Families facing a crisis can get help from the Salvation Army in Clayton Georgia. The non-profit can provide assistance ranging from free food to limited financial aid for rent and utility bills from Project Share and other resources. Case managers from the agency will also work with the client on self-sufficiency and provide referrals and other forms of support. The Salvation Army can also help seniors, children from low income families, the disabled, and individuals facing a one time crisis.
Project Share is available in Clayton County and many other regions. This is one of the primary resources available to help with utility bills, including natural gas and electricity. The Salvation Army partners with energy companies to offer this services across the state with the goal of preventing disconnections.
The aid from Project Share is intended for a one time crisis. There can be some instances in which funds are available for non-utility expenses, and that could include rent or housing costs. Note that the program does rely on donations from people across the state and in Clayton County as well, so this is a program that is very limited in scope and also funding.
Providing stability and self-sufficiency is always a priority. The Salvation Army wants to provide a hand up and not a hand out, so case managers will help the client address the cause of their hardship. This can include budgeting or referring individuals to job training programs. In some cases, there may be free work clothes, suits, or dresses given to job seekers. Or, a free gasoline voucher may provided for the ride to an interview.
Housing is addressed in a few different ways from the local centers. Most rare will be funds for paying rent. While uncommon, this is a possibility in Clayton County. Other Salvation Army services also include emergency shelters, transitional housing, and referrals to a permanent, low income homes or apartment. Counseling from case workers will help the homeless individual, or the family struggling with their rent, gain stability.
Anyone needing help with housing will also usually be enrolled into workshops that will help the individual become self-sufficient. The Salvation Army, or its partners in Clayton County, will coordinate education (such as ESL or GED training) and well as financial literacy (including budgeting and credit repair). The goal is for stability and long term support.
Free food from pantries is provided. This will range from groceries to perishable items, and some people, such as single parents, may even qualify for formula. The assistance from a pantry is also usually combined with a clothing closet to provide work or school items or basis needs.
Thrift Stores in Clayton County are open to the general public. They can buy gently used furniture, household goods, clothes and more. The money raised is used to fund the programs at the center. Donations are submitted to the stores, and volunteers from Jonesboro Georgia and other towns help keep the thrift, or family stores, running.
Holiday assistance is available. In fact, during October to December the Salvation Army will raise funds from programs such as Red Kettle. The intent is to increase the availability of both financial aid and special holiday programs for the needy. Many Clayton County families struggle even more this time of year, while trying to pay higher utility / heating bills, keep up with holiday demands, and the decrease in income of hourly workers from companies shutting down during this time.
The Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas programs are mostly the result of donations, and this is from services such as Angel Tree. As a result of this, children may get free toys or seniors a hot meal. Please donate to the non-profit or your local center if can. The homeless and working poor are some of the main users of the Salvation Army in Clayton during the holidays.
Other assistance in Clayton may include help during times of disaster (such as a fire), guidance to job seekers, and much more. The main center is at 130 Spring St, Jonesboro, Georgia, 30236. Call the non-profit at (770) 603-6258.
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