Resources available in Cobb County from the Salvation Army can be offered either year round or seasonal. Most of the financial assistance is offered as a last resort in a crisis and can include funds for rent, food, mortgage, utilities and other basic needs. Other goods may be distributed to Cobb County families using a voucher system, and that can include clothing or school supplies.
Energy bill assistance is offered from a partnership between Georgia Power and the Salvation Army which is known as Project SHARE. While most of the grants offered are for paying utility bills, additional support may be paid out for other basic needs such as medical bills or food. The Project SHARE program assists the disabled, elderly, unemployed, sick and others who are facing some form of crisis situation.
Much of the funding in Cobb County comes from the Financial Emergency Services program. It focuses on homeless prevention and so called life-sustaining assistance. So rent, your mortgage, medications, or food may all be paid for. A formal application process is in place and funds go to people faced with a crisis and who have no other options available to them, including government aid.
Disaster services are offered. This includes not only food, water and supplies, but prayers and counseling from volunteers and staff. They can help when tornadoes strike or flood waters rise. Or if a fire impacts your life. These are some of the instances in which the Salvation Army can assist.
Christmas programs include the Angel Tree and Red Kettle. Angel Tree is used to provide free clothes, toys, and gifts to children and seniors in the Cobb County region. On the other hand the Red Kettle is used to collect money from the community. All money donated is used to pay for holiday programs and/or some of the other resources that the non-profit offers. Thousands of seniors, children, unemployed and lower income families benefit from these annual Salvation Army programs.
Year round shelter and housing services are offered. The Salvation Army may provide people a safe place to stay, free meals, and other forms of support in Marietta. They are involved in what is known as Doing The Most Good by providing shelter and short term facilities for unaccompanied men and women as well as families or single moms with children 365 days a year.
One regional program in Cobb County is known as Home Sweet Home. This service seeks to reach out to people who were recently evicted. Aid is available for those newly homeless families or individuals. Additional support is also offered from Home Sweet Home to people faced with imminent homelessness due to unpaid rent. Social workers can hopefully lead clients to stable housing and longer term self-sufficiency in the region. They do this in a confidential, positive and caring manner.
Senior Citizens Housing is available in Georgia from William Booth Towers and other regional low income apartments. The centers serve as a residence for the elderly, handicapped and disabled in Georgia. Many of the housing units are directly owned and operated by The Salvation Army and may be partly funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Emergency assistance from the Family Service Unit is available from the Salvation Army. The main office is at 202 Waterman Street, Marietta, GA 30060. It serves all of Cobb County and it can be reached at 770.724.1652. Appointments are required for any type of rent, housing, or mortgage financial assistance. Food can be passed out (in limited hours) and no screening process is required. They also partner with other local non-profits such as the United Way. Donations are always appreciated as well as volunteers in order to help the less fortunate.
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