Community Services

Responsibilities

The Community Services Department is responsible for the following programs and services:

  • Contractual Agreements with Non-Profit Agencies
  • Administration of Federal and State Grants
  • Cable television franchise agreement
  • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
    • Assists individuals that are homeless or near homeless with securing rental housing, utility assistance and homeless shelter needs. ESG is a federal grant and individuals must meet eligibility requirements.
  • Senior Programs (click here for listing of Senior Center locations and contact information)
  • Voting Locations

Community Partners:

ALABAMA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SYSTEM

Provides information based on university research and practical experiences on a variety of subjects including: Agriculture, Food Health & Safety, Urban Issues, Finance and many other subjects. The 4-H Program is housed at ACES. You can reach the Shelby County Office at (205) 669-6763 or visit them at www.aces.edu.

ALABAMA FORESTRY COMMISSION

Provides information to homeowners and landowners by providing forest certification, prescribed burning, firebreak construction, wildfire information and other services and information pertaining to woodland. You can reach the Shelby County Office at (205) 669-4133 or visit them at www.forestry.alabama.gov

ARC of SHELBY COUNTY

The Arc of Shelby County's Early Intervention program is a coordinated, family-focused system of resources, supports and services for infants and toddlers birth to age 3 years with a 25% delay in cognitive, communicative, physical, adaptive, or social/emotional development.The Employment Program assists individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in achieving their career goals and assists community employers in finding eager employees looking for meaningful work. New Visions Day Program offers individualized or group coaching and training. Participants have the opportunity to work on a variety of life skills and recreation/leisure activities. Contact Shelby Arc Office at (205) 664-9313 or New Visions Day Program at (205) 729-6998 or online at www.thearcofshelby.org

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS

BBBS serves youth between the ages of 7 and 18. We recruit, screen, train and match volunteer mentors with children who are at high risk of 1) academic failure, 2) becoming involved in violent, destructive activity, and/or 3) lack the guidance of positive role models. BBBS is serving youth in the various school systems within Shelby County. BBBS can be reached by calling (205) 378-4050 or visit their website at www.bbbsbhm.org

CLASTRAN

Provides transportation to elderly, disabled and rural populations of Shelby County. You can reach ClasTran at 325-8787 or visit them at www.clastran.com

COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP OF MIDDLE ALABAMA

Provides Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to keep eligible families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist with utility costs. The Adult Education Program is provided to low-income individuals interested in continuing their education. Book your appointment by calling (205) 287-0139 or schedule online at www.eaaoac.cascheduler.com. For Emergency Assistance, call (205) 669-3836, Monday-Thursday, 8am-4:30pm; Closed daily from 12pm-1pm for lunch. Walk-ins are ONLY taken from 1-2pm each day. No appointments are scheduled on Fridays. You can also visit them online at www.capmal.org.

FAMILY CONNECTION

Provides a variety of services for at-risk youth and their families. They provides temporary shelter and counseling services, outreach counseling services and an array of other services affecting today’s youth. Family Connection can be contacted at (205) 663-6301 or online at www.familyconnection-inc.org.

HARRISON REGIONAL LIBRARY

Provides support to county libraries, administers a Senior Outreach Program, Books-By-Mail, Computer Training, Computerized Homework Help and other services. Harrison Regional Library can be contacted at (205) 669-3910 or visit them at www.shelbycounty-al.org

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES

Provides a broad range of services to the citizens. Some include child adoption, child care, child welfare, financial resources management, food stamps and additional family services. The Shelby County Office of the State Department of Human Resources can be reached at (205) 669-3000 or visit the State of Alabama DHR web page at www.dhr.state.al.us

HUMANE SOCIETY

Provides citizens with a source for adoption of animals, surrender of animals, education regarding vaccinations and spay/neuter as well as other animal treatment issues. The Shelby County Humane Society can be reached at (205) 669-3916 or visit them at www.shelbyhumane.org.

MIDDLE ALABAMA AREA AGENCY (M4A)

In coordination with the Alabama Department of Senior Services (ADSS), provides services to seniors 60+, including: coordination of transportation and nutrition to six local Senior Centers, home delivered meals and referral information concerning resources for older persons, based on the mission of the Older Americans Act. Other temporary services include homemaker services, caregiver respite, medication assistance and telephone reassurance programs. M4A also provides information and assistance, outreach and education, legal services, insurance counseling, and a nursing home/assisted living Ombudsmen Program. Contact M4A at (205) 670-5770 or at their website: www.m4a.org

OWENS HOUSE, SHELBY COUNTY CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTER

Aides victims of child abuse through the process our society designed to deal with illegal activity. The Family Advocate Program is designed to ensure that the safety of child victims is the number one priority and that the families' needs are being met. To contact the Owens House call (205) 669-3333 or owenshouse.org.

SAFE HOUSE

Provides shelter services to women and children who have been victims of domestic violence. Additionally: counseling, legal assistance, court advocacy, case management and community education are available. Sexual Assault Services are provided 24/7 for survivors, including forensic exams. All services are free and confidential. Contact Safe House at their 24/7 crisis line (205) 669-7233 (SAFE) or visit them at www.safehouse.org

RETIRED SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (RSVP)

Provides senior volunteers 55+ for a variety of worthwhile and stimulating volunteer opportunities county-wide. Volunteer recognition throughout the year is ongoing, as a thank you for many hours of valuable volunteer work, critical to Shelby County. Banquets, picnics, awards and recreational trips are provided to recognize volunteers. To become a senior volunteer and share your talents, please contact Pamela Raines, Shelby County RSVP Coordinator at (205) 670-6570 or visit them on Facebook.

SHELBY EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

Provides aid to Shelby County clients who have had a recent crisis and need short-term assistance with food, utility bills, housing, medical/dental needs and money management. The Thrive Program is offered to single women with children to accelerate financial stability through educational and employment pathways. Shelby Emergency Assistance can be reached at (205) 665-1942 or at shelbyemergencyassistance.org.

SHELBY COUNTY SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT

Provides conservation information regarding pasture planting, cross fencing, livestock water, site preparation and tree planting and other conservation related matters. Contact the Soil and Water Conservation District at (205) 669-7136 or visit them on Facebook.