Across Baltimore as well as the greater Maryland region, the non-profit Salvation Army is known for its ability to help the low income and those who are faced with an unexpected emergency. They provide assistance to families quickly and compassionately, and can help the needy and low income. Examples of some of the financial and emergency assistance offered includes free food, lodging, utilities assistance, clothing, furniture, and rental help.
Other resources are offered for Baltimore families as part of the basic needs service. This includes weekly Lifeskills development programs, emergency response to fires, floods and other disasters, supportive social services for families and individuals, and senior and elderly programs. The Salvation Army operates four Family Service Centers across Baltimore County in order to help meet the immediate and short-term needs of thousands of individuals and low income families.
Holiday and seasonal programs are offered by the Baltimore Salvation Army. Various resources and aid is available for those in need during the Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas season. Two of the leading programs offered include the Angel tree and Red Kettle programs. These holiday programs can provide free meals, gifts and toys for children, as well as resources such as winter coats or home delivered meals for seniors.
Each Family Service center will also operate an on-site food pantry and clothing closet which can provide qualified clients with emergency assistance with basic needs and household products. This can include small household items, free food, clothing, and toiletries. Short-term financial relief and monetary aid may be provided as well to qualified families. This can include such emergency assistance as rental/mortgage, utility and heating bills, prescription assistance, burial, and transportation services.
Referrals are key, as sometimes the Salvation Army in Baltimore just can’t meet your need. So Family Services caseworkers are on site, and they can help people by offering them the ability to network, provide referrals, and they will even serve as an advocate on behalf of the client to help them deal with and apply to other social service agencies throughout the region.
Rent and Utilities Assistance – Social workers from the Family Service Centers provide people with immediate monetary and cash assistance. Resources are available to qualified applicants. Funds are prioritized to help pay rent if someone is faced with an eviction, or pay utilities to prevent a shut off. It is only offered to Baltimore County families who qualify as a low-income household and who can prove their hardship.
Food Baskets and Food Pantries are offered at each of the Baltimore Family Service Centers. Each and every location will house an on-site food pantry that will not only have groceries and fresh food items, but will also contain non-perishable food and toiletries. Any applicant, including walk-ins and scheduled clients, will need to provide proof of their hardship and need, including verification of their identification and also proof of living in housing that has cooking facilities. Applicants are only eligible for food or items from this service every three months, and they will be provided a three-day supply of groceries, or whatever is equivalent to your family size.
Household and Furnishings Assistance -Vouchers for household good and furnishings are provided from the Booth House as well as four Baltimore Salvation Army Family Service Centers. These items may come from several sources including Salvation Army Thrift Stores, local charities or churches, and/or other salvage programs.
Work and school clothes are offered too. Each center, as well as the Booth House, have an on-site clothing closet. Qualified people can receive clean and suitable clothing items to meet their basic needs, such as diapers for infants and toddlers, warm clothes and coats for winter months, and even infant and children’s clothing items. Another program is known as “Dress For Success”, and this clothing closet can also provide professional attire, suits, and clothes for individuals who require proper dress for school or a job.
English as a Second Language may be offered by some locations, specifically in Howard County Maryland. ESL classes and workshops that are held by the Salvation Army will supplement and enhance opportunities for immigrant population to overcome language barriers that stifle their participation in everyday activities, and ESL is very important to obtaining a job.
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