Resources provided by the Salvation Army can help the less fortunate. Financial aid, food, case management and other services are administered. The counties of Pulaski, Saline, Faulkner, Perry, Van Buren, Cleburne, and Lonoke, as well as the city of Little Rock, are served by the Salvation Army of Central Arkansas.
Food pantries and soup kitchens are located in most counties. Hundreds of families are served canned goods, hot meals, and emergency food boxes every month. Some seasonal programs, like Thanksgiving meals or Christmas support, may be served as well. Or some locations administer summer snack and meal programs which may be offered for children in Little Rock who are out of school during summer breaks.
Emergency assistance, including utilities and rent, may be provided. Much of this is offered from the Little Rock Salvation Army Social Services Department. This is open to the public but people should call ahead first to ensure that items are available or that funding exists for any other basic needs and bills.
While funding will vary over time, the Social Services Department tries to provide financial assistance and cash grants for paying for prescription medication vouchers, clothing, utility bills, school supplies, and rent. A focus is on preventing homelessness in Pulaski County Arkansas, so this means funding is for people with an eviction notice or utility disconnection. Agency referrals may be offered to public assistance and other partner groups too.
Some parts of the nation, including Arkansas, have persistently high unemployment rates and more or less stagnating wages and incomes. So there are many people in the central part of the state who are hurting. The Salvation Army, relying on donations and contributions from partners, does what it can to help. The non-profit can provide utility bill assistance, medicine and free food. Thousands of free meals are served. In addition staff and volunteers visit veterans who are receiving treatment at the local Little Rock VA hospital through their Community Cares Program. Senior citizens and the home bound may have basic supplies and/or hot meals brought to them at home.
In order to get help, each applicant/client must schedule an appointment with the Salvation Army Social Services Department. Or they can request assistance after they check into the shelter. Social Services will work with each client to develop a case plan to accomplish each client's short-term and long-term goals, including money for basic needs and career counseling if needed.
The Center of Hope is a regional program that provides emergency financial assistance, transitional housing, shelter, housing, chemical dependency counseling, free or low cost health care services, guidance and spiritual support to clients. A shelter is open for women, children, and single parents too. Also a free breakfast and dinner is served, for free, daily to hungry families and individuals.
Youth Programs are available at the North Little Rock Salvation Army. The location has a youth activity center on site. Social workers and case managers provide after-school and summer programs for activities such as arts, music, crafts, refreshments, and sports. Children can get a snack or meal too.
Holiday and seasonal programs are widely available across central Arkansas and Pulaski County. The demand for support is very high during this time of year. So food donations are also needed during Christmas and Thanksgiving at the Salvation Army food pantry. Thousands of people across the community receive meals, gifts, or toys for children.
Everyday, all year, and in particular around the holidays, the Salvation Army of Little Rock Arkansas is there to assist the low income and people who need food, clothing and emergency financial assistance. Many people have a desperate need for help, and the Salvation Army is there to support them as best they can.
There are a few offices in the region. The primary locations are below.
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