Services provided by the Salvation Army in Columbia South Carolina can help low income families in times of crisis. Programs focus on housing, homeless prevention, and meeting basic needs. They provide coverage to several counties in the region, including Richland, Lexington, Newberry and Fairfield.
The Emergency Assistance Program offered by the Salvation Army really focuses on homeless prevention program and in meeting critical needs for those with no other options. Case managers will design programs to address some or all of the following needs. Get help with transportation, clothing, furniture, prescription drugs, school supplies, work tools, or uniforms that may be needed for work or school. Rarely the agency may have some emergency financial assistance for paying rent or utility bills. Most of the financial support may be provided by referrals to other Columbia non-profits.
All of the aid disbursed is intended to prevent individuals and families from being evicted and/or from slipping into homelessness. The agency will use flexibility, assessments, creativity and advanced problem solving skills to connect lower income families and folks to the goods and services they desperately need when they are faced with a crisis.
The Salvation Army case managers will screen applicants. Conditions need to be met, and applicants are selected based on income level and other conditions. Most of the financial aid and support is offered as a last resort, so in general applicants need to have received a past due notice or eviction letter in order to qualify for emergency assistance.
The low income, working poor, and homeless in Columbia face extraordinary barriers in meeting basic human needs. The Salvation Army served tens of thousands of free hot meals last year. They have provided hundreds of items of clothing, coats, shoes, and other necessities. Staff meet daily with clients to address goal setting, problem solving, and encouraging growth and change. Several thousand people received emergency basic needs assistance.
Elderly and seniors can get help from the Salvation Army of the Midlands region. The non-profit can help older residents and the elderly in need by providing visitation to nursing homes, food boxes, meals, and a more formal senior assistance program. For example, one specific program is The Woodyard Fund, which exists to help keep homes or apartments warm during the winter. In addition to assisting the elderly, the Woodyard Fund helps people with disabling conditions, those families in financial crisis, or people faced with severe medical problems maintain their utility service.
People faced with a disaster may qualify for help. The Salvation Army provides limited forms of direct financial assistance to natural or manmade disaster victims through a system of trained caseworkers. During the early phases of a disaster event (such as a fire or hurricane) emergency financial assistance is focused on victims’ essential needs such as medical care, free food, clothing, and shelter. The Richland County Salvation Army provides snacks, hot meals, and drinks to victims and they will also support emergency workers. The food may be served from a fleet of mobile kitchens known as canteens.
Thousands of children and families receive holiday help every year, and the official Salvation Army Christmas season begins in October. Food, clothes, toys, meals, and much more are offered.
One of the key, and maybe most exciting holiday program offered, at Christmas time is the Angel Tree and this is set up in malls and public areas in Richland and Lexington County. This resource allows members of the general public to “adopt” a needy child and buy Christmas gifts or presents for him or her.
The Salvation Army works closely with local businesses and non-profits, such as television station WLTX, Clear Channel Radio, and others to create additional programs such as Stuff A Bus project. This project collects food and toys to give to those struggling families in need of help. Other holiday assistance programs include Stocking Stuffing, Red Kettle Campaign, Angel Tree, and Bear Dressing.
Stocking stuffing is a program offered by the Toy Shop. The midland Salvation Army wants to ensure that every child receives a stocking filled with age appropriate items. This project is perfect for any group of children or students, especially Sunday school classes, classrooms, or scouting troops.
The Salvation Army runs thrift stores and Family Store programs across Columbia, Richland County, and other nearby counties. The locations offer an opportunity to those who are low income, or people who are moving from homelessness. Stores can help people of all backgrounds and incomes meet their material and basic needs. Shoppers at these stores can purchase merchandise in good condition for discounted or reasonable prices. Many of the stores rely on contributions, or anyone in the community can donate new or gently used clothes to a thrift store.
Some Salvation Army centers may also provide a clothing voucher to the needy. Shoes, clothes, coats and more are either sold or given away are bundled together and shipped to developing countries where they are distributed to other people in need.
Another resource is the Shoe Fund, which assists school children throughout the year and is coordinated with the school districts around the Midland South Carolina region. Students, who need to be recommended by guidance counselors and teachers, receive a gift card to purchase a new pair of shoes or boots. Hundreds of children and students usually receive free shoes every year. The Salvation Army of Columbia also partners with the Shoe Show as well as the local Shoe Department so that children and their families can go into the store and pick out shoes that both fit and that are appropriate for their requirements.
Clothes for Kids program can help students and children get prepared for the new school year. This period of a students’ life should be a time of excitement and eagerness. Yet for many children from lower income and working poor families it can be embarrassing if they do not have adequate school supplies, clothes, or shoes. The Salvation Army of the Midlands Clothes for Kids program provides these children with free supplies or clothes they need to start the school year with confidence.
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