Assistance, referrals, and support is offered for low income and needy residents of Charleston South Carolina. A limited number families may receive financial assistance each month for expenses such as energy bills and rent, but more than likely the Salvation Army of Charleston can help with food, clothing, or referrals to federal and state of South Carolina government assistance programs. Any type of applications for financial assistance must be made by appointment, and that is done over the phone. Walk-ins are not permitted.
The corps center acquires donated food, clothing and household goods from members of the community. The Salvation Army will also pro-actively acquire items from canned food drives, direct purchase, the Red Kettle, and other food and clothing bank programs. All items that are collected from the community will be donated to individuals and families who are in emergency situations. Some items may even be delivered to people’s homes, in particular a household with a senior or disabled member. The home deliveries can also be Thanksgiving or Christmas meals, and volunteers will deliver food to people whose illnesses, age, or whose disabilities make it difficult for them to leave home and shop on their own.
Household goods and clothing closets are available on site. Programs operate that will pay for or provide new or secondhand furnishings for homes or apartments. Reconditioned items may be distributed too. The Salvation Army may also have clothes for work or school available for children and job seekers.
Emergency financial assistance may be provided, by appointment only. This can help with rent (if someone has an eviction notice) or utility bills (if the bill is past due or due in 5 days). Aid is not offered for security deposits.
In order to receive any form of assistance from the Charleston Salvation Army centers, the applicant needs to be able to show and prove they have a documented significant decrease in one's income. Or if it is not a decrease in income, then they need to show they had some emergency within the last 90 days. Many people who have decreased work hours, lost their job, an unexpected illness or medical bill, car expenses, or a death in the family apply. Sometimes an applicant will have a gap between a lost job and unemployment starting up. The Salvation Army has a very limited number of appointments available for financial assistance each month as funding is limited.
Government assistance, referrals and benefits screening are one of the main services they provide. Social workers can help by offering benefits screening services which families can use to help determine whether they are eligible for public aid or government benefits. The non-profit has information on and relationships with a wide variety of public and private federal, state of South Carolina and local programs and non-profit organizations.
A case manager can help you determine which programs you may be eligible for. Get a detailed description of the offerings, materials needed to help successfully apply for each assistance program in question, and get the local contacts for more details, such as the addresses and phone numbers of where to apply in the greater Charleston County SC region.
Included is information on resources that focus on specific populations such as older adults, children and people with disabilities. Many programs also focus on self-sufficiency, such as employment services and job training programs.
The Charleston County Salvation Army supports individuals in a number of nearby towns and cities. Resources are offered for Mount Pleasant, Folly Beach, Johns Island, and the Northern Charleston area, among other local towns.
Programs are also offered for youths and adults in the region. For example, the local Salvation Army runs summer day camps, church services, after school programs, and partners with nearby senior centers.
The Charleston County Salvation Army Service Unit is headquartered at 4248 Dorchester Rd., North Charleston, South Carolina 29405, dial (843) 747-5271 x17. Call for an appointment for rent or utility bills. Some clothing or food may be offered for those who walk in.
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