People who are struggling may be able to receive some short term help from the Salvation Army in Connecticut. A focus is on the working poor, people faced with eviction, seniors, children, and those who are currently homeless. They have a number of centers across the region, and they do what they can to help those in need. This can include providing direct financial assistance, case management, referrals, and more. The organization will offer assistance in an emergency and generally as a last resort.
Some of what can be provided by the Salvation Army includes emergency food, clothing, housing and utility disconnection prevention. Qualified families and individuals are provided with articles of clothing based on need, as well as free food. For example, homeless individuals without the means to cook are given ready-made food. Clothing articles can be provided based on seasonal weather, such as children receiving free coats for school or individuals receiving work clothes. Free winter coats may be disbursed when the winter hits in Connecticut.
The Salvation Army may even be able to provide limited amounts of rent, utility and heating bill assistance as a part of the case management process. The homeless may receive assistance in securing short term and then ideally permanent residence. Household goods and furniture are supplied as needed and available.
In some cases the Salvation Army can’t help, or they lack resources. So applicants will be interviewed to assess the cause of their hardship, whether their need is chronic. In these cases case workers may have referrals to other available assistance programs in Connecticut.
A key program available in Connecticut is the Angel Tree Program. It offers new toys, clothing and/or gifts for children and infants of needy families. What happens is a “tree” is set up in a public area, such as a shopping mall or local business. Then each Angel Tree is decorated with numbered paper angel tags with the first name, gender, and age of a needy child. People from the community who participate will remove one or more tags from the tree and purchase appropriate gifts for the child in question.
Adopt-A-Family is another key holiday program available in Connecticut. It is a fairly unique program for struggling families who have experienced a devastating crisis or tragedy during the past year. So it is for local families who may have lost a job, lost their home to a fire, or experienced the loss of a spouse or parent. So people who donate will work with the Connecticut Salvation Army and Human Services Bureau to get matched with a family in need.
The Salvation Army's Service Center program as well as Local Service Units program can provide emergency financial assistance for persons and families in a crisis situation. They work to address their physical and basic needs in the area of housing (rent and utilities), transportation (gasoline and bus tokens), food and meals. Other aid and support may also be available.
The main counties served are below. However a number of other Salvation Army centers are also listed. Call them for food, financial aid, shelter, referrals, and more.
Southern New England Divisional Headquarters, 855 Asylum Ave. Hartford, Connecticut 06105, dial (860) 543-8401
Greater Hartford Area Services, 217 Washington Street, Hartford, Connecticut 06106, (860) 543-8413
Bridgeport Corps Community Center, 30 Elm Street, Bridgeport, CT 06601, main phone (203) 334-0995
Bristol Corps Community Center, 19 Stearns St., Bristol, CT 06011, call (860) 583-4651
Danbury Corps Community Center, 15 Foster St., Danbury, Connecticut 06810, main phone (203)792-7505
Danbury Temple and the Hispanic Ministry), 15 Foster St., Danbury, CT 06810, call (203)792-7505
Greater Valley Corps Community Center (Ansonia), 26 Lester St., Ansonia, CT 06401, telephone (203) 736-0707
Hartford Citadel Corps Community Center, 225 Washington St., Hartford, CT 06106, dial (860)543-8413
Hartford North End Corps, 100 Nelson Street, Hartford, CT 06143, main phone (860)543-8419, 8420
Hartford Temple Corps Community Center - Hispanic Ministry), 217 Washington Street, Hartford, CT 06106, telephone (860) 543-8413
Manchester Citadel Corps, 661 Main St. Manchester, Connecticut 06040, call (860)649-7787
Meriden Corps Community Center, 23 St. Casimir Dr., Meriden, CT 06450, main phone (203)235-6532
Middletown Corps Community Center, 515 Main St., Middletown, Connecticut 06457, dial (860)347-7493
New Britain Corps Community Center, 78 Franklin Sq., New Britain, CT 06050, call (860)225-8491
New Haven Corps Community Center, 450 George St., New Haven, Connecticut 06511, main phone (203)624-9891
New London Corps Community Center, 11 Governor Winthrop Blvd., New London, CT 06320, telephone (860)443-6409
Norwalk Corps Community Center, 14 Byington Place, Norwalk, CT 06850, dial (203)866-2125
Norwich Corps Community Center, 262 Main St., Norwich, Connecticut 06360, primary phone (860)889-2329
Stamford Corps Community Center, 198 Selleck Street, Stamford, Connecticut 06902, dial (203)359-2320
Torrington Corps Community Center, 234 Oak Ave., Torrington, CT 06790, dial (860)482-3569
Waterbury Corps Community Center, 74 Central Ave., Waterbury, Connecticut 06720, main phone (203)754-7056
Willimantic Corps Community Center, 316 Pleasant St., Willimantic, Connecticut 06226, primary phone (860)423-0977
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