The Salvation Army centers in Beaufort County can sometimes assist with basic needs. Whether it is a hot meal or piece of clothing for work or school, there may be donations available at the non-profit from one of their three locations. The centers can also offer information on other churches or non-profits that people can contact for advice in the greater low country region, including in Hilton Head.
The Beaufort County County Salvation Army has a Thanksgiving Meals Program which serves Turkeys and the toppings to the working poor and homeless. There will even be hot meals served and families can have a place to go for companionship too. Volunteers also deliver food to low-income seniors in a small serve area. All the usual food like turkey, stuffing and other side dishes are offered through the program.
During December, Christmas help is given through the distribution of holiday food baskets or the preparation of hot meals. These baskets, which can be provided at no cost, are distributed to home-bound neighbors during the holidays to ensure they don’t miss out on Christmas.
In addition to low-income seniors, holiday assistance is provided to needy families or residents of Beaufort County that are residing in nursing homes or hospitals. Many times in addition to food baskets, a free gift is given to a child as well.
For families with children who are struggling with their finances during the holidays, the Beaufort County Salvation Army Angel Tree Program provides a sense of relief. It takes some of the pressure off of families during this expensive time of year. Do to the generosity of others, it is able to given children presents, toys, clothing and other needed items. While some wants, such as toys, may be given, a focus is on addressing needs, such as clothing.
Without these various free holiday programs offered by the Salvation Army in Beaufort County, many children from vulnerable and low income families would not have gifts to open during Christmas. Or many elderly will go lonely and not experience the joy during this period.
The Angel Tree Program partners with local businesses, individual donors and non-profits across the county and the town of Hilton Head South Carolina. These groups provide the gifts. The volunteers that participate with Salvation Army case managers try to personalize the gifts for the children and for less fortunate seniors who would otherwise receive very little during the holidays. The program works to ensure that these vulnerable, needy children, infants and teenagers are not affected by their family’s financial hardships during the Christmas holidays.
The Salvation Army of Beaufort County runs a food box program for less fortunate families that is available on a monthly basis. There are several items that may be in each box. Groceries passed out may be cereal, peanut butter, tuna, canned fish, soups, vegetables, hamburger, fruit, beans and rice.
All across Beaufort, participating restaurants and grocery stores donate surplus food items in the boxes including frozen foods. For those who stop by the Salvation Army centers, they can get small portions of food such as bread, donuts and coffee. They try to serve this on a daily basis, for free, to anyone in need residing in the community.
Various housing and homelessness prevention resources are available to disadvantaged clients in Beaufort County. These include the following.
-There may be emergency shelter, transitional housing, case management and guidance in finding a permanent home or apartment in a safe and secure area in the community.
-The homeless may receive support for daily living including meals and clothing, and these are provided during this time.
-Financially struggling residents and/or transient individuals of the County of Beaufort and surrounding areas may apply and be considered for eligibility to the Salvation Army center housing solutions.
The Salvation Army offers shelters. It is for the homeless as well as indigent single women and men in the community. The program also houses a soup kitchen and the primary Family Service Unit. If any individual is a participant of the program and living at the shelter, they must be looking for long-term employment if they do not currently have a job.
For those less fortunate clients of the Beaufort County Salvation Army who do have a job, they are required to save their money for the sole purpose of being able to move into their own place. Clients of the program also work with a caseworker on a regular basis to ensure they are meeting their housing goals. The main focus of the program is to provide education, resources, and life skills training in order for people to find employment and return to a stable home situation.
The Salvation Army Clothing Closet is available for struggling members of the community from one of the offices in the region. The items such as shoes and clothing at the closet are typically offered Monday to Wednesday, but the hours will vary. Vouchers for free items are available for eligible clients that are very low income or recovering from a crisis. In addition, for children there are coats, free school supplies, backpacks and other necessary items.
During a man-made or natural disaster, the Beaufort County Salvation Army offers disaster assistance across the county and state as needed. Regardless of whether it is a fire, flood, hurricane in South Carolina, earthquake or tornado, emergency assistance and volunteers are ready to assist people deeply affected the disaster.
Disaster support include counseling and running a center for emergency situations that extend over a long term period of time. Canteen and a hot meal service is provided to assist both victims and public safety personnel at the disaster site. Back up services and other necessary support to and from other state of South Carolina Salvation Army units are available throughout the region.
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