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Oxford Area Neighborhood Services Center: The Heart of the Community

Since November 1, 1971, Neighborhood Services Center has provided a centralized location where residents of the southwestern corner of Chester County can access health and social services and find help to meet their basic needs. The Neighborhood Services Center’s mission is to empower all people to achieve health, wholeness, and stability in their lives. The agency’s goals are to:

 -Provide a place for people to drop in or call with questions or problems.

-Establish a link between volunteers who want to help and those in need of assistance.

-Provide a central location for county human services agencies so that southwestern Chester County residents can get the help they need in one place.

-Help people access information, and provide referrals to services and programs that the agency does not provide.

-Screen people and provide direct services for fuel, food, utility services, health care, housing, and transportation assistance.

NSC staff assists individuals and families by providing Information and Referral Services and Basic Needs Assistance which includes our Food Cupboard, Thrift Shop and Emergency Monetary Assistance. NSC also serves as a distribution site for the Operation Warm coats for kids program and the American Cancer Society Wigs for Cancer Patients Program.

 

Basic Needs Assistance

NSC provides monetary assistance to pre-screened, income eligible individuals who need assistance meeting their basic needs of housing, utilities and health care. NSC makes direct payments to vendors on behalf of eligible clients. Funds for this program come from the United Way of Southern Chester County, private foundations and individual donations.

Food Cupboard

 Operating in partnership with the Chester County Food Bank, and funded in part by the United Way of Southern Chester County and private foundations, NSC coordinates an emergency food cupboard for southern Chester County residents. Canned goods and non-perishable items are donated by individuals, churches and community groups. Diapers, personal care items, household cleaning supplies and paper products are also available. 

Information and Referral

NSC's Information and Referral Program assists individuals in accessing the many health and human services available to them. NSC case managers provide the following services:

  • Assessment of an individual's problems which enables NSC to determine services needed;
  • Case managers provide relevant information on and referral to community resources;
  • Case managers follow-up on all referrals to confirm that services were received.

Funding for this program is provided by the Chester County Department of Human Services through the Human Services Development Fund Block Grant Program. Additional funding is received from private donations.

NSC provides space for the following professional agencies:  

  • Human Services, Inc.
  • Crime Victims Center
  • Maternal & Child Healthcare Consortium - Healthy Start
  • Family Service of Chester County
  • Domestic Violence of Chester County

Thank You to Our Local Farmers and Gardeners!

In addition to our food supplied by the Chester County Food Bank, every summer the NSC Food Cupboard receives generous donations of local produce from our local farmers and gardeners. This summer we received pounds and pounds of donated corn, tomatoes, peppers, onions, broccoli, lettuce and of course zucchini and squash! Thank you all for helping us provide healthy food for our neighbors in need!

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Thank You for Supporting Our Anniversary Celebration and Auction! With your help we raised over $31,000!

 

Help your neighbors in need:

Your online gift helps NSC meet needs as they arise in the community:

$500 allows us to supplement a family’s monthly rental cost

$300 allows us to arrange for emergency heating fuel for a family

$100 allows us to supplement an individual’s monthly utility costs

$50 or more helps us to buy food for our Food Cupboard

$25 enables us to supplement an individual’s co-pay for a prescription

You can also pay online for reservations and tickets to our upcoming events...

Other agencies providing services at NSC:

  • AARP Tax Assistance
  • Superior Workforce Solutions
  • Ce' Ja Associates 
  • Chester County Department of Health