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Amador County Help: A resource guide for Struggling Families and Individuals

Here's a list of local resources in Amador County for those financially impacted by COVID-19 or other hardships.

AMADOR COUNTY, Calif. — The coronavirus pandemic continues to affect the daily lives of people now more than ever with the re-surge in COVID-19 cases and California's new regional stay-at-home order.

During these difficult times, it is important to know where people can find support, assistance and relief. 

This is why ABC10 has compiled a list of resources for the residents of Amador County to help our community find food, housing, utilities, mental health services and more.


Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency (ATCAA)

  • Services: Provides housing for homeless families and individuals and assists those at risk of becoming homeless. 
  • Amador County Homeless Shelter Phone: (209) 223-9215

The state of California created a guide to help renters and landlords navigate their rights and provide resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Family & Children

Nexus Youth & Family Services

  • Services: Offers outreach and education services that support families and children. 
  • Phone: (209) 257-1980

The Resource Connection

  • Provides services and programs in children and families, nutrition, and prevention and intervention.

  • Phone: (209) 754-2000 or (209) 754-4014

Food Distributions

Interfaith Food Bank of Amador County

  • Services: The Interfaith Food Bank of Amador County has a main distribution center in Jackson and 15 Satellite locations throughout Amador County including a Spanish-speaking site in Plymouth.
  • Phone: (209) 267-9006 
  • Email: feedamador@feedamador.org

Common Ground Senior Services

  • Provides the Meals on Wheels program to seniors in the area.
  • Phone: (209) 223-3015

Sierra Wind Wellness & Recovery Center

  • Services: Peer-led, self-help center offering free meals daily.
  • Phone: (209) 223-1956

Mental Health

Amador County Behavioral Health Department

  • Services: Provides support for those with serious mental illness, emotional disturbances, and substance use disorders.
  • Phone: (209) 223-6412

NAMI Amador

  • Services: Provides support group meetings for those struggling with mental illness. 
  • Phone: (209) 256-1293

The state of California created a guide to help people manage stress during COVID-19.

National Mental Health Resources

Psychology Today's 'Find a Therapist'

  • Services: Find a variety of mental health professionals such as therapists, psychologists and counselors, who are listed in an area near you.

Open Path Psychotherapy Collective

  • Services: Offers affordable psychotherapy sessions virtually for people who do not have health insurance or whose health insurance doesn't have sufficient mental health benefits.

Therapy for Black Girls

  • Services: The directory is meant to be an accessible tool to help Black women and girls find culturally competent therapists they can trust.
  • Email: info@therapyforblackgirls.com

Therapy for Latinx

  • Services: A resource specifically for the Latinx community to help find a therapist in your area.
  • Email: hola@therapyforlatinx.com

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network 

  • Services: Find a network of Queer and Trans Therapists of color who serve the vast and multifaceted QTPoC community. 
  • Email: nqttcn@gmail.com

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

  • Services: If you're in experiencing thoughts of suicide or emotional crisis, the lifeline connects people with free and confidential support any time of the day.
  • Phone: 1-800-273-8255


Mother Lode Job Training

  • Services: Self-service career center providing assistance for job seekers.
  • Phone: (209) 754-4242

Financial Support

Amador County Social Services

  • Services: Information for services including CalWORKS, CalFRESH, Medi-Cal, CMSP and General Assistance.
  • Phone: (209) 223-6550

Additional California Financial Resources

COVID-19: Worker Resources

  • Services: The Employee Development Department (EDD) offers several benefit programs including benefits for workers financially impacted by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

California Low-Cost Internet Plans

  • Services: The Public Utilities Commission offers a directory to help you find low-cost internet plans in your area.

California Lifeline Program

  • Services: The Public Utilities Commission offers a directory to help you find discounts on home and cell phone providers in your area.

The WIOA Dislocated Worker Funds for Underserved COVID-19 Impacted Individual

  • The grant pays up to $800 per person for basic needs, such as housing, utility assistance, child care, transportation costs, and some 'work from home' costs. The deadline to apply for the grant is now December 31, 2020.
  • Contact your local Workforce Development Board as each county and board may have a different process to apply.

Small Business Crisis Hotline

  • Services: The California Small Enterprise Task Force connects small businesses to COVID-19 resources including support from attorneys and business advisors. 
  • Contact: Register for weekly office hours

United Ways of California COVID-19 Resources

  • Services: Looking for assistance, United Way's 2-1-1 text service connects Californians to local relief efforts including housing, mental health, food, child care, and other info and referral services including answering your questions about the novel coronavirus.  
  • Phone: Text 2-1-1, a toll-free number

If you have a resource you'd like to add to the list, please send your suggestions to ssanchez1@abc10.com

If you have a financial question or concern, text ABC10's  'Dollars and Sense' team at 916-321-3310.

(Editor's Note: Sabrina Teresa Sanchez contributed research.) 


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