While the Salvation Army of Gloucester is a faith based organization, they will assist low income qualified families regardless of their religion, race, gender, or age. Resources and funding is limited, however some of what may be offered from the centers in the region include back to school shoe program, emergency food, a Summer Camp Program, holiday assistance and more.
Christmas charity programs operate across the county and all of New Jersey. The Salvation Army and its staff try to share the joy of Christmas with everyone in the community, in particular children and our elders. Caring and sharing, meals, toys, and cheer is spread through Gloucester.
Donations from the community are key. They provide low income qualified families with free Christmas dinners, clothing, hot meals, and toys for families in need. During the holidays the agency also tries to increase the amount of financial assistance paid out. The organization helps with paying for basic necessities, such as housing, along with seasonal aid. Families and children of prisoners often are included in the seasonal programs.
Contributions are raised from many sources, including the traditional red kettle. This is an integral part of the Christmas scene in Gloucester County. A significant of amount money is donated each year to support needy seniors, families, and the homeless in the region. All of this is done in keeping with the spirit of the Thanksgiving and Christmas season.
As part of the holiday assistance, volunteers distribute free gifts and toys to shut-ins in nursing homes and hospitals. The shelters in the region are also open for sit-down dinners. The Salvation Army, its staff and the many volunteers that partner with it endeavors to bring spiritual light and love to those it serves at Christmas. Even after the holidays are done, many low income and poor families receive financial aid over a period of months after the Christmas season as well. This is generally offered for those people in Gloucester County struggling with difficult emotional, employment, or family problems.
The centers provide food and toys to nearly hundreds of families in need over the defined period of time. Families or individuals from the community must register to receive assistance through The Salvation Army's holiday programs. The names these services go by include Christmas (Dolls & Teddy Bears, Angel Trees, Adopt-A-Family) and also the Christmas Leagues of Mercy, which is strictly for nursing home residents in the county.
During times of disaster, the Salvation Army of New Jersey and their Emergency Disaster Services have answered the call of the needy, both responders and people impacted. Staff and highly trained volunteers of the non-profit charity are often the first on the scene and they also usually the last to depart. They offer immediate aid, food, psychological support, housing, guidance, and spiritual counsel to individuals. The agency also partners with non-profits such as the American Red Cross and community action agencies. They also work with other disaster response agencies to provide material and financial assistance such as free food, clothing, food, vouchers, and furniture to restore lives to their pre-disaster status.
Clothing Assistance may be available by appointment only. This can include items for work, back to school clothing, and winter coats and boots. In general, one clothing voucher is available per income qualified client every year.
Emergency rental assistance is run in partnership with local non-profits and charities. Any funds tend to be seasonal in nature and is only for those Gloucester County families who meet income guidelines and are facing eviction.
Feeding assistance programs provide free groceries, meals, and food for hungry families and homeless families. They will general limit how many times you can use the pantry, and hours are limited. Please donate if you can. Food boxes may also be delivered to homebound in Gloucester and senior citizens.
A hot, nutritious meal will be served from soup kitchens. This program will ramp up around Thanksgiving and Christmas too.
The two main Salvation Army centers are located at:
733 E Chestnut Ave, Vineland, NJ, call (856) 696-5050
125 No. Delsea Drive, Clayton, New Jersey 08312. Dial (856) 881 - 0085 for information.
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