Resources that are provided by the Augusta and Richmond area Salvation Army can help low income families. Most of the support services can help with needs such as food, holiday and Christmas meals and gifts, case management, and referrals. However the Salvation Army will have some money that they can pay out to individuals for their rent or utility bills. This will be emergency funding, is very limited in availability, and can only help those with an eviction or disconnection notice. The Salvation Army covers the Georgia counties of Richmond, Glascock, Columbia, Lincoln, McDuffie, Warren, Burke, Jenkins, Jefferson, Washington, and Screeven. Some programs will even support residents of nearby Aiken County South Carolina.
Grocery Assistance is distributed on certain days of the week. It is limited to those who are faced with a hardship. Priority for any food is for single mothers with children, people with disabilities, and the elderly. If people are receiving food stamps then the Salvation Army can’t help them. The agency will also assist clients referred to them from the Georgia DFCS. Families and individuals are eligible for food or grocery assistance at most once every three months.
In addition to groceries and food from the Augusta area pantry, they also run soup kitchens. These centers can feed the hungry through providing hot meals. Residents of the shelters and people with no other options available to them are served breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A hot dinner meal is provided to anyone in need of a nutritious evening meal.
Christmas assistance - Every year the agency will distribute free gifts, food and toys to people in need in our community. Aid is offered for children and seniors in the Augusta and surrounding regions.
Financial assistance will be paid out by appointment only, and is paid out if someone is faced with a crisis. In order to apply, you need to have a cut off notice to receive assistance with your utility/gas bill, or an eviction notice to receive rental assistance.
Utility and cooling bill assistance can be paid out to those with a disconnection notice. Money can pay for water, electric, or natural gas bills. If you live in Georgia, including the counties of Richmond, Jefferson, or Warren and are at risk of having your utilities cut off you need to call the Project SHARE line. This program is run in partnership with Georgia Power, and grant money can help people who are faced with a crisis.
Families or individuals with an eviction notice or who are way behind on their rent and faced with imminent eviction may call the Salvation Army or Project SHARE. Proof will be needed in order to get rent help, including proof of income, copies of bills, a Social Security Card for all household members, and more.
Employment and job skills training – These are offered free of charge to women and men. It is a three-month commitment that gives low-income participants the opportunity to improve their skills, including both practical life and job skills. Instructors who partner with the Salvation Army offer a variety of classes, and funds can even pay for certifications in areas like CPR/First Aid, forklift operation, and OSHA 10. As part of this training program, the Salvation Army can even provide bus passes for those in need of transportation to job training sessions and lunch to participants. Short term housing is also offered in Richmond County for the duration of the program on a first-come, first-served basis.
Prescription and medical bill/care assistance is offered from a partnership between St. Vincent de Paul Health Clinic and Catholic Charities. Together they run an on-site health care clinic in the Augusta region. Free and confidential health care is provided to patients with no health insurance coverage, or who are currently homeless and uninsured. Even specialty care may be provided in some cases as well.
More general Supportive Services are available at 1384 Greene St. Some of the supportive services include grocery assistance, meals, clothing assistance, rent help and utility bill payment assistance, transportation assistance, and disaster aid for victims of a natural disaster.
Clothing vouchers are distributed. The free or low cost vouchers may be used at any of the thrift stores in Columbia or Richmond County to purchase clothing. Over 40 low income families receive the vouchers every month.
Center of Hope emergency shelters – Hundreds of people are homeless every night in the greater Augusta Georgia area. Richmond County holds the third highest homeless population anywhere in the state. The Salvation Army does its best to meet the basic need for shelter while making available case management and social services for homelessness prevention and continued longer term care.
Salvation Army of Augusta Women's Job Skills Training Program as well as Men's Job Skills Training Program (WJSTP) helps clients reach their potential and prepares people for employment. The program runs for three months, and it is a free tuition program that gives low income and homeless people the opportunity to gain practical job skills and life skills. Services offered include computer classes, money management training, and certifications. Learn how to build a resume, improve interviewing skills, and even such aid and advice as cooking on a budget.
The women and men who participate may also have the opportunity for internships or job placements which may lead to permanent job placement and full time positions. The Salvation Army will also even provide a free lunch daily and bus passes for participants needing transportation to trainings.
Emergency Disaster Services can help those faced with a natural disaster, such as a fire or flood. The assistance programs are adapted to the specific needs of families and individuals and scalable according to the magnitude of the disaster. Receive Food Service, Shelter, Emergency Assistance, Disaster Case Management, and more.
There are several Salvation Corp centers in the Richmond and Jefferson County Georgia region. They include the following:
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