There are multiple Salvation Army centers in the region, including the counties of Butler and Crowley among others. The charity works to help at risk children, vulnerable families such as those in a financial emergency, veterans, and generally the working poor. Much of the assistance available is used for keeping the heat and power on, and these programs range from Sharing the Warmth to other economic relief. However a number of other social services are arranged too.
Many of the assistance programs are combined with anti-poverty measures such as Pathway of Hope. It is a long term case management program provided for clients which will help them identify (and then overcome) their troubles. Social workers from the Butler and Crowley County Salvation Army Family Centers partner with the client over the long term.
Many of the participants of this service have experienced an increase in their income of thousands of dollars per year through new or better jobs. However participants need to do the work, take the steps such as agree to educational or job training, make good financial decisions, and it is not an easy process. But Salvation Army workers are committed to this approach.
There is help (both financial and other) for Hispanics and/or veterans in Butler as well as Crowley County. One service for veterans is around housing and short term rent assistance, and this is Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. It provides cash grants for security deposits or paying rental costs, shelter, case management, and much more. When it comes to Hispanics and immigrants in Butler and Crowley, they can be referred to free food programs, English as Second Language services, and other services to acclimate them to the area.
Butler and Crowley County Salvation Army case workers want to empower people so they can find as well as maintain stable, permanent housing. While a local shelter can be used for short term needs, those are just for an emergency. A main focus is on assisting families in El Dorado Kansas as well as other cities as they seek housing.
Everything from utility or energy bill assistance from Share the Warmth as well rental or legal aid (from referrals) can be arranged by the Salvation Army as part of permanent housing. They can also give out box air conditioners or free fans to keep people cool. There are many options available in Butler County Kansas and nearby regions.
Several youth assistance programs are arranged too. There are regional after school drop in centers, holiday assistance from Angel Tree or other free Christmas gift services, mentoring, and a youth ministry too. As part of Pathways to Hope, the Salvation Army wants kids in cities such as Arkansas City and El Dorardo Kansas to get off on the right path. Whether it is basic needs such as school supplies or more counseling type supports, kids are assisted.
The Crowley and Butler County offices also assist seniors. Volunteers can reassure them or check in on them over the phone. There are also low income apartments for senior citizens, such as the Booth Manor complex. It combines affordable living with activities targeted at the elderly.
The elderly or low income can also be giving a free fan or simple window air conditioner unit (for a low cost) to keep them cool during the summer. Or there are also cooling shelters that are open on very hot days. Everything from a cold drink to ice, meals, and recreational activities are used at these cooling sites. Or clients can also learn of other free air conditioner programs.
Much more is available available from the Salvation Army centers that serve Crowley and Butler County. Whether it is a food pantry, basic needs such as diapers, access to the thrift store, or just a listening ear from a Salvation Army social worker, help is available. The locations are in Arkansas City, Kansas at 318 N. Summit (phone (620) 441-0233). There is another site at 141 North Gordy Street, El Dorado, KS 67042. Dial (316) 321-4070.
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