St. Mary’s Community Center in Savannah, GA

St. Mary's Community Center is a community outreach initiative of St. Joseph's/Candler and a living demonstration of our mission. The center is located in the Cuyler-Brownsville neighborhood, a struggling African-American community with a rich history and strong community spirit.

Our Services

The Center serves many individuals and families from Savannah's poorest census tracts. The injustices of poverty are many - unemployment, illiteracy, lack of health care, substandard housing, drugs and crime. The center strives to accompany people to improve their quality of life through:


  • Resumes/Cover letters
  • Job searches and applications
  • Interview preparation
  • Job readiness skills
  • Employment workshops
  • Job fairs
  • Email address set up/recovery

Free Tax Preparation

  • FREE federal and state tax preparation in January and February
  • Each year the Center trains volunteers who become IRS Certified to prepare BASIC tax forms (no itemization)
  • At the end of January throughout February, these volunteers help people keep all their refunds instead of paying a portion to a paid preparer.
  • Hours are throughout the week and on Saturdays
  • Call for specific hours

Public Benefits

  • Staff completes applications online for the clients; more than 3,000 applications are processed each year.
  • Public Benefit hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Monday through Thursday 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • New and renewal applications are submitted for the following:
    • SNAP (formerly food stamps)
    • Medicare for children and adults
    • Medicaid denial letters for Medbank
    • Pregnancy Medicaid applications

Eye Exams & Glasses

  • Eyeglasses starting at $30 through Prevent Blindness Georgia (must have prescription)
  • To get prescription:
    • Free eye exams for uninsured St. Mary's Community Center (waitlist).
    • Contact your insurance or health care office for in-network eye doctors

Office Services

  • Free copies/faxes/scanning
  • Free notary public
  • Computer Lab
    • Hours: Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Monday through Thursday 1:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Bread Day

  • Free bread and sweets from Publix
  • First come, first serve
  • Bread day and hours: Thursdays 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Connect with St. Mary’s Community Center

For more information on the programs offered at St. Mary’s Community Center, please call 912-447-0578 or visit:

812 W. 36th St.
Savannah, Ga. 31415

Hours:  Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Closed for lunch from Noon to 1 p.m.)
              Friday: 8:30 a.m. to Noon

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