A number of families need food, help with utilities, clothing and other support in Kansas. The Salvation Army is one of the leading non-profit agencies that can help those that are less fortunate. The main resource available is known as the Emergency Assistance Program, and it provides a number of services and support to the low income and others who qualify for help in Kansas.
Holiday programs are a focus. During the Christmas and Thanksgiving holiday seasons, free toys, gifts, food, and more is offered to thousands of families and children.
Summer assistance can help people in parts of the state take a break from the heat and be safe during the summer. Some Salvation Army centers serve as community cooling shelters, and they are usually open when the state issues an Excessive Heat Warning. Locations may provide a free fan or box air conditioner to low-income families, seniors, or those with a medical condition during the summer.
Across the state of Kansas, many housing programs and facilities have been established to meet the needs of those who are homeless or facing eviction. They range from shelters to transitional housing and feeding programs. Some examples include the Johnson County Family Lodge in Olathe (913.829.0578), the Harbor Light Village in Kansas City (913.232.5400) and others. Housing units may focus on certain needs or individuals as well, such as single women in need of shelter, parents with children, or those who were just evicted. Most people are also usually offered case management, employment services, and other public aid. Also get assistance in securing more permanent residence.
Winter heating bill assistance is offered from the Gift of Warmth program. With the increasing costs of natural gas and overall utility bills, the Salvation Army Gift of Warmth program will assist many Kansas families in need. It also relies heavily on donations, so if you can contribute please do so.
In order to qualify for the Gift of Warmth program, you need to be able to prove your need, meet income guidelines, and also be responsible for paying heating bills. All funds are limited, and the Salvation Army may have other restrictions in place. Assistance is distributed on a first come, first served basis. Call 1.877.566.2769.
HeatShare is another utility bill assistance program, however this is focused on Aquila, Inc. customers in Kansas. The program is intended to serve as a last resort/safety net for the low income. Disabled and elderly are given priority when funds are limited. One of the key benefits of HeatShare is it pays for both cooling and heating bills, including electricity, natural gas, propane, wood bills or fuel oil.
Repairs and grants can also be provided from HeatShare for repairs to hot water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners, and other energy related equipment. While not as common, also get help from the Salvation Army in Kansas with repairs to broken windows and doors for better air conditioning and heat retention.
The Salvation Army and HeatShare help can also provide referrals and counseling to other utility funding sources or government resources when a household shows they are unable to pay their bills on time.
Senior Assistance is offered at many Salvation Army Corps Community Centers. Resources include social services, meals, volunteer and worship groups. Examples of some programs are below.
Kansas Supportive Services for Veteran Families can help low-income veterans and their immediate families in finding and maintaining permanent stable housing. Case workers may be able to assist veterans and their families through counseling and planning to address current gaps in the individuals ability to maintain stable and sustainable permanent housing or apartments.
Children and Early Education Centers across Kansas provide affordable or free child care to low-income families so parents can work or attend school. The Salvation Army partner centers offer children and students access to experienced teachers, a nurturing, structured program, and a stimulating environment. Many services are offered on a sliding scale fee, so people only pay what they can afford to.
Pathway of Hope is a self-sufficiency type program. It can help find and reverse the root causes keeping families from becoming self-sufficient, will help people increase their income, and gain stability. A focus is on supporting families with children who are repeat emergency assistance applicants or who receive public assistance in Kansas. The centers and social workers can provide long-term case management to help them move beyond crisis to increased stability.
You will be assigned a trained social worker to receive long-term intensive case management, life skills training, budgeting skills and get information on potential resources to address their specific barriers to increased stability.
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