Salvation Army service units are located in a number of Hinds County Mississippi communities, including nearby counties such as Madison and Rankin. Many are operated by volunteers. Assistance programs available can provide help in a crisis, including support for paying your rent, utilities, heating bills, and distributing food. These local Jackson metropolitan units are an extension of the Salvation Army in places where a Community Center building may not be nearby.
Locations and centers can also provide the needy and low income access to programs and resources such as a food pantry, afterschool services and other programs. Case managers as well as service unit volunteers can provide assistance to Hinds County families in order to help them pay utility bills and rental assistance, car repairs, medical needs, prescriptions, and other unique services. Some resources and services are offered directly by the Salvation Army, but many other people will get referrals to non-profits and government programs. The agency works in cooperation with other local agencies. The objective of the Service Unit is to keep people in need from falling between the cracks and not addressing the root cause of their difficulties.
Rental and utility bill assistance may be offered, especially when someone is facing homelessness. The Salvation Army recognizes that many families in the Warren and Hinds County area are struggling, and that a request for help with an eviction or utility will usually involves a complex set of deep rooted circumstances, or it may result from a short term crisis.
Food is also one of the most requested items. The number of requests tend to increase around the holidays, including Christmas. So the Salvation Army will offer free meals, and gifts, winter coats, and clothing to Mississippi families from programs such as Angel Tree.
Either way, each and every person who applies for help will receive much more than the just the processing of their paperwork. Each applicant will also be able to participate in a one-to-one interview with a caseworker, and together you will work to identify the often multiple factors contributing to the household’s short term emergency. You will explore why you fell behind on your rent or utilities, and try to come up with solutions so that you get back on track.
Some Jackson Mississippi families may qualify for financial assistance, and others may be offered other case management type advice and support. This can include budget and credit counseling, emotional support, and referrals. The approach taking by the Salvation Army is holistic, meaning it addresses all of the causes as to why someone is struggling. Case managers will work with you to try to eliminate the possibility of a future crisis, prevent homelessness, and get you back on track.
There are a number of other resources that may be offered, depending on funding levels as well as even the season. In addition to the programs referenced above, the Salvation Army may offer assistance such as Computer Learning Centers, Emergency Disaster Canteen, and a Senior Center. Some of the education resources may be Tutoring and English as Second Language (ESL) program are available. Locations will also generally have thrift stores that sell gently used clothing and other household items.
The Hinds County sites really support the entire Jackson metropolitan area. This includes the counties of Madison, Rankin, Warren, Copiah, Yazoo, and Claiborne as well. If a Salvation Army location is not near you, then referrals may be provided.
The location Salvation Army centers are below.
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