How do I get on the Birch program?

Referrals to the BCS program may only be made by current or past BCS participants in good standing. Current or past participants may contact Hunter Hartzell at hunter@birchcommunityservices.org to request a referral form, or can pick one up in our front office. If you do not know any current or past participants, you may use our self referral process. In order to fill out a self referral application, please go to the ‘Program’ tab on our home page, then ‘Participate’, then ‘Self Referrals’.

Am I in need?

If you are a working, struggling family who is not receiving SNAP or TANF you may be referred to this program.

May I walk through the warehouse before I decide?

When a referral has been approved, the referring participant is encouraged to have the inquiring family walk/ shop through the warehouse on the participant’s regular shopping day to experience the warehouse first-hand. Based on this first shop through the warehouse, the ‘future’ participant can make a determination whether or not this program would be a good fit for their needs. If you are a self referral the process in a little different. After you have submitted your self referral application, you wait for us to contact you. Once we reach out to you, and your application has been approved, you may come in to to a tour and an intake interview.

What’s next?

After the eye-opening, step-by-step overview of the Birch shopping experience, you’ll sit down with one of our BCS staffers to complete an Intake Questionnaire. At that point the information is submitted for approval. The potential participant will be contacted with the final decision, usually within the next week.