The Salvation Army offers programs to the low income and less fortunate in Essex County Massachusetts. Resources are limited, however they will try to satisfy as many requests as possible. If they can’t meet your need then they may offer referrals to other assistance programs or agencies in Lawrence or Massachusetts. While programs and services will vary based on available donations, resources, and even location, some of what may be provided is below.
Heating and energy bill assistance from the Good Neighbor Energy Fund. This is often a possibility for poor and low income families that do not qualify for other utility assistance programs, either federal government or state resources. Many senior citizens also benefit. Essex County families need to meet income levels and satisfy other conditions that are set by the Salvation Army.
Emergency financial assistance is for those individuals and families that are facing some type of crisis, such as unexpected job loss or a medical condition. Many resources are served by volunteers. The Salvation Army may have free food, utility/heating assistance, and clothing.
Emergency disaster services include volunteers and first responders. Help is for those Massachusetts families that were impacted by a flood, fire, and some form of other disaster. They can distribute food, water, and other aid from the center or maybe by using mobile kitchen trucks.
Fundraising occurs from the Red Kettle. Volunteers from across Lawrence and Essex County help raise money for the Salvation Army and their financial aid and social service programs. They work to "keep the bell ringing" and this usually is done around Christmas. Please donate if you can.
Homeless prevention and other housing programs are administered. Some of what may be available, depending on resources, includes shelter, transitional housing, and rental assistance.
The shelters may be for men, women, or children that are homeless or are facing imminent eviction. In addition to a place to stay, receive a meal and case management.
However, ideally the family would not be evicted to begin with. So while funding is limited, the Salvation Army of Essex County may have some funds to pay a portion of your rent. This is usually for a short term crisis and is an option if they family will be self-sufficient again in a pre-determined timeframe.
Other housing resources may include motel vouchers, support for victims of domestic violence, veteran housing, and children shelters.
The Salvation Army wants to help people stay in their homes. To this end, they may have utility bill assistance, grants and funds for rent, and landlord/tenant mediation. For example, assisting families with paying their water or heating bills can help struggling families stay housed and prevent homelessness in the greater Lawrence region.
Holiday help may be offered during Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas. The wintertime in Massachusetts, and holiday seasons often bring additional emotional stress and financial challenges (e.g. for heating bills and toys). Some of what may be offered includes free meals, gifts from the Angel Tree program, and visits to senior citizens. Mostly from the generosity of donors and businesses in the local community, toys, clothes and gifts are shared with families and children who can’t afford to buy gifts on their own.
Food and meal programs can help struggling families keep groceries on the table. The Salvation Army centers operate free pantries, soup kitchens and/or serve community meals throughout the year. Especially during Thanksgiving, Easter and Christmas, the non-profit may offer food boxes, grocery vouchers, or baby formula to those in need. Many of the Massachusetts Salvation Army locations provide hot meals year-round to anyone in need, no applications required or questions asked. Grocery delivery services may be offered for home bound seniors as well.
Senior programs can improve the lives of today’s senior citizens and the elderly in Lawrence. Seniors, the elderly and the homebound who are in need of low-cost, independent living can get help. Congregate meals, referrals, and recreation activities may be arranged by Salvation Army centers. Or use their free social service programs for referrals and maybe help in applying for government benefits.
The primary Salvation Army centers, their locations and phone numbers are below.
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