Emergency Help from Brother's Keeper
Parishioners referred to Brothers Keeper by one of the Priests - they usually give you a letter to bring - are eligible for many types of assistance. But do not go to the Priest’s first. Come see us first. We do not give anyone direct cash. We can help pay bills up to a certain amount.
Any registered parishioner can come to our office without a direct referral from one of the priests and still be eligible for assistance.
Any needy person in Marion County, regardless of sex, creed, or color, can come and apply for assistance during our regular office hours.
Office Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 to 12:00 and 1:00 to 4:00
Usual Types of Assistance
Provided by Brothers Keeper:
- Utility assistance once every twelve months for Ocala Electric Utiliities
- Emergency Food Bags
- Emergency Clothing
- Emergency basic Furniture
- Gasoline vouchers for documented medical appointments
- Prescription vouchers
- Transportation - limited funding for bus tickets
- Other Special assistance if eligible
The level of assistance and the time constraints for assistance are set on a case by case basis.
Applicants for assistance should be able to provide proper identification but no one will be denied the ability to apply for assistance. Applicants will need to fill out an intake form.
If requesting furniture a lease and proof that the lights are on in the applicants name is required. It is best to have a current utility bill and a picture ID whose address is the same as the service address on the bill when applying for OEU assistance.
No assistance or promises are made over the phone. You must come in and see us and apply.