DuPage County Salvation Army assistance programs.
Services offered by the Salvation Army provide assistance in an emergency to DuPage Illinois families. Some of the more common requests are for housing, food, Christmas assistance, and emergency funds for paying rent or heating bills. Case managers will try to provide help, or if they can’t then clients may be referred to other Wheaton or DuPage County assistance programs or non-profit organizations.
Many of the local Salvation Army resources are administered from Family Services Centers. These DuPage locations offer help to those in need by offering several assistance programs and services.
- The centers will often have food banks and/or soup kitchens. Usually a free noon-time meal or lunch will be provided to seniors, the low income, or homeless. Canned food items are distributed too.
- The Salvation Army will have information on local shelters in Dupage County and the Chicago suburbs. Many provide temporary housing for children, women, single mothers, and even intact families. The case workers and housing specialist work together with low income and working poor families to help them break the cycle of dependency by finding affordable, long term permanent housing. Self-sufficiency services offered include nutrition, budgeting, credit repair, and other self-help programs are offered.
- Emergency assistance, including financial, provided by many Salvation Army Family Services Center in Illinois includes rent assistance, emergency food pantry, information and referral services, job training opportunities, clothing, and seasonal assistance. Also learn about heating bill programs and where to get oil from.
- Christmas and other Seasonal Assistance - Whether it is Christmas, or back to school time, for the less fortunate and working poor in the DuPage community some seasons can present hardships. In particular, the holiday time is when need the for help, financial aid, joy, and items like gifts is felt the greatest. Salvation Army centers across the state and the nation endeavor to meet the needs of individuals, families and children during the various winter, spring, and fall seasons. Some of the programs they administer include the following.
- Free Christmas assistance includes food baskets, Toy Shop, Christmas dinners, Adopt-a-Family program, and Angel Tree.
- Other seasonal programs offered are Coats for Kids program, Prison Toy program, Summer meals, and Thanksgiving turkeys and food baskets.
Many of these programs, in particular the Christmas services, are paid for by donations. Money is collected from the Christmas kettles, United Way funding, local businesses and mail appeals. As indicated, the Salvation Army relies heavily on volunteers. Just a few of those volunteer programs offered are Dress-a-Doll and Dress-a-Bear program, Toy Shop, serving of holiday meals, Wrapping gifts, Basket Distribution, and services such as Meals on Wheels.
Disaster assistance is offered across the state of Illinois and county. In a man-made or natural disaster situation, whether it be a fire, flood, or tornado, the Salvation Army of DuPage County and Wheaton can provide emergency assistance and coordinate volunteers. Services offered are counseling and disaster center operations for long-term emergency situations; Canteen and food service to assist public safety personnel and victims at disaster sites; as well as support and back-up services to and from other Salvation Army units located in Chicago and central Illinois.
People who were impacted can be placed into a shelter or short term housing unit. They will be provided free food, meals, and water. Other disaster support includes limited financial aid, referrals, and advice on finding new housing (if needed).
Some centers also offer, or know of, affordable or free Child Care Centers. Many are also licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services, and they can generally provide services to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age in DuPage County. A sliding fee scale, or variable rate billing, is provided to insure low-income family participation in the child care program. If this resource does not work, find additional sources of daycare assistance.
Some of the aid offered by the well trained staff of the Child Care Center includes developmentally appropriate activities addressing the nutritional, social, emotional, intellectual, and physical needs of the children in care. The Salvation Army will also work to ensure the child is well cared for, including fed and some basic medical care.