The Scott County Iowa Salvation Army has a Family Service Center located in the city of Davenport. This is where the crisis programs are operated from. Not only will the staff provide shelter to the homeless or recently evicted in the Quad Cities, but there is also free food, information on transitional housing, and workshops to help the client.
All applicants need to meet the criteria as set by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD. This means the the individual seeking assistance from the Salvation Army needs to be homeless or within one week of being evicted. Or the Family Service Center will also help people that are being discharged from jail or a hospital, or that may be escaping domestic violence.
Note that this Davenport Salvation Army program does not provide financial help. However if there is someone from the community that would like referrals on places to turn to for rent, utility bill, government grants, and more, then case workers can provide referrals. So the support team at the Family Service Center will direct those individuals to other churches or charities that may have funding.
As an example, many Iowa agencies share information with the Quad City Salvation Army on heating bill programs. The programs focus on families or senior citizens that are at risk in the winter of having their power turned off. Whether it is LIHEAP for paying utility bills, or Project SHARE, help may be offered.
The Davenport Salvation Army Family Service Center is a goal oriented program. Anyone that is seeking assistance from the charity needs to partner with a case worker to create a personal development plan. This is a goal oriented process in which everything from debts to employment, parenting classes, and general counseling is available from.
Since the cause of homeless or tenants being unable to pay their rent is almost always due to the result of a financial hardship, there are many cases in which the client played in major role in causing their hardship. Maybe they did not save enough money, or they were living in an apartment that was unaffordable. The Salvation Army will empower the individual to give them the skills they need to keep up with their bills over the long term.
When a client is “graduating” from a Scott County transitional housing program, they can be referred to financial aid programs. While Section 8 in Iowa often has a long waiting list, there may be some partners of the Scott County Salvation Army (such as a church) that has some funds to help them move or pay the first months rent/security deposit. All options are explored.
Free food and meals are also passed out from the Family Service Center. This service is only for existing clients. So the Salvation Army will feed the homeless or families that are close to eviction. The pantry is limited in resources and capacity.
The thrift store at the Davenport Salvation Army supports the entire Quad City area. Many people that volunteer there are part of the Adult Rehabilitation Center, so by working at the thrift store they gain the critical work skills and job experience needed for today's economy.
Other Scott County Salvation Army Salvation Army social services including youth services (such as a after-school program and free Christmas gifts from Angel Tree), a ministry to help women gain the skills and confidence they need, and general counseling. Other Social Services include summer camp for students from low income households, school supplies before they return to school in the fall, and of course worship.
Other assistance can always be provided by the Quad Cities Salvation Army as well, but those are the main resources. The location is 301 W. Sixth Street, Davenport, Iowa 52803. For details on how to apply, and more details, call (563) 324-4808.
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