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.
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. A sliding fee scale, or variable rate billing, is provided to insure low-income family participation in the child care program.
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.
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