Food as well as other basic needs, such as clothing, is available from the Midland County Salvation Army. In some cases, the charity may be able to provide a limited amount of financial assistance after a thorough review has been done of the family's overall situation.
Staff from the agency are also involved in the coordination of other programs across Midland Texas. They partner with groups ranging from churches to regional non-profit groups such as the United Way. A key reason this is done is so that the services provided to a client are done so in a holistic way.
A food pantry is offered along with other hunger prevention services, such as Meals on Wheels and a bread program. Midland Salvation Army operates different services to feed anyone that needs help, no questions asked. There are weekday lunches as well as distribution of goods from the pantry. During the special holidays of Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas, there will be free hot holiday meals served. However that last option will really depend on the generosity of volunteers from across the community.
Another seasonal program will be focused on children as well as students in Midland County. There are free backpacks passed out that will contain basic school supplies, such as notebooks, pens, and pencils. Another fall and winter service is the Salvation Army Warm Coat, which will have free gently used (or in some cases new) attire for students.
The Midland County Salvation Army clothing closet will also have free items, while the thrift store distributes gently used goods. Both operate off of the generosity of people as well as businesses in the community that donate when they can. What is available, either for free or at a low cost at the store, will be shoes, boots, furniture, winter coats, hats, slacks for work, gloves and more.
When shopping at the thrift store, the money raised is used to fund the food pantry and financial assistance offered. So this will encourage consumers to use the site as they will be in effect giving back to the less fortunate in the community.
Emergency financial help and material assistance is provided. Working poor families or those that live on a low, fixed income can receive assistance with paying for their basic living expenses such as rent, medications, or utilities.
The Salvation Army will need to review the client's financial condition and determine what type of plan they have in place to improve it. Based on the results of that, and other screening that will be done, assistance from Salvation Army centers can include money for paying back rent to stop an eviction. There will also be vouchers for prescription medications or assistance with basic household items, such as small appliances.
With many people living on a limited fixed income for a period of time, such as a family on short term disability, this short term assistance from the charity can be very useful. It will in effect provide them time to regain financial stability.
The Midland County Salvation Army program provides children from low income families and seniors with new clothing and/or toys during Christmas. Anyone looking to donate, known as contributors, purchase appropriate gifts for the recipient. The goal is to spread holiday joy to the less fortunate.
During a disaster, the Salvation Army can help. The staff from the agency coordinate volunteers as well as crews that respond to the disaster. Residents faced with a disaster, such as a fire, tornado, flood, or other crisis, can benefit from the program. It is not income contingent. Some examples of the emergency services offered may a hot meal or clothing. There is also feeding sites (mass and individuals) and more.
Anyone applying for help from the Midland County Salvation Army will also need to gain self-sufficiency. Case managers can help with this process. They do this by referring clients to employment services. Among other things, those who enroll can learn about how to search and apply for a job. There are classes on dressing properly as well as creating resumes. Having a decent paying job is critical to gaining self-sufficiency, so this is why in most cases this process will be mandatory for the client. Another service that is similar to this will be budgeting classes from the agency.
The two main corp centers are as follows.
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