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By providing programs that serve the body, mind and soul, The Salvation Army helps alleviate the symptoms of poverty - and works to address the root issues that cause it.

Rent Assistance

When you don’t know where the money for your next rent payment is coming from, check with your local Worship and Service Center to see if funding is available for rent assistance. This type of funding ebbs and flows, but if we can help, we will.

Utility Assistance

During a long, cold winter, your heat bill swells and you receive a notice from your energy provider that all utilities will be disconnected unless you can pay the overdue balance. Or, maybe a job loss forced you to choose between paying rent or paying your electric bill. You chose rent and just received an electric shut off notice. We can help.

Residents within Summit County in need of gas or electric assistance due to a current disconnection notice may apply once every 12 months.  They must be eligible according to program and income guidelines.  Calls are taken every Monday from 8:00 AM through 9:00 AM, first come first serve only  for intake when funding is available.  The resident will be called back and given an appointment for the same week if eligible.  

Unfortunately we are unable to assist with water bills. 

Hot Meal Programs and Food Pantries

No one should ever go a day without a meal or feel ashamed about asking for help. That’s why many of our locations provide hot meals and free groceries year-round to anyone who needs them. For home-bound seniors, some areas even offer grocery delivery services.

H.U.G.S. for the Homeless

Our Hot Shower program allows the homeless to "come clean," but often the needy must put on their dirty clothes, including their dirty undergarments, after a shower. H.U.G.S (which stands for Hats, Underwear, Gloves and Socks) for the Homeless provides a variety of new, clean undergarments, socks, hats and gloves for those we serve. We need donations to provide new, packaged mens, women's, boys and girls undershirts, underpants, and white athletic socks in all sizes to our clients and Booth Manor Emergency Shelter residents.

The facility in Akron (190 S. Maple Street) provides hot showers for individuals in need daily Monday through Thursday 9:00 am to 11:30 am and 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm.  All showers include soap, shampoo, razor and a clean fresh towel.  Individuals must provide a valid picture ID.

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