Need Help?

Updated: 3/28/16

On this page we will be posting information about organizations, people, and places to receive help. Please be patient with us as we gather the most current information and post it here. This page will not be updated on a monthly or weekly basis like some of the other pages, but we will try to keep it current. Thank you.

Food & Nutrition:

Thermal Belt Outreach: located at 134 White Drive, Columbus, NC

Thermal Belt provides food and some other services to families of low income or reaching hard times. They also can point you in the direction to find more help. Hours of operations are Monday thru Friday 9 am to 4 pm. Call them at 828-894-2988

PBA Care Kitchen: located in Columbus, NC

Free meal provide in the basement of the Polk Baptist Association every Friday 11:30 to 12:30.

Green Creek Baptist Church: located on Coxe Road in Green Creek, NC

Offers food pantry for Polk County Residents in need (in connections with Red Cross). Open Wednesdays from 9am to 12pm only.


Hands of Hope for Life: located at 129 N. Powell St, Forest City, NC

If you are pregnant and in a situation where you need help, please contact Hands of Hope for Life. You can reach them at 828-247-4673 or online at Please don't hesitate to reach out for help.

Domestic Violence:

Steps to Hope: located at 60 Ward St, Columbus, NC

If you or someone you know needs help for domestic violence or need education on how to prevent domestic violence contact Steps to Hope. You can visit them at or call them at 828-894-2340.

Sexual Abuse or Assault:

Steps to Hope: located at 60 Ward St, Columbus, NC

If you need education or assistance in regards to sexual abuse or assault, please feel free to contact Steps to Hope at or call them at 828-894-2340.

RAINN - National Sexual Assault Hotline:

For sexual assault or abuse information or help feel free to contact RAINN at or 1-800-656-HOPE. 

Mental Health or Substance Abuse Issues:

RHA Behavioral Health Services: Mobile Crisis Management

Intensive, on-site intervention and stabilization of individuals experiencing a mental health, substance abuse, and/or developmental disability crisis. Call anytime 24/7/365 to 1-888-573-1006.

Inexpensive Clothing:

Second Chance Thrift Store: Columbus, NC

Hospice Resale: Rutherfordton, NC and Landrum, SC

Other Items:

Po' Kitties: Located in Polk County, NC

Free Spay/Neuter for Free-Roaming Cats. Call Dana at 828-243-1852.

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