Life throws us challenges and difficulties that are out of our control. But no matter your circumstances, you are not alone. If you’re struggling to make ends meet or afford basic living expenses, we’re here for you at Side by Side. We’ve helped thousands of individuals and families throughout Lake Geneva pay their rent, fill their prescription, or keep their lights on.
How it Works.
To get started, follow these steps:
- Complete and submit the application below or print and fill out a hard copy.
- Come the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6:30–7:30 p.m. to the First Congregational United Church of Christ (715 Wisconsin Street, Lake Geneva).
- During this monthly meeting we will chat with you briefly about your application and see if you qualify for financial help from Side by Side.
We’re also here to help connect you with other community resources. See our list below or call (262) 581-5927 for more information.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions:
What kind of assistance do you provide?
Side by Side provides financial help to pay for rent/mortgage, utilities bills, or prescription costs. We also provide referrals to other community resources where people can get help.
How often is support available?
We can give one grant of financial support per year to those clients in need, but we’re here to offer referrals to other resources any time and as often as a client needs.
Who receives help?
After completing an application and screening by our trained volunteers, we’re able to help qualified clients.
Who supports Side by Side?
Because local churches, service organizations, and community volunteers dedicate their time and talents to Side by Side, donations go to help those in need.
Where else can people go for help?
How can I get help?
Supporting Our Veterans
A local veteran had been injured on the job, was denied workman’s compensation, and paid all of his bills from his savings. After nearly a year when his money ran out and he couldn’t pay his rent, he heard about Side by Side from Health and Human Services. We paid his rent for a month while he worked with a lawyer to obtain workman’s comp to no avail. He was so grateful for Side by Side for helping him avoid eviction. Thanks to our partnerships and community resources, we helped him navigate both Veterans’ Affairs and Social Security Disability office to obtain a few thousand dollars to help him receive not only SSDI but a Veteran’s pension for doing two tours of duty that he didn’t even know he was entitled to! Two years later, he finally received the workman’s comp settlement. Without the guidance and inspiration of Side by Side he might never have received either benefit.
“I came to you for help and had a wonderful encouraging conversation… I was treated with compassion and respect. Then you blessed us by paying on our gas and electric bills. You have helped much more than you know just by caring.”