Intake and Assessment at AIM

Intake and Assessment

Intake and Assessment is founded upon compassion. It meets people in their crisis and provides them with the tools to change their future. AIM volunteers and staff members care about what clients are experiencing and  care about equipping clients to build a better future for themselves and their families.

The majority of AIM clients come to us living on a monthly budget of less than $1,500.00 per month. Most of the clients AIM sees are employed but are being paid at or just above minimum wage. For someone who is working 40 hours per week at minimum wage – $7.25 per hour – his or her weekly gross income is $290.

According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, someone working a minimum wage job would need to work 66 hours to afford a “modest, 1 bedroom apartment at Fair Market Rent” in South Carolina. That figure does not include utility bills, childcare, groceries, or other basic needs.

During Intake and Assessment, AIM volunteers and staff spend time with each individual or family to understand their particular challenges by actively listening. During each appointment, AIM assists clients with forming a monthly household budget and assessing their potential to increase income and identify potential barriers to that progress.

Prior to the end of the appointment, clients receive a specialized plan that outlines AIM recommendations that will help the client through crisis and connections to support, resources and education – both on and off the AIM campus. Clients must regularly check in with AIM, providing progress updates, in order to receive any future assistance or any tailored incentives for completion of recommendations.


  • Utility Assistance
  • Mortgage Assistance
  • Food Pantry
  • Fire Wood
  • Home Repair
  • Handicap Ramps
  • Rent Assistance (as funding is available)

*Support is not guaranteed – eligibility is determined upon assessment


  • Employment Assistance
  • Interview Attire
  • Training Center
  • Counseling
  • Social Security
  • Taxes

  • GED Courses
  • Palmetto Youth Connections
  • WorkKeys Assessment
  • Certificate Training
  • College Enrollment

“Anything in life worth having is worth working for.” – Andrew Carnegie