Salvation Army emergency assistance programs can help Broward County families meet a variety of basic needs. A number of their services and resources are focused on homeless prevention and include rental and utility assistance as well as case management. Other services will help provide for basic needs, such as a food pantry and holiday/Christmas assistance.
The Food Pantry is open limited hours, and usually on Thursdays. The center can help meet the needs of hungry and low income people in the entire Broward County community by supplying groceries to those in need. Much of the food in the Salvation Army pantry is collected and donated by local schools, charities and businesses. All donated items go directly to helping families and individuals in the community.
Food assistance is offered from the Salvation Army’s Broward County emergency food pantry. The facility provides groceries, meals, and government commodity items for hundreds of individuals every week. The centers are mostly staffed by volunteers, and much of the food distributed comes from donations from the community.
Homeless prevention, rent help and emergency assistance are offered for housing issues. It is well known that homelessness has a very high cost to society and the individual. It is expensive to address in terms of money, and of course it creates tremendous emotional trauma and upheaval for those who are affected. People who are behind on their rent, especially children and seniors, can have tremendous stress and uncertainty in their lives.
So the programs offered by the Broward County Salvation Army are pro-active. The services are offered to help people in a crisis remain in their own home or apartment. Other related programs can assist qualified individuals with feeding their families on a temporary basis until they can get caught up on their rent and bills, and until they stabilize their situation. As part of the services and resources offered by the Salvation Army, qualified families may receive emergency funds and cash assistance for paying their rent. Or if someone if facing homelessness due to a foreclosure, residents may qualify for emergency mortgage assistance on a one time basis. Last year over 4000 people receive some form of rent/mortgage and other emergency financial assistance, such as money for utilities.
Shelter and transitional housing is offered by the Salvation Army to Broward County Florida residents. The organization can and has provided individuals in the community the equivalent of thousands of nights of shelter per year. People who stay in this housing will usually qualify for food, and tens of thousands of hot meals are distributed to the needy.
Shelter and short term housing is provided by about 50 apartments that are owned and run by the Salvation Army. While someone stays at one of these apartments they will also benefit from life skills, case management, and other services such as parenting classes, credit repair, and budgeting.
The various transitional housing programs are not meant to be a solution to homelessness. People can receive housing assistance for at most two years. During this period they need to agree to and participate in various case management, job training, and other social services offered by Broward County Salvation Army. As the medium to long term goal is for people in transitional housing to move to more stable and permanent housing and apartments.
Support and guidance is offered for families across Broward County Florida. After all, homelessness and poverty present obstacles that seem insurmountable to people who are faced with these circumstances. Low income and families with limited resources almost always have a difficult time negotiating their way out of a situation when they have no financial means or resources. When someone has no transportation, no home, no appropriate clothing, or no job, then it is difficult for people. Volunteers and case managers from the Salvation Army will try to build self esteem and confidence. Many types of ongoing assistance (such as food, financial, referrals) are provided to help clients become self sufficient, and stay there.
Holiday, Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance is offered most years. During some Christmas holidays, over 3000 children from low income, working poor or less fortunate families were able to receive toys and gifts from the Angel Tree program. This program is run by the Salvation Army in partnership with hundreds of local churches, individuals, and businesses. All of these groups, and people from the community, donate their time and money to the Angel Tree program.
Homeless pregnant women and their children can receive help from the Salvation Army New Beginnings Program. This service provides low income and needy with free food, short term shelter and housing, and safety.
The New Beginnings resource was created in order to help homeless pregnant women, their older children as well as newborn babies. Supportive transitional housing and case management is offered for the duration of the pregnancy and beyond.
The program will try to promote positive change in the lives of qualified applicants. Clients will be able to work with social workers who can help them prepare to become economically stable and self sufficient, and ensure people never become homeless in the future.
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