The poor, low income, seniors, and others can turn to the Salvation Army in counties such as Potter and Randall for assistance. Social services can support the family as they work through a short term crisis. In addition, case managers will address the root cause and help Amarillo Texas area families regain self-sufficiency.
The local Family Thrift Stores are open to anyone in the region. However they rely heavily on donations of household goods, clothing , furniture and other items from the community. The Family Stores also have a number of volunteers and employed staff on site. The resources available can support the general public by offering them higher quality, lower priced goods.
The Salvation Army Family Thrift Store provide goods at low cost for those in the community that truly need it. If your income is low enough, then the client may receive a voucher that allows them to buy goods for free. The centers will in effect provide work and school clothing, household items, and more for those local individuals without means to purchase items on their own. Also 100% of the money raised by selling goods in the thrift stores can to pay for outreach and financial assistance programs that operate in Amarillo and Hutchinson County.
Short term, emergency rental assistance is available in partnership with churches, local non-profit organizations and other charities. Sometimes money is available to help, other times the agencies and the Salvation Army will be out of funds. This rent program will only be for families who meet established income guidelines and that are also facing eviction imminent eviction.
The local Harrington Hope Center can help clients find stability and direction. Working with other groups in the region, the Salvation Army can offer cleans beds, free hot meals and decent, gently used clothes. The center may also offer medical care, employment resources, leisure and recreational activities and other care to those in need. Many of the people that use the Harrington Hope Center were evicted, are homeless, or victims of domestic violence. The goal is to return people to productive roles in the community.
Clothing assistance, including vouchers from the thrift store, may be available by appointment only. While it does depend on donations, people and children can receive items such as free back to school clothing, work attire, shoes, and baby clothes. If qualified, in general one clothing voucher is available per income qualified client each year.
Holiday help is offered for the less fortunate, poor and low income in the Potter and Randall County community. The Salvation Army runs programs such as the following. Christmas food baskets and hot meals. Gifts and toys are offered from Adopt-a-Family program. Local centers, often working with churches, can also offer holiday parties for youth and older adults.
Financial assistance is offered, as funding allows, in the Amarillo Texas area. The number of requests and demand is very high, so only a fraction of people may receive support. The non-profit will do what it can to satisfy the basic needs of the low income, unemployed, and those that are facing a hardship. When possible, money may be offered for rent (per above), utility bills, housing, or maybe even medications. Much of the money raised is from the Red Kettle holiday program. A food pantry can also help address hunger in the community, and meals may be delivered to seniors in Amarillo as well. The applications are processed at the following locations.
In Texas, the Salvation Army will also offer disaster assistance. This can support families impacted by a hurricane or tornado. Or other disaster, such as someone’s house burning down, may be able to get help from Salvation Army centers in Gray and Potter County. The agency may offer food, clothing, shelter, and other forms of short term aid.
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