The Minnesota Salvation Army will try to help those in need. They can offer case management, help empower individuals, and provide emergency assistance. A wide array of programs are offered for families in Minnesota, including emergency assistance, budgeting, crisis intervention, and referrals.
Rental assistance – This is very limited, and is available in some parts of Minnesota. A focus is on those with an eviction letter and people who will be homeless without support. Priority is for families with young children, seniors, and people who did not cause their crisis. As part of entering into this rent program, clients will gain financial advice such as budgeting and other case management. This is not a long term program but any assistance offered is one time only.
Food stamp application sites – Residents may apply for SNAP food stamps and related benefits at Salvation Army social service offices. Work with a case manager to receive assistance in filling out an application, understanding government benefits as well as access eligibility pre-screening.
Food Shelves can distribute groceries and emergency food boxes for low income and struggling families and individuals in need. The food is free, but an appointment is necessary at many locations. Some centers may offer help on a walk-in, first come first serve basis. Soup kitchens and feeding programs are offered by the Salvation Army in Minnesota. Many centers offer hot meals year-round for anyone in need, including the homeless. Some may have lunches or breakfast too, and find other Minnesota food pantries.
Specialized senior citizen food pantries offer nutritionally balanced food to older adults. In addition, these food pantries can also deliver groceries to homebound senior citizens and disabled.
Salvation Army thrift stores are scatted across the state. They sell household items and clothing at greatly reduced cost and are open to the general public. The Salvation Army also offers goods, such as clothing vouchers, for single adults and families coping with a crisis or disaster. Vouchers may also be provided for household items, and they are available to families and individuals.
When a family has a crisis, or needs items for work, then free clothes may be passed out by the Salvation Army Family Stores in Minnesota. The applicant to this program will need to be faced with an unexpected financial emergency and be out of all other options. The selection of clothing is often limited.
Heating and utility bill assistance – The main resource in Minnesota is the Salvation Army HeatShare program. It provides cash assistance with paying utility bills for lower income households that have received a disconnection or shut-off notice. So it is an emergency program. Call 1-800-842-7279 to find a site to apply at. Or find other emergency assistance with utility bills.
HeatShare can also provide year-round emergency assistance for paying utility and heating bills. It will help families in need by providing grants, crisis support, disconnection prevention, and information on energy conservation. Funds and grants are used for paying for furnace repairs, natural gas, heating oil, propane, wood, and electricity. HeatShare is a voluntary program that also needs donations from those who can contribute. Most of the money goes to helping to keep warm the elderly, disabled, families with young children in Minnesota. The Salvation Army can also assist those with no where else to turn.
Resources can help people find a job and access employment assistance. Job placement assistance, resume review service, and interview skills are available in Salvation Army centers such as those in St. Paul or Minneapolis.
Gasoline vouchers, bus tokens and transportation assistance, while rare, may be offered. The Salvation Army can offer bus tokens and gas money to those in need, and who make an appointment. It is usually offered so people can get to a job interview, or medical appointment.
Medical assistance includes vouchers and financial assistance for prescriptions and/or health insurance co-pays. This is available on a very limited basis and extreme situations.
Seasonal services are offered at Christmas, during the winter, and other times of the year. The Salvation Army administers programs according to special and specific needs of qualified low income families. The Salvation Army provides Minnesota families with holiday and Christmas gifts for children through Toy Shop. Winter wear and coats may be offered for children and teens through programs such as Coats for Kids. Read more on holiday programs, such as Angel Tree.
Transitional or temporary housing can in effect provide time to stabilize the lives of people and help them find permanent living arrangements. Programs, such as the Harbor Light center, provide support services and temporary housing for months to recovering, low-income single women and men. Emergency assistance is given in cases of eviction, domestic break-up, addiction crisis, or other types of housing crisis. The long term goal of the Salvation Army is to offer permanent housing to those who need help. So they may also help with security deposit for qualified families.
Adult Day Center helps senior individuals and the elderly maintain their maximum level of independence in the community. It can often help delay or entirely eliminate the need for nursing home placement. Their caregivers can also get a much-needed respite. Health services are offered by a nurse, who will work with the individual and their family. The nurse can monitor vital signs and prescription medications, nutritional needs, personal care issues, behavior changes, and other concerns. Salvation Army social workers can also provide case management and information to seniors as part of this program.
The locations of the Salvation Army centers and offices in Minnesota are as follows.
Additional sites and locations are listed below.
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