Salvation Army services provide emergency and long term assistance to the needy in Larimer County Colorado. While financial assistance is limited and is based on available funds and the applicant’s qualifications, from time to time the agency may be able to offer food, rent and heating bill assistance, clothing, and much more. Thousands of individuals across Fort Collins and Larimer County receive help from the Salvation Army every year. The main center is at 3901 South Mason Street, Fort Collins, Colorado 80525, call (970) 207-4472.
A food box program is available monthly. A wide variety of items will be contained in the boxes and include cereal, pasta, peanut butter, tuna, canned fish, soups, fruit, vegetables, hamburger, beans, and rice. Some restaurant donated food items may also be offered in the boxes, such as frozen foods. The Salvation Army centers in Fort Collins Colorado will also often have loaves of bread, donuts and coffee on a daily basis and those items are provided to anyone in the community.
A clothing closet is offered too. The items are usually offered Monday to Wednesday, and can include shoes and clothing on racks of clothing. Some vouchers are offered for free items for certain low income clients. Coats may be offered for children, as well as school supplies, backpacks and related items.
People with an eviction notice, or whose utilities are to be disconnected, can receive financial help from the Larimer County Salvation Army. It is emergency aid for qualified families, and other conditions may need to be met as well, such as the applicant needing to attend budgeting workshops.
Any type of financial assistance is only offered at most once per year, and people do need to have an eviction or disconnection notice. Assistance for paying heating bills may be provided too. When you apply, be sure to bring your eviction notice/lease agreement. If you need money for utility bills, bring your disconnection notice. Proof of income is required too.
All funds are paid out first come, first serve. The money will usually run out the by the first or second day of the month, as these service are in very high demand, especially during the cold Colorado winter. In addition, note that rent & utility bill assistance is by appointment only. Applicants will need to call first in order to set up an appointment at the center in Fort Collins. Appointments are limited and may be held only certain days of the month.
Bus passes and transportation assistance may be offered. The Salvation Army can usually only help by providing a maximum of 4 single ride bus passes or vouchers in a 3 month period. The center will also usually help with providing discounted monthly bus passes. The organization will also usually only offer one free monthly bus pass per household. Some bus passes may be available as well for up to 50% off their regular price.
Needy families with children, seniors, and the homeless may qualify for Christmas and Thanksgiving meals and gifts. Donations and volunteers provide support around Christmas, and the items available include food boxes, gently used clothing, and free toys for families in need. Winter coats may be offered too. Financial assistance from the Salvation Army also helps Fort Collins families with basic necessities around the holidays, along with seasonal aid. The application period usually opens up in October or November.
Angels Among Us – This is the primary local program that provides free Christmas food boxes, clothing, toys and gifts for families in need. Volunteers and donations are always needed as well for this program.
Education and job training is coordinated. This includes Computer Basics, which will, among other things, help people learn a few computer terms, create a letter or report, teach them how to control a mouse, learn to save and revise your work, and generally acquire new skills and help them feel comfortable at a computer. The agency can often refer candidates to other local job training programs.
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