Johnson County Salvation Army assistance programs.

The crisis center from the non-profit Salvation Army can help low income families. There is support for the underemployed as well as senior citizens and disabled in Johnson County Kansas. A number of programs are administered by the organization in an effort to help the less fortunate.

The goal is to help neighbors in crisis, using a combination of donations and government funding. Most of the people seeking help from the non-profit are struggling to address short term needs, and they request just a little support to get back on their feet. Everything from grants to medications and food may be offered, as well as job placement services.

The Salvation Army of Johnson County food pantry is a place where so called neighbors from the greater community can stop by for groceries. The assistance is for those who are having trouble feeding their families, and they can come and receive a box of free food. The pantry is flexible and set up like a store, and is a place where people can choose their own groceries. The location is also usually able to provide fresh food too, and this is the result of donations or surplus items from restaurants and grocery stores.

For those that can't make it to the pantry, a Meals on Wheels service is available in Overland Park and nearby cities. This will focus on the homebound and senior citizens in the region. They can have food brought to them or a hot meal. This is a program that runs off of donations, so any money that can be contributed is appreciated.

The Thrift Store in the city of Olathe is the place to buy gently used goods. The site was created to be a large, well-organized store for the general public. The goal is to provide high quality merchandise at modest prices. The thrift store is open for anyone, no matter their income, age, or situation. They can drop in and purchase items such as gently-used shoes, clothes, furniture, games, Christmas or birthday toys and more. All money raised from the Johnson County Salvation Army Thrift Shoppes go to pay for the programs run by the charity.

The store also provides volunteer opportunities for the unemployed or people looking to rejoin the work force. It can give them valuable experience. Donors to the store will consistently give Salvation Army gently used furniture and home accessories, books, and clothing for all members of the family. Any contribution is greatly appreciated.

 

 

 

Both donations from the region and Thrift Shop proceeds are used in an effort to provide financial assistance in the community. The Crisis Center from Overland Park office of the Salvation Army will need to closely review all requests for assistance. There may be support for some or all of the following.

  • Funds can be used as to offer assistance with rent or mortgage payments.
  • Grants, including from LIHEAP, can help with utility bills.
  • In a crisis, prescription medication vouchers may be disbursed.
  • Expenses incurred in job seeking may be covered.
  • Some individuals may be given gift cards that they can use at the thrift store so they can get free clothing or holiday toys.
  • Christmas meals and toys are available in Overland Park from the Angel Tree service.

Any payments are made directly to the lessors, agencies or creditors. When applying for aid from the Johnson County Salvation Army, people need to bring drivers license and/or photo ID, Copy of current signed lease or mortgage agreement, copies of bills that are due, proof of household income, and also proof of the crisis, like car repair, layoff, or medical bill. More may be requested as well, and appointments need to be made.

Job and self-sufficiency programs can help teach life skills. Clients will be enrolled into classes that last many weeks. Specialists that partner with Johnson County Salvation Army provide students with work-readiness skills including practicing interviews, writing their resumes, and developing their vocational plan. If a GED is needed, then classes will be arranged to help students study for that.

At the end of these workshops, the client will get support in finding a job. Each student who finishes the classes is assigned a mentor who offers support throughout the process. So it relies on a strong partnership of the individual and their mentor, but it can be instrumental in helping people break the cycle of poverty.

The two main sites are the Salvation Army Thrift Store (address is 11421 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS (913) 491-07750 as well as the Olathe Corps Community Centers (address is 420 E Santa Fe St
Olathe, KS, phone (913) 782-3640).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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