Salvation Army centers, sometimes working with other non-profits, provide assistance to qualified families in Craighead, Greene County and nearby towns. Any aid is for an emergency only and will be limited as it is a last resort. Many families are challenged due to unexpected job loss, medical crisis, car repair, or maybe child care issues. If the problem is more of a one off concern, then the Salvation Army of Jonesboro Arkansas may be able to assist.
Limited financial support from the Salvation Army provides emergency rent and utility bill assistance. The goal of the charity organization is to help qualified residents avoid an eviction or service disconnection. The support is intended to assist families in maintaining housing during times of crisis and financial need. If someone qualified for the aid, which is limited, the Salvation Army makes payment directly to the client’s utility company, vendor or landlord.
Family Advocacy and Support is offered wherever possible. The Salvation Army works with households across Craighead County and other areas to help them approach their situations and provide solutions to longer-term problems that promote stability. This often involves developing more in-depth relationships with individuals who are in the region and providing follow-up support and contact to overcome barriers and set and achieve attainable goals.
They are involved in assessing the client’s needs and connecting families with local supportive services. This can be a charity, church, or maybe an Arkansas government benefit. Offering those who qualify for case management with supplemental resources is key to the agency. This could include things such as help a family apply for SNAP food stamps, WIC or other food support or childcare assistance. Or get connected with job training, education or employment services. Some people may need assistance in identifying substance abuse issues, mental health and treatment options. The main centers are at
Working with local charities and pantries, the Salvation Army will focus on ending hunger in Greene County and Jonesboro, in particular for children and the elderly. The food banks, feeding sites, pantries and soup kitchens are the main resources available to help in this capacity.
Salvation Army centers offer canned goods, vegetables, fruits, surplus government commodities and more in an effort to help low income and needy families. While the pantries and programs do rely on donations from the community, each location does its best to help the less fortunate and poor. This can even include free holiday meals, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services unit in Arkansas is available as well. Both staff and volunteers from the organization work alongside medical responders, emergency management officials, fire fighters and law enforcement. Together they do such things as bring food, water, supplies and comfort to both workers and victims. They operate in Craighead at the site of fires, man-made and natural disasters and in other times of tragedy and need. The Salvation Army works with agencies such as the American Red Cross to offer follow-up services to victims such as assistance with shelter, free food and clothing vouchers.
One tool they use in a crisis is the Salvation Army canteen. This serves as an important resource in providing disaster response to those in need. The mobile canteen is a kitchen unit equipped with a microwave, convection oven, stove-top, refrigerator, sink, coffee maker, serving window and more. The canteen allows the staff from the Salvation Army to safely and effectively transport food and to do onsite preparation as needed.
Seniors have many recreational and social outlets as well through The Salvation Army centers in Craighead County and the area. Some of the weekly activities at the community center, or agency on aging centers, includes Arts and Crafts, Potlucks, Sewing Group, Bingo, and Exercise Groups.
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