HARDSHIP FUND CRITERIA

Applicant must:

  • Be referred to the Society by a community based social worker.
  • Be born in the United Kingdom or one of the Commonwealth nations and/or be a first degree relative (son or daughter) of a mother or father born in the United Kingdom or a Commonwealth nation.
  • Be legally in the United States.
  • Be able to provide proof of British or Commonwealth heritage. (Passport, birth certificate, green card).
  • Have a genuine need for assistance. (Proof of lack of funds, savings and/ or assets)
  • Agree to a home visit by the Society’s social workers.

 

BENEFICIARY PROGRAM

Providing services for people in crisis, many facing homelessness. The overriding goal of the UKares Beneficiary Program is to prevent homelessness by providing rent assistance for the British and Commonwealth, elderly and disabled Los Angeles.

Most people who seek assistance from the UKares have enjoyed a normal lifestyle, which becomes interrupted by illness or some other disruption to their income. Within a very short space of time they find themselves in debt and then in crisis. Help may not be available from the State and often they face the prospect of eviction.

Our support enables expats to make ends meet, pay rent, buy medication, afford public transportation and generally enhances their quality of life. The financial assistance we provide is supplemented by much-needed emotional support from our volunteering social workers and therapists.

UKares CARE PACKAGES

Care

LA can be a lonely place, especially if you are in hospital. Imagine being far from home, where family members and close friends cannot come and visit, from a short stay to long-term care-centres, receiving a visit from a caring UKares volunteer with a care package filled with British treats can really make a difference and lift up the spirits of the patient. If you have a friend in the hospital or at home, who is in need of cheering up contact us at info@ukares.org and we’ll either send a care package or arrange for a volunteer to visit. Sometimes it’s the smallest touches that can make all the difference.

Bereavement flights

We are working closely with friendly airlines so we can better help assist you to get back home in times of emergencies.  If you have a close family member who is in critical condition, or have a death in the family and have no means of getting home, we might be able to help. if you meet the criteria, we will do our best to get you back in time.  At the very least, at a discounted rate. Please enquire here info@ukares.org

FAQ

Q: WHAT IS THE UKARES FOUNDATION?

A: UKares Foundation is a non-profit charity that provides assistance and advice to British & Commonwealth citizens in the greater Los Angeles area in times of crisis, hardship or distress.

Q: WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO OBTAIN HELP FROM UKARES?

A: We are a small charity so please be patient with us if we don’t respond right away. The quickest way to obtain assistance and advice is through email – info@ukares.org

Q: WHAT TYPE OF ADVICE CAN I RECEIVE FROM UKARES?

A: www.ukares.org will provide links to host of support groups, please see ‘Other Resources’ below.

Q: CAN UKARES HELP BRITISH AND COMMONWEALTH CITIZENS IN HOSPITAL?

A: We have a volunteer program of visiting people in hospitals.

Q: CAN I ALWAYS REACH OUT TO UKARES?

A: You can contact us again, if you are experiencing a crisis. However, you should not feel dependent on us, UKares is not a replacement for long-term counseling, look under our links for counselling suggestions

Q: CAN I VOLUNTEER TO VISIT PEOPLE IN HOSPITAL?

A: Yes. we would love that. No better way of cheering up an expat in hospital is by a friendly face and we always need more volunteers. Please email us at info@ukares.com to let us know if you are interested.

Links of helpful resource sites

 

HOMELESSNESS

 

 

PERSONAL HELP

 

  • DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTER http://www.standffov.org/emergency-help/
  • NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE: 1-800-273-8255 (24/7)
  • DISASTER DISTRESS HELPLINE: 1-800-985-5990; Text TalkWithUs to 66746; TTY for Deaf/Hearing Impaired: 1-800-846-8517
  • NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE: 1-800-799-7233 (24/7) Email the National Domestic Violence Hotline (24/7)
  • RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network): 1-800-656-4673 (24/7) Live Chat with RAINN (24/7)
  • HUMAN TRAFFICKING: National Human Trafficking Resource Center; 1-888-373-7888: Text BeFree (233733)
  • CHILD ABUSE – USA National Child Abuse Hotline; 1-800-422-4453 (24/7)
  • RUNAWAYS: National Runaway Safe line: 1-800-786-2929 (24/7)  Live Chat with National Runaway Safe line (5:30pm – 12:30am EST)
  • EATING DISORDERS: National Eating Disorders Association – 1-800-931-2237 (Monday-Friday, 11:30 am-7:30 pm EST)
  • CUTTING/SELF INJURY: Safe Alternative: Email SAFE Alternatives for information on seeking help: Call 800-366-8288 for information on seeking help
  • SUPPORT FOR GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER (GLBT) YOUTH: GLBT National Youth Talk: Call 1-800-246-7743

 

LAW

 

 

MEDICAL

 

 

FINANCIAL