A ministry and Social Service Department is available at the Johnson County Indiana Salvation Army. The charity, which is a church based service but helps people of all religions, income, and backgrounds, provides support to the needy. Resources range from a free food pantry to social services, holiday help, and even the opportunity to get job skills by volunteering for one of their many services.
Providing a few dollars to help pay for rent or maybe a box of free groceries is in itself not enough. Therefore case managers, as well as others from the Johnson County community, work with the client to leverage their strengths to help them overcome barriers. They address employment needs, problems with debts and budgeting, access to government benefits, and much more.
There is a food pantry open 3 days per week, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The hours are from noon until 3:00, but it is recommended to call for a referral and the latest hours. The Salvation Army center in Greenwood Indiana only helps residents from the county. The proof that is needed includes a copy of a lease, identification, utility bills, mortgage statements, and more.
When qualified for the pantry, the client can be given non-perishable food. This may be a can of fruit or vegetables, rice, cereal, peanut butter and jelly, and more. The pantry also has seasonal boxes of food, which may be meals for Christmas and/or Thanksgiving.
The Johnson County Salvation Army also pay out some financial aid to use for paying bills as part of their Red Shield Center Social Services. This will require a referral and/or appointment. If the ministry can't meet the need in question, they will offer suggestions on other local resources.
Depending on funding, there may be some cash aid for the following. Generally there will be an eviction or disconnection notice needed or a prescription from a doctor. Applicants also need proof of income and assets, including pay stubs and food stamps (if relevant). When qualified, the Greenwood Salvation Army may offer heating bill or rent assistance, housing, energy bill help, or medications. They may also refer a client to gasoline vouchers or car repair services in Johnson County Indiana.
The Red Shield Center also helps children from the community too. Members of the community are needed for seasonal volunteer opportunities. When they do this as part of Red Kettle and/or Angel Tree, this allows the Salvation Army to help the youth. They may offer free Christmas toys or school supplies, refer students to summer camps that partner with the Salvation Army, and more.
A couple other goals of the Salvation Army include fighting homelessness and responding to disasters in Johnson County. If a resident is homeless due to unpaid rent or energy bills, or maybe from fleeing domestic violence, then the center will try to find a local shelter. The church will try to help get people into a safe home. As far as disaster relief, this is when volunteers pass out water, meals, clothing, and the church helps impacted families get resettled.
Much of the social services are paid for by the sale of good at the thrift store. This is what allows the Johnson County Indiana Salvation Army to keep its doors open. They sell may items, ranging from winter hats or gloves to furniture, electronics, kitchen utensils, and much more. In limited instances vouchers can be used to help pay for some critically needed items. But this is an exception service. So in some cases, a client facing a crisis is given items for free.
For appointments, or information, the Johnson County Red Shield Center is based at 325 Market Plaza, Greenwood, IN 46142. The intake line is 317-881-2505.