There are as many as 10 different assistance programs offered by the Johnson City Salvation Army that may benefit low income families. The funding and availability will change over time, as well the exact list of resources available. However the Center of Hope will always try to help with food, housing, financial help with rent, and other needs of the vulnerable.
All of Washington County Tennessee is supported by this location. They will offer help to income qualified families, and donations as well as volunteers to the center also come from across the entire county. The staff will meet with clients to determine the most effective type of support to provide them. There are even resources such household supplies, appliances, and even free furniture banks.
Food programs – The two options are the Food pantry as well as the Mobile Hope Rural Feeding Service (a.k.a. Feeding Kitchen). The Charles O. Gordon Sr. Center of Hope is where bags of groceries are given out, so clients can cook their own meals.
As far as the other services, there are volunteers that can deliver food pantry items and/or hot meals to people in Washington County that can make it to the center. Note this delivery service from the canteen does rely on volunteers.
As far as the Feeding Kitchen, is operates 7 days per week from 11:30 AM to 12:00 PM as well as a free dinner from 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM. The Salvation Army will feed the homeless in Johnson City as well as anyone facing hunger.
To apply for financial aid from the Washington County Salvation Army, an appointment is needed. The Center of Hope offers this service until 4 p.m. daily (during the week). The uses of a cash grant can be to pay rent to prevent an eviction, money for utilities to stop power shut-offs or water disconnections, and more. If the food pantry can meet the needs, then the financial support may also include groceries or a voucher.
There are a few different housing programs from the Johnson City Salvation Army. Of course there is the rent help available from the Center of Hope. But other resources include emergency shelter for the homeless and recently evicted. For those that qualify, short term Transitional Housing for longer term stays can be arranged.
A focus is also on veterans in Washington County Tennessee. When it comes to their housing, there is the VA Per Diem program, and of course they can use the Salvation Army food programs referenced above. Veterans are also given the opportunity to apply for life skills courses, individual case management and debt as well as budgeting workshops.
The Johnson City Salvation Army Angel Tree Program gives needy kids under the age of 14 with free Christmas toys. This also relies on donations (from individuals and businesses) as they need to “adopt” an angel free the Tree. They then buy clothes or a toy for the child, or they can even donate money for the Christmas gift.
The Johnson City Salvation Army South Roan Family Thrift Store sells gently used products to the public. There may be antiques, collectibles, new supplies that are donated, or brand name goods. What may be sold (at affordable prices) includes furniture, clothes for kids or adults, household goods, sporting equipment, computers, electronics, laptops, games, and more. The address is at 2506 Roan Street, or dial (423)926-0089 for details.
The volunteers will also pick up items to be donated to the South Roan Family Thrift Store. So anyone that wants to contribute a large item can call for this service. This can benefit people that want to bring a couch or other item to the center.
The Center of Hope is the main intake site. The address is 200 Ashe Street in Johnson City, Tennessee. As noted, most of the social services require an appointment. For intake, dial (423)-926-8901.
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