta, Smyrna and Cherokee providing food, clothing, financial aid, education and employment assistance
  • Interview assessment and referral services, to families and individuals in crisis.
  • Integrated Housing Programs in Cobb and Cherokee Counties dedicated to helping 200+residents break their own cycle of Homelessness
  • Emergency shelter, transitional housing, and permanent supportive housing and a host of wrap around services provide a healthy
  • Environment to foster whole life change
  • Seasonal Programs including: summer lunch program; back to school supplies; holiday meals (for Bartow) Employment Services (Marietta and Cherokee offices) and trainings, Summer Lunches, Emergency Shelter (located in Marietta), Community Housing (as funded)

New Beginnings Outreach, Inc. 7034 Glade Rd. Acworth, GA 30102 Dwight (F.D.) Holcomb 

• Food Bank and personal care needs

• Distribution signup Friday @ noon

North Bartow Community Services, Inc. 2397 Hall Station Rd. Adairsville, GA 30103 770-773-3812 Brandi Smith Monday – Friday 8 am to 5 pm. Closed 12 to 1 for lunch. No fees. Bartow County residents of Adairsville, Rydal, Kingston, and White-Some streets with a Fairmount address in Bartow Services: based on income:

  • Limited prescription assistance
  • Clothes closet, thrift store
  • Emergency energy assistance
  • Food pantry

Hot Meals

Cassville Baptist Church Friendship Kitchen 1663 Cassville Rd. NW, Cartersville 770-382-6739 Meals delivered Tuesday Eve in the immediate Cassville area

First Presbyterian Church Friendship Table 183 W. Cherokee St., Cartersville 770-382-3511 Meals Tuesday 6pm. Transportation available within a limited area Call for information, to be placed on the pick-up list