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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 its mission. The center is located in the Cuyler-Brownsville neighborhood, a struggling African-American community with a rich history and strong community spirit.

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:


  • Assisting those needing a job with resume building, job searches, interview prep and referrals
  • Partnering with Savannah Tech to guide people to learn specific job skills to launch a career and better pay

Free Tax Preparation

  • 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
  • Walk ins welcome – first come – first served
  • Call for specific hours

Public Benefits

  • Staff completes applications online for the clients; more than 3,000 applications are processed each year.
  • New and renewal applications are submitted for the following:
    • SNAP (food stamps)
    • Medicaid for Children
    • Medicaid for Adults
    • Medicaid for Pregnant Women
    • WIC for Pregnant and New Moms
    • CAP – Childcare Funds for those working or going to school
    • TANF – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

Eye Exams & Glasses

  • Those who are uninsured and meet financial levels are eligible for free eye exams through our partners, Georgia Eye Institute & LensCrafters
  • These Qualified Uninsured and those on Medicaid are welcome to select glasses through these partners, Lens Crafters & Prevent Blindness Georgia.  Glasses are free or available at a very reduced price.
  • Call for an appointment or with questions.

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 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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