Emergency Assistance

Are You Behind On Your Utilities?

The Salvation Army provides emergency assistance for families in need.

Family service programs help families and needy individuals with emergency food, housing, utility assistance and other temporal needs. Salvation Army programs vary with local needs. For information on specific programs and locations, contact your local Salvation Army Corps Community Center.


Emergency Shelter

Group homes, emergency shelters, and transitional living centers provide housing on a temporary basis for varying amounts of time. These programs are created to:

Serve the homeless by providing food and overnight lodging.

Provide educational, counseling and vocational services to homeless and destitute individuals and families for extended periods.

Address long-term specific issues of youth for whom family care is undesirable or unavailable. Education, counseling, health care and specific training seek to meet the needs of such groups as pregnant teens, emancipated minors, and wards of the juvenile court.

Address specific health or societal driven needs of particular populations.

Rent & Utility Assistance

The Salvation Army recognizes that a request for help with a utility shut off or eviction often involves a complex set of circumstances. For this reason, each applicant receives much more than the processing of his or her paperwork. Through a one-to-one interview, the Salvation Army caseworker aims to identify the often multiple factors contributing to the household’s emergency situation and provide other forms of assistance, referrals, budget counseling, and emotional support as necessary. This holistic approach of meeting need wherever it is found allows The Salvation Army to help in a way that reduces the likelihood of future crisis, and, in many cases, prevents homelessness.


Rx assistance

For information on Prescription Assistance in your area, please contact your local Salvation Army.


Affordable clothes

With economic news seeming to get worse each day, many are rediscovering the joy of finding a bargain at a Salvation Army thrift store. Instead of wasting your hard-earned money, why not show off your shopping smarts, recycle and help others all at the same time?

To many people, The Salvation Army is the place where they donate used clothing and household items. It's a great way to recycle goods that can be used by someone in need. But a few people realize that we’re much more than a thrift store, and that these donated items are as important to the men who pick them up as they are to those who receive them. In many cases, these men are beneficiaries of our Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation program and are well on their way to recovery thanks to you.

The main support for our Adult Rehabilitation Centers comes from the sale of items at the Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores. The Red Shield trucks operated by each Adult Rehabilitation Center, collect usable and repairable items of all types. The Centers also process and sell recyclable materials. Many other Salvation Army Thrift Stores are run by local Salvation Army churches and fund the social services programs provided in your community.